“Sail beyond the horizon; fly higher than you ever thought possible; magnify your existence by helping others; be kind to people and animals of all shapes and sizes; be true to what you value most; shine your light on the world; and be the person you were born to be.”-Blake BeattieLFTW2

“Well we’re movin’ on up, to the East Side, to a deluxe apartment in the sky. Movin’ on up, to the East Side, We finally got a piece of the pie.”-Theme song to the -“The Jeffersons.”

When retired UPS executive Calvin E. Tyler Jr. attended Morgan State College, in the 1960s he had to drop out during his junior year because he could not afford the tuition.

“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily difference we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.”Marian Wright Edelman

“Pay it forward.” This year Calvin, and his wife Tina, presented Morgan State University President David Wilson with a check for $5 million to support students who need financial assistance because of the  generosity of the Tylers who never forgot Morgan.

“Baltimore is a special lady. Baltimore is like your fun aunt who has done some really cool things in her life, but you didn’t realize it until you were older. She is eclectic, slightly preppy, quirky, but then you raid her closet and find an old Chanel or Salvatore Ferragamo bag.”-Zoey Washington

In recognition of Women’s History Month, we recognize four Baltimore women who are excelling in their chosen field.

“I second that emotion.” The Daily Record has selected Michelle Brown, Special Assistant to Senator Barbara Mikulski, as one of {The Daily Record’s} 2016 Maryland’s Top 100 Women. 350 nominees were submitted. Michelle’s professional accomplishments, her commitment to community service and dedication to mentoring and supporting families throughout the Baltimore community has made her a household name. She has represented the Senator in the African American community in a professional manner at funerals, retirements, graduations and community events and always has a smile.  She is a person who shies away from the spotlight and this honor only verifies what we have always known about Michelle: She is “simply the best”.

“One is not born a woman, one becomes one.”Simone de Beauvoir

Actor Bresha Webb, daughter of Sharon and Garfield Webb, has landed a starring role opposite Marlon Wayans, of the famous Wayans brothers, in a NBC comedy pilot called -Marlon.

Wayne Davis and Felecia Jackson are still recovering from the fantastic performance their daughter Lex Scott Davis did it the Toni Braxton biopic “Unbreak My Heart.” Now Lex is scheduled to be cast in the CBS pilot “Training Day”.

Here’s Zoey Washington- Sheff, daughter of Dr. Marie Washington whose professional credits include fashion designer for Marie Claire, Elle Accessories, Shop Etc., Vogue and Essence magazines just to name a few. Among the list of stars, Zoey has dressed for photo shoots are Kerry Washington, Usher and KeKe Palmer. As a fashion editor and illustrator for major fashion magazines her fashion tidbits appear every month in Life and Style Magazine and ellegirl.com. In 2008, Zoey started LITTLEbird, a fashion and life styling company for teens and tweens creating clothes for the fashion minded young girl with a sense of style and fashion.

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”-Abraham Lincoln

The Couser children Stacey, Michael and David went “Uptown Funk” at the 70th birthday party they hosted for their dad Leon Couser at Ruth Chris’ Havana Club. Friends, family and his coworkers from General Motors joined in the birthday celebration. Guests dined on chef carved roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes, Caesar salad, cake and ice cream. The champagne toast brought cheers and laughter as the toasters provided funny anecdotes about the honoree.

People are still talking about the delicious food at Paula Johnson’s birthday party prepared by her sister-in-law Angela Broadway. More than 80 guests dined on delicious homemade coddies served hot from the skillet, crab balls, smothered pork chops, fresh greens and everything from soup to nuts. Paula transformed her home into a “Disco Inferno” with flashing lights, and club music that kept the guests dancing “All Night Long” throughout her spacious home. Always the gracious host, Paula asked the guests to RSVP with their drink of choice and yes, she provided it for the guests. That’s how you have an old school party. My goddaughter Tonya (Paula’s daughter) had cold Amstel chilling for me only to be told by Paula that I was drinking Moet for the night. Paula had it chilling for my arrival. Good looking out Tonya.  It was great seeing Phyllis Walston, Paula’s mother and our trusted advisor looking great, joining in the fun.

Happy 16th birthday Sydni Lee celebrating in New York with mom and dad Stacy and John Lee; Debbie Taylor, Aldonna Wylie, Renee West, Diane Tunstall, Corrogan Vaughn, Anton Sawyer, Michele Emery, Qianna Cooke and the dynamic Priscilla Blackwell. “If it’s your birthday, make some noise.”

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”-Psalm 116:15

Sending condolences to Cathy Wise on the death of her mother Ruth Wise; to Carlita White, Bernice Hardy and Merry Mercer on the death of Wilbur Brown and to Judge Robert Bell on the death of his brother Joseph Bell. The East Baltimore Community Development Corporation is mourning the death of dear friend, and board member, Cynthia Adams. May all our families find comfort in the memories of their loved one.

Join the Friday Night Bunch this Saturday at Maceo’s for live jazz featuring the Phil Butts orchestra from 4 to 8 p.m. with special guest Sheila Dixon.

Valerie and the Friday Night Bunch