Photoshop Elements: Cannot paint black into mask with brush

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Seriously stressed with this, and would like to take this opportunity to say Adobe costumer service is about as useful as fins on a gorilla. Working with PSE 9. Here are my commands thus far:
2 Pics opened
Background copy first pic
Drag and drop one pic on top of the other
Click layer mask icon at bottom it shows white window and connector
Background and foreground color chosen as black and white opacity set as 100%
Brush tool selected
Begin to paint.....and nada.
I don’t even get black on the layer mask white screen.

However should I choose my marquee tool and select an area and right click and use fill color option, black; my layer mask will work. Unfortunately this is not a good method as I can not accurately specify the area that I want to “bleed through” and it will leave some of the image frozen there. First troubleshooting that I preformed were checking opacity, swapping foreground and background colors, making sure my adj. layer was selected, changing brush tool to pencil tool and then back again, checking brush size and default brushes, right clicking on adj. layer and messing with levels and brightness/contrast. None of these give me anything on my layer mask white screen. On the bright side all of my show all/ hide all layer works. I just can’t get black to reveal or white to conceal on my white screen. HELP! SOS! I saw where another gentleman had this problem and it never got resolved, I hope I will not meet the same fate I would be seriously disappointed.

Any help appreciated
Amanda
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Can you post a screen shot of when you have everything setup and trying to use the Brush? The Background and Foreground for masks are separate than for regular painting layers. Often times, they will swap, and you could be experiencing this, that you are actually using white.
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Seriously no sly remark about my wonderful analogy ....ahh well you must truly be a puzzler solver, fear not i will make you lol yet! I have uploaded the print screen, and have changed the foreground and background colors as you can see, that is what you are referring to correct? I have swapped colors and went through every check point again with no success. Still no color on my layer mask in my layer panel. Perhaps this will only thicken the plot and make it even more interesting for you. What else do ya got for me to try?
with hope
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It's hard to tell due to the quality of these images (lots of JPEG compression it appears), but it seems that your Brush tool is set to the Overlay blend mode. Definitely want to change that to Normal. The Blend Mode setting is between the Brush Size and the Opacity settings.
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SWEET!! You are the bomb-diggity!! Thank You!! I bow to the puzzle master!! Luke Skywalker thanks you obi one kenobi.
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Thanks!
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Coincidiently here is a print screen from the using the marquee tool it works but not my paint brush. Quite the delima....