August 18 – August 31, 2016
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||New Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Opens|
The Chanute Aquatorium Society will officially unveil a replica of the World War II Red Tail fighter that the famed Tuskegee Airmen flew Saturday, August 20 in Gary, Indiana.
||Win Tickets to Blackberry Daze
You can be one of two Port Of Harlem subscribers who will win a pair of tickets.
||Back to School – Your Support Is Needed Now
For just $75, you can provide one or more of 21 deserving, young Gambians a school uniform, a pair of shoes, books, lunch (daily for one full school year), and a school bag.
||Ancient Egyptian Technology May Get Used in Modern Hospitals
They have found a simple, and very old, fix that could reduce inpatients' chances of infection.
||NYC’s Last Milk Processing Plant Closes; 273 Lose Jobs
The shutdown reflects trends in the milk business as consumers changed buying habits.
||Vote USA 2016
Test yourself on Voting Rights laws, link to vote registration in your state
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New Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Opens
The Chanute Aquatorium Society will officially unveil a replica of the World War II Red Tail fighter that the famed Tuskegee Airmen flew Saturday, August 20 in Gary, Indiana. The replica will be hoisted on top of a 35-foot-tall pole in front on the Gary Aquatorium on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan where Octave Shanute experimented with flying machines before the Wright Brothers made their successful flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
“The Tuskegee airmen originally trained at Chanute Air Force base, which was named after Octave Chanute,” says Jan McLaughlin, Aquatorium Society Manager. The west wing of the Aquatorium is dedicated to Chanute. The east wing is dedicated to the Airmen.
Shanute provided many budding enthusiasts, including the Wright brothers, with help and advice, and helped to publicize their flying experiments. A replica of Shanute’s glider rest on another pole on the opposite side of the Aquatorium where the Red Tail will rest. The Aquatorium was once a bathing house and now services a multi-use community center.
However, when choosing how else to memorialize aviation history, the group showed deference to Gary’s population. “Since the City of Gary is 80 - 85% African American, we felt this important history of the Tuskegee airmen should be known,” added McLaughlin. In addition, “One of the Aquatorium's founding members and secretary, Quentin P. Smith, was an original Tuskegee airman,” she explained.
In addition to the Mustang fighter, nicknamed “Red Tail” after the airmen painted the planes’ tails red, the Aquatorium features a Tuskegee Airmen statue and small museum.
In addition to the Mustang fighter nicknamed “Red Tail” after the airmen painted the planes’ tails red and the center's Tuskegee Airmen West Wing, the Aquatorium features a Tuskegee Airmen statue and small museum in the center's west wing.
Tuskegee Airman Robert Martin, 97-years-old, will be at the ceremony to share his story. Martin flew 46 missions and was shot down over Yugoslavia. The events start at 7p. Tickets start at $50
Win Tickets to Blackberry Daze
TC Carson (Kyle from TV’s Living Single) and Roz White (Black Pearl Sings!) lead in Metro Stage’s Blackberry Daze. You can be one of two Port Of Harlem subscribers who will win a pair of tickets to see the play running through Sunday, October 9.
Set at the end of “The Great War”, a small Virginia town is rocked by secrets and betrayal as Herman Camm, a seductive gambler, weaves his magic on the lives of three unsuspecting women, Mae Lou, her daughter Carrie, and Pearl, a blues singer at the local juke joint.
With original music by veteran MetroStage collaborator William Knowles and lyrics by long-time MetroStage collaborator Thomas W. Jones II, this world premiere musical adaptation of Ruth P. Watson’s romantic mystery thriller Blackberry Days of Summer is set to be a unique theatrical experience.
As a Port Of Harlem subscriber, you can have a chance to win a pair of tickets by clicking here.
To enter, use the email address we use to send you Port Of Harlem (We will randomly select two winners from all entries that have e-mail addresses that match one in our subscription database.)
We will select two winners on Monday, August 22, 2016. We will then send the winner an e-mail to confirm the winning selection, he or she then has 24 hours to claim the free tickets by e-mail. If we do not get a confirmation by Tuesday, August 22, 2016, we will draw another winner
and continue to process until we have two winners.
The musical runs Thursday, September 1 through Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, at MetroStage, 1201 North Royal Street in Alexandria, Virginia. Street and lot parking is free.
Back to School – Your Support Is Needed Now
You remember when school started. You needed shoes, clothes, books, and supplies.
School is now tuition free for students the Port Of Harlem Gambian Education Partnership (POHGEP) sponsors in The Gambia, West Africa, but many are still in need. For just $75, you can provide one or more of 21 deserving, young Gambians a school uniform, a pair of shoes, books, lunch (daily for one full school year), and a school bag.
If you sponsored a child last year, we will assign the same child to you this year. As a donor, past or new, you will receive a picture and note from your child during the upcoming Christmas season.
POHGEP is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charity. Your donation is
100% tax deductible.
We have already reached $732 in donations. We still need:
- Scholarship – Female: 8 sponsorships for females ($600)
- Scholarship – Male: 4 sponsorships for males (we started off with more females than males in need) ($300)
- POHGEP General: $425 for general fund for other programs such as our matching their contributions to shipping cost for donated goods we ship to them for their discount second hand fundraising sales (if you would like more information about his self-help program, e-mail, Facebook, or call me, 202-583-3438)
- If you can make only a smaller donation, please donate any amount to our general fund, we will bundle your needed donations with others to make up any shortage for scholarships.
Our goal is to raise the funds by Wednesday, August 31, 2016.
Please note that the Gambian economy is experiencing inflation, which makes life more challenging for the families of these children. Since the United States Dollar ($) has been rising against the Gambian Dalasi (D), sponsorship costs in dollars is the same as it was last year. The cost of uniforms, for instance, rose from D550 to D650 (but because of the strength of the dollar, that is still about $14.80).
Click Here to Donate Now
Ancient Egyptian Technology May Get Used in Modern Hospitals
No matter where in the world you find yourself, hospitals are filled with bacteria and viruses and potential infections for patients. Constanza Correa and her colleagues believe they have found a simple, and very old, fix that could greatly reduce inpatients' chances of infection - - replacing bedrails with copper.
Cassandra D. Salgado, MD, who, besides being a hospital epidemiologist and associate professor of medicine, is also the medical director for infection prevention at the Medical University of South Carolina, explains
NYC’s Last Milk Processing Plant Closes; 273 Lose Jobs
The closure of New York City’s Elmhurst Dairy
this fall will mark the first time since the nation’s largest city was called New Amsterdam that no one will be processing milk within city limits, according to the company.
CEO Henry Schwartz said that the company had “no other option”. He added, that more than 20 milk processing plants have closed in the city over the last 25 years.
The shutdown reflects trends in the milk business as consumers changed buying habits amid concerns about fat and cholesterol. Andrew Novakovic, a professor of agricultural economics at Cornell University, told The New York Times milk consumption peaked in the late 1940s and has declined sharply in the last few years, to about 120 pounds per person in 2015 from about 240 pounds per person in 2010.
“People for whatever reason are not consuming as much milk as they were 30 and 40 years ago,” said Schwartz, whose father and uncle started the dairy in 1919. “My family was dedicated to trying to keep the plant open long past the years that it was economically viable.”
The closure, set for the end of October, will put more than 270 people who worked at the facility in the borough of Queens out of work.
“We know the company has been having difficulties, the whole industry has,” Demos Demopoulos, a union official that represents the dairy workers, told The New York Daily News.
“They pulled the rug out from underneath us,” Lorenzo Segui, a utility worker at Elmhurst for 27 years, told The New York Post. “I thought it was going to last forever. You could actually see it was going to close, just by the way everything was being handled, but you never really expected it.”
Schwartz said the company said it would work with local officials to transform the 16-acre dairy site, possibly into a hotel or entertainment complex.
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- Black Church Endorses Donald Trump
Roland Martin talks with Apostle Thomas Rodgers and his daughter, Katrina Rodgers, the Executive Secretary of Antioch Road to Glory International Ministries about their support of the GOP presidential nominee.
Hand to God
14th and P, NW
extended through Sun, Oct 2, $20-$70
1201 North Royal Street
Thu, Sep 1-Sun, Oct. 9, $55-$66
DC State Fair
Storey Park at NOMA BID
1st and L Streets, NE
(one block from the NOMA Red Line Metro stop)
Sun, Aug 28, 11a-8p, free
Dounouya: The Liberian Women's Chorus For Change
Old Naval Hospital Foundation
921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Fri, Aug19, 7p, $12, $15 at door
Poetry Book signing,
Inheritance by Bro. Yao
(formerly of Karibu Books)
Sankofa Video Books & Café
2714 Georgia Ave NW
Sat, Aug 27, 4p-6p, free
Book signing: The Gathering of Men...
Greater Beulah Baptist Church
6056 Central Avenue
Capital Heights, MD
Tue, Aug 30, 6:30p-8:30p, free
New Africa 2016 Festival
Druid Hill Park
Sat, Aug 20, 12p-8p, free
Block Party On-Line Sew Along
Spyceware Sewing Center & Quilt Shop
Crown Point, IN
Wed, Aug 31, 9a
Whole Health Living: A Day of Wellness in Bed Stuy
Calabar Imports, Bed Stuy
351 Tompkins Avenue
Sun, Aug 21,2p-5p, free
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