Celebrating Black History Month in Baltimore and 20 Years with the AFRO

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Dr. Willie Barber in concert with friends; Greg Hatza on piano, Mitchell Coates on bass, Benny Russell on sax, Dr. John Lamkin on trumpet and vocalists will be Pastor & Mrs. J., Sis. Rhone Glenn, Tyrone Wright and Dr. Willie Barber on drums hosted by the “Marriage Ministry” at Mount Pleasant Church & Ministries, located at 6000 Radecke Avenue on Feb. 19, 7-10 p.m.

Hello everyone. Baby, it is cold outside. “Great Balls of Kitty-Kat!” Put your long johns on, hat gloves, scarf, face guard, wool socks and boots and you will be ready for this weather. It is winter, so what should you expect? Well, I can say it is not too cold for us to celebrate Black History Month. So many organizations and venues are celebrating Black History Month in a big way. I hope you go out and support these places after they have gone through so much trouble to make it wonderful for you to enjoy.

I have many for you to choose from depending on your taste in entertainment. Enjoy Lexington Market’s free concert series in this month including Sunday’s daily school performances of music, songs, narrated skits and dance based on African, Caribbean, jazz, blues, gospel and Big Band music. Also featured will be exhibit from the Great Blacks in Wax, African American authors, crafters, and a special presentation from the Buffalo Soldiers in full uniform. Speaking of the Buffalo Soldiers, they are having their 16th Annual Buffalo Soldiers Memorial Banquet on Feb. 20 at the Calvin & Tina Tyler Ballroom at Morgan State University from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. For tickets information, call Angela at 410-302-6758.

The  Lexington Market, the Avenue Market and Hollins Street Market will also include wonderful line ups with both educational and entertaining with more than 100 food vendors and international selection of cuisine..

Michelle Brown, assistant to U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, has been nominated for the Daily Record’s Top 100 Women Award. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding women based on their professional accomplishments, community service and commitment to mentoring. Congratulations my friend.

The Mount Hope Baptist Church also celebrates Black History Month with an African American Heritage Affair on Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. at the Mount Hope Baptist Church, 1716 Gwynns Falls Parkway in Baltimore for their “Women’s Day Season” featuring singing, dance and poetry. For more information, call 443-680-7330.

The Johns Hopkins Club and Johns Hopkins University, in partnership with the Peabody Institute, will host their Winter/Spring 2016 Jazz Series with a concert experience for its alumni, associate members and guests. They will feature three outstanding concerts, including two sets by the Tim Green Quintet on Feb. 20; Sets begin at 8:30 and 10:00 p.m. at 3400 N. Charles Street. For ticket information, go to: peabodyjazz.org/HopkinsClub.

“Jazz in Memory of Marvin Gaye and Teddy Pendergrass” is presented and hosted by Roger Harris of Charm City Jazz featuring soul vocalist “Fresh” with special guest Mark Wade backed by the Fahrenheit Band. “Rambling Rose” will be there for book signings on Feb. 21, 5 p.m. at the Magooby’s Joke House and Soundstage, 9603 Deereco Road, Timonium, Maryland. For tickets, call 443-858-9781.

“Rambling Rose” will be at the Avenue Market with “Shorty” (her Boo-Boo) doing a book signing with her two books; “African-American Entertainment in Baltimore” and “African-American Community, History & Entertainment in Maryland for Black History Month on Feb. 18 and 19, and 20 at the Hollins Street Market on the 25th, 26th and the 27th. Many other vendors will be there.

You can also celebrate Black History Month at the Open House at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum with a day full of interactive tours, activities and entertainment on Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and it is free to the public. For more information, call 443-263-1800 or visit lewismuseum.org .

The Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity House will be jamming with the “Friday Night Adult Old School Jam” on Feb. 26 from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. at 4500 Garrison Blvd. with cash bar, music and light food buffet. For more information, call Leon Jones, 443-255-5417 or Roz Tyner at 410-804-9334.

Well, my dear friends, I want to thank each one of you for picking up the AFRO or reading “Rambling Rose” on line for 20 years. That is right, how time flies. I am so proud to say on Feb. 13, 2016, I celebrated 20 years of Rambling Rose Column in the AFRO. I appreciate you and love you for making my column so loved and very popular in your community. If you need me, just call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com. Please do not Facebook me for any events you want to invite me to, just email me.

UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.