“The Riders’ dangerous passage through the bus terminals and jails of the Jim Crow South represented only one part of an extended journey for justice that stretched back to the dawn of American history and beyond. But once that passage was completed, there was renewed hope that the nation would eventually find its way to a true and inclusive democracy.”Professor Raymond Arsenault

“The Freedom Riders were remarkable, fearless Americans. They were extraordinary, ordinary people . . . young people who took the reins of history and wouldn’t let go.”  Mark Samels 

In association with Black History Month the Archdiocese of Baltimore Division of Youth and Young Adult Ministry is presenting a Harambee Hidden Colors Midnight to Midday Freedom Ride weekend retreat Feb. 13 for students. The retreat is modeled after the training sessions the Freedom Riders experienced during the 1950s and 1960s to prepare them for the marches, sit-ins and civil disobediences. Students and their chaperone will be on a learning bus tour tracing the movements of the Freedom Riders in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Kudos to Eunice Jenifer Robinson, Kim Bennett and Howard Roberts, the retreat coordinators.

“So build a statue and oh build it high so all the world can see…”-David Ruffin

Baltimorian Kenya Brown’s love for Poe and restoration of historic statures has earned her a commission to restore the statue of Edgar Allan Poe at the University of Maryland. Kenya is the owner of Urban Renaissance Restoration.

“Is this the little girl I carried? Is this the little boy at play? I don’t remember growing older,
when did they? When did she get to be a beauty? When did he grow to be so tall? Wasn’t it yesterday, when they were small?”
-Fiddler on the Roof

“Welcome home.” I feel like Teyve in “Fiddler on the Roof” lamenting the children growing up so quickly.   It’s hard to believe that Little Napoleon was, as the old folks used to say, “knee high to a grasshopper” just “yesterday.”  Napoleon has returned home to the Naval Academy after a successful coaching position in North Carolina to assist Coach Shaun Nua with the winning Navy football team. Proud mom and dad Napoleon and Brenda can’t wait to spoil those adorable grandbabies.

Congratulations to Baltimore Horeshoe Casino’s Alex Dixon on his induction into the Durango High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

If you missed Kool and the Gang at Maryland Live you’ll be pleased to know that although it’s only four original members they still “Take It To The Top.”

The Baltimore Chapter of the Hampton University Alumni Association is sponsoring a fundraising event with the Arena Players. on Feb. 21.  For more information, contact Barbara Cuffie at 410-448-1824

Celeste Taylor and Alternative Directions are hosting “Because you are loved” a celebration of friendship and sisterhood at an afternoon fundraiser to benefit ADI & We Can Cer-Vive Feb. 6 at Turf Valley Resort and Spa in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Pink and green was everywhere as the members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA) showed up and showed out at Colin’s Restaurant Randallstown in celebration of the founding of their sorority. More than two hundred fabulous ladies dined and danced the night away as Deltas, Kappas, Alphas, Omegas, Iotas, Sigmas, and Zetas stopped pass to join in the festivities.

I don’t know about you but “I get lifted” when Baltimore is represented in the media by our talented citizens in the arts. Congratulations to Robyn Bragg Dixon and Juan Dixon, who are in the newest reality TV show “Real Housewives of Potomac, which received rave, reviews when it premiered on Jan. 17. According to Bravo, it was the most watched premiere in its series. Another familiar name is Gizelle Bryant, former wife of Baltimore Pastor Jamal Bryant.

“There’s something about having a great bottle of wine and a great cigar. Nothing compares to it.” -D. L. Hughley

“My Girl” Colleen Randall is hosting  Sassy Stixx for the Love of Cigars and Professional Attire at The Place 315 N. Franklin Street Feb. 2.  Enjoy cigars and drink specials  in the enclosed patio.

Word in Annapolis is that Delegate Corey McCray’s defense of the veto override to restore voting rights to people reentering society after a criminal felony conviction was successful in the bill passing the House of Delegates. Kudos Corey 

“The way I see it, you should live everyday like it’s your birthday”. -Paris Hilton

Happy birthday Sherri Fraling, Reginald “Reggie” Haysbert, Ora Reed, James “Jimmy” Lewis, Gwenny Pinder, Melvine Turlington Vera Dillard, Berlinda Redfern, Anita Hunter, Jeff Hettleman and happy 21st birthday Kenyetta Chambers.

Sending thinking of you flowers to our friend Howard Jessamy as he continues to recuperate

“Suddenly, I’m all alone out of a clear blue sunny sky the happy world I found came tumbling down when you said goodbye.”-Sir Walter Jackson

Sending our prayers and condolences to the Neverdon family on the death of their youngest sister Michal Neverdon Merritt; to the family of Coach Carmie “Pete” Pompey on his death and to the family of Dr. John Braxton may they rest peacefully in paradise.

Rest in Paradise Abe Vigoda, Jack Bowden and Royal Parker. Your lives made a difference to so many in TV land.

Condolences to Lorna Brice and family on the death of her husband Frazier Brice. Many of you remember Frazier Brice as the owner of Brice’s Hilltop on Reisterstown Road when back in the day our friend radio personality Randy Dennis used to host Randy Dennis Best Fest in the 80s.  A young Toni Braxton performed there doing the talent fest as a soloist.  It was the first time I met Sir Walter Jackson and other performers. Brice was an avid golfer and hosted the annual Brice Open at Forest Park Golf Course.   Hit them straight Frazier, the fairway is clear.