Hey everyone! Honey child, the weather is wonderful! This is the time of the year when banquets, concerts and bull roasts are very popular. I love it. This month, I want you young people to take time out to visit your mother or your older family members if you are lucky enough to still have such a person in your life and take them out to dinner, out to the mall, to church or to one of these events I talk about in my column or maybe just a drive around our beautiful city for some fresh air. You know, it could be a neighbor or a friend. Life is so short and you will be surprised how good you will feel after you do this. Our elders should not be forgotten.
Now, I want to talk about a guy that I so admire. He is Lee Session, the owner and founder of Mr. Do Hair Design Barber Shop, at 1501 N. Patterson Park Avenue. “As a young boy, I grew up in the barbershop environment as my stepfather owned and operated a barber shop,” he said. Lee’s confidence in his barbering skills surfaced and he started cutting his friends’ hair. At the age of 16 Lee obtained his master barber license and continued to cut hair throughout his teens and into early adulthood and during the time he served in the army. He is also a proud alumnus of Morgan State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. But barbering was in his blood and he had a special passion for it, so 18 years ago Lee bought the building where Mr. Do Hair Design Barbershop is currently located. For the past 18 years Lee has thrown a black tie party to show his clients how much he appreciates them. This year is no different. On May 5, Lee Session will host this festive affair at the Forum Caterers on Primrose Avenue from 4 to 9 p.m and invites you to join him. There will be live entertainment by Marc Evans & the Soul Centered Band; DJ Melvin, along with DJ Tanz of Magic 95.9, will play your favorite steppin’ songs and Detroit ballroom music. There will be door prizes, an open bar and buffet and a lot of fun. Lee is a man who believes in giving back to the community and the proceeds from this annual event go toward scholarships for local children. I think that is awesome!
I have a few more places you can check out. This event is called Musicians of Mercy. It is a benefit concert for the Baltimore Youth Initiative High School on May 4, at 3 p.m. The concert will be held in the school auditorium, 4701 Yellowwood Avenue in Baltimore. The concert will feature members of the school’s string ensemble with Daniela Bahia, Julian Ruffin Dorsey, Jadzia Floyd and Talia Floyd. For more information, go to www.musiciansofmercy.org.
John A. Holmes Lodge #89 PHA Annual Mother Day Bull and Oyster Roast is May 11, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Forum Caterers on Primrose Avenue. The ticket includes an open bar and open buffet. The master of ceremony will be Rickey “The Real Deal” Shackleford and there will be music by DJ Tang, a basket of cheer and chances to win a 2013 Cadillac. Honey Child! This organization gives some outta sight events, so check it out. For more information, call David Beatty at 443-546-7362.
My dear friend, Anthony McCarthy is holding his annual Civil Rights Awards & Tie Drive ceremony on May 10 at the La Fontaine Bleue, 7514 Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie, Md. The honorees are: Taylor Branch, Dr. Helena Hicks, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Archbishop Carl Bean, Tessa Hill-Aston and Ricardo Martinez. The Anthony McCarthy Civil Rights Awards were created to honor individuals who exemplify the spirit of service to others and strive for social justice, equality and fairness for all humanity. All the guests are asked to bring a new or slightly used necktie that will be donated to ItSuitsYou.org. “What is ItSuitsYou.or},” you may ask? It is a non-profit organization founded by Celeste Nelson to empower disadvantaged men and boys to become better citizens, husbands, fathers and sons. The organization provides suits, shirts, ties and shoes to men and boys for the purposes of job interviews and special family and events. It works to give men and boys confidence and an opportunity to overcome past obstacles and poor decisions to become participating and contributing members of the community. So, now you can see the importance of your donation of the necktie. I am sure that if you have a few suits and dress shirts lying around not doing anything, they will accept that, too. For more information, call 443-500-4867.
Oh my goodness, I am out of space already. I have so much more to talk to you about. Terrible situation! Well, I have to go. If you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to call the Afro-American Newspaper at 410-554-8200 to subscribe and have your copy come to your home every week. You can read me on line, too, by going to www.afro.com, and click on “Rambling Rose.” UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.