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Rosa Pryor

Hello everyone! Oh my goodness! “BABY IT IS COLD OUTSIDE!”

Girlfriend, did you hear me? I am not a creature for cold weather. But honestly, I can’t complain and neither should you, because looking around at other cities on the east coast, we are still truly blessed. I am so glad I live in Baltimore.

Commander Robåert Guye presents an award to D. James K. Johnson, father of Dr. James K. Johnson Jr., who served as a medical officer in Europe, with the 92nd Infantry Division. Dr. Johnson was 103 years old in this picture and he passed away after last year’s Buffalo Soldier event.

Before we get started, last week, Feb. 14, I celebrated 18 years with the AFRO as their entertainment columnist, with my “Rambling Rose” Column. Thanks Jake Oliver; I feel truly blessed, because I’m having a ball keeping you informed on what is going on in the local entertainment world as well as what our local community of everyday people  is doing. You keep reading me and I will keep talking to you, I promise.

Okay folks, now that Valentine’s Day is over and all the roses and chocolates are gone, what are we to do? Well, we are going to parteeeeeeeeeeee! I have some interesting and entertaining places for you to go and do. Just follow my lead.

First of all, as you can tell from my pictures, it is the weekend for the 13th Annual Buffalo Soldiers Memorial Banquet, to be held at the Morgan State University Ballroom. The National Association for Black Veterans, Baltimore Chapter celebrates Black History Month in a dynamite way. Tiger Davis is the head man in charge as usual. I try to attend every year and this year is no exception. Included in the program, there will be live entertainment, great food and Yours Truly doing a book signing with my new book “African American Community,  History & Entertainment in Maryland” (Remembering the Yesteryears 1940-1980).  For ticket information call Angela at 410-302-6758.

Lou Fields will host his 3rd Annual Langston Hughes Literary Forum and Book Fair featuring over 24 authors signing and reading their books, including Yours Truly, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 21, at the Forest Park Senior Center 4801 Liberty Heights Avenue. For information call 443-983-7974.

Lee Douglass and William Foreman, original Montford Point Marines wearing their Congressional Gold Medals at the 13th Annual Buffalo Soldiers Memorial Banquet. This year, the 15th Annual Memorial Buffalo Soldiers Banquet will be held, 4-8 p.m., Feb. 22, at the Morgan State University Ballroom. For more information, call 410-302-6758.

Continuing to celebrate Black History Month is Bilal Ali Productions “A Night of Smooth Jazz & R&B featuring Brian Christopher, Stoney Ellis, Vivian Owens and Marcus Mitchell, Feb. 21, at the Best Western Ballroom, 1800 Belmont Avenue, Windsor Mills, Md. Doors open at 7 p.m. and dinner is served and show time starts at 8:15 p.m. For ticket information, call 443-540-7797.

Another event that may suit your fancy is the Langston Hughes Book Fair, hosted and produced by Lou Fields, who is the founder and first president of Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce; founder and CEO of Black Dollar Exchange; founder of the Baltimore African American Tourism Council; author of Maryland Black Facts Book: (1634-2010); and a host on BDX Business Online Talk Show. The Langston Hughes Book Fair will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 21, at the Forest Park Senior Center, 4801 Liberty Heights Avenue. There will be dozens of authors including myself, selling and signing their books and doing readings with children’s books, Christian books, poetry, novels of fiction and non-fiction, historical, education books and much more. Go and enjoy; it is open to the public.

The Soul of Langston written and performed by Daron P. Stewart and directed by Wilma Lynn Horton and Robert Lee Hardy is a one-man play infused with jazz, blues, and poetry that uncovers the bittersweet wit and wisdom of American poet, playwright and civil-rights activist Langston Hughes.

Our World Famous Lexington Market is hosting free concert series every day in February (including Sundays); performances of music, songs,narrated skits and dances based on African, Caribbean,jazz, blues, gospel, or Big Band sounds such as Charles Fun and others. The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum will have displays and exhibits including the figure of saxophonist Mickey Fields. African- American authors, crafters and more than 100 food vendors and an international selection of cuisine will be offered. Feb. 20 to 28, the market will have vendors upstairs and down with visual arts, jewelry crafting, tie dye art, free music and live entertainment from local bands.

Alright, my dear friends, I am out of space, you try to enjoy yourself until I talk to you again and keep warm. Remember, if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com.

UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.