By Rosa Pryor, Special to the AFRO

Hello everyone, how are you? This week I just want to profile some of my friends and yours to acknowledge their contributions. You may recognize a few of them and that is good. I just want them to know Baltimore appreciates their work.  They have and still are contributing to the community and sharing their skills and gifts with others. There are so many more on my list I want to recognize, which I will do in my next column.

Anderson Ward is Baltimore’s renowned freelance professional photographer since 2001. He has worked with Lifetouch School Photography, NPBC Empowering Disciples Magazine and The Baltimore AFRO-American Newspaper since 2009, among other photographic endeavors. To top it all off he is also a professional race car driver, another one of his passions.

Now what is going on in Baltimore this week? Well my dear friends, “Moon Man” a legendary radio disc-jockey from back in the day, who is now Entertainment Promoter is presenting and hosting a “Motown Show & Dance” (Cabaret Style) featuring live from Detroit, Jr. Walker’s All Star Band, the Detroit Ladies of Soul, Blue Magic, featuring Richard Pratt’s Ten Karat Gold Band, the Panama Band and the Virtuoso Band on August 17 at the Forest Park Senior Center, 4801 Liberty Heights Avenue starting at 7 p.m. For more information, call 443-857-2771.

Gospel Keynotes will headline this gospel event including Baltimore’s own Little David and the Bells of Joy, J’Andre the Minister of Love, the Wings of Praise, Ministry of Song with Apostle Kevin and Shelly Barber. The concert takes place August 19, 4 p.m. at Christ Deliverance Church, 711 Walnut Avenue, in Baltimore. For more information call 410-710-3003.

We also have the John Lamkin Favorites Jazz Quintet, performing at Caton Castle on Hilton and Caton Ave., in Baltimore on August 18, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. His side men are: Michael Hairston, Bob Butta, Michael Graham and Jesse Moody. Sounds like a real jazz session to me.

Marsha Reeves-Jews is a dynamic person and she has an extraordinary ability to communicate and work effectively with a lot of different people. Jews is the host and executive producer of the radio show “Keep It Moving.” Her one hour talk show with unpredictable commentary and viewpoints has been critically acclaimed. She is also editor-at-large at World Bride Magazine since 2007.

Oh! Before I forget, I want to say happy birthday to my adopted daughter and one of the funniest ladies I know. I’m talking about the one and only “Mrs. Maybelle,” Baltimore’s renowned comedienne who is celebrating her 52nd birthday in cabaret style. It is BYOB & BYOF with live entertainment, DJ music and free food. Her party is August 19 for 6 p.m.-10 p.m., at the Forest Park Senior Center, 4801 Liberty Heights Avenue in Baltimore. I will see you there.

Bobby Ward, Baltimore’s favorite “Love Child Drummer” has been away from the nightclub scene for a while, but he is not forgotten. His fans should know he is doing well and is very active performing in his church and teaching children music and he is still playing for private events. Bobby Ward plays every 3rd and 5th Sundays at Christ United Methodist Church, on Chase and Washington Streets, as well as the New Solid Rock Church on Reisterstown Road and Northern Parkway on the 1st and 4th Sundays of the month.

Look my dear friends and fans, you go out and enjoy yourself and if I have helped in any way I am glad. I also want to thank the many seniors who supported me at the Bangin’ with the Boomers luncheon last Thursday. I especially want to thank my boss, Kamau High, Managing Editor of the AFRO, for taking time out of his busy schedule to have lunch with me. Everyone seems to have enjoyed themselves and promised they will be back for another dynamite luncheon with “Rambling Rose” on September 13, noon-3 p.m. at the Promenade Dance Sport Facility, 2605 Lord Baltimore Drive in Windsor Mill, Maryland.

I am out of space, I got to go. But remember, if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at [email protected]. Until the next time, I’m musically yours.