Portraits Alive! | Student Loan Saver | Fun @ Wig Out!
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July 20 – August 2, 2017
On The Dock This Issue:
Welcome to the Ball
With a full $8 Runway cocktail and buffalo chicken salad snack in hand, Studio Theater’s “Wig Out!” was fun, very entertaining, and educational.
Portraits Alive! at the National Portrait Gallery
Free performances of historical figures come alive as DC youth don costumes to look like their chosen sitters. The students perform their speeches in front of the portraits of the historical figures for visitors of the National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets, NW - - near Washington, D.C.’s the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro station. During the educational performances, the teens discuss the themes of equality, civic duty, social responsibility, and education.
The program provides DC teens an opportunity to work at the museum during the summer in partnership with the D.C. Department of Employment Services Summer Youth Employment Program. The Teen Ambassadors learn about portraiture by conducting research about an individual depicted in the Portrait Gallery collection and participating in writing and theater workshops with local playwrights. This years performers and the sitters they will portray are:
- Tyerek as Yarrow Mamout
- Perry as Ira Aldridge
- Katie as Belva Ann Lockwood
- Devon as Fredrick Douglass
- Roy as Fred Hampton
- Ayende as Elijah Muhammad
- Taniya as Rosa Parks
- Parker as Eunice Kennedy Shriver
- Nyasia as Marian Anderson
The free performances will take place Monday, July 31 through Friday, August 4 at noon and 1:30p.
The Gallery hosts a number of other interactive free programs including a recent one for toddlers that introduced them to Harriet Tubman. The six children who participated in the event saw Tubman’s portrait, got a copy of the portrait, was read a book about her, and made and colored a paper quilt representing one pictured in a book on Tubman.
Democrat Donors Buzz about Kamala Harris for President – 2 Accounts
Two reports on Senator Kamala Harris’ possible bid for U.S President in 2020 came from two different angles. Harris is of African and Asian Indian descent. The Californian is the second African female and the first Asian Indian Senator in US History.
From the Observer (Critical)
: The nomination of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin provoked criticisms over his tenure as CEO of OneWest Bank. In 2013, California prosecutors claimed to have discovered over 1,000 foreclosure law violations, but the California Attorney General’s office failed to file any action against the bank. At the time, Kamala Harris was California’s attorney general. Many questioned why Harris didn’t take any action given the evidence her office uncovered.
From The Hill (Exposé):
They see the former prosecutor-turned-California attorney general as embodying the qualities a Democratic presidential candidate would need to win the White House in 2020.
"She comes to Congress with immense credentials — a law enforcement official with a smart approach to taking on bad actors and protecting consumers. And she’s already broken through as bringing a unique voice in the Senate that is both substantive and relatable — which is hard to do your freshman year," said Ben LaBolt, a Democratic strategist and former spokesman for former President Barack Obama.
How to Pay Off Student Loans Faster—and Save
- Making extra payments can help you quickly reduce student loan balances.
- Refinancing your student loans may help you get a lower interest rate, which can lower monthly payments.
- To really boost your debt payoff, refinancing to a shorter loan term could have you out of debt in just a few years.
Paying down student loans can be a grind—with seemingly no end in sight. If you’re determined to pay off these loans quickly, consider these strategies, and hopefully save some money at the same time.
Baobab Youth Development Association Completes Second Footbridge
Baobab Youth Development Association (BYDA) president Buba Camara announced that the group of young adults has completed their second concrete foot bridge with funds from local sources. “At 255 feet, it is much longer than the first one” Camara said.
With funds from Port Of Harlem readers, like yourself, and local Gambian sources, the BYDA completed its first concrete footbridge in June 2014 in Nema Kunku. They built the new bridge in Nema Wasulu Kunda, both villages are south of the capital city, Banjul.
The local funds came from the Gambia Democratic Congress, one of the political parties in the West African nation. The Democratic Congress donated 100 bags of cement, iron rods, and D27,000 ($600).
The country recently elected a new president, Adama Barrow, who defeated the former president of 22 years. The former president then refused to concede the election, but was forced from office peacefully by a coalition of West African states.
Camara says they have had to replace the traditional footbridges made of tree stumps and planks every year. (See photo of the piers of a traditional foot bridge
.) The concrete bridges are expected to last several years.
Toumani Jassey, the Alkalo (chief) of Nema Wasulu Kunda, expressed gratitude for every one’s generosity. “When it rains, we cannot move out because of the water, our women and children cannot go to the market or school.” BYDA Vice President Awa Bah added, “It’s always been part of our mandate to help communities in The Gambia.”
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With a full $8 Runway cocktail and buffalo chicken salad snack in hand, I found Studio Theater’s “Wig Out!” fun, very entertaining, and educational. “Wig Out!” marks Academy Award winner (for Best Adapted Screenplay for “Moonlight,”) Tarell Alvin McCraney’s fifth production at Studio.
The entertaining experience is an exploration into a Black subculture, one that is often damned, but is slowly seeping into the mainstream (i.e., Auntie Maxine’s (Representative Maxine Water (D-CA)) use of the word “shade” to attack 45 and Ben Carson).
Some will find the show a challenge and characterize McCraney’s exposition of this subculture of Gay Black life as a perverted aid to White supremacy, (just as White nationalists will characterize all Black lives as a degeneration of White civilization), but “Wig Out!” explores the human need to be desired, accepted, protected, respected, and loved. And, as the love story between Eric (DC native Jaysen Wright) and Wilson (aka Nina) (Michael Rishawn) unfolds, even the notion of what is “male” is challenged and confronts the views of human sexuality held by many people.
The first half of the show is loaded with captivating drama and exposition from the members of The House of Light. With a 15-minute break before the second-half’s high powered pageant, you will have time to return to the cash bar for a second drink. But as expected from a show full of drag queens, the play delivers some lines more memorable than those served by Flip Wilson’s Geraldine: “Act your age, not your penis size,” and “Let’s get The House off the commode!” Some, zingers, however, must be a challenge for non-Blacks to understand, such as: “You know I was raised COGIC” (Church of God In Christ, a Black conservative denomination).
“The acting was very good,” added Khismet Wearable Art fashion designer Mille’e Spears
. “Rey-Rey (Jamyl Dobson) almost had me in tears when he was talking about being an old, aging diva.”
Even for those who have not missed an episode of Scandal, the sex scenes and nudity may make you squint or even move closer to the catwalk for better visual exploration. Spears agreed, “Some of the scenes were a bit explicit in sexual content, but the underlying messages are thought provoking and delivered in an intelligent and creative way.”
Nevertheless, for those wishing to move out of their comfort zone. have fun, and a very entertaining evening, with or without a cocktail, “Wig Out!” is much better than a good Beyonce weave.
Note: Us Helping Us Presents A Special Performance of "Wig Out
Sat, August 5, 2017
Local Experimental Female Filmmakers Who Rock! (Pat Doyen, A. Moon, and Rebecca Reynolds)
Old Greenbelt Theatre
Sun, July 23, 3p-5p, food pantry donation
Africa Festival of Arts and Culture (AFRIFEST) 2017
Sackville Landing / Wharf
1655 Lower Water Street
Fri, Jul 21-Sun, Jul 23, 4p-8p, free
Beginnings of African American Literacy
Richmond Public Library
101 E. Franklin Street
Sat, Jul 29,10:30a, free
Hampton Olfus, Jr.
Just Lookin' Gallery
40 Summit Avenue
Sat, Jul 22-Sat, Aug 26, free
Opening Reception Sat, Jul 22-Sun, Jul 23, 1p-7p
Igbo World Festival of Arts and Culture
Frontier Culture Museum
Fri, Jul 28-Mon, July 31