Living For the Weekend

“There's one sad truth in life I've found while journeying east and west– the only folks we really wound are those we love the best. We flatter those we scarcely know. We please the fleeting guest and deal full many a thoughtless blow to those who love us best.” Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“What a man, what a man, what a mighty good man. I wanna take a minute or two, and give much respect due to the man that's made a difference in my world…” Salt-N-Pepa

It was like déjà vu seeing Dr. Homer Favor at the DuBois Circle’s event; he told me it was difficult to attend. Without saying we both knew he was referring to the death of his friend Dr. Bascom, who died shortly after the event in 2012 and in 2013 Homer has joined his buddy Marion and Goon Squad members, Sam Daniels, Harold Dobson, Vernon Dobson, Wendell Phillips, Frank Williams, Augustus Adair, Joseph Howard, Parren Mitchell and Madeline Murphy in paradise.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith…” II Timothy 4:7

Whenever I saw Dr. Favor, we embraced and inquired about our mutual friend, his barber Lenny Clay. We would gather at Lenny’s barbershop to debate, reminisce and occasionally someone got a haircut. Oftentimes it would be a debate with Dr. Favor, Delegate Melvin Stukes and Lenny holding court and every now and then, someone else’s opinion would break the monologue of these learned men. Most importantly, it was a time to learn from the masters. A humble man, Homer never tired fighting for equal justice and the need to pay it forward. We will miss his courteous manners, words of support, his GQ dress, his storytelling and his way of “telling it like it tis.” All rise the meeting of the Goon Squad can begin Brother Favor has arrived. RIP mighty warrior you fought a good fight.

“Everybody on a championship team doesn't get publicity, but everyone can say he's a champion.” Magic Johnson

The Ravens Ring party hosted at the Havana Club by my cousin David Couser, premiere event planner, was a star-studded night with Ravens Terrell Suggs, Ed Reed and team members displaying their championship rings.

“…We are the champions, No time for losers, 'Cause we are the champions of the world…” Queen

“Bling bling, pinky ring worth about fifty…” B.G

Former Raven Jamal Lewis, proudly wearing his 2001 championship ring, informed me he was working on some business ventures in Atlanta. Ed Reed was looking mighty fine “up close and personal” sporting his natural hairstyle. Partying with the Ravens were Zach McDaniels, Michael Mitchell, Paul Gardner, Debbie Allen, Miguel Stokes, Kristy Conway and Sherrie Tyler Pridgen.

“It's the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance. It is the dream afraid of waking that never takes the chance. It is the one who won't be taken who cannot seem to give. And the soul afraid of dying that never learns to live…” Bette Midler

Joseph and Gail Edmonds, Jimmy and Marcine Britton, James and Vhonda Lewis, Goldie and Judson Wood, Maia and Elliott Estes, Jean Hitchcock, Reggie and Mary Haysbert, Brian and Karen Haysbert, Steve and Comalita Barnes, Tanya Jimale of Seattle, Wash., Rev. Jerome and Paula Stephens, Del. Adrienne Jones, Marsha Jews, Frank and Diane Hocker, James Bentley, Takiea Hinton and Denise DeLeaver were among the guests enjoying the magical evening at Associated Black Charities’ New Orleans-style gala featuring jazz and beignets honoring African Americans in corporate leadership. My cousin Harry Johnson, a litigation partner with Whiteford, Taylor and Preston, was among the honorees.

Kendrick “DJ5Starr” Tilghman is hosting Monday nights at Melbas on Greenmount Avenue for the 25-and- over crowd. He said, “Aunt Val you and your friends can come early from 5 to 9.” “You make me feel like dancing” so July 1 “I’ll be there” to jump-start my vacation. Kendrick knows entertainment. The son of Randy and Emily Tilghman, his grandfather was the legendary Charlie Tilghman. It’s in his bloodline.

“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” Sydney J. Harris

AFRO Executive Assistant Takiea Hinton is excited about son Jeremiah Shuron’s acceptance to Baltimore School for the Arts after graduating from North Glen Elementary school.

Blake Johnson’s graduation from Virginia State University has parents R&H Motor Cars Ltd. representative George and Eathell Johnson beaming.

Linda James is bubbly over godson Owen Taliaferro receiving the Presidential and Citizenship Award at Bedford Elementary School’s graduation ceremony. Owen, the son of Carla Taliaferro will be attending Pikesville Middle School.

Congratulations, Sheri Booker on the release of your book, Nine years under…Coming of Age in an Inner-City Funeral Home." The book chronicles her employment at Wylie’s Funeral Home.

Happy Birthday to educator Bernice Branford Lewis, LaVerne Naesea, Linda James, Anita Morris, Jackie Robinson and Marvin Masterson.

Sending roses, violets and prayers to Charlie Owens’ sister, Rev. Bernadette Owens, and to Mildred Harper wishing them a speedy recovering.

“The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.” Lucius Seneca

Condolences to Ellen Vaughn-Chittams on the death of her father Rev. Alfred Vaughn, to Cheryl Ruffin on the death of her son Brandon Stroud , to Patti Ross, Sheila Burnett and family on the death of their sister Royalette singer Anita Ross and to the family of Dwayne Smith.

“…People get ready…” Start spreading the news: Colin’s Seafood and Grill is coming soon to Randallstown so be prepared for a fine dining experience.

“I’ll be seeing you…” Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch

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