Category: Events2022

More Acts Performing at the 2021 BBQ!

More Acts Performing at the 2021 BBQ!

The list of performers for the 7th Annual Alsobrooks Family BBQ just keeps getting better!

We’ve already announced our Mistress of Ceremonies, Prince George’s native and WHUR 96.3 radio host Autumn Joi Live, and our headline act, another Prince George’s native, The Voice contestant, Tamara Jade.

Today, we are pleased to share some of the other performers who will entertain the guests at the BBQ:

Poet Marissa Michel, the 2020 Prince George’s County Youth Poet Laureate, is a second generation American of Haitian and Puerto Rican heritage. An avid poet, digital artist, and musician, Marissa received multiple national gold medals for poetry in the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards, as well as an American Voice nomination and the 2020 Diaz-Mattison Poetry Prize. Marissa is currently a student at Sidwell Friends High School, where she serves as an Editor-in-Chief of Quarterly, an arts and writing magazine.

The Royal Priesthood Dancers and Drummers 
are the African component of the Liturgical Dance Ministry at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church. The African Dancers minister at the Rites of Passage Crossover Ceremonies, African Liberation Sundays, at schools and for community outreach programs. In 2019, the Royal Priesthood Dancers joined forces with Ni Dembaya Drums to take the ministry of dance and drum to the next level.

Ayelen Dance & Folklore 
is a cultural project focused on the dances inspired by customs of towns across Latin America.  The steps, choreographic figures, clothing and accessories are typical of traditional dance in Latin American musical performances. The dances are performed out by children, young people and adults from Colombia, Peru, Brazil, El Salvador and, of course, the United States.


Don’t miss out on the fun at the 7th Annual Alsobrooks Family Barbecue on Thursday, September 30, from 5:30 — 8PM at Newton White Mansion.

This event will sell out, so get your tickets today!

You can make a donation here or send a check payable to Friends of Angela Alsobrooks, 17 W Courtland St, Ste 210, Bel Air, MD 21014.

If you already have your tickets, thank you!  We wanted you to have the latest update on the event!

If you have any questions, contact the Alsobrooks team at 410-838-6355.

We can’t wait to see you on September 30!

– Team Alsobrooks

Maryland’s Future Oversight Panel

Maryland’s Future Oversight Panel

Dear Prince Georgians:

As some of you may be aware, the Blueprint for Maryland’s future, also known as “Kirwan,” passed the State legislature earlier this year. The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future is a historic education reform plan providing billions of additional dollars in school funding statewide over the next decade. This plan will close student achievement gaps, raise teacher salaries, and transform our education system, and I was proud to join our State Delegation to advocate for this legislation in Annapolis.

To ensure the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future is being implemented properly statewide, a state panel called the Accountability and Implementation Board (AIB) is being established. The AIB will guide reform and approve education reform plans for each jurisdiction across the State. The Governor is responsible for appointing the seven members of the AIB, and a nominating committee was formed to submit nine candidates to the Governor.

A few weeks ago, the nominating committee sent nine names to Governor Hogan, and unfortunately not a single candidate that was selected was a Prince George’s County resident. As the second largest school district in the State, with over 60% of our students on free and reduced lunch, it is unacceptable that we would not have a County resident representing us on the AIB to ensure the unique challenges we face are front and center.

That’s why I reached out directly to Governor Hogan to let him know our concerns and offered to work with his office to provide appropriate candidates for consideration. Governor Hogan agreed and sent a letter to the AIB nominating committee asking them to provide additional nominees that would ensure school systems across the State are appropriately represented. 

Now, we have an opportunity to submit candidates for consideration to serve on the AIB, and we want to be sure that County residents that would like to be considered are given the opportunity. We are looking for County residents who are passionate about education reform and have a strong understanding of the needs of our school system. Members of the AIB will serve six-year terms as they oversee the implementation of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future.

Any resident that would like to be considered should submit a resume and cover letter stating why they want to serve and what they would bring to the AIB by 5:00 PM on Friday, September 24, 2021. Residents can email their resume and cover letter to intergovernmentalaffairs@co.pg.md.us.

Thank you in advance to everyone who will answer our call and step up to be considered for this critical opportunity. We appreciate your willingness to serve not only Prince George’s children, but all of Maryland’s children.

Yours in service,

Angela Alsobrooks

Prince George’s County Executive

Angela’s Update: Vol 1, Issue 58

Angela’s Update: Vol 1, Issue 58

I hope this finds you safe and well. As a reminder, all residents and visitors over the age of five are required to wear masks in all indoor public venues and businesses in Prince George’s County, even if they are fully vaccinated. If you have not been vaccinated, please do so as soon as possible to protect yourself and those around you.

My Statement Regarding the Increase in Acts of Violence in the County

Over the past year, we have seen an increase in acts of violence that have plagued our community, recently resulting in the injury and death of our children. These acts of violence have landed hard on the souls of mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, grandparents, and so many Prince Georgians across our community. We continue to pray for all those who have lost loved ones to senseless acts of violence, and as a community, we must stand up and say enough is enough.

These issues are not unique to Prince George’s County, and other jurisdictions across the nation have experienced a rise in crime as well. I am confident that our Police Chief, Malik Aziz, along with the men and women of our Police Department will continue to work to put a stop to the increase in homicides and violence we have seen over the past year, so no more families will have to suffer.

Earlier this year, we worked with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to make more youth programming available. One of those programs was the Alsobrooks Summer Passport Experience, where we had over 1,200 participants join us for 37 events throughout the summer. We’ve also been working to increase mental health and addiction care services to meet the needs of those who are suffering or are vulnerable. A new behavioral health facility we broke ground on earlier this year will open in December.

Chief Aziz has launched a gun violence unit in the Police Department to ensure gun arrests have all the necessary documentation for proper prosecution. We are also working with our faith community to organize job fairs and gun turn-in programs in the coming weeks. Finally, we have several gun violence prevention grants that will result in even more new efforts starting in early October.

However, we cannot do this work alone, so we are asking Prince Georgians to step up and partner with us in this fight to keep each other safe. Tell us what you see and hear in the community, give guidance to those who may be going down the wrong path, and most importantly, care for one another as you would your own family. We can accomplish anything by working together, and as County Executive, I remain committed to ensuring our Police Department has the resources and support they need to keep this community safe.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Every year from September 15 to October 15, we celebrate and honor the heritage of our Latino community through music, dance, and the arts. More than 19% of Prince George’s County’s population is of Hispanic descent, and we are so proud of the culture and diversity they bring to our community.

The National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers has named this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month theme “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope.” I want to take this opportunity to recognize the many contributions of our Latino residents to our County. Your contributions to our economy, culture, and society are immeasurable and I remain committed to continuing to address issues of vital importance that impact the Latino community. I am confident that together, we can work for a better tomorrow.

I also want to thank our Latino Advisory Board for their continued efforts in supporting and assisting the Latino community. In 2019, I created this advisory board so that my administration could remain engaged with current issues within the Latino community, in areas including economic development, public safety, immigration, and healthcare. They, along with so many partners, have worked tirelessly throughout this pandemic to ensure that our Latino residents had access to critical information and resources.

Over the next several weeks, Prince George’s County will host various celebrations and events in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. There will be opportunities for the entire family to commemorate the rich culture and heritage of our Latino community. You can find celebrations and events through the Department of Parks and Recreation and Memorial Library System throughout Hispanic Heritage Month.

Growing Green with Pride Community Cleanup

Join us for the fall Growing Green with Pride community cleanup day on Saturday, October 30! This is an opportunity for communities, organizations and businesses to help keep our County clean and beautiful through a collaborative day of service. Participants will receive all the supplies necessary for litter collection, planting and mulching. Register here by Friday, October 15.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update 

The CDC is reporting 79.7% of adults (ages 18+) in the County have received at least one vaccination. Also, 69.5% of residents ages 12 and older are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Finally, over 91% of seniors in the County have now received at least one dose of a vaccine. 

Please encourage family, friends and anyone else that has not been vaccinated to do so as soon as possible. Residents can find the nearest vaccine site at mypgc.us/COVIDVaccine.

Below is an update on upcoming locations for the County’s Stand Up & Deliver program including the dates, times, and locations of grocery/meal distributions:


Thursday, September 23 at 10:00 AM (Groceries)

  • Templeton Elementary School – 6001 Carters Lane, Riverdale, MD

Friday, September 24 at 12:30 PM (Groceries)

  • Victory Grace Center at Port Towns Elementary School – 4351 58th Place, Bladensburg, MD
     
  • Turner AME Church – 7201 16th Place, Chillum/Hyattsville, MD

Saturday, September 25 (Groceries)

  • First Baptist Church of Highland Park (10:00 AM) – 6801 Sheriff Road, Landover, MD
     
  • Kingdom Fellowship at High Point High School (10:00 AM) – 3601 Powder Mill Road, Beltsville, MD
     
  • United Baptist Church (11:30 AM) – 7701 Riverdale Road, New Carrollton, MD

If you’re in need of food assistance, please stop by one of these distribution locations this week. You can also find additional food distribution locations on the County website by clicking here. If you’re in a position to help those experiencing food insecurity at this time, please consider making a financial or in- kind donation to the Stand Up & Deliver program. You can contribute securely online through the United Way of the National Capital Area here.

Yours in service,

Angela Alsobrooks

Prince George’s County Executive

2021 BBQ Mistress of Ceremonies!

2021 BBQ Mistress of Ceremonies!

Introducing the 2021 BBQ Mistress of Ceremonies for the 7th Annual Alsobrooks Family BBQ: Prince George’s native and WHUR 96.3 radio host Autumn-Joi Barrett!


Autumn-Joi has been a correspondent for TMZ, News One Now & TV One, and a red carpet correspondent for the BET Awards, NAACP Awards & the Grammy Awards.  Before her return to Prince George’s County last year, Autumn-Joi was a member of the K97.5 Radio One Raleigh family where the Live Squad gave her the on air moniker “Midday Love” and coined the phrase “Hey, Girl Hey!!” Autumn-Joi brought her talents to WHUR 96.3 in 2020, and in under a year, she has the #1 midday show in the DMV!

Don’t miss out on the fun at the 7th Annual Alsobrooks Family Barbecue on Thursday, September 30, from 5:30 — 8PM at Newton White Mansion.

This event will sell out, so get your tickets today!

You can make a donation here or send a check payable to Friends of Angela Alsobrooks, 17 W Courtland St, Ste 210, Bel Air, MD 21014.

If you already have your tickets, thank you! We wanted you to have the latest update on the event!

If you have any questions, contact the Alsobrooks team at 410-838-6355.

We can’t wait to see you on September 30!

-Team Alsobrooks

Headline act for the BBQ!

Headline act for the BBQ!

We’re excited to announce the headline act for the 7th Annual AlsobrooksFamily BBQ & Campaign Kick-Off: Prince George’s native and The Voicecontestant, Tamara Jade!

TamaraJade is an independent artist, entertainer, producer, and content creator, hailing from Bowie, Prince George’s County, Maryland. While on NBC’s The Voice, she garnered the first 4-Chair Turn of the season. John Legend described her voice as having a “fire in it” and said that “watching her on stage [is] mesmerizing.” Kelly Clarkson considered her talent “incredible.” She is featured in PopSugarBillboard and Today publications.

Tamara has worked with Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Lizzo, Tituss Burgess, Ledisi, Jason Michael Webb, and Victory Boyd. She is also heard singing in Nike’s “What’s Your Why?” campaign commercial.  Tamara debuted her original music in 2019 with her single, “Rescue Me” landing at #7 on the UK Global Soul Chart.

So don’t miss out on the lush harmonies and vivid storytelling of Tamara Jade at the 7th Annual Alsobrooks Family Barbecue on Thursday, September 30, from 5:30 — 8PM at Newton White Mansion.

This event will sell out so get your tickets today!

You can make a donation here or send a check payable to Friends of Angela Alsobrooks, 17 W Courtland St, Ste 210, Bel Air, MD 21014.

If you already have your tickets, thank you!  We wanted you to have the latest update on the event!

If you have any questions, contact the Alsobrooks team at 410-838-6355.

We can’t wait to see you on September 30!

-Team Alsobrooks

Angela’s Update: Vol 1, Issue 57

Angela’s Update: Vol 1, Issue 57

I hope this finds you safe and well. As a reminder, all residents and visitors over the age of five are required to wear masks in all indoor public venues and businesses in Prince George’s County, even if they are fully vaccinated. The mask mandate remains in effect after the County Council passed a resolution extending the mandate last week.  

Back to School in Prince George’s County

Over the past 18 months, we all have been challenged with facing difficult times and overcoming the toughest obstacles. This pandemic forced us to navigate unprecedented territory and impacted our community in ways we have never seen. School systems across the nation had to close, and our children had to adjust to an entirely new world of learning. For more than a year, our school system has worked tirelessly to continue to provide a quality education to every student virtually and in a hybrid model. Now, we are entering a new chapter in our journey as we welcomed our students back to the classroom last week for the 2021-2022 school year.

I want to take this opportunity to wish our students and teachers a successful academic year. I know that so many are excited to return to the classroom and to a sense of normalcy. Dr. Goldson and her staff have dedicated themselves to ensuring that everyone is welcomed back to a learning environment that is safe and productive for all students. I am so proud of the hard work and dedication of the entire Prince George’s County Public School system and I’m confident that our children are receiving an education that prepares them for the future.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program Community Fair

The Office of Community Relations (OCR), in partnership with the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), has announced an Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) Community Fair on Saturday, September 18 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Suitland High School. Prince George’s County residents who are currently renting and have experienced financial difficulty due to the COVID-19 pandemic may apply for rental and/or utility assistance. Community partners will be onsite to assist eligible applicants with submitting the necessary documentation. Advanced registration is not required. For more information, please contact the Office of Community Relations at 301-952-4729.

Fall 2021 Growing Green with Pride Day

Join the Department of Public Works and Transportation on Saturday, October 30, for the County’s biannual countywide cleanup event! This is an opportunity for communities, organizations and businesses to help keep the County clean and beautiful through a collaborative day of service. Participants will receive all the supplies necessary for litter collection, planting and mulching.

Register for the Fall 2021 Growing Green with Pride Day here by Friday, October 15. For additional information and assistance, please contact Tonya Harris at tyhairston@co.pg.md.us or 301-499-8641. Growing Green with Pride is a rain or shine event.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update 

The CDC is reporting 79.1% of adults (ages 18+) in the County have received at least one vaccination. Also, 69% of residents ages 12 and older are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please encourage family, friends and anyone else that has not been vaccinated to do so as soon as possible. Residents can find the nearest vaccine site at mypgc.us/COVIDVaccine

Below is an update on upcoming locations for the County’s Stand Up & Deliver program including the dates, times, and locations of grocery/meal distributions:


Tuesday, September 14 at 10:00 AM (Groceries)

  • Glassmanor Elementary School – 1011 Marcy Avenue, Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Wednesday, September 15 at 10:00 AM (Groceries)

  • Langley Park-McCormick Elementary School – 8201 15th Avenue, Adelphi, MD 20783
  • Maple Springs Baptist Church – 4131 Belt Road, Capitol Heights, MD 20748

Friday, September 17 at 12:30 PM (Groceries)

  • Faith Temple No. 2 Free Will Baptist Church – 211 Maryland Park Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20747

Saturday, September 18 at 10:00 AM (Groceries)

  • Ebenezer Church of God – 7550 Buchanan Street, Landover Hills, MD 20784
  • New Home Baptist Church – 8320 Landover Road, Landover, MD 20785

Sunday, September 19 at 10:00 AM (Groceries)

  • Community of Hope AME Church – 3701 Branch Avenue, Temple Hills, MD 20747

If you’re in need of food assistance, please stop by one of these distribution locations this week. You can also find additional food distribution locations on the County website by clicking here. If you’re in a position to help those experiencing food insecurity at this time, please consider making a financial or in- kind donation to the Stand Up & Deliver program. You can contribute securely online through the United Way of the National Capital Area here.

Yours in service,

Angela Alsobrooks

Prince George’s County Executive

7th Annual BBQ

7th Annual BBQ

Dear Friend,

The 7th Annual Alsobrooks Family BBQ, which is also the kick-off for my 2022 re-election campaign for Prince George’s County Executive, is only 21 days away, and we’re putting together an event that you don’t want to miss!  

Henry’s Soul Cafe, a DMV original, will be serving their signature comfort food that has been a family favorite for 53 years. Rita’s Ice of Clinton will be dishing up their signature “Ice Custard Happiness” a cool, smooth, delightfully happy treat experience!

                 
 

You can also look forward to some performances from local music and dance acts that showcase the amazing talent that we have right here in Prince George’s County!

So don’t miss out on the 7th Annual Alsobrooks Family Barbecue on Thursday, September 30, from 5:30 — 8PM at Newton White Mansion.


Individual tickets are $45 each, and we have sponsorships featuring premier seating ranging from $500 to $5,000 that will allow us to host seniors who otherwise couldn’t attend.

You can make a donation here or send a check payable to Friends of Angela Alsobrooks, 17 W Courtland St, Ste 210, Bel Air, MD 21014.

If you already have your tickets, thank you! We wanted you to have the latest update on the event!

If you have any questions, contact the Alsobrooks team at 410-838-6355.

We can’t wait to see you on September 30!

Continuing the promise,

Angela Alsobrooks

Prince George’s County Executive

My Announcement on the 2022 Election Cycle

My Announcement on the 2022 Election Cycle

Over the last several months, I have been honored that many people inside and outside of Maryland urged me to run for governor. While I appreciate the confidence placed in me and the overwhelming support of so many who believe I can make positive changes as governor, you may have heard that I have chosen to continue building on our terrific momentum here, at home, in Prince George’s County. I made a promise to the people of Prince George’s County and I will keep it.

I am proud to have over 900,000 Prince Georgians who I call my neighbors, my friends, and my family. Three times I asked you to trust me with your hopes, fears, and aspirations as a community. You humbled me with that trust through your votes each time. In return, I pledge to honor my oath to you and to do the job I asked for: Prince George’s County Executive.

As a native and lifelong Prince Georgian, it has been my greatest honor to have served the citizens and residents of this County for eight years as State’s Attorney and now more than two years as their County Executive. When I took my oath to diligently and faithfully represent the interests of the people of this County, I could not have imagined the challenges we would face, together, more than a year later. 

Scripture tells us, to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven, and while I appreciate the confidence placed in me by so many who believe I can make meaningful change at the state level, I cannot in good faith redirect my focus to the Governor’s mansion when my community is suffering through this crisis, nor do I want to.

This is the season for me, as a mother, to ensure I am present for my daughter during her last two years of high school; I was first elected her second week in kindergarten. My Alexandra has been by my side my entire career in public office, and I want to be by hers at a time where she’s approaching college visits, studying for the SATs, and attending junior and senior prom. 

I love Prince George County. I love the people of Prince George’s County. And while I will not run for Governor in 2022, I will be seeking re-election as County Executive for Prince George’s County.

Yours in service,

Angela Alsobrooks

Prince George’s County Executive