“If it’s magic, then why can’t it be everlasting, like the sun that always shines, like the poets in this rhyme, like the galaxies in time. If it’s pleasing then why can’t it be never leaving, like the day that never fails, like on seashores there are shells, like the time that always tells. It holds the key to every heart throughout the universe. It fills you up without a bite and quenches every thirst.

So if it’s special then with it why aren’t we as careful, as making sure we dress in style, posing pictures with a smile, keeping danger from a child.” Stevie Wonder

“I don’t feel no ways tired; I’ve come too far from where I started from. Nobody told me that the road would be easy, I don’t believe He brought me this far to leave me.” James Cleveland

In honor of Black History month, Living for the Weekend honors African- American Marylanders who are a part of the fabric that created the great State of Maryland.

Chick Webb, Julia Woodland, I Henry Phillips, Raymond Haysbert, Charles Tilghman, Professor Larry Gibson, Eubie Blake, Cab Calloway, Cortez Peters,  Ellis Larkins, Clarence Muse, Claudia McNeil, Billie Holiday, Mayor Kurt Schmoke, Commissioner Carolyn Colvin, Veronica Jackson, Dante and Candes Daniels, Westley Johnson, Ethel Ennis,  Harry Sterling  Johnson, Joe Gans, Matthew Henson, Rev. Pauline Wilkins, Violet White, Edward Woods, Wendell France , Stuart Simms, Dr. Thelma Daley, Vashti Turley Murphy, John Murphy, Henrietta Lacks, Dr. Calvin Burnett, William and Roberta March, Congressman Parren Mitchell,  Nicole Ari Parker, Dr. Lillie Jackson, Clarence Mitchell Jr., Judge Thurgood Marshall, Kevin Lyles, Mario, Henry Parks, William and Victorine Adams, Dr. Alice Pinderhughes, Mayor Sheila Dixon, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, President Bernard Young,  Daniel Henson, Frank Coakley, Lonnie Spruill,  Comptroller Joan Pratt, George Russell, Judge Milton Allen, Judge Robert Bell, Herman Williams, Bishop Robinson, Gloria Lockerman, Dr. Miles Connor, Dr. Parlett Moore, Senator Joanne Benson, Councilman Ken Oliver, Rev. Jamal Bryant, Jake Oliver, Michael Steele, Leon Day, Charles Dutton, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, Enolia McMillan,  Congressman  Kwesi Mfume, Juanita Jackson Mitchell, Lenny Moore, Howard Rollins, Eddie and Sylvia Brown, William “Bill” Jews, Sugar Ray Leonard, Montel Williams, Senator Delores Kelley Charles Dorsey, Judge Mabel Hubbard, Judge Marcella Holland, Judge Vicki Ballou Watts, Judge Shirley Watts, Maceo Paysour, Rev Vernon Dobson, Rev. Marion Bascom, Homer Favor, and Patrick Scott.

“My music will go on forever. Maybe it’s a fool say that, but when me know facts me can say facts. My music will go on forever.” Bob Marley

Granny’s extensive menu made it difficult to decide what to order but bartender Derek Barnes and manager Aaron McNeil recommended the chicken livers and the shrimp and grits that was delicious. Others enjoying the evening were Debbie Allen, Jasmine Muse, Bryan Jackson, Kendra Maple, Andre Wallace, Dwan Smith and Toni Brown- Coleman.

I’m sending you a Valentine In hopes that you’re still mine … Norman Connors

Happy Birthday to you Melvine Turlington, Reggie Haysbert, Gwen Pinder,  Samuel Redd, Reggie Thomas, Beverly Carter, Doryce  Keston- Green, Arthur Petersen,  Shannon Pighee, Carolyn Stepney and Happy 80th birthday to Dr. Mabel Lake Murray.

“I’ll be seeing you In all the old familiar places that this heart of mine embraces all day through” Frank Sinatra
Sending our condolences to Marguerite Walker on the death of her brother Robert Scales and to Gloria Tillman on the death of her husband Ronald Tillman.

 I was glad when they said unto me let us go into the house of the Lord” Psalm 122:1

Join Sharon Baptist Church, Feb.15, and the Lincoln University Choir under the direction of Edryb Coleman in support of The Constance H Moore Scholarship Fund.

“Come fly with me” to Dubai, home of Burj Khalifa,  the world’s tallest building. Take a camel ride, or go shopping at Dubai Mall. That and so much more is waiting for you in Dubai. Contact Fulwood Travels at 410-542-2530 or visit www.fullwoodtravel.com for more information.

The Vietnam Veterans of America Baltimore Chapter #451 Dundalk is sponsoring a Bull & Oyster Roast, Feb. 14; enjoy pit beef, turkey, country ham, oysters on the half shell and more. Contact Eddie and Wy Brown at 410-917-0190 for tickets.

“I believe that it would be almost impossible to find anywhere in America a Black man who has lived further down in the mud of human society than I have; or a Black man who has been any more ignorant than I have; or a Black man who has suffered more anguish during his life than I have. But it is only after the deepest darkness that the greatest joy can come; it is only after slavery and prison that the sweetest appreciation of freedom can come.” Malcolm X

“I will always love you” Whitney Houston

We’re sending love and prayers to Bobbi Kristina for a full recovery and to Herman Jones as he continues to recuperate.

I always knew it would end like this.” Malcolm X

Remembering Malcom X on the 50th anniversary of his death, Feb 21, 1965 Whitney Houston on the 3rd anniversary of her death and celebrating the legacy of Bob Marley on his 70th birthday.

 “I’m all shook up, but not in love.” Lessie Mae Wainwright

Happy Valentine day to My Funny Valentines! Valerie and the Friday Night Bunch