Tribune Staff Report
Thousands came out to attend the 38th annual Odunde Festival Sunday in South Philadelphia. The day-long event featured arts and crafts vendors, African dancers and a performance by legendary rapper Big Daddy Kane.
The picture-perfect day provided a fitting backdrop for the festival. Held the second Sunday in June along Philadelphia’s historic South Street, the Odunde festival is based on Yoruba traditions and celebrates the coming of another year for African Americans and African people around the world with a procession, ceremonial offering and African marketplace, along with live music and dance.
Dozens of drummers, along with the aroma of various food treats, offered a taste of Africa and the opportunity to take home a symbolic piece of the Motherland in the forms of jewelry, fabric, clothes, oils or incense. Odunde attracts more than 500,000 people annually and is one of the largest community-based street festivals held in the country – and the last of its kind continuing in the Delaware Valley region.
The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) is launching its “Fifth Annual Father’s Day Rally Against Prostate Cancer” with an ambitious goal of reaching one million people. This is believed to be the largest and most visible prostate cancer education and awareness effort ever undertaken with a focus on Black America.
The Rally will be held on June 16 in partnership with churches nationwide during their regular church services. Prostate cancer survivors within each congregation along with family members of those who have lost loved ones to the disease will be recognized and join hands in prayer for healing. Calvary AME Church, Shiloh Baptist Church, Ward AME Church, and Mt. Pisgah AME Church are all slated to participate.
In 2012, the Rally reached approximately 200,000 persons based on the total membership of the churches that participated. This year, PHEN will augment the Rally with prostate cancer educational symposiums in selected cities across the country. In Philadelphia, the symposium will be held on June 15 at the First Episcopal District of the AME Church at First District Plaza, 3801 Market St. from noon until 2 p.m. PHEN industry partners, members of its national survivor network, and local health providers will play integral roles in these educational activities.
“PHEN’s Annual Father’s Day Rally has proven to be an effective education and awareness outreach initiative for African American families who are the ones most impacted by prostate cancer. Because of these urgent needs, it is imperative that we build on our success and increase outreach efforts this year,” said PHEN founder and president Thomas A. Farrington. PHEN was founded in 2003 by Farrington, a prostate cancer survivor and author, with a mission to eliminate the African American prostate cancer disparity. Church partnerships which have been developed and nurtured across all denominations are the key to PHEN’s Father’s Day Rally success.
“Congregations within the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church have actively participated in the Father’s Day Rally since its inception, and we look forward to participating in the Rally’s expansion in size and scope this year,” said the Rev. Natalie Mitchem, executive director of the AME Connectional Health Commission. The AME Church has a membership of approximately 3 million persons within the United States and around the world.
Black men die at a rate 2.5 times higher than men of all other ethnic and racial groups in the United States. This disparity led the U.S. Senate, in July 2012, to pass a resolution recognizing prostate cancer to be of epidemic proportions among African American men. However, there has been significant confusion among the public caused by the ongoing debate about PSA screening and over-treatment. Simultaneously, a number of new prostate cancer treatments have been approved and there is a flurry of clinical trial activity that will undoubtedly lead to more treatment breakthroughs along with new procedures for detecting and managing prostate cancer.
“We recognize the enormous challenge in achieving our Rally’s goal this year, however, Black America must become knowledgeable about new developments and fully engaged in order to eliminate the current epidemic, and not be overlooked and risk a worsening condition. The Rally’s success is a significant opportunity for forward progress.” said Farrington.
All churches are invited to partner with PHEN by participating in the “Fifth Annual Father’s Day Rally Against Prostate Cancer.” Church registration is now open. To register and for additional information visit http://www.prostatehealthed.org/churchregister2013.php.
Services will be held May 30 for Dorothy McIntyre.
She died Monday, May 20, 2013. She was 88.
She was born May 24, 1924 to Anna and Charles Dorsey in Onancock, Va. She received her early education in Onancock, Va.. She later attended Shaw Junior/Middle School and graduated from John Bartram High School in Philadelphia
Dorothy married John McIntyre and the couple had six children.
She joined Vine Memorial Baptist Church in 1947 where she was member of the young adult board, Virginia Club, Deaconess board and Missionary Circle One.
McIntyre was also a member of Booker T. Washington Chapter No. 36 OES.
Her family said she was a wonderful wife and mother whose love extended throughout the community where she nurtured children.
She was preceded in death by her children, John and Michael.
She is survived by her children, Frances Bailey (Isaiah), Diane M. Lover (Augustus), Lorraine C. Hargrove (Moses), Douglas McIntyre; cousin, Willie Floyd; grandchildren, Cornell “Chip” Bailey, Irwin Bailey, and Rochelle Bailey, Augustus Lover III, Nickole Lover, and Shardel Lover, Moses Hargrove and Shilonda Giddings (Edward), Fatima McIntyre, John T. McIntyre III Justin, Jasmin, Jamal, Micheal II; great-grandchildren, Markita, Antoine, Maurice, Aunyua, Cydney, Augustus (Q), Sabreena, Teren, John, Daniel, Rashaad, Delquan, Rassoul, Yaseem, and Dasha; great-great grand, Kiyen; nieces and nephew, Pat Dorsey, Nick Dorsey, and Maria Dorsey; great nieces, Reese, Monique, Alona, Jasmine, Kelly, Deven, Kendra, Nickai, Ollie and Matthew; 13 great-great nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held May 30 at Vine Memorial Baptist Church, 5600 West Girard Avenue. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 10 a.m. Burial is in Rolling Green Cemetery.
Wood Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Rosella C. Washington was a musician.
Washington died on Sunday, May 19, 2013, at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse in Philadelphia. She was 55.
She was born Nov. 2, 1957, to Stephen and Rose Clemmons in Charlotte, N.C.
Washington resided for the past 10 years in Thornbury Township, previously residing in Boothwyn.
She performed jazz and was also an inspirational singer since 1987 when she graduated from Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in music. Washington was a member of Covenant Fellowship Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, R. Deborah Washington.
She is survived by her husband of 21 years, Mark B. Washington; son, Mark I. Washington; mother, Jean Bowman; siblings, Stephen Hayes Sr., Wynetta L. Grier, Bonnie Stokely, Leon Polk and Gloria Polk; cousins, Sandra Lee, Stephen Hayes Jr. and Morris Hayes; mother-in-law, Jane Washington; sister-in-law, Michelle Washington and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held May 24 at 1 p.m. Covenant Fellowship Church, 1 Fellowship Drive, Glen Mills. Burial is private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to www.covenantmercies.org or to the college fund for Mark I. Washington. Checks should be made out to Fidelity Brokerage Services, endorsed on the back with For Deposit Only account #X82683269 and mailed to Fidelity Investments P.O. Box 770001 Cincinnati, OH 45277-0003.
Pagano Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
R&B singer Akon is doing more than making music these days. The hit-maker, who signed Lady Gaga to his KonLive Distribution record label, is now embarking on a new venture.
Memorial Day Weekend will mark the debut of Akon’s new, 10,000 square foot nightclub, Jewel Punta Cana Disco Clubb, in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Celebrity DJ SmashKash has been tapped to spin the hits during this lavish fete. SmashKash, the official KonLive DJ for Dance Music, is currently working on a dance music mix tape and a new single featuring Akon.