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My Everyday Hustle
My Everyday Hustle
The series features a dog walker, street cart vendor, on-demand driver, courier, and subway performer that are all working hard to just get by.
 
How Hospitals Got Richer Off Obamacare
Hospitals have seen their revenue soar while cutting back on the very givebacks they were touting, according to a POLITICO analysis.
 
Five Ways to Stay Safe While Jogging
I highly recommend the Tigerlight D.A.D. It has police grade pepper spray, a flashlight, and a GPS alert system that activates when you deploy the pepper spray.
 
Black, Gray, and Gay: The Perils of Aging LGBTQ People of Color
Mary's House is one of several Aging with Pride community partners around the United States.
 
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My Everyday Hustle

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“My Everyday Hustle” offers five fascinating first-person profiles that reveal the struggles, successes, and “daily hustle” of everyday people. Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America produced the original series with each episode running approximately three to six-minutes.

Chasing the Dream is a WNET-New York multi-platform public media initiative. The public television initiative aims to provide a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society. 

The series features a dog walker, street cart vendor, on-demand driver, courier, and subway performer that are all working hard to just get by. They are an integral part of the fabric of any city, including New York.

Who are the people behind these jobs? How do they make ends meet in one of the most expensive cities in the nation? Is the American dream achievable for them? Learn about the everyday hustle for these New Yorkers and how they support themselves and their families and how they see themselves “Chasing the Dream.” Here are three of the short stories:


Learn about the everyday hustle for these New Yorkers and how they support themselves and their families and how they see themselves “Chasing the Dream.”

My Everyday Hustle: The On-Demand Driver

My Everyday Hustle: The Street Cart Vendor

My Everyday Hustle: The Dog Walker

Episodes still to come are "The Courier" on Thursday, August 3 and the "The Subway Performer"on Friday, August 4. (Since Chasing the Dream will release these after our publication, we will include links to them in the next Port Of Harlem, Thursday, August 17 - - don’t miss them, signup now.)

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How Hospitals Got Richer Off Obamacare

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A decade after the nation’s top hospitals used all their advertising and lobbying clout to keep their tax-exempt status, pointing to their vast givebacks to their communities, they have seen their revenue soar while cutting back on the very givebacks they were touting, according to a POLITICO analysis.

Hospitals’ behavior in the years since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provided them with more than 20 million more paying customers offers a window into the debate over winners and losers surrounding this year’s efforts to replace the ACA. It also puts a sharper focus on the role played by the nation’s teaching hospitals – - storied international institutions that have grown and flowered under the ACA, while sometimes neglecting the needy neighborhoods that surround them . . .

To put that another way: The top seven hospitals’ combined revenue went up by $4.5 billion per year after the ACA’s coverage expansions kicked in, a 15 percent jump in two years. Meanwhile, their charity care - - already less than 2 percent of revenue - - fell by almost $150 million per year, a 35 percent plunge over the same period.

Hospitals justify the billions of dollars they receive in federal and state tax breaks through a nearly 50-year-old federal regulation that simply asks them to prove they’re serving the community. (Some states have taken a stricter approach for their tax breaks.) And while hospitals acknowledge that their charity care spending has fallen - - pointing to the fact that a record number of Americans are now insured under the ACA - - some leaders say the trend could reverse itself if the ACA is repealed . . .

Walk five minutes off the (Johns) Hopkins campus in downtown Baltimore and you’ll arrive at the city’s Madison-East End neighborhood, where the poverty is both visible - - cracked sidewalks, empty storefronts and more than three times as many vacant lots per house than in the rest of the city - - but also silently killing residents. The death rate in the neighborhood is 30 percent greater than the rest of the city and mortality from cancer, stroke, and heart disease is more than twice as high.

One striking figure: The life expectancy rate in Madison-East End is less than 69 years. That’s lower than the life expectancy in impoverished countries like Bangladesh, Turkmenistan, and North Korea. It’s also subtly at odds with the message Hopkins sells to the rich patients it courts from around the world, encouraging them to come to a hospital that’s akin to a health mecca, even if it’s actually located in a rundown area.

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Five Ways to Stay Safe While Jogging

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In April 2016, two young female joggers were brutally murdered within a week of each other. Karina Vetrano was killed while on a run near her home in Howard Beach, Queens. In the small town of Princeton, Massachusetts, Vanessa Marcotte was found strangled less than half a mile from her mother’s home. Both were assaulted by strangers. In July of the same year, Ally Bruegel of Michigan was fatally shot while out on a jog. Below are five tips to keep you safe on your runs.

1) Know Your Route. Being familiar with your route will help you identify abnormalities or deviations in what should be expected. Every environment, and every person, has what is known as a baseline of what is normal noise and behavior. Note any changes, such as a car repeatedly driving by or an unknown person or a hazard along your route. Stay alert and don’t be taken by surprise when there is a change.

2) Pay Attention to Your Surroundings. In order to identify potential danger or a hazard, you need to monitor your surroundings. It’s another way of saying keep your guard up, but it’s not about being hyper vigilant or paranoid. Think of it like a low-level hum of mental activity, like when you look both ways before crossing the street. As you jog, don’t zone out and get lost in thought. Scan your surroundings, and be aware of who and what is around you, including behind you.

3) Listen to Your Intuition.  Intuition is knowing something without knowing why. If you get an uneasy feeling about someone or something, heed that internal warning. 80% of your brain is dedicated to the subconscious and you are constantly receiving input that could alert you to a danger. Do a tactical pause and ask yourself, how does my body feel?  An intuitive feeling could reveal itself by an uneasy sensation in your gut or the hair on the back of your neck standing up or a lump in your throat.

4) Don’t Give Away Your Auditory Power. If you wear earbuds, you will not be able to take in sounds that may identify a danger or hazardous situation. The brain processes sound much faster than the eyes, as much as 20 to 100 times faster. Listen for noise behind you, and don’t text or chat on the phone while running. If you must wear earbuds, I suggest that you use only one ear bud to give you a slightly better advantage.

5) Self-defense Device. I highly recommend the Tigerlight D.A.D. It has police grade pepper spray, a flashlight, and a GPS alert system that activates when you deploy the pepper spray. It will alert your contact list that you are in danger and give them your GPS location. Most importantly, it wraps around your hand. Your body has an autonomic reaction when you are surprised, and your hands will automatically open. The Tigerlight D.A.D will remain in your hand. This device is also durable enough to be used as a bludgeon.

Use commonsense and be aware of your surroundings when you run, especially if in isolated areas. Don’t let yourself be surprised by blasting music in your earbuds and missing cues from your environment. If you do notice something unexpected, stay alert and monitor whatever caught your eye. Trust your intuition and if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Consider running with the Tigerlight D.A.D. so you are never completely isolated and your contact list will be aware if something happens to you. Practice safe habits for healthy and secure runs. 
  
Steve Kardian is a certified New York State/FBI defensive tactics instructor and author of “The New Superpower for Women.”
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Black, Gray, and Gay: The Perils of Aging LGBTQ People of Color

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Cecelia Hayden Smith, 72, knows exactly how she wants to live out the remainder of her golden years: lounging lazily on the porch of a cozy house tucked along a quiet, treelined street in Washington, D.C.

She’d greet her partner each morning with a homemade country breakfast, and their afternoons and evenings would be filled with lively games of Spades and Bid Whist with a dozen or so housemates - - all fellow LGBTQ elders.

“I’ve already picked out my rocking chair,” the retired substance abuse counselor quipped. “Just call me ‘Mama C,’ and make sure my room is in the front, so I can always see everything going on, and I’m happy.”

For now, her dream is in stark contrast of her reality. She and her partner of 30 years, a 78-year-old woman whose names she prefers not to mention, have had health challenges, forcing them to live on a fixed budget in pricey Washington, D.C.

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Note:  Mary’s House is expected to open in Southeast Washington and is one of several Aging with Pride community partners scattered around the United States.
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We welcomed the suggestion on what to cover in Port Of Harlem including more history-based articles and to be mindful of the number of prison-related articles we publish. From a suggestion made by subscriber Donna Smith, we are having Port Of Harlem New Subscriber Day, Thursday, August 24 at 11a. See the following article for details.
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Taken from a suggestion made in the recent Port Of Harlem survey by Port Of Harlem subscriber Donna Smith, the almost 22-year-old magazine will host a New Subscriber Day, Thursday, August 24 at 11a. At the time, you will receive an email asking you to forward it to five (5) friends suggesting that they join you as a reader.

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