“Nothing great or enduring, especially in music, has ever sprung full-fledged and unprecedented from the brain of any master; the best he gives to the world he gathers from the hearts of the people, and runs it through the alembic of his genius.” James Weldon Johnson

When we arrived at the University of Maryland College Park’s Memorial Chapel to the sounds of the masters, Schubert, Bach, Faure, Handel, Vivaldi and Mendelssohn played by the organist, I knew the wedding of Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and Karmen Walker was going to be “an affair to remember;”
the understated elegance of the chapel and the reception décor was beautiful.
The bride was breathtaking in a strapless gown walking “down the aisle” toward her debonair groom to the sound of Purcell’s Trumpet Voluntaries.

“Forever, that’s how long I’m gonna make you mine. Just as long as the sun stays in the sky that’s how long it’s gonna be you and I.” The Ebonys

The reception, at the Marriott Conference Center was a who’s who in Maryland, as guests, Governor & Mrs O’Malley, PG County Executive Rushern Baker, Mayor Jeffrey Slavin, Councilwoman Valerie Ervin, Congressman Steny Hoyer, Mr. & Mrs. Jimmy Britton, Glenn & Sharon Middleton, Zach Mc Daniels, Michael & Erica Cryor, Congressman Ben & Myrna Cardin, AFRO CEO Jake Oliver, Tim Adams, Lucinda Ware, Mark Broady, Maia & Elliott Estes and Jean Hitchcock dined on boneless braised short ribs, carved meats, paella, crab cakes, cheeses, sweet meats and other delicacies stationed throughout the magnificently decorated ballroom.

“The dance floor you could hardly more”
as people danced to the latest sounds. “You bring me joy” I enjoyed watching the Lt. Governor’s parents, Dr. & Mrs. Roy Brown, both in their eighties “dancing the night away” surrounded by family and friends as the reception became a jamming party.

“Now, women forget all those things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly.” Zora Neale Hurston,

“I’m every woman”
Kudos to Karyne Henry, Cereta Spencer and members of Suited to Succeed for a successful evening at the Lyric. It’s uplifting to hear the success stories of the women this organization has helped return to work by providing clothing. “It brings a tear” and laughter when Ebony Trusty a self -proclaimed diva shared how Suited to Succeed helped her become a better diva. Ebony said that if you really want to help someone “just look in your closet and make a donation.”

Arrivederci, Stacy! Proud parents Albert & Myra Queen are elated that daughter Stacy is travelling throughout Italy studying for her master’s degree in art history.

“You are my friend.” Roses to my girlfriend Ambassador Ora Reed for her induction into the Mississippi Trailblazers Hall of Fame for her work as Mississippi’s Cultural Ambassador.

“That’s what friends are for” A celebration of friends was the theme for the party hosted by Karen Brice, Sharon Brice-Parks, Rhonda Brice-Jones and Pamela Lewis-Guest at Silo Point’s wine bar on a sultry Saturday night. The wine bar is a great place to relax and catch a summer breeze while dinning on assorted pates, cheeses and other menu items.

Guests enjoying the company of friends were Pat Thomas, Marty Glaze, Vanessa Carroll, Rosalind Caldwell, Kara King, Michael Bruce, Yvonne Williams, Brad Parks, Joseph Brown, Tommy Jones, Myra Jackson, Chu Jackson, Debbie Glaze and Dora Johns.

“You make me feel like dancing.” Victor Green & Pat Crisp’s birthday party had guests Bob & Paula Haley, Charles Gross, Artie & Dee Williams, Kelly & Chris Crisp, Steve & Jackie Stadler, Ira & Gail Cox, Chuck & Andrea Brow, Harry & Regina Lewis, travelling from Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania and Virginia to join Baltimoreans, Charles & Betty Green, Phil Strambler, Betty Greene, Bill Jackson, Aileen Taylor, Trena Taylor Brown, Donald & Judy Rainey, Aaron & Christie Jolivet, Ruth Woods, Queen & Walter Carr, Janette Little, Manny Moore and Patrease Nicholson dancing till the “wee small hours in the morning.”

“You wanna know how long am I gonna be your guy, yeah, yeah; forever, that’s how long, I’m gonna love you forever, that’s how long I’m gonna need you;” The Ebonys

Happy anniversary to Del & Danny Henson celebrating 48 years of wedded bliss and happy 5th anniversary to Kevin & Salimah White.

“You grow up the day you have your first real laugh — at yourself.” Ethel Barrymore

It’s your birthday Reggie Pinder, Dr. Marie Washington, LaVerne Naesea, Bernice Bradford Lewis, Anita Sherrod, Holmszella Braxton and Kay Clinton the affable bartender at the Engineer’s Club.

“Well now, they often call me Speedo but my real name is Mr. Earl”

Afro photographer Anderson Ward may be gearing up to participate in the Baltimore Grand Prix sponsored by our friend J P Grant after winning 1st place in the B1 Bracket Class at Sports Compact Nationals Raceway Park Drag Racing event competing with cars from across the U.S.

“And God said, “go down, Death, go down, go down to Baltimore and find Frank, Rebekah, Ed and John. They’ve borne the burden and heat of the day, they labored long in my vineyard, and they’re tired, they’re weary. Go down, Death, and bring them to me” James Weldon Johnson

Condolences to Wanetah Wilkins on the death of her sister Rebekah Wilkins, to the Phillips’ family on the death of Frank Phillips, to the family of Ed Sommerfeldt and to Margaret Cunningham on the death of her husband John Cunningham.

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