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Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.Haile Selassie

“Every woman is a queen, and we all have different things to offer.” Queen Latifah

Family and friends travelled from Detroit, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to celebrate the 85th birthday of Dorothy “The Queen” Williams at the fabulous home of daughter and son-in-law Diane and Frank Hocker. The weekend celebration concluded at Colin’s Restaurant where the Queen held court as well wishers stopped to toast the Queen with her favorite Grand Marnier. The guests enjoying the scrumptious menu of crab dip, Asian salmon, string beans, Caesar salad, macaroni and cheese, champagne and other delectable dishes prepared by Class Act Caterers. In attendance were daughters Doreen Frazier and Denise Deleaver and guests Sam and Sheila Manigault, Nathan and Joanne Rollins, William and Arlene Day, Von Triplin, Phyllis Reese, Sammy and Darlene Graham, Bernice Copeland, Joy Savage, Jimmy and Marcine Britton, James Bentley II, Adam Hocker, Timothy Hocker, Ashlyn Hocker, Nasja Frazier Griffin, Monique Johnson, Donald and Judy Rainey and her friends Elsie and Olivia from the Forest Park Senior Center. The highlight was the specialty cakes created by Tiffany Connor, owner of T&R Cakes and Cookies Galore, representing the Queen’s passion of sipping Grand Marnier, her penchant for wearing hats and her love of playing pinochle. The cakes designed as a bottle of grand Marnier, a black jeweled hat and a deck of pinochle cards. The Queen received congratulatory letters and citations from Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Sen. Ben Cardin, Rep. Elijah Cummings, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and a proclamation from Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz designating Jan. 20 Dorothy Williams Day in Baltimore County. 

Who’s that lady? Who’s that lady? Beautiful lady, who’s that lady? Lovely lady, who’s that lady?
Real fine lady, who’s that lady.” The Isley Brothers

Our state Sen. Catherine Pugh had Washington asking who’s that lady at the White House for a reception with fashion icon First Lady Michele Obama before the President’s State of the Union address. Later sitting in the First Lady’s box during the State of the Union, people including Dr. Jill Biden complimented her on her aquamarine colored dress. Washingtonians are finding out what we already know. As one of the sponsors for the Baltimore Design School, Cathy is a fashionista.

“The best clubs in the world are always the clubs where you have a variety of people. Like, you have the crazy people, you have the nicely dressed people, you have the office people, you have the regular guys that make it fun.”Tiesto

“Downtown, things will be great when you’re downtown, no finer place for sure downtown, everything’s waiting for you downtown” Petula Clark

Travel downtown to The Place Lounge 315 W. Franklin Street where Donel Warfield and Ann Winder have something for you each night with 2-4-1 drinks, Network Tuesdays, Wind down Wednesday with Spades, Thursday open microphone with Spice Band and on Friday, Donel is spinning R&B sounds

in addition to house music. Call 410-547-2722 to book private events.

There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice. Charles de Montesquieu

Oh Freedom! Justice after 50 plus years has come to the Friendship 9 convicted of trespassing during a sit in demonstration in Rock Hill. The irony is that the nephew of the judge who convicted them many years ago, is now a judge and he has vacated the conviction.

It’s a family affair. Enjoying a birthday dinner for Carman Lashley at Horseshoe Casino’s Jack Binion’s Steakhouse were JoAnn Day, Sierra Myers, Renee Day. Erica Day, Ivy Sweetwine and Deneen Sweetwine.

Happy birthday to you Father Gerald Collins, Reginald Haysbert, Gloria Siler, Carolyn Richardson, Arthur Peterson, Sam Redd Jr., Alice Torriente, Virginia Vauls, Monica Blount-Hart, Jeanine Turner, Beverly Carter, Michele Brown, Del. Talmadge Brown and Pam Holt.

“There’s a sweet sweet spirit in this place and I know that it’s the presence of the Lord” Elvis Presley

Condolences to Stephanie Lee and family on the death of their aunt Olivia Fearon. As a young girl growing up in Sharp Street Memorial Church, I remember Miss Olivia, as the adult that the young people would seek out when they needed guidance and assistance. We were comfortable with her and as adults, she was our friend. She never hesitated to call to check on you or just to say we missed seeing you in church today. Miss Olivia, you exemplified a Christian woman; you led by example.

Our condolences and prayers to Calvin and Tina Tyler on the death of their son Calvin Tyler; to Betsy Gardner on the death of her father Joel Gardner; to Sara Gray and family on the death of her husband Dr. Raymond Gray; to June Brown on the death of her father Russell Dorsey; to Toni Colvin on the death of her husband Dr. Ernest Colvin; to Merle Adair on the death of her husband Carl Adair and Wanda Watts on the death of her mother Mervyn Robertson.

I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against. Malcolm X

Congratulations to Del. Barbara Robinson, chair of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland; Del. Alonzo Washington, first vice chair and Del. Cheryl D. Glenn, second vice chair, as they take the oath of office from retired Chief Judge Robert Bell, Feb. 1 at Bethel AME Church. 

I’ll be seeing you in old familiar places Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch