Kim Kardashian Returns to Paris for First Time Since 2016 Robbery

Kim Kardashian West Returns to Paris First Time Since Robbery

6/21/2018 7:38 AM PDT

Kim Kardashian West is back in Paris for the first time since her traumatizing 2016 robbery there … and it’s obvious it’s still fresh in her mind.

Kim and Kanye were surrounded by their muscle — and some fans and paps, of course — on their way to the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer show. It’s Paris Fashion Week, so it’s clear why Kim’s there … but still hanging over her is the petrifying heist.

TMZ broke the story … Kim feared rape when masked men stormed into her 2-story apartment in October 2016 and zip tied her hands with plastic handcuffs. The masked men also made off with more than $10 million in jewelry. Kim vowed to tone it down … and she’s done that ever since. Notice she’s not wearing jewelry.

BTW … it’s a huge moment for Kanye too, who broke down in tears meeting up with a longtime friend, Virgil Abloh — Louis Vuitton’s new artistic director of menswear. They go way back, and Virgil even worked with Kanye before taking on his most prominent role yet … becoming the first black artistic director in the company’s 164-year history.

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Groundbreaking Artists Return to Baltimore Museum of Art

By J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFRO

“1939: Exhibiting Black Art at the BMA,” is a recreation of a historic debut of Black artists from a February exhibition in 1939.

“Contemporary Negro Art,” the original exhibit, was the first of its kind at the BMA and one the first on the national arts scene.

Dox Thrash. Griffin Hills, c. 1940. The Baltimore Museum of Art, BMA 1942.35

The BMA, under new leadership in 1937, commissioned a survey of its surrounding community. Henry E. Treide, the president of the BMA board of trustees, then established a committee made up of business, labor, civic and other groups to implement the new mission.

One such group, advocating for Baltimore’s Black community, included greats such as civil rights activists, lawyer and Maryland’s “101st Senator,” Clarence Mitchell, Jr., Sarah .A Collins Fernandis, president of the Baltimore Women’s Cooperative Civic League, and the AFRO’s then publisher, Carl J. Murphy.

It was Fernandis who headed the “committee representing the colored community” according to BMA archives and it was she who wanted Black artists and their experience to be the focus of the new exhibit.

“Contemporary Negro Art” was on display during what was then called Negro History Week (the precursor to Black History Month), the week of Frederick Douglass’ and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays.

The two year delay from the 1937 resolution was due to the time necessary for the 29 artists and 116 pieces to be collected.

“Richness for Color and Feeling For Form Characterize Show With Varied Subject Matter,” is how the Baltimore Sun described the exhibit.

Black newspapers were more enthused.

“While we shall be happy and pleased that a large number of Whites will have an opportunity to see what the group is doing in this field, the most important effect, we hope, will be the stimulation the exhibit will give our young men and women who have artistic ability,” the AFRO wrote in 1939. “To this end, every public and private school teacher, every social worker, every minister and professional man and woman should lead some young man or woman to this exhibit.”

The BMA appears committed to this mission. Jack Whitten, born in 1939, remains on display in his own exhibit at the BMA.

“I think one of the things that’s most clear for the 1939 show was that the subject matter and the media was vastly different,” Morgan Dowty, curator of the new exhibit, told the AFRO. “There was no common thread, other than the race of the artists; I think that was something Alain Locke was excited to display: the range of where Black artists were fitting into American art as American artists were finding their voice in the global art world.”

Alain Locke, the first Black Rhodes Scholar, philosopher, “Dean” of the Harlem Renaissance, and Howard University was another member of the city committee.

“We’re going to let our children know that the only philosophers that lived were not Plato and Aristotle, but W.E.B. Du Bois and Alain Locke came through the universe,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said of Locke in 1968.

On display now at the BMA is a collection of works by the same artists that debuted in ‘39. Prints, paintings and archival resources are on hand to provide historical context.

Noteworthy examples include Dox Thrash’s Opheliagraph technique. Invented by Thrash, named for his mother, and more commonly referred to as carborundum mezzotints, his stark, smoky print “Glory Be!” is on display alongside the bold and bright watercolor “Griffin Hills.”

Not every work or artist could be recovered for the show. Many of the ‘39 works have found their way into the permanent collections of historically Black colleges, the Smithsonian, or were lost to the ravages of time.

One such work, Ronald Moody’s 1937 Elm sculpture “Midonz” disappeared for decades before finally being found and purchased by the Tate Museum in 2010.

“1939: Exhibiting Black Art at the BMA” will run until October 28.

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My Only Crime Was Being A Black Man In America

Darren Martin

By Darren Martin

(CNN) — In recent weeks, Americans have read headline after headline chronicling near daily accounts of racism — from a public figure’s racist tweet toward a former Obama administration official to the profiling of Black Americans as they engage in ordinary activities like barbecuing and napping.

Since this American problem is once again part of the national discourse, Congress has a responsibility to convene a formal hearing about profiling by private citizens and their prolific use of public resources like 911 against Black Americans. It must then consider legislation that produces real solutions.

As someone who has experienced this firsthand, I feel obligated to help lead that charge. I recently moved back to my hometown of New York after working in both the Obama White House and on Capitol Hill. Halfway through my move to the top of a fifth-floor walkup, I was confronted in the cramped lobby by half a dozen police officers searching for an armed burglar.

I, the “suspect,” was interrogated and, unable to procure my license or lease on the spot, stood powerless — my agency and estate snatched away from me. Of course, I wasn’t armed, nor was I a burglar. But something about my presence in that space moved the caller to suspicion and dangerously beyond, with the egregious assertion that I was armed.

My only crime, however, is being a Black man in America.

But my story is not unique. At a Starbucks in April, two Black men found themselves in the highly stressful situation of being arrested, simply for waiting for a colleague to arrive. At an Ivy League university, where Black people have so long toiled for admission, a fellow student called police because there was a Black woman — a graduate student — napping in the common room of her own dorm. Then there was the group of Black artists moving their items out of an Airbnb; a White neighbor called the police, who responded — complete with helicopters whirring up above.

Throughout American history, the unfortunate reality for so many Black people has been that at some point in their lives, they have been on the receiving end of a watchful eye, and for many others, they have then been the subject of a call to police.

And whether at the hands of police or private citizens, racial profiling has destructive effects on Black lives, from degradation to wrongful incarceration to sometimes, tragically, death.

Now, thanks to technology and social media, we can share our truth, and white America can see it in real time. In recent years, this has led to increased awareness across the country and sparked protests and long-overdue calls for criminal justice reform.

As more people recognize the reality of being black in America, there is an opportunity for Congress to address it. In the late 1950s, congressional hearings were part of the legislative process that addressed the American problem of disenfranchisement and preceded passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957.

In the 1960s, increased protests brought the issue of discrimination to the TV sets of white Americans and led to new hearings, legislative action and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This new law expanded the scope of the ’57 law, largely focused on discrimination at the polls, to include banning discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin — as well as outlawing racial segregation in public spaces and schools.

In 2012, following a spate of racially charged police shootings, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing to consider racial profiling legislation that addressed policing practices. This generated the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act (ERPA), which has been introduced multiple times, but has yet to pass.

Just as further hearings and consideration of discrimination strengthened the Civil Rights Act, the same must be done here. In addition to police profiling, we must address private citizens’ use of profiling and its destructive effects on Black lives.

When an issue like this so jolts the national conscience, exposing it as an American problem, it is necessary to take swift advantage of the public’s interest in solving it. That’s why I and others — including Lolade Siyonbola and Donisha Prendergast, from the Yale and Airbnb incidents respectively — formally submitted a letter on Monday calling upon the House and Senate Judiciary committees to hold a hearing on the issue of racial profiling, particularly at the hands of private citizens.

At this hearing, experts from academia, law, civil rights and others can solicit proposals and prescribe solutions to this American problem. These solutions may range from mandated or incentivized internal bias training to punitive measures that hold accusers accountable for false 911 calls.

Regardless of the specific proposals that are generated, this hearing can and must build on the momentum of the current national discourse to effectively make tangible change.

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Spinoff moves forward — Barr Roseanne

This image released by ABC shows Sara Gilbert, left, and Roseanne Barr in a scene from "Roseanne." Gilbert says she still supports ABCâ s

This image released by ABC shows Sara Gilbert, left, and Roseanne Barr in a scene from “Roseanne.” Gilbert says she still supports ABCâ s decision to cancel â Roseanneâ after the showâ s star posted a racist tweet last week. Gilbert said Monday while hosting â The Talkâ that the show she helped to produce â has always been about diversity, love and inclusion.â Gilbert says itâ s sad how the show ended and that many people lost their jobs over Roseanne Barrâ s offensive tweet. (Greg Gayne/ABC via AP) (Greg Gayne)

Negotiations for a “Roseanne” spinoff are in full swing.

Almost a month after star Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet prompted the cancellation of her show, a source tells People magazine that “some important progress has been made in discussions about a reboot revolving more around Darlene’s character,” played by Sara Gilbert.

Nevertheless, the source says “there are still issues to hash out.”

“The key has been how a show can be done where Roseanne neither participates nor profits,” says the source. “As of now, she has agreed, at least in theory, to forego any creative or financial involvement in the spinoff to help save the cast and crew jobs.”

ABC canceled the hit reboot in May after Barr made racist comments via Twitter about Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to President Barack Obama.

A network source previously called the cancellation “really unfortunate,” as the revival was the ABC’s “biggest hit.”

“Everyone is upset for the cast and the crew, but there was always a feeling that something was going to happen,” said the source. “There was always a heightened awareness with her, and we were always on edge about her going off track. But you just hold your breath until it does. Did we think she would say something like that? No. But then it all fell apart.”

Over the weekend, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Barr, 65, had tentatively agreed not to participate financially or creatively in the proposed spinoff, and that cast members John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf are on board and would likely receive the same $250,000 an episode fee as negotiated for the second season of the revival.


Meanwhile, Entertainment Tonight reports that Barr has been reaching out personally to former cast and crew members to apologize and “try and make things right.” The source said that on at least one occasion, Barr has “broken down” during the call, and that cast and crew have listened to her apologies.

Birthplace of singer, activist Nina Simone to be preserved

TRYON, N.C. (AP) — The dilapidated wooden cottage in North Carolina that was the birthplace of singer and civil-rights activist Nina Simone now has the protection of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The trust said in a news release that it will develop and find a new use for the house in Tryon where Simone was born in 1933. Last year, four African-American artists purchased the home.

National Trust President and CEO Stephanie Meeks said the trust will work with the home’s new owners and the community to honor Simone’s contributions to society and to “inspire new generations of artists and activists.”

The three-room, 660-square-foot home went on the market in 2016.

Simone’s original name was Eunice Waymon. She died in 2003 at the age of 70.

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Columnists speak their minds

Words are powerful. A good example is when guest writer John Wiley, former chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, penned “A Lament for Wisconsin” in the August 2015 issue, which was an unfettered plea for Wisconsin to “wake up” and recover its history. We need people — like Wiley and these five regular columnists — who can tell it like it is. Over the years, they have done exactly that, no holds barred.

James Selk
James Selk became editor of Madison Select in 1978 (“Select” was dropped from the name of the magazine the following August). He retired in 1991 but continued to write about local politics in his “Selk at Large” column until June 1998. He died in a car accident on Nov. 15, 1998.

Memorable Quote: “One of the more cosmopolitan aspects of Madison life is the refusal of our city council to be bound to matters of civic interest. … The more I watch the proceedings of the city council, the more I think it would be better for the citizens of Madison if the council members addressed exclusively matters of national and international significance. In the first place no one in world power is going to pay any attention to what they do and say and write. In the second place, as long as they are concerned with European and Asian affairs, they aren’t going to screw up anything locally.” – “Editor’s Corner,” April 1982

Brennan Nardi
Brennan Nardi served as this magazine’s editor from 2005 to 2015. So she was helming the publication in 2011 when thousands of people converged on the Capitol to protest Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled Legislation ending collective bargaining for public employees. She took issue with the governor’s criticisms of Madison and its residents.

Memorable Quote: “There are plenty of things to improve upon in this city, but a lot of reasons to celebrate and champion: clean lakes, cleaner government, exceptional schools and health care, beautiful parks and bike paths, successful family farms, vibrant arts and a progressive business environment …. The way Scott Walker’s behaving, you’d think there’s something wrong with that. You’d also think we don’t pay our fair share of taxes, which I find offensive.” – “The Big Breakup,” April 2011

John Roach
John Roach, a Madison-based, world-traveling independent television producer, started penning his monthly back-of-the-book column in July 1992 initially in the form of a letter to editor Doug Moe. This issue marks the 25th anniversary of Roach’s column.

Memorable Quote: “We humans are absolute masters of denial. We can see violence, injustice and all sorts of awful things, and yet go on with our merry lives as if they don’t exist because we are talented at convincing ourselves we are faultless. … Madison’s own struggle with denial has become public in a big way of late thanks to the Race to Equity report. Now the whole nation knows that Madison, Milwaukee and Wisconsin have the wonderful distinction of owning America’s greatest academic and incarceration gaps.” – “The Fine Art of Looking the Other Way,” June 2014

Rebecca Ryan
As an economist, consultant and “futurist,” Rebecca Ryan wrote an engaging business column for the magazine from 2010 to 2015. Her writing sometimes sparked controversy, such as the one headlined “The Tier-Two Tradeoff” published in September 2015.

Memorable Quote: “For all of its ‘best places to live’ awards, Madison is simply an affordable, Midwestern college town. Which is why Caucasian retirees love it. … If you’re not a Caucasian retiree — if you’re a young professional and/or Latino and/or African American and/or have a tank full of ambition and drive — Madison may break your heart. … Living in a tier-two city like Madison comes with an opportunity cost. Your career, your opportunities, your network — all will be limited.” – “The Tier-Two Tradeoff,” September 2015

Madison’s Big-Picture Thinker: Neil Heinen

Five times Neil Heinen wrote cover stories that put Madison’s biggest development, social and economic issues into perspective, giving us hope for the city’s future and providing reality checks in the name of progress:

“While Madison with all its well-documented assets is perfectly situated to be the heart of these growth strategies, we need our partners and allies in the communities surrounding us to become the regional force that can actually compete with Austin and Columbus and Portland and Raleigh and — let’s not kid ourselves — Ames and Omaha and Sioux Falls.” – “Advance Now: Why 2013 Is the Make-or-Break Year for Business to Boom,” January 2013

“It’s important to have a global strategy, modest as it may be. Sister City relationships, such as Madison’s ties to Freiburg, Germany, or Mantova, Italy, can bring a modicum of globalism to a city. So can universities with foreign students. But truly global cities have more. Much more.” – “Think Global, Act Local,” January 2014

“Like many more self-aware cities, Madison is now viewing its future through the lenses of innovation, diversity, creativity, globalism and change. Our physical landscape is beginning to reflect that future. And, now, our leadership is as well.” –“The New Face of Madison Leadership,” January 2016

“As our region makes the transition to a more entrepreneurial, knowledge-based economy, the convergence of established and influential conscious capitalists and startup innovators makes Madison an inviting environment for exploring the potential of higher-purpose business practices.” –“Conscious Capitalism,” January 2017

“If Dane County is going to be recognized as a national leader in criminal justice reform, as it is poised to be, this is the year to cement commitment to community restorative courts as a fundamental component of that reform.” – “Second Chances,” January 2018

For more on the 40th Anniversary of Madison Magazine, click here.

Nina Simone’s Childhood Home Recognized as a National Treasure

By Brianna Rhodes, Special to the AFRO

In honor of African American Music Appreciation Month, The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced June 19 that the childhood home of civil rights icon, musician and singer, Nina Simone, was named a National Treasure, the organization’s signature program.

The non-profit partners with communities to ensure the long-term preservation of nationally significant historic places and the stories they keep, according to Brent Leggs, director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund of the National Trust.

Nina Simone’s (r) childhood home (Courtesy photos)

Simone’s three-room, 660-square foot childhood home is located in Tryon, North Carolina.

Through their partnership with The Nina Simone Project and four African-American artists who recently purchased the property, the National Trust will use its nearly 70 years of expertise to develop and enact a new use for nationally significant property through its National Trust’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund to preserve the childhood home. Nina Simone’s home is the first National Treasure music site.

“The reason that we designated the Nina Simone childhood home a National Treasure is because Nina Simone transcended the constraints society placed on Black female performers in the mid-20th century to become the voice of the American Civil Rights Movement,” Leggs said.

Leggs said Simone’s ability to diffuse classic piano and African rhythm, her frank expressions on racial and gender discrimination and Simone’s life and career embodied an unapologetic pursuit of musical, personal and political freedom.

“As an artist, it’s quite moving to be able to step in and support another artist whose work has meant so much to me throughout my life, both through a creative end and a political standpoint,” Adam Pendleton, conceptual artist, painter and co-owner of Nina Simone’s Home said.

“I can’t think of a better way to do that than to have a physical site that people can come and visit and engage and interact with and get a deeper sense of what made Nina who she was and who she is in our mind.”

Simone’s career spanned four decades, multiple genres and several continents. She has earned 15 Grammy nominations and her songs have been professionally covered and sampled more than 500 times. Simone was also recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

“Nina is a timeless talent and the fact that she was born within the boundaries of the geographical realm…that is Tryon is pretty significant to me,” Crys Armbrust, the executive director of The Nina Simone Project said.

“I am incredibly pleased that the Nina Simone’s childhood home has become an initiative of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and I think that today [June 19] marks a momentous day in the history of the organization,” Armburst added.

The National Trust will be working with the property owners of Simone’s home, the local community, the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission and World Monuments Fund, to seek new protections for the home and evaluate preservation needs, among other initiatives to develop a new use for the home.

“Standing for something one believes in often requires great courage in the face of harsh criticism and judgement,” said Simone’s daughter, Lisa Simone, according to a National Trust press release.

“My mother chose to be an outspoken warrior for that which she believed in. Her birthplace now being named a National Treasure is confirmation that no effort put forth, with true authenticity, goes unnoticed. As her only child, it brings me great joy to see my mother, Dr. Nina Simone, honored and remembered as mightily as she lived.”

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PCC Graduation Ceremonies Highlight African American Achievement

Keynote Speaker, Shaun Harper

More African American students graduated from PCC this year than in the previous two years, reversing a decline in achievement and highlighting the impact felt through a number of programs targeting the student population, a new data analysis shows.

The college’s 84 African American graduates in the 2017-18 academic year represented an increase of 15% over the previous year’s tally. Only one year in the last decade has seen a larger number of African American students complete their studies at the college.

The college community celebrated these students and their achievements at two major events earlier in the month, beginning with the Black Graduation Ceremony in early June and culminating in last Friday’s Commencement Ceremony.
Students and their families packed the seats in Creveling Lounge for the fourth annual Black Graduation Ceremony June 1. The celebration highlights the achievements of the graduating class, showcasing the ways they have enriched their social, cultural, and educational lives.

Attendees heard from William Johnson, the graduating captain of the PCC men’s basketball team. Although Johnson will be completing his bachelor’s degree at Biola University this fall, as a student he struggled to afford housing for himself and his two-year-old son, eventually living in five different places during his time at PCC. Johnson spoke of the support he received from his professors, friends, and family as he completed his associate’s degree.

As a transfer student, Johnson will be joined by a range of students engaged in PCC’s Ujima program, which offers academic and social support to African American students. Ujima graduates will transfer to UCLA, USC, UC Santa Barbara, and the California State University campuses in Long Beach, Northridge, and Los Angeles, among others.

Many of the graduating students found echoes of their own stories in remarks made by the guest Commencement speaker, Shaun Harper, who is a professor at the USC Rossier School of Education and director of that university’s Center on Race and Equity.

In his speech, Harper focused on the challenges he faced as he ascended to be one of the world’s foremost experts in education and ethnicity. He said the chances that come with education “are the exact kinds of opportunities that my enslaved ancestors imagined as they were terrorized for more than 400 years in this country.”

“My mother, who bore the disrespect from the rich white people whose homes she cleaned as a housekeeper in the 1980s, imagined that i would be here on this stage with you right now,” Harper said. “In fact, she worked hard for it on her hands and knees to ensure it.”

Harper called on the graduates and their families to pay forward the dedication of his forebears so that future generations could realize the potential dreamt by their ancestors.

“Keep your eyes open for justice,” he said. “Keep your eyes open for limitless possibilities.”

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Jealous-Baker fight in Maryland exposes divisions over how Democrats can win

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) takes a selfie with Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous and Jealous’s running mate, Susan Turnbull, left, during a campaign event in Silver Spring on June 14, the first day of early voting in the state. (Cheryl Diaz Meyer/For The Washington Post)

Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous has assembled a well-funded, left-wing coalition in hopes of becoming that rare Democratic insurgent who defeats an establishment-backed party rival, top state politicians and independent analysts say.

The battle between Jealous, a first-time candidate, and Rushern L. Baker III, the two-term Prince George’s county executive, mirrors a national pattern: activists inspired by the 2016 presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — and frustrated by recent Republican victories — are confronting more traditional candidates closer to the mold of Hillary Clinton, the party’s 2016 presidential nominee.

What’s different about Maryland is that Jealous, a former NAACP president, has expanded the Sanders base by adding support from influential unions, prominent African American politicians and cash from national liberal donors.

While insurgent gubernatorial candidates have not fared well in Democratic races in other states, polls show Jealous and Baker as the clear front-runners in a crowded field — with the caveat that enough voters remain undecided to scramble the race before Tuesday’s primary. Either candidate would face an uphill battle this fall against popular incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan (R).

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, a Democratic candidate for governor of Maryland, greets supporters during a campaign rally at a Baltimore County mall on June 9. (Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post)

In last year’s Virginia primary, then-Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam routed former congressman Tom Perriello, who waged a populist campaign and performed well in pre-primary polls but lacked Northam’s union endorsements and had less cash. In Iowa this month, Fred Hubbell, a retired insurance executive backed by party leaders, easily defeated Cathy Glasson, who described the race as “a nurse and a union leader against the political establishment.” In New York, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is far ahead of his left-leaning challenger, former “Sex and the City” actress Cynthia Nixon.

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller (D-Calvert), one of a raft of state Democrats who has endorsed Baker, said it was “appropriate” to liken his rivalry with Jealous to that between Clinton and Sanders — but with advantages for Jealous.

“Hillary had all the money, and Bernie had none,” Miller said. “In this case, the labor movement behind Ben Jealous is going to make sure that he has the money to get the vote out. Rushern doesn’t have the money.”

Jealous has pushed the party to the left on key issues in ways that his critics say could hurt Democrats in the general election. He tells audiences he’s building a multiracial coalition to “rebel together” and says the nation’s economic divide requires bold liberal policies to end poverty and improve the lives of working people.

Only with such a platform, he and others say, can Democrats spur turnout to defeat Republicans such as Hogan and President Trump.

“It’s really the next logical step after the Sanders presidential candidacy,” said Jennifer E. Duffy, senior editor of the Cook Political Report. Sanders “fired up progressives. . . . There are voters, especially in primaries, who are open to things like universal health care, debt-free college and other things that Sanders talked about.”

Hogan beat Democrat Anthony G. Brown four years ago despite a more than 2-to-1 Democratic voter advantage in Maryland. That loss, and frustration with the failure of the Democratic-­majority state legislature to adopt a $15 minimum wage and other progressive measures, are fueling activists’ embrace of Jealous.

Melanie Oringer, a retired nurse who organized an event for Jealous in Gaithersburg last week, said she wanted to “change the narrative of the Democratic Party” so it would do more “to care for the welfare of the people.”

“I came to realize after the Bernie campaign that I could never compromise again, or nothing will ever change,” she said.

Jealous stumps at an early voting rally at Morgan State University in Baltimore on June 9. (J. Lawler Duggan/For The Washington Post)

Baker attends a candidates’ forum at the NBC4/Telemundo44 studios on June 14. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Jealous helped lead the Sanders campaign in Maryland, and Sanders has returned to the state several times to stump with him, most recently at a rally Monday that drew about 600 people and was the largest and loudest crowd of the Democratic primary so far.

Baker backed former governor Martin O’Malley in 2016, then Clinton, and Maryland Democrats went heavily for Clinton. Two years later, however, Jealous is expanding his base with support from labor organizations, including the state teachers’ union and Service Employees International Union — both of which backed Clinton in 2016.

Jealous also has targeted African American voters who often spurned Sanders, campaigning with prominent black Democrats including Sens. Cory Booker (N.J.) and Kamala D. Harris (Calif.). And his campaign is benefiting from outside spending by unions, progressive groups and individuals who together plan to raise $1.9 million for the race. Some of that money has gone to anti-Baker advertising.

At the Gaithersburg event, Jealous began his talk by recalling how, in Colonial times, poor whites and enslaved blacks united to protest a royal edict that would have required a parent’s social status to convey to their child.

“We rebelled, and we rebelled together,” Jealous said. “Irish indentured servants, African slaves woke up together in that moment.”

Today, he said, a similar alliance is necessary to advance causes like state-based “Medicare for all,” free community college and debt-free college.

“We are building a movement,” Jealous said.

From left, Rushern L. Baker III, Richard S. Madaleno Jr. and Ben Jealous listen to the host before a candidates’ forum on June 14. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Baker remains well ahead of Jealous in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, the two most populous jurisdictions in the state.

He bristles at the idea that he’s insufficiently progressive; he wants to allocate more money for education and mass transit, and he supports a $15 minimum wage.

Baker said he lost union support because of tough decisions he made as county executive, including negotiating a deal for a regional hospital center that contributed to the downsizing of a hospital in nearby Laurel; welcoming nonunion hotels and grocery stores; and pushing for improvements in the county’s struggling public school system.

“My responsibility as governor will be to the citizens and not to individual special-interest groups,” Baker said, adding that Jealous is able to make attractive but costly promises because he has never had to oversee a budget.

“There’s nothing more progressive than finding a job for people, and we’ve done that in the county, or providing them with health care, or actually being able to balance a budget and make schools better,” Baker said.

“It’s one thing to talk about these things, it’s another to actually do them.”

Jealous says he would pay for his programs by raising taxes on cigarettes and on the wealthiest 1 percent of Marylanders, legalizing and taxing marijuana, freeing up resources by shrinking prisons, and closing corporate tax loopholes. He rejects the notion that his campaign is divisive or anti-establishment.

“We’re doing what every Democrat should be doing in 2018,” Jealous said, noting that his running mate, Susan W. Turnbull, is a former state party chair. “We’re uniting the party; we’re reconnecting its base.”

But Jealous also said Democrats “have been too cozy to Wall Street for too long” and added, “We think it’s urgent that we get refocused on ending poverty.”

Jealous’s campaign manager, Travis Tazelaar, worked on Baker’s 2006 campaign for county executive and later directed the state Democratic Party. He got to know Jealous while both were campaigning to persuade Maryland voters to approve the Dream Act and same-sex marriage in 2012, and he has led the charge to target Maryland constituencies that Sanders failed to attract.

One of their successes was an endorsement from SEIU 32BJ, whose senior vice president, ­Jaime Contreras, said it was “an embarrassment” that minimum-wage legislation stalled in the State House this year.

Working families and union members “feel the party has been too accommodating to the right,” Contreras said. “People want somebody who will rock the boat a bit with the Democrats in Annapolis.”

Former governor Martin O’Malley gives his endorsement to Baker on June 7 in Annapolis. (Brian Witte/AP)

Most top Maryland Democrats have backed Baker, and in past elections, such support was critical to winning the nomination. He is campaigning alongside other elected officials in the vote-rich Washington suburbs as well as Baltimore city and Baltimore County, touting his executive experience and his record of reforming schools and bringing development to Prince George’s.

But Baker has been slow to raise money. He pulled in $180,000 in the latest reporting period, compared with $380,000 for Jealous. About 900 small-
dollar donations to Jealous came from residents of California, compared with 600 from people who live in Maryland, an imbalance that led Baker supporter Valerie Ervin to call Jealous a “carpetbagger” last week. That jab grated on Jealous, who has lived in Maryland since 2012 and has deep roots in Baltimore, where his grandparents and parents spent most of their lives and where he served as head of the NAACP.

Party leaders “seem to be very nervous about a Jealous victory,” said a high-ranking Maryland Democratic elected official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the topic’s sensitivity. The official said Democrats worry that Jealous’s potentially expensive policy proposals would scare voters and result in a poor showing against Hogan.

Jealous and his supporters counter that an establishment candidate won’t energize voters.

“We have to have a bold progressive vision. I think that’s where we’ve messed up as Democrats,” said Will Jawando, a Jealous supporter who is running for the Montgomery County Council. “Don’t start compromising before you even get there.”

Arelis R. Hernández contributed to this report.

Nina Simone To Be Honored By The National Trust for Historic Preservation

Musician Nina Simone passed away in 2003 at 70 years old, but her legacy survives. A 2015 documentary on her life, What Happened, Miss Nina Simone?, received an Oscar nomination and her influence has touched everyone from Lauryn Hill to Mary J. Blige.

Now the icon is receiving a huge honor. Her childhood home in Tryon, North Carolina will be designated a national treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Her home is now a dilapidated and vacant wooden cottage with three rooms and measuring 660-square feet. The house was put on the market in 2016 and was recently purchased by four Black artists to maintain Simone’s legacy. One, Adam Pendleton, said in a press release, “Last year, my fellow artists and I felt an urgent need to rescue Nina Simone’s childhood home—a need sprung from a place of political activism as well as civic duty.” He continued, “A figure like Nina Simone—an African American woman from a small town in North Carolina who became the musical voice of the Civil Rights Movement—is extraordinarily relevant to artists working today. She constantly expressed her commitment to the democratic values our country espouses by demanding that we live up to them. We are honored to partner with the National Trust to further protect her legacy.”

Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, said in a press release, “Nina Simone’s distinctive voice and social critique in the mid-20th century was unlike anything America had ever heard before. And while her musical and social justice legacy burns bright, her childhood home has been neglected. We’re delighted to work with the home’s new owners and the local community to chart a new future for the property that will honor her tremendous contributions to American society and inspire new generations of artists and activists to engage with her legacy.”

Congrats to Simone and her legacy!


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