“Any time women come together with a collective intention, it’s a powerful thing. Whether it’s sitting down making a quilt, in a kitchen preparing a meal, in a club reading the same book, or around the table playing cards, or planning a birthday party, when women come together with a collective intention, magic happens.”Phylicia Rashad

“I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.”Khalil Gibran

“Calling all Deltas to the floor got some here but we need some more” 

Deltas everywhere celebrated the anniversary of the founding of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, which began on the campus of Howard University on Jan. 13, 1913 when 22 likeminded women realized their vision. These collegiate women; Osceola McCarthy Adams, Marguerite Young Alexander, Winona Cargile Alexander, Ethel Cuff Black, Bertha Pitts Campbell, Zephyr Chisom Carter, Edna Brown Coleman, Jessie McGuire Dent, Frederica Chase Dodd, Myra Davis Hemmings, Olive C. Jones, Jimmie Bugg Middleton, Pauline Oberdorfer Minor, Vashti Turley Murphy, Naomi Sewell Richardson, Mamie Reddy Rose, Eliza Pearl Shippen, Florence Letcher Toms, Ethel Carr Watson, Wertie Blackwell Weaver, Madree Penn White and Edith Motte Young used their collective strength to promote academic excellence and to provide assistance to those in need. Today Delta women continue the mission of its founders with chapters throughout the world.

 “I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade… and try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.”Ron White

Our host Sarah George Holly floated down the winding staircase at her elegant Eutaw Place mansion wearing a floor length red halter gown, to greet her guests, signaling the beginning of her lavish party. Guitarist Rodney Kelly and a slamming Dee Jay kept the dance floor hot while entertaining guests.

This is the 13th year for this most sought out invitational black tie party attended by guests from New York, Chicago, Virginia, New Jersey and Maryland. Guests enjoying the festive evening were Claudia McKee, Pat Thomas, Dr. Charlene Cooper-Boston, Vhonda Lewis, Comptroller Joan Pratt, Audrey, Gaines Lansey, Anthony Jones, Pat Tunstall, Brenda Baker, Leroy Jackson, Jackie Robinson, Ray Halston, Michele Burroughs, Stacey Duncan-Grace, Randy Carroll, Lafayette Carr, Shirley Wafford- Evans, Salima Marriott, Senator Cathy Pugh, Roxanne Williams, Susan Parker, Jesse Murphy, Charles Clark, Arthur Bailey, Diane Bowe, Edward Tyler and Tony Brothers dined on an exquisite menu prepared by Chef Jerome.

“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”Khalil Gibran

SNAC by Nancy’s was the gathering spot on Saturday afternoon for Women for Dixon hosted by Wanda Watts, Laura Byrd, Gladys Bragg, Ronda Brunson, Rev. Regina Clay, Jacqueline Cornish, Delegate Cheryl Glenn, Anita Graham, Denise Gray, Louise Green, DeLois Jeffers, Kenya Jones, Tammy Lunn, Salima Marriott, Tania Martinez-Ramos, Adrienne Morrow, Patricia Tunstall, Diana Winkler, Debi Young and Yolanda Winkler to honor Baltimore mayoral candidate Sheila Dixon. The women enjoyed tasty hors de oeuvres’ and an afternoon of laughter and fun. 

Every day I feel is a blessing from God; and I consider it a new beginning. Yeah, everything is beautiful.Prince 

Happy birthday Ann Winder, Wendell “Pete” France, Candes Daniels, Dorothy “The Queen” Williams, my sister Cheryl Johnson, Jo Lewis, Harold Darden, Michaun Carney, Darnell Moses, Sheila Sinkler, Dr. Cynthia Neverdon- Morton, Jean Johnson, Marjorie Price, Dr. Nina Rawlings, and  Murnell Cooper on her 94th birthday.

 “Get well cards have become so humorous that if you don’t get sick you’re missing half the fun.” -Flip Wilson

Sending get well wishes to Afro executive Diane Hocker, Napoleon Sykes and Sylvester “Bimp” France Jr.

“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.David Bowie

Sending condolences to the family of Earl Jordan on his death; to the family of Rashieda Hopewell on her death and to Michael Bruce on the death of his sister Karen Bruce.

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”Martin Luther King, Jr.

We will remember the year 2015 for the impact it had on our life and the city we love. It will be hard to erase the images that flashed daily across the media in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray and the indictment of the 6 police officers charged for his death. The images of the National Guards patrolling our streets, reminding us that “the chickens had come home to roost,” these were images that we used to see on the evening news happening on the other side of the world not here in downtown Baltimore. We witnessed a police officer gun down an unarmed citizen in South Carolina and fabricating a story in the midst of committing the murder. We were comfortable that what was happening in other states could never happen here in our city where we know our elected officials on a first name basis and they know us. A city that is the home of the Star Spangled Banner, Thurgood Marshall, Billie Holiday and the Super Bowl Ravens and saw the second jewel of the Triple Crown winner at the Preakness.

In the aftermath of it all Baltimore came together to heal. Although the images will remain and the facts will prevail we take solace knowing that in the words of Sam Cooke, “A change is gonna come,” and with the dawning of 2016 we have dreams of hope and healing. Happy New Year!

Aleuta Continua (the struggle continues).

Valerie and the Friday Night Bunch