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State of the City
NAACP Ushers in New Era of Leadership
Baltimore Buried in Md. Woman Elected as New Chair
$120 Million Deficit By Zenitha Prince
Washington Bureau Chief

By Melanie R. Holmes NEW YORK – With the Feb. 20 election of new NAACP
AFRO Staff Writer Chairman Roslyn Brock, the 100-year-old civil rights
organization seems to be embracing a new, more youthful
The mayor saved the leadership.
worst for last at the 11th Brock, 44, of Elkridge, Md., became the fourth woman and
annual State of the City the youngest person to assume the helm the organization.
Address on Monday. After “It is a very humbling moment for me. Sixty-three civil
the touting the improvements, rights giants [NAACP board members] from across this nation
accomplishments and points voted to entrust into our hands the civil rights movement into
of pride within Baltimore the next generation,” Brock said of her unanimous election.
in assurance that the city Brock will be the face of the NAACP along with President/
is “strong” despite its CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous, who at 35 became the youngest Photo by Zenitha Prince for the AFRO
challenges, the meat of to hold his position. The pair represent a welcome infusion of
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s young leaders and signals a bright hope for the future of the New NAACP Chairman Roslyn Brock, 44, and President/
speech supported her CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous represent a new generation
declaration that, “This $120 Continued on A5 of leadership in the 100-year-old organization.
million deficit is brutal and
will hit all of our citizens
hard.”
Baltimore is digging itself AFRO File Photo
City Council to Vote on New Member
out of a massive monetary Baltimore Mayor Stephanie By Melanie R. Holmes minutes, Stokes doubled that time frame as he
hole created after the city’s Rawlings-Blake has AFRO Staff Writer expressed his ideas for legislation, suggested
resources had been spread too inherited a “brutal” $120
how the city could save money, shared his
thin due to the recession, she million deficit resulting City Hall completed its power shift on community outreach efforts and joked briefly
said. The deficit equals 2,200 from effects of the Thursday when the City Council voted on with some of the Council members.
city employees, or 55 percent economic recession. a new District 12 representative. Seven Stokes served as a Baltimore City councilor
of the civilian workforce; candidates – Frank W. Richardson, Arron from 1987-1995 and was a member of the city
1,700 police officer positions, Parks, Housing and Libraries Keith Wilkes, Rev. Rasheed Q. Ray, Charles school board from 1997-1998. After losing
or half of our police force; departments. U. Smith, Ertha Harris, Carl Stokes and Mike the 1999 mayoral race against former mayor
100 percent of the firefighting But the mayor repeatedly Schaefer– were interviewed during a public and current Gov. Martin O’Malley, Stokes
force and the combined emphasized that through hearing Tuesday evening so Council members chaired the Maryland Education Commission
general budget funds of collaboration Baltimore can can fill the seat President Bernard Young and joined the Dunbar Advisory Board. As
the Health, Recreation and emerge successfully from this vacated upon his recent ascension. a member of the Board, he accused the city
difficult time. “The most qualified one will get the job,” school district of racism for failing to follow
INSERT “Together, we can Young told the AFRO. through on a $48 million renovation of the
• Character Ed/Black History transform our government But Carl Stokes, a former councilman and 99 percent Black Paul Laurence Dunbar High
to be smaller, more nimble friend of some current Council members, Courtesy Photo School while spending $42 million to build
stole the show. While most of the candidates Car Stokes is a favorite to fill
Listen to “First Edition” Continued on A5 interacted with the Council for 10 to 15 the Council’s vacant seat.
Continued on A5

Black Churches Unite in Historic Partnership

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Join this Week’s Guest

Bills Would Make


John Oliver and Host Sean Yoes
 Sunday @ 8 p.m. on
88.9 WEAA FM, the
Voice of the Community. By George Barnette
AFRO Staff Writer
facing Black males and their roles in Black
families and communities.
On Feb. 19, representatives from the
Divorce Easier, as Long
The three major Black Methodist
denominations are coming together in
African Methodist Episcopal, the African
Methodist Episcopal Zion, and the Christian as There’s No Sex
Your History • Your Community • Your News
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Columbia, S.C., March 1-3 to discuss issues Methodist Episcopal held a press conference
By Jennifer Hlad years, depending on the
Continued on A3
Capital News Service circumstances, before they
can be divorced. But he has
ANNAPOLIS - To get a seen an increasing number
marriage license in Maryland, of couples who cannot afford
a potential bride or groom two households, which
must show identification and effectively means “people
provide basic information who don’t have money are
such as name, birth date and therefore not able to get a
address. Two or more days divorce,” Zirkin said.
later, they can marry. His solution? Don’t move
Getting a divorce is a bit out of the house, just move
more complicated. But Sen. out of the bedroom.
Bobby Zirkin, D-Baltimore Zirkin’s bill – cross-filed
County, is trying to
make it easier.
Zirkin is a lawyer
who works with
divorcing couples.
He said the three
bills he presented
Photo by Jason Miccolo Johnson Wednesday to the
Representatives of all three Black Methodist faiths convene after a press Senate Judicial
conference announcing joint meeting. Shown are Bishop Warren M. Brown (AME Proceedings Committee in the House of Delegates –
Zion), left, Bishop George Walker (AME Zion), Bishop John R. Bryant (AME), Rev. are an effort to “modernize would allow parties to live
Paul L. Brown Sr. (CME) and Rev. Staccato Powell (AME Zion). (Maryland’s) laws of in the same home, as long
divorce.” as they maintained separate
One way he hopes to bedrooms. And, like current
Healthy Start Stimulus Having change the law: redefining
what it means for people to
law, both parties must swear
in court they did not have sex
Creates Hope Disparate Impact live “separate and apart.”
Currently, couples must
with each other during the
allotted time period.
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AFRO National Briefs


California Admissions circumvent the law, but did shooting spree. Ashanti’s other, theGrio.com
Ruling Challenged praise it for attempting to According to the reported.
A coalition of civil rights work within it. Savannah Morning News, Devar Hurd, 31, expressed
groups is bringing a new “The UC has, to its Hall wrote the song in July sorrow as he claimed he
challenge to a California law credit, attempted to mitigate after learning he would be didn’t mean to annoy or
that prohibits the state from the effects of Proposition “stop-lossed”, a military upset the award-winning
considering race in state 209-such as considering practice under which a singer and her family when
university admissions. socioeconomic class, using soldier’s service is extended he sent the messages, some
The lawsuit was filed in comprehensive file review, beyond their contractual of which contained pictures
Oakland on Feb. 16 by the admitting the top 4 percent agreement date. of his genitalia as well as raised more than $55 million
Michigan based Coalition to of every high school, varying Hall’s lawyers said pictures of the family house between 2004 and 2008,
Defend Affirmative Action, the weight of tests and holding the trial in Iraq will that included comments of only $1 million went to the
Integration, and Immigrant is known as Proposition 209. other admissions criteria, “violate [Hall’s] right to stopping by to visit. caucus’s political action
Rights and Fight for Equality A similar measure was passed considering the opportunities due process of law and will “My intent was not to committee, according to an
By Any Means Necessary. in Michigan in 2006. available at one’s high school, significantly compromise his harm,” he told the judge. article published Feb. 13 in
The suit challenges the “The plaintiff Latina/o etc.-but in report after report, ability to defend himself.” “I always wish the best for The New York Times.
constitutionality of the law, and black students now ask the UC has shown that none Lt. Col. Eric Bloom, who [Ashanti].” The remainder of the
which was approved by this Court to strike down of these measures can halt works at the Pentagon, told Hurd was convicted funds was used for the
California voters in 1996 and Proposition 209’s ban on the fundamental trend toward New America Media that in December on charges caucus’s unregulated non-
affirmative action at the re-segregation if Proposition sending a soldier to Iraq of stalking aggravated profit dealings, according
University of California 209 remains in effect and for a court martial is not harassment. A spokeswoman to the Times, which also
because Proposition 209 affirmative action remains unusual, and said Hall’s unit for Tina Douglass, Ashanti’s questioned companies that
has been the sentry at the banned,” the lawsuit says. has already been deployed mother and manager, said donated money to the caucus
gate, denying the plaintiffs overseas. she was glad to see the and their influence on the
the chance for an equal Rapping Soldier to Face “His unit moved so he has case finally closed with his group’s membership.
and integrated education as Court Martial in Iraq to follow his unit,” Bloom sentencing. The article claims that
promised by the Fourteenth A soldier facing a court- said. “His command is there, Douglass said the text “…lobbyists and executives
Amendment, Brown v. martial for allegedly making and the majority of witnesses messages forced her to hire from coal, nuclear and power
Board of Education, and the threats in a rap video he sent are there.” extra security personnel, giants like Peabody Energy
proudest legal traditions of to the Pentagon can be sent as one of the messages and Entergy helped draft a
California and of the nation,” overseas to go on trial in Iraq, Fan Sentenced for Sending from Hurd envisioned him report in the caucus’s name
the suit reads in part. a federal judge ruled on Feb. Harassing Text Messages living with the songstress. that includes their positions
Proposition 209 has 17. to Ashanti’s Mother Douglass said Hurd viewed on controversial issues.”
drawn many lawsuits in Lawyers for U.S. Army A delusional fan was the text messages as The report detailed the
California state courts Spc. Marc Hall requested that given two years jail time after simply “friendly” and “sex foundation’s acceptance
since its enactment on the the soldier’s trial take place sending strange and explicit messages” and didn’t think he of money from liquor and
grounds that it has curbed in the United States and not text messages to R&B singer was doing any harm. tobacco companies. However,
minority enrollment at state Iraq, as the Army sought, “Even if he believes Elsie L. Scott, chief executive
universities. according to New America that Ashanti was in love of the foundation, claimed
In the meantime, the Media. But U.S. District with him, his conduct was that the money is only for
University of California Judge William Moore ruled not that of a man wooing a philanthropic purposes.
system schools said there’s that he would not intervene woman. He was not sending “Black people gamble.
little they can do to alleviate in a case being tried under her flowers, but rather Black people smoke. Black
the problem. military law, according to The barraging her mother with people drink,” Scott told
“If this opens up another Associated Press. messages any parent would the Times. “And so if these
discussion, that’s well Hall, 27, was jailed after find objectionable,” Assistant companies want to take some
and good, but, as long as mailing a malevolent rap District Attorney Carolina of the money they’ve earned
Proposition 209 is the law, song to the Pentagon. In the Holdemess told reporters. off of our people and give it
we’re obliged to follow it,” song, “Stop Loss,” which was to us to support good causes,
University of California also posted on his personal Times Questions CBC then we take it.”
spokesman Steve Montiel Web site, Hall spoke about Foundation Fundraising The foundation has
told the Oakland Tribune. his anger over being deployed While the Congressional defended its actions and
The lawsuit acknowledges and raps about going on a
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2/22/10 1:58 Black Caucus
PM Page 1 Foundation called the article “tasteless”
the schools’ inability to Ashanti on its Web site.

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Jennifer Hudson and Relatives Identify Body of Her Slain NephewA3 February 27, 2010 - March 5, 2010, The Baltimore Afro-American

One Year Later: Stimulus Having Unequal Impact


By Alan King sport-utility vehicle sought in from a neighbor about a suspi- posted fliers bearing his photo-
AFRO Staff Writer connection with the murder of cious vehicle. The man noticed graph around the city. On
Hudson’s mother and brother. the vehicle while walking his Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked
Jennifer Hudson and other The white, 1994 Chevrolet dog. According to the Chicago for the public’s help in finding
relatives positively identified Suburban with Illinois license Tribune, the boy had been shot her nephew. In her MySpace
By Zenitha Prince multiple times in the back seat stated, while the national and she
blog, more with the
thanked fanspublic’s
and sup-
Washington Bureau Chief of the vehicle. The SUV, regis- jobless rates fell in January reaction
porters for to anyprayers
their perceivedand
tered to Hudson’s murdered from 10 percent to 9.7 racial abias
offered from the
$100,000 president,
reward to
At 1 year old, President brother, was towed with the percent, among Blacks it anyone
Powellwho returned the boy
added.
Obama’s signature cure for boy’s body inside and is being actually increased from 16.2 alive.“We’re not asking for
the ailing economy has not processed by evidence techni- percent to 16.5 percent. Since the investigation,
something just for Latino or
cians and workers. The body Hudson – who gained stardom
yet gained even footing— Part of the problem is Black or Native American
was later removed and taken to after appearing on “American
especially within communities that in promising emerging community, we’re saying
the Cook County Medical Idol,” and then won an
of color, advocates say. Examiner’s office. industries such as the “green recognize
Academy that every
Award for her role in
However, contrary to mostly Hudson and other family economy,” ARRA funds have community
the movie Dreamgirlsis situated – has
Republican criticisms, the members arrived at the Medical been concentrated on training differently,”
stayed out of the hepublic
said. “[Race
eye.
$800 billion stimulus has had Examiner’s office mid-after- rather than job creation, said doesn’t have toTribune
The Chicago be a deterrent]
report-
some positive impact. noon to identify the body. Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s Dominique
nephew.Apollon, research edifthat
the apublic
paradeunderstands
of cars moved that
“It’s working pretty much Given the choice between look- director of the Applied dealing with these
slowly past her family’s home issues
exactly as advertized,” said ing directly at the body or A spokesman for the office Research
the murdersCenter.
but is being held in fairly does
Monday not make
morning, them a
past the
Josh Bivens, an economist viewing it on a wall-mounted told the newspaper that Hudson jail for parole
“And the violation
training after Black
news issue
vans, or a Latino
reporters issue,
and curi-
with the Washington, D.C.- Courtesy Photos
programs have not been it makes them ousanonlookers.
American
based Economic Policy coordinated to link with actual issue.”
Jennifer
Institute.
Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who
was killed, as well as her brother, Jason.
“She held hands with her family. It was obviously a very emotional moment.” jobs,” he added, then said, Even with
Neighbors stood
the racial
quietly and
According to a report “remained strong for her fami- “If we
being focus onofjust
convicted training
attempted overtones and the threat
reflected on the
released this week by the video screen, the family chose rather than job creation we violence.
of possible public fallout,
the body of her 7-year-old plate X584859 was found on the latter. According to the ly” and was clearly its leader. murder and vehicular hijack- In front ofObama
the Hudson’s
nonpartisan Congressional “She held hands with her APfami- feed into the myth that
ing. Cook County records show people President and his
nephew Monday, just hours
Budget Office, which assessed Chicago’s West Side after Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, Photo of color lack the skills, that home, men
administrationin heavystilljackets
owe
after his body was found in a police received a 7 a.m. call that’s ly,” the spokesman said.
him.”Office, after one year, the American Recovery “It that he pleaded guilty to both and hooded sweatshirts came to
the impact of the American According to the Congressional Budget it’s their own fault [they don’t the nation’s most fragile
was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also kiss the twin white crosses bar-
and Reinvestment Act has boosted employment by 1 millionmoment.” to 2.1 million jobs. have jobs] as opposed to an communities—many of

ACORN Fights Back


Recovery and Reinvestment convicted in 1998 for posses- ing the names of Donerson and
Act, ARRA increased The boy – the son of Julia actual epidemic lack of
sion of a stolen motor vehicle. access which just happen to be of
Jason.
employment by 1 million the American people have program, he added. more and
Hudson, recovering
Jennifer’s less,”
sister – had to was
He jobs.”released from prison in color—equitable
“Everybody is sick access to
of going
to 2.1 million and boosted seen behind the curtain of “I am a little dismayed said missing
been John Powell, executive
since Friday, 2006Many of the seven years
after serving the potential healing pool of
Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’
through stuff like this,” Artisha
the economy by 1.5 percent rhetoric and watched as by how generally apathetic director
when of Ohio
a relative StateJulian’s
found contributors
for the attempted agreed,
murdertoo,and the Recovery Act,
West, a former resident of theadvocates
to 3.5 percent more than it millions of jobs were lost and the wider public is about the University’s Kirwan Institute
grandmother, Darnell that
car the administration’s
hijacking charges. concluded.
area told the Tribune. “We all
By Alan
would haveKing
been without and Dallas Cowboys
unemployment roseplayers
into the No wonder Act.
Recovery Obama’sTo an campaign
extent, is Donerson, 57, and
for the Study his uncle,
of Race and unwillingness
The boy remained to take a
missing have “There
to stick is a little All
together. bit of a
these
AFRO
the Staff package.
recovery Writer In the Tony Romo and Terrell Owens,
double digits.”
trying to distance him from the
I understand why because Jason Hudson,
Ethnicity. 29, shot to death tailored,
through moreweekend
a long targetedin failure of bold leadership,”
young children are dying, and
among the names submitted to group, saying, “Barack Obama in hisPowell
grandmother’s
months before the stimulus, Steele’s
election position reflects
officials. we’reOrganized
Never still losing withjobs. But
ACORN.” was one home in
of several which
approach policetoand volunteers
economic forcriticized
what?” Juhu Thukral,
Presidential candidate John the 7000 block of South Yale
the economy was shedding the Hurd
GOP’s seemingly recovery—in favor of a “lift- director of law and advocacy
McCain’s attack on ACORN – said those workers, who But Obama’s ties to ACORNberun
you can argue that we’d community advocates who
Avenue.
about 700,000
Associated jobs a month.
Community implacable
were doing those decision thingstowithout
oppose losing
long andmany deep.moreHe taught jobs classes
if spoke at a teleconference all-boats” approach—was of The Opportunity Agenda.
An Amber Alert – a desig-
But,
Organization for 2010
in January Reform those
Now – ACORN’s knowledge or permis- for ACORN. They even endorsed also hampering growth within “They’re very concerned with
nation for high-risk missing
numbers
confirms the success of20,000.
dwindled to the “...dealing with these issues fairly does not make
sion, were fired. childrenthem a Black
him for President.
– was issued Friday communities of color. accountability but they’re not
Even in the theface
headofofsuch Powell said the president’s necessarily making the link
organization,
reports,
group says. Republican
the
leaders in issue or a Latino issue, it makes them an American
“The evidence that has sur-
faced so far shows they faked issue.”
But now ACORN is in trouble.
after Julian was discovered
Reporter: There are at least
missing after the murders. race has been a major factor that accountability is critical
Washington continuetotothe
“This is testimony carp
work forms to get paid for work they 11 investigations across the Police arrested William in that decision to not tackle relative to greater and more
about the program’s
we’ve done and success we’ve alleged the president’s
didn’t do, not to policies.
stuff ballot we didn’t
country pass the
involving recovery
thousands of announcing
Balfour, the release
the missing boy’sofstep- head on the disparities in equal opportunity.
ineffectualness.
had,” Maude Hurd, president of “The stance of
boxes.” ACORN, shethesaid, is the package; it’s made the
potentially fraudulent ACORN a report,
father and “ARRA
estrangedand the
husband employment, education, “They’re looking for
“Todaysaid
ACORN, marks
in anthe one-
interview Republicans in Congress
victim of fraud, not the perpetra- recession less brutal,” the
forms. ofEconomic Crisis:
Julia, at his One Year
girlfriend’s housing and other social ways to make the ways
year
withanniversary
the AFRO. of this tor of it.
was to be opposed to this. Announcer:
economist said.Massive voter Later,” which
Southside concluded
apartment several barometers. in which these funds are
failed “Whenstimulus package,
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after the things
murders.that “The mistake people being spent transparent, and
something the president
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record as being opposed to
them- paid more than
within Black and Brown
$800,000 to an the stimulus
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mother, go has
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registered
claims 1.3 million
as one new vot-
of his signature selves. And factcheck. org ACORN front for get out the vote because we have an African make an impact but they’re
this they can’t turn around communities, where far enough in bolstering
told reporters that her son had
ers,” she said. “That’s just to agrees. efforts.
achievements and which hesay andItsay this is working nothing to do with the slayings. American in the White House not always taking that
that someone’s running scared concluded, “Neither pretty jobless rates
Pressuring bankshave risenrisky
to issue employment in marginalized
proclaimed would ‘create or well,” said Bivens.
ACORN nor its employees And that have to 50 percent and
loans. Nationwide voter fraud. above communities and was not in
Balfour remains a suspect the race
Jason issue is off the table,”
Hudson extra step to ensure they’re
because of ACORN’s success.”
save’ 3.5 million
McCain, who isjobs and for
running campaign—which
been found guilty of, or even has also within,Obama.
Barack for example, Native
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keep unemployment below
president on the Republican tick- 8 incorrectly
charged with,melded casting the Bush
fraudulent American
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percent,” wrote Republican
et, lashed out at ACORN in the administration’s
votes.” bank bailouts neighborhoods. However,
America. For example, the report less with the administration equation.”
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maybe destroying the fabric of ployed, to sign up new voters. The day after the presidential
democracy.”
Factcheck.org, a non-partisan
The idea was to help both those
being registered and those doing
debate, vandals broke into the
organization’s Boston and Seattle free Open House celebrating
Continued
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A4 The Baltimore Afro-American, February 27, 2010 - March 5, 2010

The Growth of Black Businesses


By Gregory Dale businesses between that latter period In their annual list of Top
AFRO Staff Writer grew 45 percent, while revenues Grossing Black-Owned Firms
generated from the businesses grew in America, Black Enterprise
Throughout hardships, Black 25 percent. An estimated 94,862 Magazine included many Black-
entrepreneurs continue to thrive, Black-owned businesses had paid owned businesses that are in more
providing products and services to employees and their receipts totaled diversified fields. Included was
all races, but still understanding the $92.7 billion, increasing 30 percent Telcobuy.com, which is a technical
specific and special needs of African from 1997. Also during that time and e-business consulting service
Americans. frame, it was discovered that roughly company; The Bing Group of
According to the U.S. Census 38 percent of Black businesses were Detroit, which is a steel processing
Bureau, Black-owned businesses owned by women. and steel stamping firm; and Camac,
are the largest growing segment Entrepreneur.com also reported which is a Houston-based oil
of new businesses. The number that the type of businesses owned by refinery.
of African-American owned African Americans have significantly Despite the growth and
businesses increased 46 percent, changed over the past 20 to 25 years. prevalence of Black businesses, a
from 424,165 to 620,912 between In the past, Black businesses were recurring complaint is that Blacks
1987 and 1992. Minority-owned mostly small-scale service and retail have to endure too many hardships
businesses continued to grow after establishments. Today, Blacks own when trying to get their businesses
this time period but experienced more diversified businesses in such off the ground.
another noteworthy jump in 1997 to areas as construction, health services One of the primary concerns
2003. The number of Black-owned and technology. many Blacks have is the question
of whether they have the personal
financial capacity to execute

Local Carver their business, which leads to


inadequate access to startup
capital. Entrepreneur.com stated

Creating a Legacy that nearly half of Black families


possess combined assets of less
than $6,200, which is roughly one- Getty Images
By Stephen D. Riley holders. Since his retirement, eleventh the median for Whites.
AFRO Staff Writer Dorsey’s been residing in And, banks thus are less willing to after Black businesses begin, the expected to continue to increase over
Baltimore City for over 20 years. extend the credit needed to launch owners still face discrimination. time. Also In 2006, the “commercial
Canes, trains and automobiles— Some of his artwork has been their enterprises. It was found that minorities have nondiscrimination” legislation
an unlikely combination but sold to John Hopkins Hospital Even those that have the problems selling certain products was signed into law in the state of
67-year-old Fred Dorsey hopes his but his walking canes have been necessary collateral are sometimes and services to non-minority Maryland that prevents the state
hand-crafted walking canes can generating rave reviews at Sankofa. denied loans due to racial customers. As a result, these from entering into a procurement
take him just as far as any form For a man with no form of discrimination. The Survey businesses garner a smaller market, contract with a company that has
of public transportation can. The artistic teaching or training, only of Small Business Finances leading to limited success. been accused of discrimination in the
retired merchant seaman has been Dorsey knows where his talent revealed that minority businesses Fortunately, there is hope for the commercial treatment of vendors,
an artist all his life and creating comes from. “The lord gives me experience higher loan denial future. Federal spending on minority suppliers, and subcontractors. This
wood crafts is just something that the vision and wherever he places probabilities and pay higher business contracts has increased law may serve as a blueprint for
comes naturally to the talented me, that’s where I put my work interest rates than their White from $12.8 billion in 1978 to $531.8 other states looking to diminish
entrepreneur. at,” Dorsey said. “One day I got a counterparts. In addition, even billion in 2008, and this number is discrimination amongst minorities.
The self-made “Wood Doctor” vision and I just went with it and
has been honing his craft for years
without any formal teaching or
training. Just over six months ago,
I’ve been going with it ever since.”
Dorsey’s walking canes cost
$40, but the amount of time
A Commitment to Responsibility
Dorsey began creating his wooden
canes to alleviate his own walking
condition. Shortly after, he started
he spends creating artwork is
priceless. Dorsey drives his jeep
to open wooded areas and chops
Fuels Industrial Bank
By George Barnette do to improve themselves financially.
advertising his work in barbershops down different pieces of wood. AFRO Staff Writer “People have to understand the word ‘no’ is the first
and other local retailers. Due to He then carves them to the ideal part of ‘not yet,’ meaning you’re not ready yet,” said
the variety and distinct creativity size of a cane in the confines of his From the date it was founded in 1934 by Jesse Palmer. “The difference is our customer service. We
of Dorsey’s work, his canes caught apartment or the openness of any H. Mitchell, Industrial Bank has been serving the will take the time to show them where they’re falling
on quickly in the hearts of locals park. Then he lets them age for a African-American community in the Washington, D.C. short or where they’re lacking. We don’t want to just
and he began selling them at couple of weeks before he adds his metropolitan area. Over 75 years of service has made it do the deal. We want to put you in a position to be
the Sankofa African and World designs and finishing touches to a staple in local financial markets. successful in the long term.”
Bazaar on North Charles Street in them. “The whole reason why Industrial Bank was founded Throughout the years, Industrial Bank has managed
Baltimore. “Carving is a process, it’s a time was because in 1934, people of color, specifically to stay healthy financially, but present times are proving
Dorsey’s work has been thing,” Dorsey added. “To perfect African Americans, couldn’t get access to credit,” said to be a challenge.
featured at Sankofa for several good work, you got to take your Ramone Palmer, marketing director for Industrial Bank. “Banks lend not only to individual consumers and
months, but it was his resourceful time and do it.” “Mr. Jesse Mitchell, along with nine other individuals, businesses, but they lend to each other,” said Palmer.
childhood that led him there. And Dorsey’s been doing just saw that as a tremendous gap and it compromised our “When the credit markets dry up, what that does is start
Dorsey grew up one of 10 siblings that– and quite well, he would say. ability to have financial
in Howard County without After years of crafting everyday empowerment and build
his father present. So when pieces from wood, the “Wood wealth.”
Christmases and birthdays would Doctor” would appear to be On Aug. 20, 1934,
come around he was often left the perfect title for Dorsey. His Industrial bank had just
empty-handed. Rather than creativity still impresses those $192,000 in assets when
complain, Dorsey took to the close to him today and for a man it was founded, but it
woods. It was there he found the who hails from an artistic family, has grown mightily over
resources to create his own toys carving is just something that runs the years. It now has
such as bicycles, trucks and other through his blood. over 130 employees
playthings. “Most of his creativity comes and over $334 million
Whether it’s drawings, from inside his heart,” said Desiree in assets making it
paintings or handcrafts, Dorsey Dorsey, Fred’s wife of 18 years. the largest African-
does it all. He’s created everything “He didn’t have professional American owned bank
from his own toys to a hand- training. All his brothers are in the District and sixth
crafted resemblance of Fiddler creative like that, they build things. largest in the country.
from the movie Roots I think it just came from necessity, It now has eight
made out of burnt when you don’t have you make locations in the
matchsticks. due. [Have] you heard District metropolitan
His unique of generational curses, area and provides a
Courtesy Photos
Industrial Bank representatives and
imagination [well] this is a generational variety of services Councilmember Marion Barry celebrate the
has led to stylish, blessing. It just runs in including personal and opening of the Anacostia Banking Center.
innovative walking the family.” commercial banking, Left: Industrial Bank founder Jesse Mitchell
canes that feature cash management, real
novel items estate loans, and online to limit the cash flow and it has a trickle down
such as ash banking. effect.”
trays and Having that kind Perhaps the reason Industrial has survived the
wallet of success and growth tough economic situation is because it serves a
over 75 years is an community of intelligent consumers.
accomplishment that “As an officer at Industrial Bank, you are
makes Industrial Bank required to go out and participate in promoting
Fred Dorsey, proud. Industrial financial literacy,” said Palmer. “That goes from
67, turned a Bank believes in fiscal older folks, to the young students, and kids in
“crutch” into responsibility and thinks elementary school. We want to make sure that our
a business that has been the one community is vibrant, it thrives and is educated
enterprise. of the primary reason such that it can realize its dreams.”
it’s enjoyed long-term Having seen its first 75 years, Bank is showing
success. no signs of slowing down – it plans on lasting another
Photo by Greg Dale

“We did not participate in the subprime market,” 75.


Palmer said. “We made sure we supported those “Industrial Bank is here for the long haul,” Palmer
enterprises that were sound.” said. “We’re not looking to be front and center on
In addition to that, the bank touts its ability to help everything. It is more that we fuel ourselves and our
consumers and businesses understand what they need to community so that we grow smartly.”
February 27, 2010 - March 5, 2010, The Baltimore Afro-American A5

NAACP Ushers in New Era


Continued from A1
Funds Provide More ‘COPS’
Continued from A1

association, several board


members said.
“It’s a proud moment
now.”
Brock said she is prepared
to tailor the mission of the
She began her stint
with the NAACP 25 years
ago, serving as a youth
for Baltimore
By Melanie R. Holmes in the six-month training that the size of the police
for us,” said Hazel Duke, NAACP to the needs of board member and Youth AFRO Staff Writer to become police officers; force has diminished over
New York State Conference today and to bring in a new and College Division state another 25 will begin training the years and is now down
president. “Today we are generation of young activists. conference president, among The Baltimore City Police in July. All officers will be on to slightly more than 3,000
changing the guard. We’re “ We find ourselves in a other roles. Department (BCPD) received foot patrol. officers.
going into the second period of political and social Brock entered the contest funding last week for 150 “They’re not going to “If we’re going to
century.” change, a period of change for chairmanship last year, new police officers over the be targeted in one district,” be more effective with
Outgoing Chairman that presents both a host of when 12-term Chairman next three years. Awarded police spokesman Anthony our policing, we can
Julian Bond told the AFRO challenges and opportunities,” Julian Bond announced over $10 million by the U.S. Guglielmi said. “Part always use more [police
the fact of Brock’s age was she said. “[And] this rapidly his decision to not seek re- Dept. of Justice Community of the police strategy is officers],”Guglielmi said.
serendipitous but did not changing social and political election. Oriented Policing Services to get police out of cars The COPS Office
factor into the choice of landscape requires that the “I just celebrated my 70th (COPS) Office, the money and engaging with the awarded $1 billion to police
the mostly senior Board of nation’s oldest and largest birthday and I’m tired; I want will send 50 citizens through community.” departments throughout
Directors. civil rights organization both to take it easy,” Bond told the BCPD police academy While he said the the country. In the state of
“It’s worked out re-examine, re-evaluate and the AFRO of his decision. “I each year until 2013. BCPD is not strapped for Maryland, Prince George’s
perfectly,” he said; “it’s great; renew. hope to devote most of my Currently, 25 people are manpower, Guglielmi noted County was also awarded.
it’s as if it was meant to be.” “As we embark on energies to raising money for
Bond was joined by fellow this second century,” she the NAACP as opposed to
Chairman Emeritus Myrlie continued, “the NAACP serving as an officer, which
Evers-Williams
in saying the
old guard of
“The future is calling us and the NAACP will answer.”
the Civil Rights Movement is older, yet wiser; we’re really—before I did it—I had
Baltimore Buried in Deficit
Continued from A1
were looking to Brock and embattled but proven; we’re no idea how time-consuming
Jealous to uphold the mission experienced and still ready. and engaging it can be. It is and responsive to the needs of our citizens, said property tax is the lowest it has been since
of the organization and to The future is calling us and the hardest non-paying thing even in the face of budgetary misfortune,” she 1972 and she intends for it to remain that way.
make it increasingly relevant the NAACP will answer.” I’ve ever done in my life.” said. “Understand that division and discord “But, before we share hope, we must make
to the times. Health care reform may That Brock, Bond’s are friends with failure and will only invite hard choices,” she said. “I will begin these
Jealous said they are equal be a chief concern for the mentor and longtime board calamity. Yes, we can disagree on the specifics. tough choices by slashing costs within the
to the task. new chairwoman, who is a vice chairman, is taking over But if we fail to cooperate, we will collapse mayor’s office.”
“This is a moment for the vice president at Bon Secours makes his decision much into dysfunction.” Doing more with less, Rawlings-Blake
history books,” he said. “We Health Care in Marriotsville, easier, he said. Only if the city stays focused in its shared cut 10 percent of the overall budget for
stand here at the beginning of Md., and its chief “I leave this position with priorities can schools be improved, streets the mayor’s office; abolished the mayor’s
our second century. And the spokeswoman on government both regret and relief. Regret be made safer and neighborhoods become Office of International Affairs and cancelled
children of the dream – those relations, advocacy and public because it’s a great honor stronger, Rawlings-Blake said. Despite international trips for her employees; cut
who were born as and after policy. to serve in this position-I a deficit of more than 60 percent of the general funding of the mayor’s Office of Cable
the great civil rights victories Brock earned a master’s think of all the things I’ve Baltimore’s obligation to its schools, she and Communication and reduced the executive
were won – are taking over degree in health services done in life this is the one said she plans to make good on the city’s passenger vehicle fleet by 37 percent and
the reins of this association so administration from George of which I am most proud,” responsibility to public education. She also reassigned the cars to other agencies.
that our children...can again Washington University, an Bond said. “And relief suggested increased investment into crime “We did not choose these tough times,”
have hope that the country MBA from Northwestern because I can hand the reins camera technology to further reduce acts Rawlings-Blake said. “But, we do choose, as
that they will inherit in 10 University and a master’s of of the organization over to a of violence, which are at a 20-year low in a strong city, to take action, move forward
to 20 years will be better divinity degree from Virginia dynamic young woman who Baltimore. And despite a deficit that equals a and recover quickly so that we are better and
off than this country is right Union University. is NAACP-born and bred.” 36 cent increase on property taxes, the mayor stronger because of this time and endurance.”

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body. since his colleagues voted him in as the new Council president
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Rochelle Spector, representative of District 5. residents of the 12th district and the new councilperson will be
“It takes a person that is used to doing women’s work, appointed “ASAP.”
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which means the work is never done,” she said. The nominating committee reconvened to vote on the new in need, and teen moms and
The day before the Council conducted interviews, Edward councilor Thursday evening and will present their selection to their babies. Training and
Reisinger, Council vice president, said he had only received one the entire Council at the next full body meeting on March 8. At
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they advocate to any issues, if they’re holding any office of a
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A6 The Baltimore Afro-American, February 27, 2010 - March 5, 2010

Healthy Start Creates Hope for Infants


By Melanie R. Holmes Baltimore residents about infants.
AFRO Staff Writer issues surrounding infant “The big issue is that
mortality. infant mortality in this nation
Actors Nicole Ari Parker Baltimore native Nicole is at an abysmal level,”
and Boris Kodjoe were Ari Parker and her husband Roberts said. “We have had
applauded for sharing the Boris Kodjoe were the event’s significant impact in reducing
story of their daughter’s battle keynote speakers this year. infant death and reducing
with spina bifida, a birth “They’re going to talk the low birth weight, which
defect, at the third annual about their journey and how is where most of the death
Cradle of Hope luncheon on they became advocates of occurs.”
Friday. But the real star of the Spina Bifida,” Alma Roberts, In order to prevent
show was infant mortality, Baltimore City Healthy infant deaths, Baltimore
which has not received Start president and CEO, City Healthy Start works
enough credit for the leading said of the Brown Sugar to eliminate very low birth
role it plays in the Black pair on Monday. “They’re weight (VLBW), low birth
community. By informing the a wonderful couple and we weight (LBW) and pre-term
public of just how prevalent want to put those kinds of births. African-American
the problem is, Baltimore City images out there. It’s going to infants are two to three times
Healthy Start hopes to change be a nice event.” more likely to die because
that. Infant mortality, which of unhealthy birth weights
As Maryland’s only is defined the death of a than White infants. However Courtesy Photo

federally funded infant baby before the age of one, Roberts said her organization Actress Nicole Ari Parker shared the story of their daughter’s battle with spina bifida at
mortality reduction program, is often used to indicate the has been very successful at the Cradle of Hope luncheon.
Baltimore City Healthy Start general health of a nation. reducing VLBW infants, or
has been leading the fight to
prevent infant death and has
served over 12,000 pregnant
In 2008, Baltimore City’s
infant mortality rate (IMR)
was higher than that of Hong
infants born at 3.3 pounds or
less, in Baltimore City. “We
have just virtually been able
State Plans For Girls in Detention
and postpartum women in
the city’s most economically
depressed communities since
Kong and Malaysia with 12.1
per 1,000 births, up from 11.3
the preceding year. Among
to eliminate that,” she said.
With Black women
accounting for 60 percent of
Flawed, Advocates Say
By Shauna Miller the American Civil Liberties “It’s hard to imagine that
1991. The Cradle of Hope African Americans in 2008, people living in poverty in Capital News Service Union of Maryland who we can’t find an adequate
campaign is Healthy Start’s 14.3 infants in Baltimore City the United States, Roberts works with girls at Waxter. space for five girls, and it’s
public awareness initiative died per every 1,000, versus said not only is IMR is a ANNAPOLIS - Across the “Gender-responsive not something that needs to
that educates and engages 7.3 deaths among White national trend that the Black country, girls are a minority in programs take into account take us 10 years to do,” said
community should fear, the juvenile justice system. how gender has affected girls’ Kumar.
but Black women die from In Maryland, there are just pathways into the system and DJS Secretary Donald
NAACP Census Recruit pregnancy complications four
and a half times more than
42 girls in the system, with 27 the experiences they’ve had DeVore said last month that
currently housed at Laurel’s and will have,” Kumar said. closing Waxter would leave
The Baltimore Branch White women. Through the Thomas J.S. Waxter Center Also at issue are girls with nowhere to go.
of the NAACP will be Cradle of Hope luncheon, for female juvenile offenders, vocational opportunities for Despite several attempts,
recruiting volunteers to leaders pushing to end the said Jay Cleary, director girls. There is currently no Capital News Service
work with the 2010 Census health disparity among Black of communications for the vocational programming at was unable to get further
at Baltimore NAACP women and babies spread Department of Juvenile Waxter, according to a report comments from DeVore or
Office, 8 W. 26th St., 11 awareness of IMR and Services. by the monitor. Sheri Meisel, DJS’ deputy
a.m. Members will be methods of prevention. Advocates say the small DJS has committed $10 secretary of operations.
passing out pamphlets, hats “Everybody needs to size of this population should million over three years But Kumar stressed that
and a host of other Census hear the message and they allow for more flexibility in to Silver Oak Academy, a better options for committed
paraphernalia. Contact need to hear it from multiple treatment options. Instead, residential center for boys and detained girls do exist,
NAACP Census Count perspectives,” Roberts said. they say, the needs of girls with a thriving vocational- whether or not Waxter
Coordinator Rev. C.D. “It’s very much a message are being systematically education program. The remains open.
Witherspoon for further information: 410-366-3300. that Black folks need to be overlooked in long-term plans independent monitor’s most “DJS’ position ... assumes
tuned in to and take hold of.” by the state’s Department of recent annual report suggested there’s only one type of
Juvenile Services. that adequate vocational- secure placement: A big,
Delegate Kathleen education funds also be prison-like facility with a lot
Dumais, D-Montgomery, marked for girls. of beds,” said Kumar. “Which
introduced legislation last But advocates say the most is what we have already,
month requiring parity in pressing need is moving girls and which we know doesn’t
treatment for girls in the in the committed program out work.”
juvenile system. The House of Waxter and into alternative Kumar pointed to the
Judiciary Committee will hear programs -- a change that successful PACT evening
testimony next week. Dumais Dumais’ closure bill is meant reporting center for male
also introduced legislation to force. juvenile offenders in
Wednesday that would The state’s independent Baltimore. Boys check into
shut down Waxter, a step monitor recommended in the center after school and
advocates have been pushing 2007 that Waxter be shuttered are returned to their homes
for years. and the girls moved “at in the evening by staff. The
“Everyone has bright the earliest possible date.” center was recognized last
ideas” about overhauling the Four special reports on the year as a Model for Change
juvenile system, she said in an facility by the monitoring program by the MacArthur
interview. “But nothing really unit detailed overcrowding Foundation.
seems to change.” and understaffing, allegations Statewide, “detention
Since girls are such a small of physical abuse by staff alternative” programs serve
part of the juvenile-justice members and commingling about 750 juveniles of both
population, parity in services of girls convicted of serious genders, said Cleary, the DJS
means strategically addressing crimes with those detained for spokesman.
the special needs of girls in minor offenses. No girls are currently
the system rather than simply The death of a teacher served at the Baltimore
building larger facilities to at the Cheltenham Youth reporting center, though
house them, advocates say. Facility in Prince George’s Kumar said many of the girls
This more holistic County Thursday has put DJS in detention at Waxter are
approach to girls in the practices under additional from Baltimore. She said
juvenile system includes scrutiny. Cheltenham houses extending evening reporting
“gender-responsive” youth under court-ordered to girls would also be a more
programming that addresses supervision who have cost-efficient long-term
issues like sexual trauma or not been deemed a risk to strategy than housing lower-
domestic abuse. themselves and others. risk girls at the proposed new
Though DJS worked with Only four girls are facility.
a consultant for more than two currently in court-mandated Reports by the
years on a gender-responsive commitment at Waxter, the independent monitor have
treatment model for Waxter state’s only high-security also repeatedly suggested
called Growing Great Girls, facility for female offenders. that committed girls could
the state’s independent Twenty-three other girls at be moved to small sites on
monitor found in a recent Waxter are in a lower-security other DJS properties, such
report that “girls complain detention wing, or are there as The Way Home, outside
that they don’t understand awaiting placement in other of Baltimore. The office
what they are supposed to be programs. Outside of Waxter, also continues to advocate
doing or what is expected of about a dozen girls are in shifting funding from “bricks
them to successfully complete private facilities or have been and mortar” to cheaper and
the program.” sent out of state for treatment. more flexible community-
The monitor found The DJS long-term based programs.
that staff was similarly strategic plan includes Kumar said constructing
unclear on the program’s funding for a new girls’ a new facility would actually
implementation. “Most of the facility in Carroll County with limit options for girls in
material was common sense, room for 30 girls in detention treatment and detention.
and that they did not learn and 12 committed girls. But “You’re stuck with what
many new approaches for construction may not begin you build and all the costs
working with girls,” the report for up to 10 years, according of operating it,” she said.
said. to a report by the monitor. “Money can’t follow the
“With anything that has to Kumar said more creative, need, and instead just sticks
do with girls, we tend to just inexpensive solutions could with the status quo, whether
call it ‘gender responsive,’ immediately reduce harm to it makes sense or not. That’s
and that’s not really accurate,” the handful of girls committed not a smart way to spend on
said Sonia Kumar, a fellow at to state custody. such a small population.”
February 27, 2010 - March 5, 2010, The Baltimore Afro-American A7

Secrets Exposed, Myths Vanquished at Minority


Business Summit Luncheon
By Stephen D. Riley Summit and in its 11th annual of things,” said 17-year-old BPI

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AFRO Staff Writer presentation, the summit didn’t drop student Justin Carpenter. “It really
the ball. allowed me to keep an open mind
There were no tennis shoes, “It just gives folks an for doing business. I learned that it’s
jeans or sweatshirts present at the opportunity to hear what the all about cultivating the next person,
Minority Business Summit’s Men of resources are, what the new areas to make them better and help them
Influence luncheon on Feb. 20, just of opportunities are and how prosper and the only way you can
neatly creased slacks, fashionable they can get the deal done,” said prosper is by helping someone else.”
ties and double-breasted suits. LaRian Finney, CEO of Visionary Carpenter merely recited the
Maybe the only thing sharper than Marketing Group, which hosts the words that the four distinguished
the dress code was the entertaining summit. “We just try to put folks in panelists made sure to hammer
and piquant dialogue among its a place where they can be successful home to the audience on the
guests. At the Billie Holiday and see what they need to do to afternoon. Broadcasting the idea that
ballroom inside the Baltimore Hilton move their companies forward.” partnering is the best way to reach
Hotel, some of the most prominent After 11 years in Baltimore, success. And if it was one thing
figures in minority business gathered the summit will relocate to besides emails and contact numbers
at a career conference for the ages. Washington, D.C., next year. And that trying tycoons made sure to
Moderated by BET journalist and although members of the crowd bring home, it was that message
author Jeff Johnson, a panel board of expressed their displeasure at the alone.
Michael Eric Dyson, Earl G. Graves Michael Eric Dyson, commentator Baltimore Raven and summit’s move down the beltway, “The impact is on business
Jr., Daniel Meachum and Patrick and “hip hop intellectual” entrepreneur Ray Lewis that didn’t stop local residents owners and people looking to be
Turner put their impressive résumés from bringing their business cards, business owners who want to find
aside and shared their thoughts on the mixed crowd of both young the political answers that tend to recording cameras and notebooks. potential opportunities to partner
the state of the Black economy, and experienced entrepreneurs but saturate most monetary and business The appropriately titled, Men and practical solutions to be able
ways to improve business and ideas their opinions converged on the discussions and helped to removed of Influence Luncheon, served to take their business to the next
on dispelling some of the failing admonition that “you don’t have to the veil from the ugly picture that is as a foreseeable blueprint for level,” Johnson said. “LaRian and
mindsets that exists in today’s sacrifice the bottom line to be able today’s economy. Detailing insider many of the attendees, including Visionary Marketing Group have
minority business owners. to do what’s right,” as Johnson so tips, business secrets and providing visiting scholars of the Baltimore done just more than anybody else
Hard-hitting messages from eloquently stated. a forum for open networking is a Polytechnic Institute (BPI). in this community has to take that
Dyson, Graves and Meachum awoke The panelists avoided many of large focus of the Minority Business “It opened my eyes to a lot discussion to the next level.”

Foreclosure Rates Concern Census Officials


By George Barnette That hypothetical situation people live in the house back take in family members, to
AFRO Staff Writer is one that’ll be faced to the agency that’s in charge understand that receiving
everywhere in the country of your housing. an accurate count is all the
The record number of where the foreclosure rate “That’s the story that Census Bureau is concerned
home foreclosures in the may be high, but what Census needs to be told to those folks with.
Washington, D.C. metro area officials want citizens to know because otherwise, they will “The Census Bureau does
has local Census officials is that information will not be not be counted in the Census not care who’s there or their
worried about the 2010 count. made available to authorities. unless they take a proactive legal status,” he said. “The
It’s a concern that was “All we want to know step of going out and filling Bureau doesn’t care if the
nonexistent in previous counts is how many people live in out a form independent of room is supposed to have six
in 2000 and 1990, but now the house,” said Henderson. their address.” people and it has 20. It just
Census officials are concerned “We’re not going to report Henderson says the onus needs to know how many
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“From the editor’s desk”


Sitting Ducks
When I heard, shortly after Thanksgiving 2006, about the
shooting of Sean Bell by five New York City police officers,
that he was killed with four bullets from a torrent of 50 shots,
my thoughts were not only of him—they were also of Amadou
Diallo.
Diallo was killed in February 1999 when 19 of 41 shots from
four New York City police officers pierced his body, mere feet
away from the safety of his front door, after one of the officers
identified his wallet – reached for to provide identification – as a
gun.
These men, now dead, had some interesting things in common.
Both were 23, both were headed home after participating in legal
early-morning activities, both were unarmed, both were shot at by
multiple officers at the same time and those responsible for both
Talibah Chikwendu their deaths were found not guilty and set free. Oh, and both were
Black.
But why in 2010, you ask, am I talking about this old news?
This week federal prosecutors announced they would not charge the officers involved in
the Sean Bell shooting with civil rights violations and closed the case, ending any chance
of a successful criminal prosecution against those officers. When announcing the decision,
prosecutors indicated, according to a report from The Huffington Post, there wasn’t enough

“Is this what it felt like in the early 1920s or ‘30s, knowing your
son or father, simply because he was Black, might not make
it home alive because he could be snatched off the road and
lynched?”
sheer idiocy of it all should bring about some sort of punishment.
evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the officers acted willfully – meaning, they If it’s this easy for the police to pump 40-50 bullets into a Black person on the street, what
couldn’t prove Bell was shot because he was Black. would keep renegade officers from using just one or two whenever they feel like it? Is this what
Another thing Bell and Diallo have in common. it felt like in the early 1920s or ‘30s, knowing your son or father, simply because he was Black,
I wonder how you can, as a single officer shooting at Sean Bell and crew did, fire 31 shots – might not make it home alive because he could be snatched off the road and lynched? Have we
emptying the loaded chamber and a 15-bullet magazine, reloading, and then emptying a second come full circle, except now the people we fear are the police? And how else should we see it
15-bullet magazine – without willfulness? How can you do that and not know, sometime before when there seems to be no justice, even in the face of such clear excess?
you run out of projectiles, who you are shooting? One shot, even four shots, perhaps not willful. To all the law abiding, quality police officers, who often at great personal risk do their jobs
But 31? Fifty? with integrity daily, I apologize that you are getting viewed through this lens. But the community
And if it wasn’t willful, perhaps in New York there are more insidious police problems shouldn’t move on from this, as suggested by James Culleton, an attorney for one of the officers
like poor marksmanship and an over-enthusiasm for random, excessive gun play. If they in the Bell case. Justice was not done and the people, Black men especially, are not safe. We
weren’t shooting a Black man for being Black, then both these instances feel like spontaneous, should not rest until we can, at least, believe we are.
coordinated bursting into a surreal re-enactment of the shootout at the O.K. Corral, not unlike the
transition in a musical. Complete your 2010 Census form when it comes to your home in March. Be counted to
The danger of this scenario – a group of cops shoot and kill an unarmed Black man and walk increase funding for needed community initiatives. A luta continua ...
away unpunished – is that each time it goes down like this, it gets easier to do again. It seems
to make Black men sitting ducks. If you can’t make a case against officers firing in excess of Talibah Chikwendu is the executive editor for the AFRO-American Newspapers and a former
40 bullets into an unarmed man that isn’t even a suspect, it must be open season. Otherwise the columnist for the newspaper.

Letters to the Editor


An Open Letter to the Citizens of Maryland We Need to Solve the Problems cultivate a spirit that will make us forget that there is such a
As Maryland’s adjutant general and the senior leader of As dangerous situations continue to develop and unfold line anyway.”
the Maryland National Guard, I would like to express my we recognize African Americans remain victims of racial Dr. King echoed those words 60 years later when he told
thanks to the local and state officials, first responders and discrimination. Having a Black president has not decreased us of his dream that his children would live in a nation where
the citizens of Maryland for their outpouring of appreciation racism. We must realize there are two major problems Blacks they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the
for the Maryland National Guard during the recent record- must deal with in order to overcome this conditional constraint. content of their character.
breaking back-to-back snowstorms. Approximately 700 men These two problems are deep rooted and seriously Yet ‘Black’ history month highlights color, not character.
and women of the Maryland Army and Air National Guard significant in preventing Blacks from reaching their goal, of An unintended consequence may be that it disrespects the
were activated for state active duty by Gov. O’Malley and becoming a free and independent people. The two problems vision and dream of both Drs. King and Washington.
deployed to assist state and local authorities by rescuing are White racism and corrupt Black leaders. Don’t get me wrong, February is a good month to celebrate
stranded motorists, transporting firemen and equipment to fight It is going to take a plan that will inspire African Americans these and other greats of American History, like Presidents
fires, transferring severely injured and sick patients to medical to unite and form a power base to find solutions for these two Washington and Lincoln. But so are the months of March
treatment facilities, and transporting first responder personnel gigantic problems. Until then I encourage all Blacks to read through December… January too!
and critical supplies, such as road salt, to emergency sites the Five Phase Plan and the Reparations Proclamation. Both Take my favorite, Booker T. Washington. His life and
around the state. One of our teams even assisted in the delivery docs will motivate us to unite, with the intent of working on legacy inspired and motivated millions of his generation and
of a baby. finding solutions for these two problems and other critical beyond. His record of achievement on behalf of his fellow
These citizen soldiers have stepped up to answer the call issues. We should not leave solving our problems to others. man is comparable to – and deserves to be measured against –
from our state and our nation since 1634. They have fought in any and all Americans.
our wars and responded to emergencies and disasters across Brotha Pruitt His priorities and values were not only right for his time,
our country. These men and women are well trained and well Reparations Leader and Chairman but for today also. He championed individual character,
motivated to assist their neighbors in times of distress. They Committee for African-American Reparations (CAAR) CA personal responsibility and economic independence. As a
are your fathers and mothers; sons and daughters; brothers and Reparations Union Lobbying Association (RULA) NC practical visionary, he saw these conservative values as critical
sisters. They represent the best of Maryland, and I am proud first steps towards developing an American culture of equality
of their accomplishments during this crisis as they left their A Critical Look at Black History Month that could – given time to heal – eventually reside in the hearts
own homes and families to serve their neighbors and fellow What do we think of when we hear of Black History Month and minds of all Americans.
citizens. today? But don’t take my word for it. Download his famous
Time after time, we have heard the stories from every For many, I suspect it means little more than a quick glance quotations from our website at BTWsociety.org. Or research
corner of our state of the tremendous efforts of the men and back on the life or legacy of some historical figures that have his many books, speeches and articles posted there.
women of the Maryland National Guard. The expressions but one thing in common: they were born Black. You may discover that Booker T. Washington’s legacy is far
of gratitude by state and local officials, first responders and But wait. Aren’t we supposed to be trying to usher in richer than simply one of an ex-slave who founded Tuskegee
Marylanders have made the whole effort worthwhile. Thanks a post-racial age? In that light, ‘Black’ history month has University.
for your support. outlived its usefulness. By segregating great Americans in You may even come to see him – as I do – as a great
James A. Adkins print, we patronize and diminish their legacies. It’s like giving American and worthy role-model for all Americans today,
Brigadier general, MDARNG an honorable mention for making the American History semi- regardless of color.
The Adjutant General finals while implying “they” are not qualified to enter the Ronald Court
Super Bowl of all Americans. President, Booker T. Washington Society
One hundred years ago, Dr. Booker T. Washington said, www.BTWsociety.org
“In the sight of God there is no color line, and we want to

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February 27, 2010 - March 5, 2010, The Baltimore Afro-American A11

Opinion
Yes We Can funding for government are in their 30s, six in 10 by undercounting Blacks and alone lost $1.5 billion and federal funding necessary
services, strong political Black males who drop out other minorities, children Texas lost $1 billion due to address the difficult
representation and civil rights of high school are likely to and the poor. According to the under count. Many challenges that plague us.
enforcement. Examples of spend time in prison. to one estimate, the 2000 states also lost federal funds: Last year, record numbers
social and economic struggles Thirty-eight percent of census missed nearly 1 Louisiana lost $68.8 million of Black people registered to
faced by African-American AIDS deaths in the United million people of color and in federal funds, Arkansas lost vote and voted for the first
communities include the time to help elect the first
following statistics: African-American president
A quarter of all Blacks “An accurate census count is imperative for our communities of the United States. They
Marvin L. Cheatham live below the federal poverty were educated and engaged in
level – a poverty rate about to receive the federal funding necessary to address the difficult the process and saw results.
An accurate census
count is a vital national
twice the national rate. And
more than a third of all Black
challenges that plague us.” We urge all Americans,
African Americans in
imperative. It not only children live in poverty. particular, to take the next
means critical resources to The unemployment rate States have been among actually double counted $17.1 million, Mississippi step in participating in the
underserved communities, but runs twice that of Whites. African Americans and of the some members of the non- lost $12.5 million and South democratic process and let
political representation, an Studies show that employers more than 1 million people Hispanic White population, Carolina lost $9.2 million. their voice be heard again in
underpinning of our precious would rather hire a White living with HIV in the United overestimating their size by An inaccurate census 2010. We must do everything
democracy. male applicant with a criminal States of America today, approximately 2.2 million count can result in the social, we can to ensure there is an
Today African Americans record than an African- nearly half are Black. people, a number equal to educational, healthcare, accurate and complete count
face great challenges. American man without one. In the face of these the total White population of and transportation services of all communities. We cannot
Our communities are Half of all Black men in their real life obstacles, Black Kansas. that are so important to the afford to be undercounted
disproportionately impacted 20s are jobless. communities cannot afford to In addition, together, the African-American community again in 2010.
by a host of social and In many cities, more be inaccurately counted in the District of Columbia and being reduced or removed all
economic issues, and a than half of young African- 2010 census. Unfortunately, the 31 states affected by together. An accurate census Dr. Marvin L. Cheatham
correct census profile can American men do not finish previous census counts have undercounting, lost more than count is imperative for our Sr. is the president of the
help address these issues high school; by the time they worsened these challenges $4.1 billion dollars. California communities to receive the NAACP Baltimore City
by ensuring the appropriate Branch.

Educating And Preparing Our Youth


20 percent below the state well-trained teachers is at the linked to vocational career such as AVID and Higher teaching and research. It is
Sheldon K. Caplis average. And of those who core of future success. New options as well as numerous Achievement, and Posse that important.
enter college, less than 40 Leaders for New Schools, an careers requiring a college Foundation in Washington, We learned a great deal
We wish Stephanie percent graduate within six organization that recruits and degree. All of these initiatives D.C., must be brought to scale at the College Summit.
Rawlings-Blake all the best years. trains candidates to become suggest a higher degree of to strengthen academic skills Baltimore has an outstanding
as she begins her new role A college degree is one principals, has demonstrated accountability than ever and uncover and expand the superintendent who is
as mayor and welcome of the single most important through rising student test before and a mandate for number of students prepared dedicated to utilizing data
her commitment to move tools for providing young scores in schools led by its data that tracks performance to succeed in college. and taking action. We have
Baltimore forward. people a measure of economic graduates, the difference at all levels. In addition to At the college level we leaders in many of our post-
A key community issue resilience. The Commerce an excellent principal can well prepared principals and can learn a great deal about secondary institutions who
to address is the academic Department’s Census Bureau are committed to supporting
achievement gap. At the students of all backgrounds.
recent College Summit
reports those with a college “In addition to well prepared principals and teachers, we must And we have students
degree a person will earn
sponsored by Citi and $1 million more during develop a culture that recognizes and reinforces the importance who despite the odds are
Associated Black Charities their careers than those who persevering and succeeding.
(ABC), 300 educators, service only complete high school.
of obtaining a college degree.” Let us all, government,
providers and funders worked If we want Baltimore’s service providers, and
on the development of policy disadvantaged youth to stay make. We also know the teachers, we must develop a persistence and retention funders alike, come together
changes to improve college and succeed in this city and state can take major steps culture that recognizes and from successful programs at now to close the academic
access and completion. the economic renaissance in guaranteeing a highly- reinforces the importance of our community colleges and achievement gap so vital
Keynote speaker Dr. that would result from a qualified teacher in every obtaining a college degree. the University of Maryland to our city’s and children’s
Freeman A. Hrabowski III, more stable and sizeable classroom by strengthening Organizations such as College Baltimore County’s nationally future.
president of the University of middle class, than we need tenure requirements, allowing Summit and College Bound recognized Meyerhoff
Maryland-Baltimore County, a comprehensive strategy to merit pay, and recognizing have proven effective at the Scholars program. Several Sheldon K. Caplis is
noted that this is a national better prepare pre-college creative alternatives to teacher high school level, but we four-year institutions have regional director, South
problem and that Baltimore is youth and to constructively training and certification. must start the process earlier adopted some of these Atlantic Region, Community
not immune. Only 50 percent intervene with young people Also, the state can support to link financial and career strategies, but we need to do Relations, Citi and a member
of students entering Baltimore already in the college and differential pay for high aspirations with academic more and do it now. There
of the Steering Committee of
high schools graduate. The career pipeline. demand STEM (science, attainment. is evidence of what works
average SAT score is 1,200 ABC’s MiTM (More in The
We know that a competent technology, engineering and And right now proven and we ought to fund these
out of a possible 2,400, Middle).
principal along with a team of math) areas as these skills are programs in Baltimore programs just as we support

I’ve Got Your Deficit Commission Right Here!


money we have to spend on crisis. immediately instituting PROGRAMS” (Emphasis per year. There simply aren’t
more important and often How serious is it? At government health care. mine). enough people making that
essential things. The wino the rate we are spending On Feb. 18 President In bringing down the much money to pay for all
lacks food, housing and entitlement expenditures will Obama announced the deficit and reducing our the spending. The burden will
clothing; the entitlement represent a full 3/4 of our creation of a deficit national debt there are truly be borne by everyone. On
addict lacks employment, federal budget by the year commission charged only two choices: either we the bright side the increase
savings and luxury. 2030. A decade later – when with rooting out ways to stop spending or we raise in taxes will mean that
Consider that today today’s college students begin restore fiscal discipline taxes (there is also the option businesses will stop hiring so
our national debt stands to retire – our debt will have to Washington. This of both raising taxes and a lot of folks will not have to
at roughly $12 trillion or risen to 244 percent of GDP. announcement came on increasing spending favored pay the higher taxes because
roughly 70 percent of our This nation will be so broke the heels of the president’s by many on the new left or they will not have earned any
gross domestic product or that we will only be able to announcement of a $3.8 that favored by the GOP: income.
GDP. But wait. We have service our public debt and trillion budget, which cutting taxes while raising Commissions made up
promised today’s workers pay out some social security anticipates – by their own spending). Our addiction of Democratic fools and
Social Security and Medicare and Medicare benefits. All accounting – a $1.6 trillion makes it unlikely that we Republican lackeys do not
Joseph C. Phillips benefits totaling another other parts of the government deficit. It has been reported will do away with federal automatically make for
$41 trillion. Toss in another will be shut down. that in certain parts of programs and entitlements; good policy prescriptions.
Even as a bloodbath trillion for miscellaneous I dare say it was some
looms in the November expenses, and suddenly brilliant commission that
distance, the Obama our debt skyrockets to $54 “Commissions made up of Democratic fools and Republican is responsible for creating
administration continues
to push healthcare because
trillion. In layman’s terms
it means in order to pay our
lackeys do not automatically make for good policy prescriptions.” the mess we currently find
ourselves in. The truth is that
they know that Americans future obligations we would we do not yet know which
love their entitlements like need $54 trillion invested What does the wino do Brooklyn and in a particular recent attempts to reform congressmen will make up
winos love wine. They are today. How much of that when he has consumed all household in Los Angeles it Social Security, for example, the body of this commission;
betting the farm that once that money does this nation have his wine? He begs others for was shouted, “I’ve got your were met with a stone wall. no doubt they are all grand
fiery warmth begins running sitting around? Zip! Zero! theirs. Rather than a world deficit commission right And because cutting spending fellows. However, unless
through the national body we Zilch! leader-- we will be a nation at here!” often means offending they begin their task with a
will not only love national The next politician that the behest of others. Rather Chairing the bi-partisan constituents, the solution most discussion on taming the $54
health care, but will fight to proposes to solve this problem than a strong and secure commission will be former favored by politicians on both trillion dollar beast that awaits
defend it. We will also be too by cutting waste should be people – we will be a nation, Senate Republican leader the left and right is that of the next generation – none of
glassy eyed to notice that we laughed out of office. The to paraphrase the bard, whose Alan Simpson and former raising taxes. them is serious. They are, as
have suddenly signed away truth is that the result of our hearts will shake at every Clinton advisor Erskine In order to keep up with Curtis Mayfield sang, simply
our liberty, becoming slaves addiction is so severe that we feeble rumor and whose Bowles. The president our addiction we will have “your pusher man.”
to those that serve us. But I could end ear marks, allow enemies, with the nodding of betrayed his lack of to double our federal tax rate
digress. the Bush tax-cuts to expire their plumes will fan us into seriousness when he let across the board. It won’t be Joseph C. Phillips is the
Like wine, entitlements and end the war in Iraq and despair. slip that he expects the as easy as laying the burden author of “He Talk Like a
cost money. Sadly the more still be some distance from Clearly something must commission to find a way at the feet of “the wealthy” or White Boy” available where
addicted we become the less solving this nation’s fiscal be done. I mean besides to “pay for ALL FEDERAL those making over $250,000 ever books are sold.
B10 The Baltimore Afro-American, May 16, 2009 - May 22, 2009

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February 27, 2010 - March 5, 2010, The Baltimore Afro-American B1

In a landmark weekend that


paid tribute to African Ameri-
cans in science, engineering
and technology, Black Engineer
Magazine presented the 24th an-
nual Black Engineer of the Year
Awards (BEYA) STEM Global
Competitiveness Conference
Retired Vice Admiral ceremony drew thousands to
Walter Davis
the Baltimore Convention Center
Photos by Anderson Ward
Feb. 18-20.

Among the weekend’s events


was the Stars and Stripes Dinner
and the BEYA Gala, which hon-
ored leading African Americans
in the sciences and engineering.

Tyrone D. Taborn, president


and CEO of Career
Communications Group

Granville C.
Coggs, an original
Tuskegee Airman

General Norton A. Schwartz, Chief of


Staff of the United States Air Force, and
his wife greet Admiral Michelle Howard

Vice Admiral Walter Davis


(Ret), makes presentation
of Stars & Stripes Award to
Rear Admiral Earl L. Gay

Lt. General Dennis L. Via


receives The Stars & Stripes
Award presented by Lt. General Admiral Michelle The Frederick Douglass High School Color Guard
Joe Ballard (Ret) Howard

General William “Kip” Ward,


Dr. Randal Pinkett, president Commander, U.S. Africa Command,
and CEO, BCT Partners, presents receives the BEYA “Lifetime
the “Most Promising Engineer or Achievement” award from Admiral Mike
Scientist in Government Award” Mullen, chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
to Shakti Davis
Susan Cote’, Vice President, Northrop
Grumman Corporation, presents The
Supplier Diversity Award to Gloria Pulan

William H. Swanson, chairman and chief


Kareem Ibn-Abdullah executive officer of Raytheon Company,
Muhammad receivedthe presents the 2010 “Black Engineer Of
Admiral Gary Roughead, chief of Naval Operations, “Most Promising Engineer the Year” award to John D. Harris II, vice
presents The “Professional Achievement in or Scientist in Industry” president, Contracts and Supply Chain
Government” award to Steffanie B. Easter award. Raytheon Company
B2 The Baltimore Afro-American, February 27, 2010 - March 5, 2010

Hit-And-Run Collisions on the Rise in Maryland Area


By Stephen D. Riley their car insurance provider considering that most states
AFRO Staff Writer as Arlington churned out require a driver responsible
an astonishing 83 percent for an accident with an
You’ve washed, waxed of hit-and-run collisions unattended vehicle to inform
and gassed up your new car. involving a parked vehicle the owner. Leaving a note on
A quick trip to the store is all and Alexandria backed that the car or inside the mailbox
that’s left before you finally number with 79 percent. is a direct requirement but
head out for a night on the Considering the often goes unfulfilled. As
town. But be careful where same study revealed that stated in a press release,
you park. A study done by nationally, only 69 percent Allstate recommends
Allstate recently revealed that of the country’s hit-and-run drivers always leave a note,
over 70 percent of 2009’s collisions involved a parked including an explanation of
hit-and-run collisions in the vehicle, it’s safe to say this what happened no matter how
Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area is a hotbed for hit-and- visible the damage.
metro area involved a parked runs. “Leaving a note after
vehicle. There’s nothing more hitting someone’s vehicle is
Last year alone, 79 frightening for a car owner simply the right thing to do,
percent of Baltimore’s hit- to arrive outside only to even if it was just a scrape,”
and-run collisions involved discover his or her vehicle said Dave Prendergast, field
a parked vehicle compared has been side-swiped or vice president for Allstate’s
to 71 percent in the District. damaged due to someone Capital Region in a statement.
Northern Virginia residents else’s negligence. The “If you caused damage to a
took home the trophy for absence of any notification vehicle, you are liable and
most phone calls made to only adds to the frustration can be held responsible.
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February 27, 2010 - March 5, 2010, The Baltimore Afro-American B3

Young Publisher Farrah Gray in Hot Dispute with Marley’s


Son Over 1st Book
By Pharoh Martin by turning something that was written from the heart into
NNPA National Correspondent something seemingly malicious was going to benefit him in
some way.”
WASHINGTON (NNPA) - Ky-Mani Marley, a son of the Ky-Mani also alleges that Gray made changes to the book’s
legendary Jamaican music artist Bob Marley, regrets ever cover without his consent.
putting his life on paper. His recently released memoir has The book’s original title was changed from Dear Dad: The
become a brewing source of an increasingly ugly controversy Marley Son Who Persevered From the Streets To Prominence.
between himself, his famous family and the book’s publisher, The title was changed to its current name, “Dear Dad: Where’s
pioneering entrepreneur Farrah Gray. The Family In Our Family, Today?
Gray contends that the estate of the late Bob Marley is A caption, “The Story The Marley Family Apparently
not happy about the “family secrets” that Ky-Mani revealed Doesn’t Want You To Know” was also added at the bottom of
in his very telling book Dear Dad: “Where’s The Family In the cover to double as both a marketing draw and as a direct
Our Family, Today? It was released on Feb. 6 to coincide with jab at his adversaries in the matter.  
the elder Marley’s 65th birthday. Ky-Mani alleges that the The title change was made because of the Marley family’s
publisher misrepresented and sensationalized his life story in attempt to stop the book, Gray contends. He insists that
order to push more units. nothing was taken that wasn’t a direct quote from Ky-Mani.
“There are secrets in the book that they didn’t want out In fact, the change in the book’s subtitle is a direct quote from
that Ky-Mani didn’t have a problem putting out. But now that inside of the book, he said.
the book is published he’s now stating that he’s distancing “The name of the book is still Dear Dad,” Gray explained.
himself and denouncing the book,” Gray said in an exclusive “The quote, taken from the inside of the book, is his question
interview with the NNPA News Service. “Those are his words. to them. And the statement on the book came about since the
I didn’t write it. I published it. He wrote it with the assistance family tried to stop the book from coming out.”
of another writer and had the final edit on it. And [he] was very Ky-Mani, on the other hand, stated that while the book
happy with the book.” was meant to tell his story from his point of view it was never
NNPA was not able to get comments from the Marley intended to be used as an attack on his family.
family nor Ky-mani Marley but in an online statement posted “I’m not happy about it, I’m very hurt,” Marley told The
to his Facebook page, Ky-Mani shared his side of the story. Jamaica Gleaner in an interview published the day the book
“I did not expect that Dr. Gray would have been was released. “All I wanted to do was tell my story, not cause
unprofessional and malicious in twisting my words or using any conflict.”
things that were discussed in confidence to create controversy As Bob Marley’s 10th child, the 33-year-old Grammy-
in an attempt to sell a book,” Ky-Mani wrote in his statement. nominated musician enjoys a musical namesake that is
Of course, the Marleys have every right to protect the beloved the world over. But, as a son born outside of Marley’s
public brand of the family’s very lucrative estate, which, marriage, Ky-Mani was also mostly exiled from the silver
according to Fortune Magazine is expected to generate Gray’s company Farrah Gray Publishing. Dear Dad is Gray’s spoon upbringing that many of his more privileged siblings
worldwide annual sales in excess of $1 billion by 2012. But, first project under his new publishing firm. The accomplished enjoyed following their father’s untimely death in 1981.
Gray contends that they have no legal right to interfere with 24-year-old Gray is an author, columnist, entrepreneur, speaker “This cold war that gets waged on the inside of our family
this book as the memoir is Ky-Mani’s alone. and philanthropist. At 14, he became the world’s youngest self- between the so-called legitimate and the somehow perceived
And so is the signed contract that exists between him and made Black millionaire and, recently, became the youngest illegitimate sibling is madness,” he wrote, according to an
recipient to ever receive a excerpt from the book. “It’s ignorance. And it is so not our
prestigious Trumpet Award father. That is someone else.”  
for his entrepreneurial Instead of growing up in the grandiose Marley’s hilltop
success. family estate in Jamaica, the autobiography details Ky-Mani’s
Gray said that after the impoverished beginnings from the island to his life as a petty
book went out to media drug peddler in the seedy streets of Miami to a successful
outlets and was getting ready music career as an internationally-recognized reggae artist.
for the final print stages he The book also recounts how the deceased icon’s second
got e-mails and calls from youngest son was estranged from the family fortune by Bob
Ky-Mani and executives of Marley’s widow Rita Marley for much of his life because,
the Marley estate demanding according to the book, she refused to financially support any
that changes be made to the children her late-husband fathered outside of their marriage.
book immediately. According “Ky-Mani Marley grew up with the last name but not the
to Gray, the family was guarantee,” Gray said.  “Ky-mani’s been hanged over the fact
threatening to cut Ky-Mani that he’s been ostracized. He’s the only one in music that is not
off if the book made it to on the family’s record label. If Bob Marley was here he would
press. not be happy with the mistreatment of his son and them trying
“Ky-mani approved the to squash his story. The Marley estate should be ashamed. It’s
book,” Gray said. “Every step all very sad.”
of the way I worked with him The two parties are threatening legal action against each
so, I’m not really sure what other. The publisher may seek to have the Marley estate
he’s not approving of.” executives held legally liable for “intentionally damaging” the
Gray said that the book contractual relationship between his publishing company and
was transcribed entirely from Ky-Mani Marley, which may have cost him book sales due to
Ky-mani’s taped interviews. Ky-mani’s refusal to promote the book.
He charges the sudden change As an even more defining gesture, if the controversy
of heart to “family politics.” continues, Gray is threatening to release the actual audio
“During the final edit of recordings of Ky-Mani’s taped interviews with even more
the book, I spoke with my damaging things about the Ky-mani’s relationship with his
sister, Cedella [Marley], and father’s family, according to Gray.
I advised Dr. Farrah Gray “I’m getting caught in the crossfire of family politics,
that some changes had to be which is the worst kind of politics because it’s based on pure
made and until the changes emotion,” Gray said. ”He’s my author. I had a contract with
were made, I was not willing him and he was happy with his book before the intimidation
to do any promotion for started, before the campaign that they launched to scare him
the book,” Ky-Mani stated. from coming out with the book and the frantic e-mails and
“I could not support and calls that I’ve received regarding them not liking the book
promote something that is because it is the story the Marley family doesn’t want you to
not 100 percent mine and know between those pages.”
that I believe in. Dr. Gray Gray concludes: “He has regrets about writing the book but
apparently thought that I didn’t put a gun to his head … He wanted to write the book.”

Entertainment Briefs
Parents Angry at ‘American page, he deemed the play “a businessman Greg Money
Idol’ Contestant contemporary twist on the told BlackAmericaweb.com.
“American Idol” classic story, with all new Money had three daughters in
contestant Todrick Hall is music.” the show.
receiving much backlash from Using local, novice Money agreed to finance
parents who are claiming actors, the play had been a production of Oz in August
to never have been given in production for several 2008 in Lubbock, Texas, that
performance fees from a years and cast children casted professional actors
failed musical production he as munchkins and flying for the lead roles. This venue
wrote and directed. monkeys. eventually led to a small tour
OZ, The Musical was “They were fabulous, of Texas cities in early 2009
created by Hall, an “American just wonderful productions, that Money deemed as a
Idol” contestant who reached and the kids just really “financial disaster.”
the top 24. On his Facebook loved them,” Dallas Continued on B4
B4 The Baltimore Afro-American, February 27, 2010 - March 5, 2010

Book Review

‘The Denzel Principle: Why Black Women Can’t Find Good


Black Men’
By Kam Williams my life, sifting through battle-of-the-sexes suffering on a variety of national cable them as responsible for the brothers. So, it is no surprise
Special to the AFRO unreasonable expectations from post-traumatic street news networks, at least when failure of their marriages. that he would also blame
from certain kinds of syndrome, than a leading he isn’t busy lecturing as And jilted Jimi goes on the fact that two-thirds of all
“What do black women women… This is a personal authority in the field a lecturer at at length to describe how the African-American marriages
want? The truth? They journey I’m putting out with Case Western first, “rolled me for tuition end in divorce “less on black
are looking for Denzel there in hopes that women legitimate Reserve money and bounced “ a men and more on black
Washington. They have been will read my experience and credentials. or other couple weeks after she got
women and their inability to
so thoroughly brainwashed, maybe it will help them find A colleges in her college degree, while
make good choices.”
that black women don’t know themselves, wake up, and find bachelor’s the Cleveland the second left him after
what a good black man even one of the good brothers who degree from area. nearly 10 years, moving I doubt that this is the
looks like… The brothers out are far less the exception than Cleveland That fair with the kids into a “nearly definitive primer on how
there know exactly [what] the rule.” State and a warning out condemned house” with an to find a good Black man,
I’m talking about. – Excerpt from The master’s in of the way, unemployed slacker with unless you’re inclined to take
Every time you turn Denzel Principle: Why Black fine arts from you might be dreadlocks who wasn’t “well- advice from a guy who, for
around sisters say they just Women Can’t Find Good Men Spalding surprised to educated or particularly instance, would discourage
want a good black man, but University hear me say handsome.” you from falling for an
being good is never enough. Seems like Black folks doesn’t that I found At first, I thought this ex-con by simply saying
If it was, there would be must be craving relationship sound like the professor book was just Jimi’s way of “That’s [bleep]-ing stupid!
no complaining, because advice, based on the number appropriate Izrael’s getting even and settling a Holy [bleep]!” However, as
there are good black men of self-appointed love background, expletive- score in a very public fashion the colorful, comical and
everywhere… We can’t all gurus publishing how-to but that hasn’t laced tome with ex-wives Frances and relentlessly-raw reflections
be in jail, on crack, trudging books aimed at the African- discouraged thoroughly
Leslie. But no, he sees their of a miserable two-time loser
through natural disaster American community. Jimi Izrael entertaining, if not
discontent and behavior as with some serious unresolved
areas with plasma TVs This latest one, The Denzel from passing himself off exactly politically-correct
strapped to our backs, raping Principle: Why Black Women as a cultural critic. And or ready for prime time. For par for the course, since, in anger issues, this memoir
newborns two at a time, sick Can’t Find Good Black Men, he’s apparently met with this twice-divorced father is his eyes, Black females in rates an A-plus. But when
with the DL, Jungle Fever, or was written by a brother considerable success, given obviously still angry at his general set their standards too it comes to dating do’s and
otherwise afflicted. who seems like more of an his numerous TV appearances two exes (“Both of them were high and exchange vows with don’ts, you might want to get
This book is all about embittered casualty of the as a pundit around the dial crazy [b-words]!” and he sees unrealistic expectations of a second opinion.

Entertainment Briefs
Continued from B3 it never happened,” Hall told as director it is not my direct Johnson’s Los Angeles-based although affiliates of his
BlackAmericaweb.com. “He responsibility to pay back this company. Magic Johnson Enterprises
Money thereafter
could have at least called- debt,” Hall wrote. Johnson Publishing Co. and Johnson Publishing
wanted to pursue a national
explained what was going on. later released a statement Company could not come
tour, however, several
Money claims Magic Johnson No saying that Linda Johnson to a definitive agreement,
commitments fell through and
responsibility for the finances Longer Buying Famed Rice, chairman and chief “we will continue to look
the show abruptly ended.
of the production. He said Publishing Company executive officer of Johnson for opportunities to invest in
At the very same time,
Hall attempted to make Affiliates of Earvin Publishing, “has never African-American media.”
several cities were already
amends to the children by “Magic” Johnson and Johnson talked to Magic Johnson “Our team of advisers
hosting auditions, and informed that the show was putting on a smaller show, but Publishing Company “were with respect to his interest in have continued to explore
children hoping to appear in canceled. She eventually it ultimately lost money also. unable to reach a definitive buying” the company. a wide range of options to
the musical had high hopes. found out when she opened a Hall sent a concerned agreement” in a business “I would like to salute leverage our iconic Ebony
Many parents had paid a $50 rehearsal for the show and no parent an e-mail in which he deal that would have allowed Linda Johnson Rice and and Jet brands and sustain
performance fee that was one showed up. worried the project would the former basketball star to our leadership position in
never returned. “I don’t believe (Hall) the Johnson family for
jeopardize his reputation. own a controlling stake in the marketplace as the No.
Jennifer Davis, who came to my studio knowing pioneering the iconic brand
“I will assure you though the family-owned company, 1 African-American owned
of the Johnson Publication
Journal-isms.com reported. Company, which we have all publishing company in the
Talks of the HIV- come to love and respect,” world,” Johnson Publishing
activist’s interest in buying Magic said in a statement. spokeswoman, Wendy E.
the publishing company, “Ebony and Jet have been Parks said in a statement
which owns Ebony and Jet to Journal-isms.com. “As
permanent fixtures on coffee
magazines, came from a a privately held company,
that the musical was going that I’m doing everything tables in African-American
resides in Lakeland, Fla., statement released by Eric we are unable to discuss our
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“You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your his way alone; all that we send into the lives of others, comes our city and head “South of the Border” with “All for Fun’s”
face; and show the world all the love in your heart. The back into our own.”- Edwin Markham getaway to Myrtle Beach, S.C. Call Reggie Gee at 410-383-
people gonna treat you better, you’re gonna find, yes you will, Founded on Morgan’s campus in 1963 by Albert Hicks, 2431 for details. Or plan a “so long it’s been good to know
that you’re beautiful as you feel.” - Carole King Lonnie Spruill Jr., Charles Briscoe, Frank Coakley, John you” end of snow party catered by Butler’s BBQ. Call Darryl
Slade, Barron Willis, Webster Lewis, Charles Brown, Louis Butler at 410-789-4045, he has a mobile pit or visit the
The members of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity hosted their Hudnell, Charles Gregory, Elias Dorsey Jr. and Michael restaurant for ribs, minced BBQ, fish, chicken and more.
20th International Grand Polaris swearing in for newly Williams, Iota will soon celebrate 50 years of brotherhood. “True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is
elected Grand Polaris Karl Price Esq. at the breathtaking seldom known until it be lost.”- Charles Caleb Colton
downtown Hilton. Iota founders Frank Coakley, John Slade “I remember it well.”The joy of visiting neighborhood Happy birthday to Carolyn Stepney, Joan Bennett,
and Lonnie Spruill Jr., past international grand polaris, stood taverns or barbershops is sitting down with the elders in the Virginia Moore, Jenny Hawkins, John Gilliam, Jai Matthews,
proudly as more than 300 brothers and their guests entered village and learning things you never knew or remembering Doreyce Keston-Greene, Sharena Toyer, Terrence Shields,
the magnificently decorated ballroom. Charles Dozier, things you had forgotten. One thing is certain, two things are Joe McDowell, Joyce Agero, Vanessa Cassidy, Diane
banquet chair of the Hilton, and his superb staff decorated the sure, you will leave with more knowledge than you came Woodward, Carl Pendleton, Lydia McCargo Redd, Marcita
ballroom in Iota colors casting a warm glow over the room. with. That’s what happened recently when I was lamenting Eaton, Mance Wells of Wells Lounge and my baby boy,
about the lack of good soul food restaurants other than Michael Gregory Lee.
Among the distinguished guests witnessing this historic Roots and Maceo’s. And that’s how the conversation started
occasion were Past International Grand Polaris Thomas “Tex” between George White, Bubby Carter and Reggie Gee about It was great seeing Selena Redd, Dr. Jerrelle Francois,
Dean, Alpha Kappa Alpha International President Barbara the good old days when African Americans had great eating Dr. Marie Washington with Zoe and Jackie, John Howard,
A. McKinzie, Iota Phi Theta Director of Regional Affairs establishments flourishing around Pennsylvania Avenue. Sen. Nathaniel McFadden, Lafayette Armstrong and Osborne
Dominique Green, Regional Polaris’ Karl Roberts, Leon “Gimme a pig foot and a bottle of beer.” They talked Dixon at the Forum Caterers honoring African-American
Coleman III, Marcus Gaut, Kevin Bennett, Myron Covington, about Diane’s, The Draft Board, White Rice’s Inn, patriots; Technical Sergeant Elbert Armstrong of the 183rd
Sean Housen, Debra Slade, Ed Jackson, Andre Manson, Tony McCullough Delicatessen, Mom’s, Theresa’s, The Penny Engineering Battalion, Lee Douglass of the Montford
Hill, John Quincy and Stan Chambers, international director Arcade, Arundel’s, The Hideaway serving pig feet and Point Marines and Gerald Eldridge and other distinguished
of communications. beans, Jimmy’s Restaurant that cooked hamburgers and hot honorees. The event hosted by Del. Clarence Tiger Davis had
The oath of office was administered by Iota’s 19th dogs in the window, or the barbecue spot at Mosher and a standing room only crowd honoring those who have given
International Grand Polaris Larry Frasier. National and Pennsylvania. so much for their country. Tiger was especially proud of the
regional representatives from Sigma Gamma Rho, Zeta Phi work the students did in preparing the beautiful souvenir
Beta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Alpha Phi Alpha and Phi Beta Sigma “I wish those days would come back again.”Some places journal highlighting the accomplishments of the honorees,
greeted the new grand polaris with plaques and gifts from the names they had forgotten, but they told me who owned including a letter dated march 1945 to Elbert Armstrong for
their Greek organizations. it, what they served and who went there. Now I know you all his commendable service, signed after the battle of the Bulge
never heard of those places. Oh no, “who dat” holla, oh yeah! by LTC Lawrence J. Fuller, Commanding Officer of the
“Give that lady a standing ovation.” An emotional Battalion.
moment when the newly sworn in grand polaris praised his “Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious
mother who raised him and 15 siblings as a single parent. The summer by this son of York”- William Shakespeare “Make my funk the P funk.” George Clinton and The
applause was deafening as this petite woman rose to receive Mother Ship will be at Ram’s Head Friday night, on Saturday
her well deserved accolades. “Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting. Little at Coppin’s homecoming and on Sunday at Dee’s Cocktail
darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear. Here comes Sip at Tequila Sunset.
The merriment continued as guests adjourned to the the sun, here comes the sun, and I say it’s alright.”- George
penthouse suites overlooking the baseball diamonds at Harrison Whew, what a weekend, but “I’ll be there.”
Camden Yard, still reflecting on the momentous evening.
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Obituary
Dr. J.L. Nickens, 91 assignment, and he and Bernice had a short “honeymoon.”
The following year, he returned to the United States, took
Prominent Baltimore Dentist fighter pilot training at Tuskegee, Ala., and was assigned to
Dr. J. Laws Nickens, fifth child of the late Fraternity. During this time he also met his future the Air Force. However, he decided that being a pilot was
Caroll J. Nickens and Estelle Laws Nickens, wife, Bernice. World War II intervened and he was not his calling and requested a transfer. This resulted in his
was born on June 7, 1918, in Northumberland drafted into the army in 1941 at the end of his junior becoming a member in the 92nd Division, Army Combat
County, Va. He departed this life on Feb. 21, year. Engineers in Italy. Here he remained until his honorable
2010. Bernice and Nickens were married just before he discharge after D-Day.
As a boy, Nickens moved to Baltimore left for military service. In fact, right after the Union On his return stateside, he went back to Morgan State to
with his family. He received his early Baptist Church marriage ceremony she drove her finish earning his degree. He then matriculated to Meharry
education in the Baltimore’s public schools brand new husband to the railway station where he Medical College, School of Dentistry in Nashville, Tenn.,
and graduated from Douglass High School embarked for what turned out to be the duration of and graduated in 1950. Dr. Nickens established his practice
in 1938. He attended Morgan State College the war. He went to Officer Candidate School and in Baltimore. He retired 30 years later leaving his practice in
(now Morgan State University). During graduated as a second lieutenant. He was then shipped good hands, those of his son, Dr. J. Laws Nickens Jr.
his tenure at Morgan, he was captain of to Hawaii with the Coast Artillery Corps to protect Dr. Nickens was appointed by the governor to the North
the football team, a role he also served in Pearl Harbor in case the Japanese should attack again. East Regional Board of Dental Examiners, as an examiner
DR. J.L. NICKENS
Douglass High School. While at Morgan, he They did not, of course. and then a consultant, positions he held from 1982 until
was initiated in the Alpha Iota Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi He returned home briefly, on leave after his Hawaii 2003. He was a member of the Maryland State of Board of
Dental Examiners and its vice president in 1986. He was
also a life member of the Maryland State Dental Society.
Dr. Nickens was a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi
Fraternity, where he was known as a quiet but pillar of the
organization. He was an avid bridge enthusiast, golfer,
and swimmer. No history of the Baltimore Congress of
Bridge Clubs (BCBC) would be possible without J. Laws
Nickens Sr. He was one of the staunchest and most dedicated
members as well as founder of many duplicate bridge clubs
in Baltimore. As a longtime member of the Monumental Golf
Club, he participated in many golf matches tournaments.
His membership at the Druid Hill Y.M.C.A. afforded him
the opportunity to swim almost daily. He and his wife were
seasoned ticket holders with the Colts and later the Ravens.
He was a sportsman and a sports fan.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Bernice Y.
Nickens; son, J. Laws Nickens Jr.; sister, Etna N. Blackwell;
a devoted cousin, Jean Powell; sister-in-law, Elaine Bland;
nephew, Russell H. Jones; niece, Elaine Parker and a host of
family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at Union Baptist Church on


Saturday, Feb. 27 at 10:30 a.m., preceded by a wake at 9:30
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The album 105 Voices Representing
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hbcuchoirs-105.org. The CDs from
2008 and 2009 feature jazz and
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and African-American composers.
Proceeds support student preparation
for the 2010 Kennedy Center Concert.

Feb. 26
Join family and friends for food
and fun at Family Game Nite, 7
p.m., at Greater Paradise, 2900 E. Oliver St.,
where Elder Shawn Bell is pastor.

March 6
If the snow put a damper on your Valentine’s Day
celebration, you’ll want to attend an evening of elegance,
a black tie event sponsored by Straight Road of Pentecost
Church, 7-11 p.m., at the College of Notre Dame, 4701 N.
Charles St. There will be a buffet dinner, a fashion show
and play. For more information call 410-354-7226. The Rev.
Hercules Johnson is pastor of the church which is located at
2101 N. Ellamont St.

March 7
Worship with Saint Abraham Baptist Church, 1124 W. North
Ave., 3 p.m., as they celebrate the 38th anniversary of their
pastor, the Rev. Dr. Clarence R. Yerby Sr. Services continue
nightly, 7:30 p.m., March 10-12. For more information, call the
church at 410-383-6919.

March 13
“It’s a Man Thing,” a men’s health event sponsored by the
Baltimore City Cancer Plan at Johns Hopkins, will be held
12-3 p.m., at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 4502 Park Heights
Ave. This event, the third stop on the Each One Reach One
Tour, offers health screenings of all kinds, including those
for blood pressure, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and prostate and
colorectal cancer. Additionally, participants will be treated
to a heart healthy lunch and free haircuts. Watson Fitness
will demonstrate ways to keep the pounds off and music will
be rendered by the Divine Trinity Praise Team. For more
information, call 410-955-0147.

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Black Figure Skating Duo First in Olympic History


By AFRO Staff in Indianapolis. They earned their way to the Olympics by
winning the French nationals.
Many from the African- They went on to place 14th in the pair’s free skating event
American community began with a total score of 145.10. But even if they didn’t win a
to take interest in the Winter medal, they feel they’ve succeeded in leaving a mark on
Olympics after Shani Davis international sports history.
became the first Black to “This is just the beginning. We want to make a name
capture a gold medal by for ourselves so that they’ll remember us for next season,”
winning the 1000-meter speed Bonhuer told reporters. “We want to climb the ladder to show
skating race in both 2008 and that Black skaters can stand on the podium.”
2010.
Now Blacks have another
reason to tune into the Winter
Games when they come back
Don’t be Angry with
around in 2012.
French pair skaters Yannick Ernie Grunfield,
Thank Him
Bonheur and Vanessa James
made history on Feb. 15 as
they became the first Black
couple to participate in an By Stephen D. Riley
Olympic figure skating AFRO Staff Writer
competition.
The pair teamed up two It hasn’t been too
years ago after Bonheur split often lately that you get to
up with his former skating commend the Washington
partner, Marylin Pla. The Wizards for smart
27-year-old athlete then placed basketball decisions.
But by trading away the
an ad online, and according to million to a guy with no
remaining core of their
the Canadian-born/England- agent and one good knee.
best players, sabotaging
raised James, her aunt saw it I didn’t agree when they
their immediate future and
and convinced the 22-year-old Courtesy Photo
traded last year’s top five
French couple Yannick Bonheur and Vanessa James is the first Black pair to compete in helping their biggest rival
British skate champ to team up draft pick for a pair of
Olympic Figure Skating. become championship
with Bonheur. The rest is history. reserves, and I hated it when
eligible, call me crazy, but
“It’s destiny and I’m very we’re both black brings a pleasing visual harmony.” they fired former coach
I kind of like it. I didn’t
happy about it,” Bonheur told the media. “There’s the grace and The pair took their visual harmony to the United States in agree when they gave $111 Continued on B9
beauty of Vanessa and then my athleticism. And the fact that August 2009 to train with famous Russian coach Sergei Zaitsev

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MSU Basketball

Bears Gear Up for MEAC


By AFRO Staff But MSU still managed to field to go into halftime with a Lady Hawks’ Latoya
win thanks to a dominating 34-27 lead. Buckner scored a team-high
night by sophomore forward But the Bears kept the 15 points off the bench and
Bears Claim Third 21- Kevin Thompson, who score close by attacking the Casey Morton followed with
win Season recorded his 17th double- basket and converting 7-of-12 14 points (April McBride
It’s official. The Bears double of the season with 21 free throws. added 11 points) to help their
have now earned at least 21 points and 10 rebounds in the Morgan State will try to team claim a win on UMES
wins in three straight seasons game. Thompson currently take one step closer to setting Senior Night, while snapping
after surviving its latest Mid- ranks among the top five a new school record in single- MSU’s three-game winning
Eastern Athletic Conference rebounders in the nation with season wins when they host streak.
foe. an average of 12 boards a Norfolk State on Saturday, Lady Bears’ Corin Adams
“Everyone brings their game. He was followed in the Feb. 27 at Hill Field House. scored a game-high 18 points,
‘A-game’ against us,” said stats line by teammate Ameer With three more games left, along with a game-high six of
Bears coach Todd Bozeman Ali, who added 10 points to the Bears (21-9 overall, the team’s 16 steals. Theresa
in a recently aired interview. help the Bears pull out the 12-1 MEAC) can head into Davis followed with 13 points
“But that’s the way it goes Courtesy Photo/MSU
come-from-behind victory the MEAC Championship and Kristina Rosario snatched
when you’re in the No. 1 Bears forward Kevin over UMES. Tournament with 24 wins, the a game-high 14 rebounds,
Thompson scores 21 points Courtesy Photo/MSU
position.” UMES’ Tim Burns most in MSU history. MSU’s Corin “Tiny” Adams along with eight points.
Morgan State has earned in Morgan State’s 21st win recorded a game-high 23 But they simply didnt score
of the season. will try to push her team
the top ranked seed in the points on 7-of-10 shooting back into second place in enough to avoid the loss and
MEAC every year since 2007, from the field, followed by fall to third place in MEAC
and kept the streak alive Bears star Reggie Holmes, Kevin White, who scored 16 Lady Bears Fall to the MEAC.
standings.
by stamping this season’s one of the nation’s top ranked points with seven assists and Third Place in MEAC Morgan State (14-12
conference title with a 65-61 scorers, was held below his Neal Pitt, who added 14 more Meanwhile, MSU second-place in the MEAC overall, 9-4 MEAC) will
win against the University average of 22 points per off the bench. women’s squad’s visit to standings, the Lady Bears fell attempt to retake second place
of Maryland-Eastern Shore game, scoring only eight The Hawks outperformed Prince Anne didn’t go as to the Lady Hawks, 66-64, when they return host the
Hawks on Feb. 22 in Princess points on 0 for 7 shooting the Bears in the first half, planned. Just a couple days Monday night at the Hytche Lady Spartans on Saturday,
Anne County, Md. behind the arc. shooting 48 percent from the removed from advancing into Center. Feb. 27 at 2 p.m.

Tomlinson Released by Chargers


Longtime NFL star LaDainian Tomlinson was recently
released by the San Diego Chargers, a team he helped Bowl quarterback Phillip Rivers, who will now replace
revitalize after serving nine years as its best player. Tomlinson as the Charger’s new franchise star. But even
But Tomlinson has been slowing down in production Rivers knows that won’t be easy.
throughout the past few years because of injuries and age. “What L.T. has meant to this town and to this team, in
At age 30, he no longer carried the role as the face of the nine years, the impact he’s had both on and off the field, we
franchise, which prompted his release on Feb. 22. may never see that again,” Rivers said before accepting an
“It was a long time coming, but I knew it was coming,” award at a sports banquet Feb. 22. “You’re not just going to
Tomlinson told reporters.”Now that it’s official I can kind of replace L.T. himself. He was more than a running back.”
look to the next step in my career and playing football for
someone else.” Chargers’ Jackson Pleads Guilty to DUI
Tomlinson will have the entire spring and summer to San Diego Chargers just lost one of its best players with
figure out exactly what his next move will be. Chargers team the release of LaDainian Tomlinson. But they’ll be without
president Dean Spanos told The Associated Press that he another star player for at least for one game, thanks to a
wanted to release LaDainian early so that he could have more couple of off the field transgressions.
time to make his decision. San Diego television station KGTV-10 reported that
“I told him that in the 26 years that I’ve been in this Chargers star receiver Vincent Jackson recently pleaded
business, it was probably the hardest thing I’ve had to do,” guilty to a 2009 DUI charge and was sentenced to four days
Spanos told the AP. “I’m not close to a lot of the players, but in jail, along with five years probation. The sentence is
there’s a handful that I’ve been close with, and he’s probably standard for offenders with prior DUI convictions.
the closest. It was really difficult to tell him. But out of Jackson has been arrested twice on the suspicion of DUI
respect, I wanted to tell him earlier rather than later.” since he first signed with the team in 2005. He pleaded guilty
As the star of the Chargers since 2001, Tomlinson carried in 2006 to driving under the influence and was still serving a
the team on his back for most of his tenure there. He rose to probation sentence for that case when he was arrested again
the eighth spot on the NFL’s eight all-time rushing leaders on the same charge last January.
list with 12,490 yards, and ranks second with 138 career He was also arrested in January 2010 just hours before a
rushing touchdowns. He’s also third all-time with 153 total playoffs game against the New York Jets. He was charged for
touchdowns, and was named league MVP in 2006 when he driving with a suspended license and expired tags.
set the single-season record for most touchdowns scored (31). By pleading guilty, Jackson may have violated the NFL’s Photo courtesy of LaDainianTomlinson.com

But during the past couple of seasons, San Diego has personal conduct policy, which could lead to at least a one LaDainian Tomlinson
opened up their passing game with the emergence of Pro- game suspension during the 2010 season.

Don’t be Angry
Continued from B8
“...you have to understand the courtesy of
Eddie Jordan after 11 games fans will now look towards Nick Young and JaVale hates any of the guys that just
to start last season. the Wizards moves, not the lunacy.” newcomers Al Thornton and McGee. left town last week. We’ll just
I could always throw in the Josh Howard for inspiration. They’ll do all these follow Grunfield’s gesture
Kwame Brown thing, but that players remained positive Arenas tied his hands behind They’ll cheer for holdovers things while wishing Arenas and pay homage to those
would be just going for the contributors. They were the his back. But Arenas isn’t Andray Blatche, Randy would get his life together men who produced some fine
jugular there. However, I do unvarying factors you knew the sole one to blame here. Foye and Mike Miller, and and wishing nothing but the years of service during their
like what Washington did in you could count on nightly. His penchant to emulate they’ll pray the light comes best for their parted players, time in Washington. Thanks,
last week’s fire sale. It’s going You knew Jamison and Rambo wasn’t the deciding on for young players like because no one around here gentlemen.
to be hard seeing ex-Wizards’ Haywood would churn out factor that ruined the Wizards
Caron Butler and Antawn double-doubles game in and season (they were 10-20 and
Jamison in opposing colors. game out. You knew Butler in last place in the Southeast
And somewhere in some local would find a straw to chew Division at the time). Things
barbershop right now, there’s on and leave his heart out on were never all that great when
still an angry mob spewing the floor in the process. And Washington’s “big three”
verbal shots at Wizards you knew Stevenson would were in their heyday, and it
CHARACTER COMMITMENT CONNECTION
president Ernie Grunfield. miss about six threes before was foolish to expect things to
But you have to fanning his face when the get better after three surgeries
understand the courtesy of seventh dropped in. You knew to Arenas’ knee and another
the Wizards moves, not the this! three years on Jamison’s

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lunacy. Grunfield didn’t just You respected it, you driver license since Arenas
close the latest chapter of the appreciated it and you still was initially injured.
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he also paid salute to the long couldn’t beat the Indiana’s, were never going to outlast
serving members of a steadily Milwaukee’s and Minnesota’s Boston’s version. Haywood
sinking ship by offering them of the league, Gilbert Arenas was never going to be able
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LEGAL NOTICES

Community News
HOUSING AUTHORITY OF BALTIMORE CITY
THE FY 2011 ANNUAL PLAN MEETING

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (”HABC”) will hold a public


meeting on Monday, March 29th 2010 in the Auditorium at Pleasant View
Gardens, 201 N. Aisquith Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 at 6:00 pm.
This address is handicapped-accessible and American Sign Language
interpreters will be present.

The purpose of the meeting is to receive comments from HABC


residents, community leaders, government officials, and interested mem-
bers of the public on HABC´s proposed Annual Plan for fiscal year 2011.
The proposed 2011 Annual Plan is available for review and inspection
by the public at HABC´s Main Office located at 417 E. Fayette Street,
Suite 1301, Baltimore, MD 21202. Please call Ms. Joyce Stewart at
410-396-1810 to make arrangements to review the proposed plan.
Copies of the proposed 2011 Annual Plan are also available for review
on the HABC website at
www.baltimorehousing.org and at the following locations:

HABC Rental & Assisted Housing Office


1225 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21223

The Enoch Pratt Free Public Library


Main Branch,
The Maryland Room
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

All HABC Public Housing Development Management Offices

Teacher and students of Success Academy, a Mel Brenan, Y of Central MD, Harry &
CAREER CORNER partnership with the Druid Hill Family Center Jeanette Weinberg Family Center, director;
Y and Baltimore City Public School System- Marian Daniel and Vanessa Purnell, Y of
Registered Nurse
alternative education program for troubled Central Maryland Baltimore City Community
youth. Appifany Young, (Appifany Young, sec- Advisory Board members.
Unique position available for versatile Registered Nurse to

ond from right, sang at the MLK breakfast.)


provide nursing assessments, medication adherence,
health education and advocacy to homeless clients in a
multi-disciplinary setting. Required licensed in the State of

The Druid Hill Family Center YMCA recently hosted a breakfast joining alumni, community lead-
MD. Minimum of two years recent hospital-based or
community health experience; well developed interpersonal
ers and friends to kick of the center’s revitalization. The breakfast was one of three activities in the
skills. Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred but not re-

Druid Hill YMCA’s annual tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The speakers of
quired. Send resume by 03/05/10 to C. Berry, HCH, 421
Fallsway, Baltimore, MD 21202. E-mail: hrresumes@

the event included Congressman Elijah Cummings, Jim McGill of The Johns Hopkins Institutions,
hchmd.org. Fax: 410-837-8020. No phone calls. EOE

Bill Toomey of BB&T Bank, Dwight Taylor of COPT, John Hoey of the Y of Central Maryland,
Vanessa Purnell of Medstar and Greg Phillips, center director of the Druid Hill Y. The event drew
over 200 attendees.

Baltimore County Public Schools


Seniors Excel in National AP
Program
Recently, the College prepare students for col- tions at individualized decisions to enhance stu-
Board released its annual lege and the work force. learning levels. dent learning
report on the Advanced He believes the AP pro- BCPS uses a comput- “Parents have a criti-
Placement (AP) program, gram and other assess- erized suite to assure cal responsibility to
acknowledging for the ments are an important curriculum alignment. encourage their children
second consecutive year part of the education According to Dr. to achieve.”
Maryland ranks No. 1 in process, providing con- Hairston, “It is critical to The AP program is a
the nation in high school firmation that learning is make data available at rigorous academic pro-
seniors AP achievement. taking place. BCPS the individual school gram with more than 30
According to the report, attributes student success level to assist principals varied courses that high
the percentage of to: and teachers in making school students can
Maryland seniors who The use of data that effective instructional choose to study and learn
earned a score of three or provides a means for
higher on one or more administrators, teachers
AP exams reached 24.8 and parents to monitor
percent in 2009. Students the quality of education
who have a score of three students receive.
or better on the AP The entire school sys-
exams are considered at tem’s commitment to the
the “college mastery Blue Print for Progress
level” and they receive plan, along with, parental
college credit. support and an expecta-
More seniors in tion for high student
Baltimore County Public achievement.
Schools (BCPS) continue With the investment of
to participate and achieve extensive technology,
high AP scores that are students are engaged in
directly attributed to the relevant curricula while
success of the school gaining an understanding
system’s Blue Print for of their need to prepare
Progress plan created by for global competition.
Dr. Joe A. Hairston and Throughout its cur-
implemented at the riculum from K through
beginning of his 10-year 12, BCPS engages its
tenure as superintendent. students in early learning
The pass rate for readiness with varied
African-American males global experiences
also continues to increase including, elementary
over past years. schools’ introduction to
The plan’s goals foreign languages, a high
ensure all students school Student Exchange
achieve to their potential. program with China and
Rigorous, stringent and a rigorous Financial
comprehensive standards Management curriculum.
were put in place that Students who have not
surpass many standards adjusted well to the tra-
mandated by state and ditional education setting
federal governments. Dr. are given the option to
Hairston created a part- enroll in the AVID pro-
nership with the College gram, a program with the
Board to set standards to same standards; but func-

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