Hello my friends, how are you? Well, I hope. I am doing great, thanks for asking. However, I have been going to so many funerals in the past few weeks and they’re still going. Every week I write my column it seems that I have to write a death notice. It’s a terrible situation! For example, a dear friend Rick Larry’s memorial service is next week. Rick was a member of 100 Black Men of Maryland. Then, I got the word that Dr. Lawrence Bell, Jr. passed away this week. My dear friends please keep both of these families in your prayers.

Rick Larry from 100 Black Men of Maryland passed away. (Courtesy Photo)

Let’s talk about some happier stuff such as the Boltonstock Community Festival. Boltonstock 2018 is set for June 2, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. in Arnold Sumpter Park at Jordan and Laurens Sts. The hottest event of the summer will again feature delicious food and drinks, community engagement and a great lineup of local live music. And we must not forget that, along with the all the other vendors, yours truly will be there doing a book signing with both of my books. I will see you there.

Book Signing at the Boltonstock Festival in Arnold Sumpter Park in Bolton Hill. (Courtesy Photo)

Well friends, I know by now you have heard that another one of our local landmarks is leaving us. I am talking about Expressions, books, art and custom framing store, located at 222 N. Paca St. The store, across from Lexington market, near the intersection of Paca and Saratoga, is closing its doors for the last time May 31. I was told all items must go. After 31 years of serving the community Expressions is saying farewell. Expressions is where I had my first book signing in 2003 for my first book, African Entertainment in Baltimore, which many of you have renamed, The Pennsylvania Avenue Book.

Margie Fleming Brinkley being honored. (Courtesy Photo)

Owned and operated by the Evans family, Expressions has been a destination for people who sought high-quality custom framing, African American literature, collectibles, and figurines and so much more. The store is open 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday until they close for the last time on May 31.

Now if you like Caribbean music (like me!), then I got something for you. “The Original Fun Seekers” will host a Carnival Jump Up on June 3, 7 p.m.-midnight, at Charm Baltimore, 407 E. Saratoga St. Music and entertainment will be provided by Danny P, Mr. Music and the Golden Touch. For more information, call Derrick at 443-722-4100.

Well, my dear friends, it has been a pleasure talking to you. I am out of space and out of time, just remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at [email protected] Until the next time, I’m musically yours.