Malcolm X would have been 90 years-old on May 19; with the recent events in Baltimore and across our country I wonder what our country would be like if Malcolm had lived. Over the years, I’ve read countless quotes attributed to Malcolm X and wonder whether or not Malcolm X was ahead of his time or right on time.

“Basically, radio hasn’t changed over the years. Despite all the technical improvements, it still boils down to a man or a woman and a microphone, playing music, sharing stories, talking about issues communicating with an audience” Casey Kasem

It’s been said laughter is the best medicine and Tom Joyner morning show’s visit to Baltimore was right on time. More than 800 people showed up to meet and greet Tom Joyner, Sybil and Jay Anthony Brown at the Horseshoe Casino. Myra Owens Queen, Bryant Smith, Bob Morrison, Ronald Butler, Norma Jones, Shannon McRae, Rhonda Allmond, Michelle Colvin, Norma Belton, Eddie and Venus Daniels, Rosa Mason, Clacy Gilbert, Sandra McCotter, Gregory Miller, Shannon Wallace were the lucky winners to join the morning crew for lunch at Bertucci’s in Columbia. Radio personality LaDawnn Black and Tia Johnson assistant promotions director from 95.9 FM entertained the crowd as we waited for Tom Joyner and the crew to arrive. Tom Joyner’s warmth is genuine as he greeted me with a hug leaving no doubt, why he is the most popular radio host as he mingled with the guests extending greetings and posing for pictures . Baltimore women and hair stylists made a big impression on Tom including our Mayor when he said on the air “the women in Baltimore and their stylists keep their hair tight; maybe they can do something for me” Tom Joyner

“Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can’t retire his experience. He must use it.” Bernard Baruch

Getting  his start in Richmond, Virginia in 1973 on Radio Q94; Tim Watts of 95.9 has left the station after 42 years as an on air personality.

“It’s so hard to say good-bye to yesterday”   Boyz II Men

Tim’s love for music has been credited for creating special moments for his radio audience he called the 30 and over crew.  He played music that would take us “back down memory lane.” We would sing, dance, or party to his music. Tim’s music was the perfect background for a cookout or just hanging out.  His extensive knowledge and relationship with the music industry enabled him to share inside information about our favorite artists, many he knew personally.  Tim the airways will never be the same without you but as Bobby Womack said, “always leave them wanting more.” PT Barnum got it from him (LOL)

“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But…the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?” Martin Luther King Jr.

Proud parents Paul and Traceé Strum-Gilliam are beaming on son Vincent’s induction into the Boy Scouts of America, Baltimore Area Council’s Order of the Arrow Troop #846 at Epworth United Methodist Chapel. Vincent, a student at St. Paul’s School for Boys was one of the originators of the Sandtown-Winchester community cleanup.

Philantropix’s Zach McDaniels, Marty Glaze, Sonjay  DeCaires and sponsors Murphy Falcon Murphy, Wag, Greater Baltimore Urban League, UBER, Mission Tix, K&O Public Affairs, Airmail, Grey Goose, Miller and Coors once again hosted the ultimate Preakness After-Party at a secret location that was revealed to the guests  “round midnight” Thursday.  Nicole Nicholson’s of NikNak transferred the old abandoned bank on East Baltimore Street into a magical wonderland. More than 400 people looking Preakness sharp dined on cuisine from Supano Steak while sipping specialty drinks. Among the special guests were author Wes and Dawn Moore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings- Blake, Catalina Byrd, Rosalind Jones, Darnell Moses, Smittie Milan, Kia, John Lee, George Ray, Karenthia Barber and LaRian Finney.

It’s your birthday Jeanette Bynum, Dr. Donald Parker, and Bobby Chambliss.

“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

The sudden death of Tim Sanders has left the golf community and the city of Baltimore in a state of shock. A longtime golf pro at Forest Park Tim was instrumental in introducing children and women to the world of golf.

“Tide and time wait for no man” Proverb Quote

Tim was a gentleman and I was proud to call him my friend and golf mentor. On Saturday, my neighbor Russell Jolivet said “Val, Tim wants you to call him; I laughed and said I’ll call him later.

We can make our plans but the Lord determines our steps Proverbs 16:9

On Monday, Tim and Russell were at Kernan participating in a golf program he had established in the community when he died of a heart attack doing what he loved.  I never made the phone call. A consummate golfer, Tim’s playing golf in heaven with his friends Calvin Peete and Charles Sifford. Tim, remember what you taught us “hit them straight.”

When I do eventually drop, I pray to God that it’ll happen in one of three ways. Firstly, on stage or leaving the stage, then secondly in my sleep, and the third way? You’ll have to figure that out for yourself!”  B. B. King  Rest in Blues Paradise

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.Martin Luther King, Jr.

Valerie and the Friday Night Bunch