The Nose was surprised to learn recently that a Baltimore Christian group held a pornographic fundraising event. On Feb. 17, the group, the Baltimore Christian Community Association, held a self-styled “fashion show”—according to its liquor-license application for the event—at the Gallery of Events at 429 N. Eutaw St. The ill-fated event, which was raided by vice detectives and liquor inspectors (some of whom afterward spoke on background with the Nose), showcased porn films, strippers, and porn stars—including one of Baltimore’s own up-and-comers, Kianna Jayde. Patrons paid $22 to attend the event, according to its promotional materials, and it was billed as Thick Azz Redbones: The Show, an allusion to the DVD porn titles of the same name.
“It was a strip party,” explains Porkchop, the 92Q deejay who was on the bill as the event’s host, over the phone on Feb. 23. By the time he got there, Porkchop says, “they didn’t need me,” because the gig had already been busted. As for the event’s Christian angle, Porkchop says he learned about it after the fact: “Why would they even do that?” he asks with a chuckle, referring to the Baltimore Christian Community Association using a porn party to raise money.
Arrested and charged with a handgun violation as a result of the raid was Samuel Levin Macer IV, of Pikesville. Macer, according to Col. Barry Powell of the Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office, was a sheriff’s trainee when he was arrested, and his role at the event—providing armed security—was off-duty employment. Macer, Powell adds, resigned from the sheriff’s office Feb. 21, the first business day after his arrest.
The liquor license for the event was issued to the Baltimore Christian Community Association’s Lester Albert Horton Jr., who told the Nose that he is a director of the group. He also explains that he is affiliated with the Baltimore Christian Warriors football team, which is a program of the association, along with a marching band of the same name.
“It wasn’t our event,” Horton protests when asked about the raid. He says another person—he only gave initials, not a name—was holding the event, and asked Horton if he wanted to set up a bar there to raise money.
“That’s what we do, we raise money by setting up a bar,” he continues. “It was supposed to be a fashion show. Next thing I know, the girls start taking off their clothes. It was some kind of adult-entertainment thing, this girl was saying, for launching her videos. When the police came in, I was packed up and [went] outside. I let the police know we had nothing to do with that and left. So this girl done put us in a bind, so it’s not like we’ll be doing liquor anymore.”
Horton said he’d forward the Nose’s phone number to the Baltimore Christian Community Association’s president, the Rev. Ernest Milo King, so he could fill in the details. That never happened. But the activities on Feb. 17 seem decidedly outside the scope of the association’s mission. The association was formed in 1990 “exclusively for religious, charitable, and educational purposes, and, more specifically, to promote and foster amateur sports competition between and among community youth within the framework of religious and biblical guidance,” according to its incorporation papers.
The Nose tried to reach King by phone and by visiting the group’s two addresses of record—1523 W. Baltimore St. and 22 N. Gilmor St.—to ask about the porn event. We ran into nothing but dead ends. The West Baltimore Street property—which was listed on the liquor license as the Baltimore Christian Community Association’s “meeting place”—houses an apparently defunct store called D.M.K. Sporting Goods, which is King’s, according to state records. The signage also indicates it is the Warriors’ home base. The Gilmor Street rowhouse is around the corner from the store and is co-owned by King as his principal residence, but it is boarded up and vacant. The four phone numbers we tracked down for King, who ran for the Baltimore City Council’s 9th District seat in the 2003 Democratic primary (when he received 129 votes out of 5,354 cast), were no longer in service.
In City Paper’s coverage of the 2003 9th District race (“New Blood,” Aug. 27, 2003), King was quoted as saying, “I think youth development and empowerment is the main issue. The youth don’t have a lot of hope. They need to be built up and shown positive things.”
Far be it for the Nose to judge whether setting up bars to sell liquor at a porn party can accomplish that. But we’ll bet the Baltimore Christian Community Association won’t be doing it anymore.
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