“When God created man and woman, he was thinking, ‘Who shall I give the power to, to give birth to the next human being?’ And God chose woman. And this is the big evidence that women are powerful.”-Malala Yousafzai

As we close out the exciting month of March and embrace the new season of spring and the rebirth it brings, Living for the Weekend is honored to recognize a few of Baltimore’s Women of Substance. So many women of Baltimore have made significant contributions that have added to the fabric of our great city, some names you may know and some you may never have heard of but, collectively, they create the multicolored quilt that covers our city of Baltimore and adds to the enrichment of our lives. We salute you as we celebrate the International Month of Women today and everyday to all women.

Celebrating  our women, Lucille Baldwin Brown, Evangelist Ida Dates, Clara Adams, April Ryan, Mabel Hubbard, Essie Hughes, Pauline Wilkins, Enolia McMillian, Frankie Murphy, Damita Jo, Ida Peters,  Mary Pat Clarke, Vashti McKenzie, Eleanor Janey, Ann Butler, Marguerite Campbell, Aleta Green, Ruby Glover, Shirley Fields, Nikki Cooper, Brenda Alford, {AFRO} columnist Rosa Pryor, Flossie Dedmond, Geraldine Waters, Weptanomah Carter, Jacqueline Richardson, Patricia Thomas, Agnes Welch, Rikki Specter, Sister Mary Lange, Mary Pat Clark, Marie Washington, Cheryl Glenn, Sharon Green Middleton, former {AFRO} editor Rev. Dorothy Boulware, Charlene Cooper Boston, Diane Hocker, Pastor Toni Draper, Maggie McIntosh, Mary Washington, Catherine Pugh , Marcella Holland, Beverly Carter, Thelma Daley, Nancy Kopp, Nancy Pelosi, Jean Hitchcock, Marama Nagel, Vicki Ballou Watts, Jackie Brock, Marie Braxton, Belinda Conway, Georgeanna Chester, Mary Conway, Zoe Washington-Sheff, Jackie Washington, Dana Henson, Hattie Harrison, Betty Moss, Carolyn Stith, Paula Johnson Branch, Joan Pratt, Mabel Murray, Anne Emery, Carla Hayden, Juanita Morton, Carolyn Colvin, Charlene Brown Baldwin, Chili Washington, Libby Harris, Delores Kelly, Juanita Brown, Lisa Gladney, Joy Carter, Oprah, Lisa Robinson, Kelly Swope, Bresha Webb, Ambre Anderson, Nicole Ari Parker, Pamela “Ms. Maybelle” Hill, Bessie Norris, Marilyn Mosby, Patricia Jessamy, Kathleen O’Malley, Sylvia Brown, Catalina Byrd, Ernestine Jolivet, Julia Woodland, Michele Emery, Angela Gibson, Lisa Lee Packer and Tina Jolivet.

“I speak not for myself but for those without voice, those who have fought for their rights, their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of opportunity, their right to be educated.”-Malala Yousafzai

Congratulations to gospel songstress Minnie Carter representing Baltimore performing as an  Inspired Gospel Artists at a VIP Concert this weekend at the “Stellar Awards” in Las Vegas. So proud of Cherie Pittman the smiling server at Colin’s on the successful completion of her studies for Medical Assistance.

“There are people that have that confidence, who march into VIP areas. I assume I won’t get in. I don’t say, ‘Do you know who I am?’, but sometimes I’m with someone who says it for you. Then, I pretend to be all, “Oh, please don’t shame me!”-Chris Lowe

Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino and Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Casino, rolled out the red carpet providing an excursion of a lifetime from the overnight stay at the Sheraton Inner Harbor to the limousine transportation to BWI until our arrival in Reno where once again we were whisked away to Lake Tahoe, one of the most scenic places in the country with snowcapped mountains and alpine trees stretching for miles surrounding the crystal blue lake.

Once we arrived at Harrah’s, Jason Brookes, executive host for Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, greeted us at the limo, arranged our check in and provided our schedule during our stay. One of the events was dinner in the 19 Kitchen and Bar with a panoramic scenic view of Lake Taho; there the Maître D Frank Greco had arrange for a seven course dinner featuring seafood, steak, chicken and duck accompanied by assorted desserts including freshly made sugar donuts that the chef personally served. The next evening there was a private happy hour in our honor in the Cliché Lounge with complimentary cigars and an open bar. This was formerly the bar for Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack. Our local Casino hosts Brandi Albanese and Wendy travelled with us along with Harrah’s hosts were available during our stay all amenities to make our stay enjoyable.  ‘Round Midnight” my niece Deartra Tarter and I would venture to the Highlander Restaurant on the 18th floor for a late breakfast supper prepared by former Baltimore Chef Jhmad Parker. A special thanks to Harrah Executive Sean Schickedanz.

Happy birthday Andrea McDaniels, Lynnette Lewis, Donnie Green, Mildred Harris, Rita, Horsely-Johnson, Tim Johnson, Guy Bragg, Marshall Toby Goodwin, Larry Gibson, Tony Hawkins, Dan Henson, Kevin Brown, Erin Brock, David Scott, Norman Johnson, Dr. Annette King- El, Bishop Walter Scott Thomas and a special happy 70th birthday to Aldonna Wylie.

We are keeping Margaret and Luther Johnson in our prayers on the death of their nephew Cory Holt; Doris Nash, Bridgette and Harold Hodges on the death of your husband and father John Nash, Margaret Solomon and Sandi Matthews on the death of Mildred Armstrong and Sheila Ford and Robert Ford on the death of their brother James Ford.

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In celebration of the {AFRO American Newspaper’s} 125th anniversary they will be honoring women of the {AFRO} at a Sunday Tea on April 23 at Sharon Baptist Church. Contact Diane Hocker at 410-552-8400 for more information.

In celebration of International Women’s Month, the Friday Night Bunch will host an outstanding Happy Hour March 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Jack Binion’s Steakhouse located inside Horseshoe Casino. Complimentary valet parking is available.

Douglass High School’s Jazz Band and Brooklyn, NY’s Stan the Man Hampton will be performing at Magooby’, March 26 as they pay tribute to Teddy Pendergrass. For tickets, call 410-599-9159.