Hello everyone. How are you doing? I have to ask because everyone I have talked to has this cold/flu thing that is going around. It is a terrible situation. I had it for four weeks and it is not completely gone. This airborne thing has put people in the hospital. It is no joke. So if you have it, be very careful and take care of yourself and go to the doctor, if necessary. If you didn’t get it, you are the lucky one. Wear a mask and have a cocktail a day to keep the germs away.

Many of you might be interested in this event, which is kind of unique. The Baltimore Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, with Agnes Kane Callum, will present the Genealogy Expo, where you can learn about the many aspects of researching your family’s roots. The Expo includes genealogy workshops, genealogy displays, DVD presentations and a question and answer session. The event will be
held at the Northwood Pratt Library, 4420 Loch Raven Blvd, in Baltimore on February 2, 2013 from noon until 4 p.m. and it is free.

Have I mentioned to you before that I have been working on my second book? I’ve been working for three years. I have collected original pictures from some folks who lived in Baltimore between the years of  1940 and 1980. Right now, I am editing it to make sure all the “T’s” are crossed and all the “I’s” are dotted. My lands of mercy! I truly miss my mentor and friend, “Biddy Wood” who edited my first book. I am also undecided what I want to name this one. It is almost a part two to my first book, “African American Entertainment in Baltimore.”  But this book is going to be much bigger and more informative. This book will also show photos and information on the African-American life in Baltimore—people sitting on their front porches and in their living rooms, folks sitting in nightclubs having cocktails, local musicians performing, etc. I have photos on how your neighbor looked back in the day, people you know who lived in your community, preachers, churches, undertakers, hustlers, bail bondsmen, gangsters, businesses, organizations, beaches, bowling alleys, skating rinks, parks and movie theaters. I will also have television, radio and newspapers personalities who did their thing in the old days.

There will be photos and information on national entertainers who performed and lived in Baltimore, barmaids and nightclub owners, who served us at the clubs and bars that no longer stand. 

It will have pictures of your families, buddies, friends you used to hang out with and the neighborhood you once lived in. l am kind of excited about this. My book tells a story about everyday people who lived, worked, partied and hustled in west, east, south and north Baltimore.

I hope you all be in line to purchase this one at my book signing this year. By the way, I am still looking for anyone who has photos of Leroy O. Dyett Sr., and Joe Brown, both popular funeral home directors back in the day. If you or know someone who has photos, please contact me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com the photos with your permission to print them in my book.

Elder Candace Willis and the Female Clergy Support Group of Maryland is hosting this special event to follow up to their clergy fashion show for women in ministry to include pastors, deacons, evangelists, missionaries, first ladies, armor bearers, adjutants, and any women serving in ministry. It will take place on Jan. 26, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Set the Captives Free Outreach Center, 7111 Windsor Blvd., in

Well, my dear friends, I have to take my cough syrup. If you need me, call me at 410-833-9474. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.