first_imgHerb Quarles, Washington AFRO-American’s former church and arts notes editor.(Updated 12/17/2014) Herbert Quarles, the Washington AFRO-American Newspaper’s former church and arts notes editor, recently died. He was in his early 80s, a friend, Geraldine Jackson, said.Quarles’ home going services are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 20th at the Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ, with the viewing of the body at 10 a.m. and the funeral service at 11 a.m. He will be interned at Arlington National Cemetery.Quarles, a native of Charlottesville., Va., wrote a weekly column for the AFRO for decades and became known in the Washington metropolitan area for reporting on Black church activities and the new pastors who came into the area. He was a member of the Peoples Congregational Church where he also played a role in church members taking trips overseas to countries such as South Africa.“Mr. Quarles was a long time member of Peoples Congregational Church. He was very faithful, very committed and involved in church every Sunday,” Rev. Michael C. Murphy, senior minister at the church told the AFRO, explaining that Quarles held several leadership positions. We appreciated all the outstanding pictures that he took of our worship services and special events and he will be missed.”Rev. Murphy said that everyone knew Quarles from his position at the AFRO.Hamil Harris, staff writer for the Washington Post and former AFRO writer, remembered Quarles hard work and helpful personality.“He was a guy who had a joy of covering news, Harris said. “For Herb, it was a joy to cover the church community as well as the bridge community. He loved the AFRO.” Harris said that Quarles helped him out when he got to the Post by giving him several church contacts to build his files with.He also wrote a column on the District’s bridge circuit which developed a following. The bridge page would include emerging bridge players, report on who won key bridge tournaments and even write about the food at club meetings.According to a tribute from Karen Pollock with the Washington Bridge Unit, Quarles became a dynamic, well respected leader, organizer, teacher and communicator.“Herb will be missed for all he contributed to the bridge world,” she said. “But most of all he will be missed for being: kind, helping, friendly, giving, loving, trusting and a good christen.”While at the AFRO, Quarles wrote a weekly “Arts Notes” column. For this column, he attended plays, musicals and recitals at the Kennedy Center or at neighborhood venues. He would also interview the artists and would often capture insights that other arts journalists would miss.Quarles taught music in the District of Columbia public school from September 1959 to June 1980. He was an amateur baritone singer.“I knew his mother, sister and brother and we always stayed in touch,” Geraldine Jackson, a friend, said. “Herb loved volunteering for the Washington Teachers Union and at social events, he would take pictures. He was a good person.”last_img read more

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: the inflammatory rhetoric of the GOP’s Conservative right wing partly to blame for the recent shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic? We’ll talk national politics with commentators Catalina Byrd and Sean Breeze. Plus, legal analysis of the first day of Officer William Porter’s trial, one of the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, with Sheryl Wood of the Wood Law Firm and Leigh Maddox of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

first_imgBy The Associated PressBEIJING (AP) — The West African Nation of Burkina Faso formally resumed diplomatic ties with China on Saturday after breaking off relations with Taiwan, which now has just 18 diplomatic allies.Burkina Faso’s decision was the latest blow to Taiwan, a self-governing democracy that Beijing claims as its own territory and has been seeking to isolate on the global stage.China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, and Burkina Faso Foreign Minister Alpha Barry attend a signing ceremony establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries in Beijing, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (Thomas Peter/Pool Photo via AP)Earlier this month, the Dominican Republic established diplomatic relations with China and severed ties with Taiwan.A document establishing diplomatic ties was signed Saturday in Beijing between Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Burkina Faso’s foreign minister, Alpha Barry.The move leaves Taiwan with just one remaining African ally, Swaziland, and Wang appeared to indicate the small nation in the continent’s south was being actively courted by Beijing.“Now Africa has only one country with which we have not yet established” diplomatic relations, Wang said. “We hope this country can join the big China-Africa family of friendship as soon as possible.”On Friday, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen tweeted that “China’s growing pressure will only strengthen other countries’ support for us.”She added defiantly, “We will never back down.”Taiwan has previously condemned what it called China’s “dollar diplomacy” campaign of luring away Taiwan’s allies with promises of vast financial aid and investment.Tsai has angered Beijing by refusing to endorse its “one-China principle” designating the island as a part of China.last_img read more

first_imgBy James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.comDr. Kelsi Bracmort was bothered that many of the children’s books that she read to her young mentees were so divorced from real life that she decided to do something about it.Bracmort, a native of the District of Columbia who resides in Ward 7, made a decision to become an author. Her first book, Simone Visits the Museum, is a story about a young girl living in Southeast.“Simone Visits the Museum” is a book about a young girl who lives in Southeast D.C. having an exciting day of adventures with her parents. (Courtesy Photo)“Too many times the people who know very little about Southeast have the loudest microphone,” Bracmort said. “Uninformed rhetoric hurts people. This book shows a side of D.C. that few people outside of Southeast are aware of such that Black family life in this city is real and it is beautiful.“The book goes beyond the news headlines, and digs deeper into everyday happenings of family life.”Bracmort holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and bio-systems engineering from North Carolina A&T University and a master’s of science and doctorate in agriculture and biological engineering from Purdue University. She is a reading mentor for Everybody Wins! a District program that promotes literacy.Simone Visits the Museum is the first in a series about Simone, an inquisitive and vibrant fourth grader who lives with her parents, her older brother, Scott, and their dog, Sophie. The book follows Simone through an exciting day with her mother with the highlight being visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, where she misplaces an item of value.Bracmort said Simone Visits the Museum is about responsibility, paying attention to her surroundings and the importance of family, the type of children’s book that she rarely came across.“I wanted to do a book on an angle that is fresh and a story not told before,” she said.Bracmort said it took two years to complete the book and worked closely with the illustrator, Takeia Marie. She named the main character “Simone” after famed entertainer and activist Nina Simone.Bracmort said she wanted to show the bonds and interactions that African American children often have with their families and present a Black child that was well-behaved.“I wanted to reflect the conversations that curious young girls in D.C. have,” she said. “I want girls to take advantage of all that D.C. has to offer.”Bracmort will have readings and book signings on “Ward 7 Day” on Sept 8, Sept. 22 at the East City Book Shop near Capitol Hill and Sept. 23 at Mahogany Books in Anacostia. Her book already has generated positive reviews.“Simone Visits the Museum is an awesome book,” Melissa Bradley, managing director at Project 500, a business development group in the District, said. “As a parent, I am thrilled to find a book whose character resonates with my children. As someone who has been in D.C. for over 30 years it is refreshing to see a story that reflects a positive experience of a young brown girl.“The book depicts the city and all it has to offer in a realistic and engaging way. As an entrepreneur, I am so proud of Kelsi for her persistence, commitment and integrity throughout the process.”last_img read more

first_imgBy Tiffany Ginyard, Special to the AFRO(Updated 01/29/2019) – When skaters gather, 11 p.m., Jan. 19 (due to inclement weather the date was postponed to Feb. 16) at the historic Shake and Bake Center in Upton, it will be for much more than the fun and sport of the skate. It will also be to honor the legacy of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.The Shake and Bake Skate Committee is hosting this first annual MLK Appreciation event, the first of its kind since the doors of the historic “family fun center” were re-opened in March, 2018, to re-establish Shake and Bake as a hub for community engagement, family gathering and youth empowerment.“The purpose of this event is to continue raising awareness in the community about what we [the committee] are all about–unifying the residents in the neighborhood with the skate community,” said committee president, Mary Thomas, who is not a native Baltimorean, but has laid down roots in the vibrant skate community comprised of skate clubs, and “rollers” from all corners of the DMV, individuals whose dedication to the art, craft, and camaraderie of roller skating range from six months to 66 years.The committee has hosted a community outreach event every month since its grand-reopening under the management of Baltimore City Department of Parks and Recreation, including community appreciation night, fundraisers for breast cancer research, neighborhood clean-ups, and holiday dinners for neighborhood residents.The life of Dr. King was guided by virtues of courageous self-expression, compassion and cooperation, as is the culture of Baltimore’s diverse skate community. These are principles that  not only make for a safe and orderly environment for people to get their roll on, but that translate into a message of peace, harmony and well being outside the rink. It’s a message, Thomas says, the skate community wants to impart to the people in the Upton/Penn-North communities, where The Bake is anchored as a safe haven for young people.“As long as we keep focused on uniting and not division,” Thomas said of the intention of the MLK Late Skate, and the committee’s overall mission. “People will continue to come together. That’s all we need. Skating is how we do that. Standing on eight wheels and rolling around the rink can be pretty challenging. It was for all of us at one time. And so we unite around getting better.”The late skate is for adults 21 and over. Tickets are $10. A continental breakfast will be served. Late Skate at ‘The Bake’Honoring King’s Legacy of Compassion and Cooperationlast_img read more

first_imgAyars and Meghan Schneider are both in their second stints with the U21 squad after being initially selected in July 2018. U.S. Women’s National Team U-21 SelectionsCarter Ayars (Wilmington, Del.) is a two-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-West Region selection and was named to the ACC Field Hockey Championship all-tournament team in 2017. The defender started 17 games in 2018 and anchored the Cardinals’ defense which produced five shutouts and a 1.27 team goals-against average. Story Links Walsh (Louisville, Ky.) started all 19 games during her senior season and led the Cardinals with a career-high 11 assists.Stone and Walsh were also named to the U.S. Development Team in July 2018. Stone was a member of the U21 team and the U19 team for two years apiece. The U-21 USWNT will travel April 17-24 to Monchengladbach, Germany for a 3 Nations Invitational with Germany’s U-21 team and Great Britain’s U-21 team, where they will play two games against each opponent at both the Viersener Tennis and Hockey Club and Warsteiner HockeyPark.U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team Schedule:Saturday, April 20             U-21 USWNT vs. U-21 Germany                 11:00 a.m. ETSunday, April 21                U-21 USWNT vs. U-21 Great Britain          12:00 p.m. ETTuesday, April 23              U-21 USWNT vs. U-21 Germany                 10:00 a.m. ETWednesday, April 24       U-21 USWNT vs. U-21 Great Britain          11:00 a.m. ET The U.S. Women’s National Development Squad embark on a tour of The Netherlands April 13-22 where they will play two games against the Scotland senior team, one against Belgium’s U-21 team and the Stichtsche Cricket en Hockeyclub (SCHC) team at the AMHC Rood-Wit and SCHC. U.S. Women’s National Team U-21 SelectionFreshman Katie Schneider (San Diego, Calif.) was selected to the USWNT U19 team in January after having been previously selected to participate in USA Field Hockey’s U19 and U17 Junior National Camps. As a freshman at UofL, the forward played in 19 games and three starts and scored four goals. Katie Schneider was named the USWNT U-19 travel roster while Carter Ayars and Meghan Schneider will travel to Europe with the USWNT U21 squad. Additionally, Taylor Stone, Katie Walsh and Erin McCrudden were selected to the USWNT Development Squad’s traveling roster for its tour in The Netherlands. U.S. Women’s National Development Squad SelectionsStone (Herndon, Va.) is a two-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association and all-ACC selection (2017, 2018), earning her most recent nods after starting all 19 games for the Cardinals. The defender/midfielder finished her senior season tied for third on the team with five goals. McCrudden (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) completed her senior season at UofL in 2016 and earned NFHCA All-America honors that year. She was named to the U.S. Women’s National Development Squad in 2016 and went on to earn a spot on the U.S. Women’s National Team and competed in 13 international caps. The U-19 USWNT will travel to Dusseldorf to take on Germany’s U-18 team twice and Belgium’s U-18 team once at the Dusseldorfer Hockey Club.U.S. U-19 Women’s National Team Schedule:Thursday, April 18            U-19 USWNT vs. U-18 Germany                 1:00 p.m. ETSaturday, April 20             U-19 USWNT vs. U-18 Belgium                   10:00 a.m. ETSunday, April 21                U-19 USWNT vs. U-18 Germany                 6:00 a.m. ET The selections were made by the USA Field Hockey Junior High Performance Staff following additional training camps in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia over the past month. The University of Louisville field hockey program is well-represented in the USA Field Hockey program with six current or former players listed among the High Performance Tours to Europe in late April. Meghan Schneider (San Diego, Calif.), previously spent two years as a member of USA Field Hockey U19 team. The sophomore started every game this past season and scored her first career goal when she delivered the game winner against UMass Lowell. She was a valuable part of the defense with registered five shutouts and held opponents to a 1.27 goals-against average. U.S. Women’s National Development Squad Schedule:Monday, April 14              USWNT Devo vs. Scotland Seniors             8:00 a.m. ETTuesday, April 16              USWNT Devo vs. Scotland Seniors             8:00 a.m. ETThursday, April 18            USWNT Devo vs. U-21 Belgium                   7:30 a.m. ETFriday, April 19                  USWNT Devo vs. SCHC                                   12:00 p.m. ET Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more