June 13 – June 26, 2013


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Obama's Big Gift to Black America
Buy Black | HR40 | ObamaCare

wayne a youngPeriodically, President Obama’s critics have asked about what he has done to advance the Black agenda.  He often speaks specifically about opening wider the doors of opportunity for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) people and women and seemingly not utter any words specifically about Black advancement.

To the chagrin to some, the President became the first sitting President to brazenly link the struggles of LBGTs, women and Blacks.  “We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall,” said the U.S. Commander in Chief as his paraphrased the 237-year-old Declaration of Independence during his inaugural address.

Seneca Falls was the site of the first women’s rights convention organized by women in the Western world, but one of the most eloquent speakers at the 1848 convention was none other than the formerly enslaved Frederick Douglass.  “When I ran away from slavery, it was for myself; when I advocated emancipation, it was for my people; but when I stood up for the rights of woman, self was out of the question and I found a little nobility in the act,” declared Douglass.  In the spirit of Frederick Douglass, for the President, “self” is often out of the question. Today, more than half of the Black population is female.

And while the 1965 March from Selma to Montgomery was a turning point for Black equality, during my recent visit there, I learned that Blacks generally did not equally share in the burden of openly fighting to end American apartheid.  In Selma, for instance, a disproportionate number of the bloody Sunday marchers lived in the nearby George Washington Carver low-income housing projects. So, it is hard for some Blacks to justify that they have paid their fair share for more freedom and that other groups are living off their struggles.

The 1969 Stonewall Riots took place in New York City when policeman raided a gay bar.  Instead of running out of fear of being identified, many of the bar’s patrons fought back. Many of the fighters were transgender and transsexual persons.  Many, if not most, of them were Black.  For sexual minority rights, Stonewall is an icon.

So, what more should the President say or do to specifically advance Black equality? I cannot think of any legal barriers that need to be broken, but plenty of systemic barriers that the President can lead a fight to dismantle.

For instance, take unemployment. Since the Black unemployment rate remains twice that of Whites, his Black critics should ask President Obama to urge Congress to pass a bill to give Blacks an incentive to read the NAACP’s annual reports on companies’ hiring and buying practices. And then pass another law making it illegal for Blacks to support companies that fail to hire and promote Blacks and procure goods and services from Black-owned companies.

On a more practical note, he could strongly advocate the passage of H.R. 40, a bill that Representative John Conyers has introduced since 1989.  The bill would simply study the affects of slavery and discrimination on the current status of African-Americans and suggest remedies. However, I really don’t believe he will move on any of these issues or should unless Blacks are motivated individually or via a “Black” leader to stop asking for these changes and start demanding these changes using our most lethal weapons:  money, voting and participation.  (And by the way, in this electronic age, decision makers are measuring your interest and participation by the tweets, clicks, Facebook postings, etcetera that you make, read and respond to - - - using Sharebars make it even easier to electronically share)

No, President Obama has not been a leader like Dr. King and has not focused on motivating Blacks to stand up for their rights nor has he been a Jesse Jackson specifically instilling in them pride and hope. However, he has been the President whose policies and images have advanced the Black agenda tremendously. I think his leadership in the passage of Obamacare, alone, is a boon for Black advancement.  No, Obamacare is not specifically Blackcare, but it’s a prescription Blacks very badly need.

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War Crimes Charges
Against Obama

president obama charged with war crimes Organizers of the Africa Unite Now Festival, celebrating Dr. Kwame Nkrumah's Birthday, plan to hold an hour-long “Peoples Court Trial” of President Obama, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, and the Secretary General of NATO for alleged war crimes against Africans, specifically Libyans, for the killing of Muammar al-Gaddafi.
Africa Unite Now Festival-2013
Celebrating Dr. Kwame Nkrumah's Birthday
Plum Orchard Center
12210 Plum Orchard Drive
Silver Spring, MD USA
Sat, Sep 21, 2013, 6p-3a
Trail starts at 8p, free


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Baobab Youth Ramadan Fundraiser

Hello let me introduce you to the Baobab Youth Development Association (BYDA). They are a very progressive group. There are two pages of information and pictures specifically about the BYDA on the Port Of Harlem Gambian Education Partnership website.  At the bottom of the page, you will find links to their e-mail address, Facebook and LinkedIn pages, an introductory brochure listing their accomplishments and goals and their YouTube page. 

I encourage you to watch this very short YouTube video to see this dynamic group in action!

The Port Of Harlem Gambian Education Partnership is proud to assist these young adults help themselves.  The $400 we seek to raise for their Third Annual Ramadan Bakery Project is not a handout, but an effort to support their efforts to buy the supplies they need to have a successful community program, which also serves as a fundraiser.

- Wayne, President Port Of Harlem Gambian Education Partnership

-From the Baobab Youth Development Association (BYDA)

Charity is very important in Islam and even more so during Ramadan.  As an act of generosity and charity during the holy month, the Baobab Youth Development Association provides bread at below market prices for the economically challenged.

Ramadan 2013 will be from about July 8 to August 7 and BYDA’s goal is to provide 18,000 loaves of bread for 5D ($.17), a savings 0f 1D ($.0333) for those in Nema Kunku village during Ramadan.  (Collectively saving the community about D30,000 or $1,000) BYDA also gives away some of the bread through drawings. This program also serves as a fundraiser to supply the group with the capital needed for many other community development projects as outlined at Baobab Youth Development Association
- Jabel Ceesay, BYDA Secretary

Goal:                   $400
Raised to Date:  $90
Need to Raise:   $310

Your donation is fully tax-deductible.  Join me in helping them, help themselves.


Pan-African Initiatives
Alive and Well

The United States of Africa 2017 Project Taskforce is working toward establishing and declaring the existence of the United States of Africa in 2017.

APPEAL, the Association of People for Pan-Africanist Economic Advancement thru Leverage, held its first public meeting May 19 in Washington, D.C. (on Malcolm X’s birthday) and outlined the following as their goals:

  • Financial Literacy Programs & Resources
    Historical & Cultural Literacy Programs & Resources
  • A Think Tank to Analyze & Address Important Issues
  • A Credit Union to Facilitate Economic Empowerment
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Things to Do

Washington, DC
Black Studies Class
Deanwood Rec Center
1350 49th St, NE
Every Thu, 6:30p-8:30p, free

Fred Foss Jazz Quartet
Dorothy Height Library
3935 Benning Road
Thu, Jun 13, 6p, donation

Vince Evans Quartet
Congress Heights Senior Wellness
3500 MLK, SE
Fri, Jun 14, 2p, donation

Half and M St, SE
Fri, Jun 14, 11a-11p, free
Other dates:  Fri, Aug 16; Fri, Sep 6

African Diaspora Ancestral Commemoration
Institute Celebration

Thurgood Marshall Center
1816 – 12th Street, NW
Washington, DC
Sat, Jun 15, 7p-Midnight, $

6th Annual Juneteenth Celebration
Watkins Regional Park
301 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD
Sat, Jun 15, 11:30a-5p, free

Fred Foss, sax
John Lee, guitar
Kennilworth Aquatic Gardens
1550 Anacostia Ave, NE
Sun, Jun 16, 10a, donation

Nasar Abadey Quartet
Anacostia Art Gallery and Boutique
2806 Bruce Place, SE
Sun, Jun 16, 4p, $10

SE Summer History Camp
For 12-16 year olds
America’s Islamic Heritage Museum
2315 Martin Luther King
Mon, Jun 18 – Thu, Jul 25, 3p-7p, $45

Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.:
The Lion of Anacostia
(Final Years of Frederick Douglass)
Mary Pickford Theater
James Madison Building
101 Independence Ave. S.E.
Thu, Jun 20, noon, free

Charles Houston Mural & Hall of Fame Dedication
Charles Houston Recreation Center
901 Wythe Street
Alexandria VA
Sat, Jun 22, 2p-5p

Blacks United in Pride Block Party
600 block of West Lexington Street
June 16, 5p– 11p, free

ebony fashion fair exhibitInspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair
Chicago History Museum
1601 North Clark Street
Through Sun, Jan 5, 2014
$14; Seniors, $12; Children under 12, free

Hobart Marsh Complex Hike
Hobart, IN
Sat, Jun 15, 9a 1:30p, free 

West Beach Succession Trail Hike & BBQ
Portage, IN
Mon, Jun 17, 5p-dusk, free

Hampton, VA
Black Women During the Reconstruction Period
Hampton University Museum
11 Frissell Avenue
Through Sat, Aug 10, free

Little Rock, AR
NPS Underground Railroad Conference
Double Tree Hotel-Downtown
Little Rock, AR
Wed, Jun 19- Sat, Jun 22, $

New York (Greater)
Gershwin's Blue Monday
The Harlem Chamber Players join
On Site Opera and Harlem Opera Theater
Cotton Club
656 W 125th St
Tue Jun 18- Thu, Jun 20, 7p, $20  

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Blue Note Jazz Festival
Wyclef Jean
Opener:  DJ SELF
B. King Blues Club & Grill
237 W 42nd St.
Wed, Jun 19,  8p - Doors 6p
$35.00 in advance, $40.00 day of show

NACC Multicultural Business Expo 2013
New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
333 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Thu, Jun 20, 7:30a to 8p, free
Some events, $

New Amsterdam Market
Old Fulton Fish Market
Reopens Sun, Jun 23, 11a-5p, free

Reading, PA
Black Memorabilia Show
Shupp’s Grove
Adamstown, PA
Sat, Jun 15–Sun, Jun 16, 7a-4p, free

Wilmington, DE
The DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival
Rodney Square
11th & Market Streets
Wilmington, Delaware
Wed Jun 19 - Sat Jun 22, free

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CR Gibbs
Talks about Juneteenth
Joe Madison Show
Sirius XM radio
Wed Jun 19, 8a-8:40a, free

Social Media Continues to Upstage
Traditional Media

According to a study by Marketing General of association marketing habits that Marketing General distributed at the 2013 ASAE Marketing, Membership and Communications conference, the top four social media that associations officially use are:

  • Facebook – 85%
  • Twitter-76%
  • LinkedIn (Public Access)-54%
  • YouTube-52%

Falling out of favor is MySpace at only 1%.

Balance Interactive distributed a Social Media Handbook and Guidelines booklet. Click here if you are interested in getting a pdf copy. (We will forward the handbook to POH subscribers at no cost).

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First Gambian Accepted to US Military Service Academy

ali sumbunduAli Sumbundu has become the first Gambian accepted into a U.S. Military Service Academy.  US ambassador to The Gambia Ambassador Alford (right) honored  Sumbundu  for his acceptance to the  U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.   The Air Force Academy only accepts about 10% of its applicants, with only a handful of international students being offered admission every year.

The Academy’s core curriculum includes courses in basic science, engineering, social sciences and humanities. Cadets take additional elective courses to complete requirements for one of 31 major areas of study. About 60 percent of the cadets complete majors in science and engineering; the other 40 percent graduate in the social sciences and humanities.   The Academy’s goal is to provide cadets the knowledge and character essential for leadership, and the motivation to serve as Air Force career officers.

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