Hello everyone! Now that the weather has gotten just a little bit better and it is daylight-saving time, many of our local organizations are opening up and presenting some dynamite events. I want to talk about a couple of them if you don’t mine.
The 100 Black Men of Maryland is having their 23rd Annual Brunch on Saturday, March 22 at Martin’s West. The event features music by Panama Band and DJ Mike Jones, cocktails, open bar, brunch, dancing, door prizes, vendors on site, and the auction of a fur coat from Mano Swartz. 100 Black Men is a non-profit organization and the purpose of the brunch is to support child mentorship initiatives. The theme for the day is “Honing Distinguished Women in Maryland, Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment” and how their careers relate to the “Four for The Future” which represents the four areas in which 100 Black Men delivers their core programmatic initiatives. The program focus areas are designed to inspire youth, their families, and members from the communities in which they live to develop self-reliance to achieve immediate and long-term goals and to strive for excellence.
The Afro American Newspapers is having “An Evening at the Archives” which is open to the community. You can experience up close the historic, one-of-a-kind collection documenting African-American culture for over a century at the “Afro Archives Open House” 5-8 p.m. Monday, March 24 at 2519 N. Charles St. On display will be information and photos you will never see anywhere else. I encourage you to take time out of your busy schedule and check this out.
Another good thing being done for the community is Ms. Maybelle & Company is hosting a free “Health Expo” from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at the Positive Expression School 201 N. Bentalou St. Along with high blood pressure screening, HIV screening, and information from the Heart Association and the Baltimore Health Association, there will be Zumba Classes by Daphne Hicks (I have no idea what that is), Ms. Maybelle's “Full Figured Fashion Show," and a comedy show with Baltimore female comedians Strawberry and Ms. Maybelle.
The Carter Family will present their 7th Annual Spring Fling 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. on March 22 at the New All Saints Hall, 4408 Liberty Rd., Baltimore. DJ Mike Jones will provide music, and there will be an open bar, free food, and prizes.
My dear friend and colleague, Valerie Fraling is hosting a book signing party for my new book “African-American Community, History & Entertainment in Maryland” (Remembering the Yesterday’s, 1940-1980) from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, March 23 at Colin’s Seafood and Grill, 3653 Offutt Rd., Randallstown, Md. (off Liberty Road).
So if you haven’t yet purchased my one-of-a-kind photography book about Baltimore, this is your opportunity to get your autographed copy while you have a cocktail, and wine and dine in a beautiful restaurant setting. The book is $25.00. I will see you there.
I want to thank all who supported the Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund Gospel Prayer Breakfast fundraiser last week. It was a complete success. I want to give a special thanks to Jim Baker the owner of the Normandy Room on East Lombard Street for donating the hall; Carlton and Darlene Douglass for being a fantastic host and hostess; my pastor, the Rev. Henry Turner for giving a powerful sermonette; The Golden Voices of South New Jersey, gospel vocalist, Geraldine Barksdale; and “Grandma G” Gaskins and Ms. Maybelle,” comedians who kept the guests laughing until tears came from their eyes. We raised enough money to give at least two children scholarships. Thank you! Thank you, friends and fans.
Well, it is about that time, I am out of space and out of time. If you need me, feel free to call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at [email protected]
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