Happy Birthday November Babies!
Hello everyone and happy birthday to all those born in November. May God continue to bless you for another year, while we mourn those who have passed on and celebrate in heaven. I love the month of November because I became Rosa Pryor on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1944. I was the Thanksgiving Turkey and the first born of 8 children. I can only believe that was a very happy day for my family. I try to do something different each year to celebrate. This year you are all invited to meet me and fellow AFRO columnist Valerie Fraling at Roots Lounge on the corner of Smallwood and Vine Streets in West Baltimore, a block above Bon Secour Hospital. Come through the day after Thanksgiving at 2 p.m., and have a cocktail with us.
Valerie and I decided to do this to support a young lady named, Ronnie Jackson, the owner of Roots, to say thank you for hanging in there for all these years thru the good, bad and ugly. The club still stands giving back to the community. So many people, many of my friends grew up in this neighborhood bar, club and lounge that has been open for over 60 years. Roots is where the best soul food is still served out of her kitchen, where John Shaft, the DJ sits in a small space behind the bar and plays oldies all night and where the drinks are cheap and heavily poured. Also, Ronnie Jackson not only attended every funeral of everyone who has passed away in the neighborhood throughout the years, but cooked up food and delivered it to the family’s home. I grew up around the corner from this club and I remember all the good times I had there. I still visit every now and then to say thank you. So, my dear friends who use to hang out back in the day at this club, meet me there November 23, at 2 p.m. and have a cocktail, eat some good food, dance to the oldies and help me get a good start to my birthday.
I want to thank from the bottom of my heart Hassan Rasheed and T-Shirt Brian for honoring me this past weekend. The event was well attended at the Patapsco Arena and I had a damn good time seeing musicians I helped raise in the music industry. Some of them were just teenagers when they started out with me, for example, the Softones, Jimmy Briscoe and the Little Beavers and First Class, my goodness! Now, they are all grown up with children and grandchildren and some of them are performing all over the country still sounding good. God bless my musician children. Thanks for remembering me.
I will be at Lexington Market on November 24, for a book signing with both of my books at their Holiday Artisan Market. Many vendors will be set up with their handcrafted jewelry, artwork and crafts to kick off your Christmas shopping. There will also be live entertainment provided by many local groups, which will be performing from noon-2 p.m. The activities will all be held at center court of the market starting at 10 a.m., every Saturday until December 22. I hope to see you there.
There is one more thing I want you to do; to continue my birthday celebrations who I share with so many others. For example, Milton Dugger, who invites you to come out to his big party cabaret style at St. Mary’s Hall, 5500 York Road from 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Like I said it is cabaret style, BYOB and BYOF, with free set-ups. There will be live entertainment featuring Sonny Turner of the Platters, the Bleu Lights, Charles “Big Daddy” Stallings and his band, the Palovations, Rhapsody and Sheila Ross of the Royalettes. Girlfriend! Talking about a party! It will be awesome! Meet me there.
Oh hell! 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]. Do not send me correspondence thru face book, I will not see it or use it. Contact me direct. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.