‘#MeToo.’ Movement Founder Guest Lecturer For 2019 President’s Distinguished African-American Lecture Series

— CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis welcomes social activist and founder of the ‘me too.’ Movement, Tarana Burke as the guest lecturer for the 2019 President’s Distinguished African-American Lecture Series.

Scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the F. Scott Black Theater (Romadka College Center) at CCBC Essex, Burke will share her powerful story, as creator of what is now an international movement that supports survivors of sexual assault and harassment.

A sexual assault survivor herself, Burke has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to social justice issues and laying the groundwork for a movement that was initially created to help young women of color who survived sexual abuse and assault. The movement, now inspires solidarity amplifies the voices of thousands of victims of sexual abuse, and puts the focus back on survivors.

Burke, now works under the banner of the ‘me too.’ Movement to assist other survivors and those who work to end sexual violence. She was the genesis of the 2017 TIME Person of the Year-winning ‘me too.’ Movement and currently works as senior director of programs at Brooklyn-based Girls for Gender Equity.

During the lecture, Burke will share her personal journey from “victim to survivor to thriver,” and participate in a dynamic discussion as she engages the audience in an intimate conversation.

CCBC’s President’s Distinguished African-American Lecture Series is free and open to the public but tickets are required. For tickets, contact the CCBC Box Office at 443-840-2787.

NFL Combine Flashback: C. J. Mosley

The NFL Scouting Combine takes place this week with the top college football prospects reporting to Indianapolis. The evaluating process is ongoing and can change as the process takes place.

Former University of Alabama linebacker and current Baltimore Ravens team captain C. J. Mosley is an example of the roller coaster ride draft prospects experience. Mosley, was voted a First-Team All American by the Associated Press and was the Butkus Award winner (Nation’s top LB) coming out of college.

Things got a little choppy for Mosley before he reported to the 2014 NFL Combine. Mosley had surgery to repair a torn labrum, which prevented him from participating in all of the drills. He participated in the vertical jump (35 inches), short shuttle (4.40 seconds), three-cone drill (7.30 seconds), and broad jump (9 feet, 10 inches).

There were concerns about Mosley’s shoulder but was medically cleared by most teams. However, teams wanted to see him complete testing on the bench press and run the 40-yard dash. Instead they had to wait.

NFL Scouts and team’s personnel place a huge emphasis on the Combine workouts so not being able to do everything in Indianapolis placed more importance on Mosley’s Pro Day. Projections for Mosley’s draft status were all over the board leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.

A fast time in the 40-yard dash at the Combine could have solidified Mosley’s status as the top inside linebacker. The Pittsburgh Steelers fell in love with Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier after a stellar workout at the Combine and chose him with the 15th pick in the draft. Mosley went to the Ravens a couple of picks later (No. 17).

Mosley impressed coaches in meetings with his football smarts. As the quarterback of the defense for Alabama, it was imperative for Mosley to know the defense inside out. He was able to carry that comfort level and experience to meetings at the Combine.

Although his workout wasn’t stellar, the play that Mosley put on film spoke for itself. In the end, teams new he was an elite football player. That’s why the Ravens so readily selected Mosley. As a four-time Pro Bowler and four-time second-team All Pro, Mosley has more than proved his worth since coming to Baltimore.

There will be a lot of stories about different prospects having outstanding performances at the Combine this week, but never lose track of the most important aspect which is what the prospect does on the football field. C.J. Mosley is proof of that.

Six Flutists Highlight Women’s Contributions To Music

— Six flutists, including performers from California, Boston and the District of Columbia area present “Flutes Fatale,” a program of music by women composers, performed by all women, as part of the Arts in the Woods concert series, Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis located at 333 Dubois Road in Annapolis.

Washington-area flutist Karen Johnson organized the ensemble of outstanding flutists specifically to perform compositions that reflect women’s contributions to music.

“One of the unique things about this program is that none of the pieces is a transcription; meaning they were all written for the precise combination and types of flutes found in the program, said Johnson. “For example, there is a piece for piccolo, two C flutes, and bass flute called Umoja, by Valerie Coleman. Umoja is Swahili for unity. It’s based on an African song that is traditionally sung the first day of Kwanza.

“Another piece, Gaelic Offering by Catherine McMichael, for four C flutes, charms us with various Gaelic-inspired dances and ballads. Garnet Valley Groove, written by jazz flutist Ali Ryerson, for four flutes and alto flute takes us to a jazzy groove.

“We have a quintet called Flock, based on Minimalist Music. It is written by a young flute duo (two young women) named Flutronix! And we are also performing a haunting duo, Au Dela du Temps, for two flutes and piano by the Japanese composer Yuko Uebayashi.

“There are other, equally compelling, pieces that complete this uplifting program.”

Johnson also noted that almost all members of the flute family are represented in the program: Piccolo, C Flute, Alto Flute, and Bass Flute.

Performers for the March 2 concert include Johnson, who is principal flutist of the Chesapeake Orchestra, is on the music faculties of St Mary’s College of Maryland, the Levine School of Music, and the Northern California Flute Camp in Carmel, and performs widely as a soloist and with her group Dancing Heart; Stacy Ascione, who is principal flutist with the U.S. Air Force Concert Band in Washington, D.C.; Rebecca Carey and Kathleen Jacobi, both teachers of traditional and Suzuki flute at the Levine School of Music; Lauren Panfili, who has performed extensively in the U.S. and in Brazil and is currently on the faculty of Indian Hill Music in Littleton, Massachusetts; and Karen Van Dyke, director of the Stanford University Flute Ensemble and director of the Northern California Flute Camp. Also performing on pieces that include piano will be Mariko Hiller, D.C.-area chamber and jazz musician.

The March 2, 2019, program “Flutes Fatale” is part of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis Arts in the Woods concert series, now in its sixth year. Classical performances are held every other month. Regular attendees should note that the March 2 performance is Saturday evening, starting at 8:00 p.m. and is a departure from the usual Sunday matinee schedule. For

information, visit www.uuannapolis.org or call 410-266-8044.

Tickets are $15 at the door; free for youth 16 and under. For more information, visit www.uuannapolis.org or call 410-266-8044.

Six Not-To-Miss March Events In Annapolis And Anne Arundel County, Maryland

— What’s happening in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County in March 2019? Plenty! To make it easier for you, Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (VAAAC) is highlighting six celebrations you won’t want to miss.

Annapolis Restaurant Week ushers in the month with price fixed breakfasts, lunches and dinners at new and old favorite dining hot spots. For the first time, the March 2-10 event covers two weekends.

First-ever Mardi Gras at Market Space on March 3, 2019

First-ever Mardi Gras at Market Space on March 3, 2019

Food and drink will be front and center at the first-ever Mardi Gras at Market Space on March 3. Market House and Market Space restaurants will serve up crawfish boil, grilled oysters, shrimp gumbo and shrimp po-boys cooked on outside grills during the noon to 5:00 p.m. event. Hurricanes, Orange Crushes and craft beers from New Orleans will flow as revelers dance in the streets to live Dixieland and zydeco music.

The partying continues March 9-10 with the Annapolis Hooley Celebration and St. Patrick’s Parade. Grab a spot along the parade route for an earful of some of the best pipe bands around.

Film lovers will get their fill at the March 21-24 Annapolis Film Festival. The 7th annual event screens more than 70 shorts, documentaries and feature films spanning the globe – some for the very first time.

The action cuts from the red carpet to the shores of the Chesapeake for the March 23 Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning. You can add fuel to the fire by tossing in those smelly old socks you’ve saved for the occasion. In addition to a grand bonfire, the Eastport tradition includes live music, a shucking contest and plenty of raw and roasted oysters!

Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning, March 23, 2019

Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning, March 23, 2019

If you’re hungry for history, the March 29-31 Maryland Day Celebration provides the perfect opportunity for families to explore historic sites and attractions throughout the Four Rivers Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town and South County for free or $1.

For a more complete listing of events, visit the online calendar of events at

VisitAnnapolis.org.

VAAAC is a nonprofit, membership-based destination marketing organization that generates revenues for the local economy by promoting Annapolis and Anne Arundel County to leisure and business travelers across the country and around the world. www.VisitAnnapolis.org.

Work Of The Digital Photography Club Of Annapolis Members On Display In Gallery 90

— The work of members of the Digital Photography Club of Annapolis will be featured in an exhibit in Hospice of the Chesapeake’s Gallery 90, the art gallery located throughout the nonprofit’s administrative building on the John & Cathy Belcher Campus at 90 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, Maryland.

The exhibit will be on display from March 4 through May 3, 2019. An artists’ reception will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 20, 2019 and will include light refreshments.

The club is a diverse group of photographers from beginners, hobbyists, serious amateurs, and professionals who love to take and share their photographs. It meets at Maryland Hall twice a month from September to June so that digital camera enthusiasts can share their work, hear from well-known local speakers, plan field trips and take part in photo exhibits at venues throughout the community.

For details, visit https://dpca.photoclubservices.com.

Gallery 90 was established to realize the vision of creating a harmonious work environment for Hospice of the Chesapeake administrative staff and visiting nurses, caregivers and volunteers who work directly with patients and their families.

To register for the reception, or to schedule a private tour for your group, contact Renate Little at 443-837-1512 or rlittle@hospicechesapeake.org.

2020: End Of beginning Of Equality Or Beginning Of End Of Hate In America?

As America concludes its 43rd Black History Month, we are 60 days into the 400th year since enslaved Africans were brought in chains to the Land of the Free. It should come as no surprise that African Americans are currently facing a struggle for full emancipation as vital as any time since slavery. Only in the last two generations have African Americans enjoyed any semblance of the freedom enjoyed by Caucasians after 250 years of slavery and a century of Apartheid, Jim Crow.

Were it not for the intestinal fortitude and all-or-nothing-at-all determination African Americans brought to the Civil Rights movement 50 years ago Jim Crow, or worse, might still be the law of this land. It was never the intention of the 1960’s American power elite to capitulate on the issue of equal rights for African Americans, then, now or ever.

In the intervening years between the civil rights crusade and now the cultural table turned 180 degrees in America.

The cries, pleas and prayers of African Americans for racial justice transformed to an African American on the Supreme Court dispensing justice, and others who’d become captains of industry, renowned academicians, artists, scientists, religious and political leaders, and idolized multimillionaire athletes and entertainers.

On the other hand, the in-your-face, vociferous champions of a “white only” privileged America went mostly underground with their politics and became more subtle and strategic in their racism.

Thanks to the “Make America Great Again” movement it has become racial reckoning time in America. Not only have the former champions of Jim Crow become fed up with the societal strides of African Americans, the increasing browning of the U.S. population with non-Caucasian immigrants, and the ultimate signal of America’s impending doom— the election of Barack Obama, the prospect of permanent loss of Caucasian preeminence in America has emboldened some to take drastic measures.

Despite all the gains made since MLKJ was martyrd a half-century ago, African Americans continue to be complicit in maintaining the perception of their second class citizenship compared to Caucasians, through the acceptance and perpetuation of the labels, ‘blacks’ and ‘minorities.’

The term “blacks” is antebellum and derogatory, defining Africans as subjugated and inferior. “Whites” on the other hand symbolizes superiority and privilege.

These terms create an artificial dichotomy between the races that is stark, extreme and impossible to bridge because their connotations are so deeply entrenched in our psyches and in the historic American caste system that despite our slowly evolving appreciation for each other’s shared humanity the intrinsic, subconscious identification of skin color repels our attempts to expedite racial and social equilibrium.

While it would represent a monumental step toward improved race relations to suspend the use of centuries-old terminology whose original application was to describe America’s “superior” versus “inferior” populations, this only applies to African American and other non-Caucasians who use these labels because of longstanding indoctrination, and Caucasians who’ve been equally socially conditioned.

While it is true most Republican politicians have been lockstep with Trump, the blackface scandals of prominent Democratic politicians is likely only the tip of the iceberg of bigotry among so-called liberals. It is true that some abolitionists who vehemently opposed slavery believed in the inferiority of Africans to Caucasians and did not support racial equality in any regard.

Although it may appear Donald Trump is leading a movement, he is actually a not-very-astute front man chosen by a movement to resuscitate white supremacy in America. Trump is a symptom, not the source of an America that wants to be great…again.

Every four years it is said this is the most consequential presidential election of our time. Well, 2020 may actually be that proverbial “most consequential” election.

Never mind Jim Crow, Charlottesville, and other places where violent protests and threats have accompanied attempts to remove Confederate symbolisms make it clear America would be great again for some if slavery still existed.

Jefferson Davis-inspired “nationalists” extend far beyond the South.

Hovering just under 40 percent of America’s voting population, most MAGA stalwarts want nothing less than to reclaim the America that existed before Civil Rights.

Original indigenous “Americans” notwithstanding, and except for the original European settlers, African Americans themselves are indigenous to America, a hybrid race existing nowhere else on this planet.

Yet despite being uniquely, distinctly and unarguably American their right to be here and enjoy the fruits of 400 years of free labor as builders of this nation they continue to be beguiled, exploited and denigrated.

Hatred towards Africans and other non-Caucasians in America, including 250 tears of slavery, will not allow this country to heal until there is an honest conversation about hate. Healing must take place or this country could implode. No amount of wealth or high-sounding ideals alone will rescue this republic.

The beast of hatred has been overfed for too long in America. There must be a catharsis. No outside threat or geopolitical foe poses a greater risk to the stability of the United States of America.

Regi Taylor is a West Baltimore native. The married father of four is an artist, writer and media professional specializing in political history.