It was an evening of elegance as The Baltimore Times celebrated its 30th anniversary at the Reginald Lewis Museum on Oct. 22. Dr. Joanne Martin of Great Blacks in Wax unveiled the beginning of a wax stature of Baltimore Times founder Joy Bramble to a crowd of about 300 people. The gala’s hosts were Baltimore’s Nicole Ari Parker, seven-time NAACP nominee actor, daughter of Susan Parker and Dr. Donald Parker and her husband actor Boris Kodjoe.

This beautiful couple kept the audience in stitches as they shared many anecdotes of their lives as an award-winning couple sharing the secrets of a successful marriage. Among the guests in attendance were Father Peter Bramble, Jesse Murphy, Susan Parker, Congressman Elijah Cummings, Dr. Geraldine Waters, Alma Roberts, Veris Lee, Carolyn Waters, Rosa and William Trusty, Michele and Edward Blanchard, Sarah Holly, Odessa Goodman, Nick and Marilyn Mosby, Sharon and Glenn Middleton, Council President Bernard “Jack” Young, Rikki Specter, Oscar and Michele Brown. Jimmy Britton’s Class Act prepared the delicious food. Joy Bramble presented a ten Thousand dollar check to Boris and Nicole for the Sophie Voice Foundation.

“You’ve come a long way baby”

Temple Oheb Shalom was the setting for the 20th anniversary scholarship event in honor of Howard E Rollins, Baltimore native, star of television, Broadway and film and the brother of Hattie Fields. Hattie and her sons started the scholarship in memory of “In the heat of the Night” star Virgil Tibbs and the acclaimed “Soldier Story” actor. More than 250 people gathered to support The Howard Rollins Foundation.

Among the guests were Yemi Adewuyi, Sheila Hughes, Angela Oware-Koduc, Cheryl Davis, Pressie Boykins, Edi and Faith Bazemore, Lynn and Roland Selby, Dr. Charlene Cooper Boston, Councilman Carl Stokes, Vivian Braxton, Shawn Braxton, Cleve and Nancy Brister, Yoma Howard, Randy and Adrienne Martin and special guest Lori Tan Chinn a longtime friend of Howard, and cast member in “Orange is the New Black.” The enjoyable food prepared by AGAPE had guests returning for seconds. Thanks Cleve Brister for collaborating with Temple Oheb Shalom for a grand evening proving “We are one.”Frankie Beverly and Maze

“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”-Leonard Cohen

Cake, cupcakes and balloons were had at Sean Morris’ 25th birthday celebration at Colin’s Seafood and Grill in Randallstown, Md. The 2016 Coppin State University graduate was elated that so many friends came out to celebrate his birthday. Longtime photographer and Coppinite, the legendary cameraman Thomas “Hollywood’ Henderson, captured the moment on film.

The joy of celebrating Myra Queen’s birthday can be as fun as Alice in Wonderland’s quest to meet the Queen. Myra’s celebration is inclusive of her friends and the pleasures she incorporates into an awesome experience supporting various social causes. On Thursday night Sherry Jackson, Brenda Sykes and I joined Myra at the Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory for a mix and mingle enjoying botanically inspired cocktails prepared by master mixologists in the exotic surroundings of the conservatory. We sipped on their signature Palm House Punch, and several new drinks prepared especially for the fundraiser, incorporated plants and flowers from the conservatory’s collection of plants from around the world. This annual fundraiser celebrates and supports the Conservatory. It was great meeting Sharon Russell, Jacqueline Caldwell, and Elisha Jackson Eseono who were enjoying this wonderful event.

Happy birthday to my good neighbor Russell Jolivet, Shanelle Turner, Joanne Fickling Pulley, Angela Alexander, Albert Queen, Brenda Baker, Novella Carter, Beverly Fauntleroy, Ursula Young, Sandi Matthews, Ralph Wright, Willard Wright, Marsha Logan and Franklin James. Happy 75th birthday Mildred “Ms. Kitty” Harper.

Bishop Frank Reid and family had cause to celebrate three birthdays in one week, Lady Marlaa, daughter Faith Reid and Marlaa’s mother, Florence Hall’s 95th birthday. Mother Hall traveled from Kansas to participate in the triple birthday celebration.

“Like a bird on a wire like a drunk in a midnight choir. I have tried in my way to be free like a fish on a hook; like a knight in some old fashioned book I have saved all my ribbons for thee; and if I, if I have been unkind I just hope you will let it go by.”-Leonard Cohen

Leon Russell and Leonard Cohen rest peacefully your music and your memory will live on long into eternity.

“History shows that people often do cast their votes for amorphous reasons, the most powerful among them being the need for change…”-Gwen Ifill

Award winning journalist Gwen Ifill will long be remembered for her beautiful smile and her ability to deliver the news and current events to a listening audience with candor, intelligence and direct approach.  Rest peacefully in Paradise Soror Gwen Ifill, the news world will never be the same.

“I greet you from the other side of sorrow and despair, with a love so vast and shattered it will reach you everywhere.”-Leonard Cohen

Sending words of condolences to Ann Taylor Ross on the death of her daughter Robyn Wilson, to Clementine Watkins, Curtis Alexander and family on the death of your daughter and wife Baltimore City Court Clerk Lavinia Alexander. To lose one sister and two days later another sister is hard, but we know God never fails. Please continue to keep Virginia “Ginny” Hawkins and Libby Harris of Tequila Sunset in your prayers as they mourn the death of Mary Ann and Mabel longtime barmaids.

 “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”-Rabindranath Tagore

Sending get-well wishes to Anita Stanford Curry, Stella Fullwood, Evoia White and Terray Hawkins wishing you all a speedy recovery.

“I’ll be seeing you in old familiar places.”-Frank Sinatra

Happy Thanksgiving be grateful!

Aleuta Continua