“A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?” Khalil Gibran 

“I’d love to do a show in Vegas with drag queens. The tackier the better.” -Catherine Zeta-Jones

“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” unless you are promoter Marvelous Marva’ and bring Vegas to Baltimore with The Legends of Illusions production. The Hippodrome transformed into a Vegas Club with the appearance of Anita Baker, Patti LaBelle, Whitney Houston, Adele, Celine Dion, Gladys Night, Reba McIntyre, Billie Holiday, Tina Turner Revue and so many starlets impersonating legendary performers. The full house was bursting with excitement as each performer received a standing ovation. The performances were reminiscent of the old traveling show of female impersonators known as the Jewel Box Revue. Guests in the audience were Paula Johnson Branch, Jacqueline Richardson, Tarsha Fitzgerald, Freddie Vaughn, Dr. Charlene Cooper- Boston, Michele Brown, Donnie Greene, Albert and Elsie Maddox, Erica Maddox and many more. Special thanks to Marvelous Marva’ for her support to the seniors of Baltimore who thoroughly enjoyed the performances.

“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”Oprah Winfrey

It was a who’s who in Maryland politics as current and former elected officials joined the Radio One family in celebrating one of Maryland’s favorite radio personality former Senator Larry Young’s birthday party at Mo’s Seafood Harbor East.

Among the guests were Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Senators Joan Carter Conway, Catherine Pugh, Delegates Nathaniel Oaks, Antonio Hayes, Adrienne Jones, Tony Randall, Wayne Frazier, Councilman Nick Mosby, States attorney Marilyn Mosby, Doni Glover, Konan, Dwight Pettit, City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, former Mayor Sheila Dixon, Glenn Middleton, Lucinda Ware, Pamela “Ms. Maybelle” Hill and Carlton and Darlene Douglass. Guests dined on a smorgasbord of shucked oysters, mussels, spaghetti, seafood pasta and more while enjoying a fashion show featuring the Travis Winkey models.

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”Christopher Reeve

Lemuel Lewie’s 95th birthday will be remembered as the day strangers and friends dining at Colin’s Restaurant couldn’t decide who would pick up his dinner check.  Lewie and his wife Reva are regular diners at this popular Randallstown restaurant. This Tuskegee Airman was honored at Epworth United Methodist Church. After worshipping he walked into Colin’s Restaurant for his normal Sunday dinner. Many of the diners had been in attendance at church earlier and gave him a hero’s welcome and that’s when the fun began.

“If it’s your birthday make, some noise” and that’s what we did at Mildred Harper’s birthday party hosted by her daughter Tanya, granddaughter Crystal, great granddaughter Selena  and Manny at Crystal’s exquisite hair salon XO located on Liberty Road. The salon was fashioned into a luxurious oasis of black, crystal and silver had many in amazement at the transformation. Guests dined on a delicious catered buffet prepared by Chef Dante of Colin’s Restaurant featuring fried and baked chicken, smothered pork chops, crab balls and more.

Happy 50th birthday to John “Zenith Hospitality”, Brenda Lee, Dr. Charlene Cooper Boston, Franklin James and my amazing daughter Lisa Lee Packer

“I am woman, hear me roar in numbers too big to ignore and I know too much to go back an’ pretend” -Helen Reddy

“All in the family” Way to go founder and CEO Nykidra “Nyki” Robinson on the successful launch of “Black Girls Vote” established to educate and register voters.  “You know if you belong” Visit www.blackgirlsvote.com.

Congratulations to Ericka McClammy on the opening of her law practice McClammy & Associates, LLC located at 5 E. 27th Street.

Kudos to Shelonda Stokes, president and CEO of greiBO media on her selection to Morgan State University’s Board of Regents. Shelonda’s involvement in the community includes creating a childhood obesity and awareness program and working chairing the African American Heritage Festival.

“The leaves in the valley they neither toll nor spin and flowers bloom in spring and birds sing. Up from dawn till sunset man work hard all the day. Come Sunday, oh come Sunday, that’s the day.” -Mahalia Jackson

Join world-renowned artists Larry “Poncho” Brown and Charlie Bibbs at Poncho’s open house 1100 Wicomico Street Dec. 5-6 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Join John Lampkin and the Straight Ahead Jazz Workshop at their Toy Drive Jam Session Dece. 9 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Phaze 10. Bring a new toy and enjoy one of the best jazz groups in town. Musicians are welcomed.

“When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.”Tecumseh

We are sending condolences to Dr. Nancy McKnight and family on the death of her daughter and granddaughter Charlene and Sage James; to Angela Adams and family on the death of her father Frank Kelly; to Cleve and Nancy Brister on the death of his brother Eugene Brister; to Linda Hollis and family on the death of her sister Mary Bethea; to Roslyn Hawthorne on the death of her dad Ulysses G. Hawthorne; to Alice Greene and family on the death of her daughter Renee Stancil; to Valerie Murphy on the death of her brother Clarence Young and to Dora Harris on the death of her husband Claude Tyrone Harris.

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