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August 16 – August 29, 2018
 
 
 
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Mom Managing Diabetes with Fitness
At 68-years-old, my mother could have allowed diabetes to debilitate her life.
 
What's Happening With HR40 / Commission on Slavery and the University of Virginia?
With Conyers having stepped down over allegations of sexual misconduct, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) has become the bill's sponsor.
 
Port Of Harlem is Free, But . . .
However, if you want to contribute to Port Of Harlem, instead, we hope that you will contribute to the Port Of Harlem Gambian Education Partnership (POHGEP).
 
Maria and Rosetta Opens @ Mosaic Theater
And, one lucky Port Of Harlem subscriber will win a pair of tickets to the play that ends Sunday, September 30.
 
New York City Makes Progressive Moves
Lyft's vice president of public policy Joseph Okpaku charged that the cap could be harmful for communities underserved by yellow cabs.
 
Harmony of the Seas
Robotic bartenders in the Bionic Bar serve their signature drink and allow guests to create their own.
 
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Health

Mom Managing Diabetes with Fitness



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My morning routine usually consists of either exercise or yoga and then preparing for work. My 68- year-old mother, Cynthia Tucker, starts her day much differently.

Upon waking up, she has to check her glucose monitor to determine her blood sugar level. If her blood sugar level is high, she treats it using an insulin pump, a medical device that dispenses insulin.

My mother has diabetes. It is a disease in which the body's ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired. In short, the body does not properly process food as an energy source and either does not make enough insulin or is unable to use its insulin as well as it should. My mother says, "Controlling diabetes is a daily and life-long struggle. From the time I wake up in the morning, I have to be conscious of what I eat and my blood sugar levels."

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), African-Americans are 1.7 times as likely to develop diabetes as Whites. The CDC also notes that in the past 30 years, the prevalence of diabetes among African-Americans has quadrupled and the death rate for blacks is 27 percent higher than it is for Whites.

Diabetics either have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 is a condition where the body does not produce insulin. This type is usually seen in children, adolescents, and young adults. Type 2 diabetes, a condition where the body does not use insulin effectively, is the most common form of the disease.

Diabetes management for my mother includes consistent exercise, maintaining a low-carbohydrate and low-fat diet, taking insulin, and keeping her stress levels low.

My mother states "I have to plan my activities around my diabetes. I have to make sure I have enough insulin in my pump to last for whatever activities I'm doing.

"How long the insulin lasts, depends on what I do." She goes on to say, "Diabetes is a confining disease." While managing diabetes is an on-going struggle, my mother continues to make exercise a part of her treatment.
Most recently, my mother co-led "Temple Tune Up," a fitness session during our church's Sunday morning services for the entire month of July.
Three days a week she takes zumba and yoga at local community centers.  Until last year, she was part of a trio of zumba instructors teaching a Saturday morning fitness class at our church. Most recently, my mother co-led "Temple Tune Up," a fitness session during our church's Sunday morning services for the entire month of July. She led the congregation in dance moves that members could perform in their seats and gave them health and fitness tips.

"Exercise helps me to feel better. It helps give me energy and helps lower my blood sugar levels. I feel like I am helping my diabetes with exercise," my mom says.  
Her advocacy for fitness led to the Women's Ministry of our church asking her to led health sessions at their women's conferences. She talked about healthy juicing and the dangers of consuming too much sugar in your diet. At 68-years-old, my mother could have allowed diabetes to debilitate her life. Yet, she chose to continue to exercise to help manage her condition and share her passion for fitness with others.


Note:  Kennedra now teaches health and physical education in the Howard County (Maryland) Public School System and was just accepted into the University of Maryland's Educational Doctorate program in School System Leadership. Kennedra says that the inspiration to be a fitness instructor started with her mother taking her to her mother's aerobics classes as a youngster. We first published Kennedra in Port of Harlem while she was a senior in high school.
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What's Happening With HR40 / Commission on Slavery and the University of Virginia?

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Starting in 1989, former Representative John Conyers (D-MI) had introduced H.R. 40, Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, in Congress every year. The bill has never gone beyond the committee stage. With Conyers having stepped down over allegations of sexual misconduct, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) has become the bill's sponsor. 

Jackson-Lee told Port Of Harlem, "This is an important initiative to study and understand how this country's original sin, slavery and its vestiges, impacted and continues to impact African Americans a century after the civil war and decades after Jim Crow.  This is a critical and necessary first step."

Since 1867, at least five congresspersons have introduced reparations bills including Representative Thaddeus Stevens (R-PA). Steven's bill called for the confiscation of Confederate property for the benefit of "slaves who have been liberated by the operations of the war and the amendment to the Constitution." Various Senators introduced subsequent reparations bills in 1896, 1898, 1899, and 1903.

In a similar vein, after five years using a restorative justice model similarly used by the famous South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the University of Virginia released its President's Commission on Slavery and the University report.

A webpage documents the University of Virginia Commission's work as well as a link to the "2018 President's Commission on Slavery and the University Report to President Teresa A. Sullivan." Since the Commission started its work, the University has named buildings after the enslaved who helped build the university and created a self-guided walking tour that introduces some of the people, places, and events that shaped the early history of African Americans at the University. A video also provides an overview.
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Port Of Harlem is Free, But . . .

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Port Of Harlem remains free as many online publications struggle to try to increase their revenue equal to what it was before the coming of the Internet. To pay their expenses, they are limiting their on-line access to enourage readers to pay a fee for unilimted access. We hope to remain free. 

However, if you want to contribute to Port Of Harlem, instead, we hope that you will contribute to the Port Of Harlem Gambian Education Partnership (POHGEP).

POHGEP is a 501c charity. Your deduction is tax deductible.

The funds you share to do not benefit the magazine, but the more than 7,000 people POHGEP directly impacts in the Gambia, one of the most economically challenged countries in the world. Geography Now! has an interesting video on The Gambia, which is also the smallest country on the African continent.

We Need to Reach The Goal by September 1, 2018:

TOTAL Goal: $3,370 | We Raised: $1,925 | We Need: $1,090

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Maria and Rosetta Opens @ Mosaic Theater

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Mosaic Theater Company's fourth season begins with "Marie and Rosetta," Wednesday, August 22.  And, one lucky Port Of Harlem subscriber will win a pair of tickets to the play that ends Sunday, September 30.

The performance features gospel, blues, and rock n' roll music that tells the story of the first rehearsal between Sister Rosetta Tharpe (recently inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame) and her young protégée Marie Knight. Roz White, a Helen Hayes Award winner and frequent star at MetroStage, plays the vivacious, boundary-crossing Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Ayana Reed will play the young and talented but more traditional Marie Knight.

"I grew up in the same religious community as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Church of God in Christ, which deeply values music as a way to be moved by the Holy Spirit," said musical director Marcus Harper-Short, "so I feel a very close connection to her music and her story." Tharpe became the first artist from the Church of God in Christ to cross over to blues and other mainstream music.

"Many people don't realize that Rosetta Tharpe, a Black Queer Woman, essentially invented Rock and Roll music, and it is a true honor to be telling her story," added Ari Roth, Founding Artistic Director of Mosaic Theater Company. 

Sixteen performances of Marie and Rosetta will be followed by robust post-show discussions. Topics will include conversations about gospel and blues music, the burdens of Jim Crow laws on Black entertainers, the relationship between Black churches and other performances venues, the sexual identity of Rosetta Tharpe, and the connections between Tharpe and DC (her third wedding was combined with a concert and occurred at Griffith Stadium in the Shaw neighborhood).

Two of these post-show discussions will be led by local scholar and professor Gale Wald, whose book "Shout, Sister, Shout: The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe" inspired many parts of George Brant's script.

Note:  Click here to enter the drawing for a pair of free tickets. We will select a winner randomly Monday, August 20, 11a. The winner must respond by email by Tuesday, August 21, 11a with their name, address, telephone number, and their first and second choice of performance dates. If there is no response, we will select another winner. The winning email address must be in our free sign-up database as of Wednesday, August 15, 2018.
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New York City Makes Progressive Moves

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New York City had been collecting about $5 million per year from calls made by incarcerated people and their families - - often some of Gotham City's poorest residents. New York City inmates will be able to make phone calls free of charge when a new law goes into effect in about nine months. However, some say the move will allow gang members to continue to run their operations while behind bars. New York City is the first major city to adopt this policy.

Telephone Justice is a long-standing prison reform issue as reported in the November 4 - November 17, 2005 issue of Port Of Harlem. The high cost of phone calls behind bars was also the subject of a federal investigation under the Obama administration. According to the New York Times, The Obama administration capped the cost of prison phone calls in 2015, but last year a federal court struck down the capped rates, and the Trump administration elected not to defend them.

There are other aspects of the criminal justice system that punishes the poor for being poor including the bail bond system argues prison reform advocates. Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) has been a leading advocate of bail bond reform.

Lieu explained, "We cannot both be a nation that believes in freedom and equal justice under the law, yet at the same time, locks up thousands of people solely because they cannot afford bail. We cannot both be a nation that believes in the principle of innocent until proven guilty, yet incarcerate over 450,000 Americans who have not been convicted of a crime."

He continued, "Throughout the nation, those with money can buy their freedom while poor defendants stay behind bars awaiting trial. Further horrifying, many people decide to plead guilty purely to get out of jail because they cannot afford bail. America should not be a country where freedom is based on income. We are better than this." 

In another first move that changes the economic playing field, New York City is capping the number of for-hire delivery and transportation vehicles such as Uber and Lyft. The cap will last for at least 12 months while the city studies the booming industry. The policy change is expected to protect the income of traditional taxi drivers, many of whom are economically challenged.

Lyft's vice president of public policy Joseph Okpaku charged that the cap could be harmful for communities underserved by yellow cabs. "These sweeping cuts to transportation will bring New Yorkers back to an era of struggling to get a ride, particularly for communities of color and in the outer boroughs," he said in a statement. "We will never stop working to ensure New Yorkers have access to reliable and affordable transportation in every borough," he continued.

However, during the 12 month period, New York City could still grant licenses to for-hire wheelchair-accessible vehicles. The city's Taxi and Limousine Commission could also issue licenses in neighborhoods that ride-hail vehicles tend to avoid. Another bill that passed would establish a $15 living wage for drivers.
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Travel

Harmony of the Seas



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If there were ever a time to getaway this is it and if there were ever a place to have a total vacation experience it has to be a Royal Caribbean cruise aboard the Harmony of the Seas. Amazing, is a perfect word to describe this state-of-the-art marvel because the ship does indeed astonish and surprise you at every turn.

Even Harmony's statistics are awesome. Built in St. Nazaire, France, she is 215.5-feet wide, 1,188-feet long and has a total of 16 guest decks with 2,747 staterooms. It is designed to accommodate a total of 6,780 guests and 2,100 international crewmembers, approximately one crewmember for each 2.5 guests, to ensure unparalleled, personalized service. There are rooms and suites to suit all tastes and budgets and include inside, outside, balcony, handicapped accessible, and virtual balcony cabins.

Virtual balcony cabins are definitely an example of Royal Caribbean's dedication to cutting edge technology. Rooms without a balcony or window tend to allow guests to lower the expense of the trip but can make one feel slightly claustrophobic. That was rendered a nonissue with the debut of staterooms with a virtual balcony.

These rooms feature a floor to ceiling, wall to wall, 80-inch high definition screen that provides real-time views and sounds of the passing sea. Red Epic HD cinema cameras are located on the bow and the stern for optimum viewing. The projection includes a balcony and a railing to enhance the feeling of security and guests have the option of closing the drapes if the beauty of their surroundings overwhelms them.

Harmony of the Seas has more than 15 restaurants, including eight specialty restaurants that are themed to the seven neighborhoods on the ship. Together they serve more than 200 different meals and 340 brands of wine daily. The Bionic Bar and the Rising Tide Bar, located on the Royal Promenade, successfully segue from dining to entertainment. Robotic bartenders in the Bionic Bar serve their signature drink and allow guests to create their own. The Rising Tide Bar lets you enjoy a drink while floating gently to an upper deck and enjoy the view.

Dining and accommodations on board are wonderful but what really sets Harmony apart is the variety of adrenaline activating mini-adventures offered throughout the day during the length of your voyage and between ports of call. Two walls are available for rock climbing on Deck 6 or you can head up to Deck 16 to Zip Line nine decks high. Guests can also perfect their surfing skills on the Flowrider. The two most popular rides are The Perfect Storm, three connected water slides, Cyclone, Monsoon and Typhoon, and The Ultimate Abyss. The Ultimate Abyss is not for the faint of heart. During the 10-second trip you slide 10 stories prone on a padded cushion and it is intense.

If you are still in search of something to do there are Broadway-type shows and shopping for souvenirs from small shops to Cartier and Bvlgari. After all that fun, you can rest, relax, and rejuvenate at poolside or with the special services in the spa.

A sail aboard the Harmony of the Seas is an affordable destination, that provides unique opportunities for travelers seeking romance, adventure, a honeymoon, relaxation, or a getaway with family and friends - - even before you reach a port.
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Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum

Washington
Marie and Rosetta
Mosaic Theater
@The Atlas Performing Arts Theater
1333 H St, NE
Wed, Aug 22-Sun, Sep 30, 3p, $20-$68
PWYC Preview: Wed, Aug 22, 8p

Baltimore
What's Cookin', Mr. Banneker?
(Banneker's cabin will be open for visitors to come in and watch
food preparation techniques of the 18th century!)
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum
300 Oella Ave
Catonsville, MD
Sat, Aug 18, 12p-3p
Registration: 410-887-1081

Gary/Chicago
Miller Woods Hike
Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education
7-85 N Lake St, Gary
Recurring weekly on through Sun, Dec 9, 1:30p-3:30p, free

Detroit
African World Festival
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Fri, Aug 17-Sun, Aug 19, 11a-11p daily, free

Kampala, Uganda
Girl Talk Kampala
Kurb Roof Club
Thu, Aug 23, 5:30p-8p, free

Lagos, Nigeria
Africa Liberty Forum 2018
Eko Hotels and Suites
1415 Adetokunbo Ademola Street
PMB 12724 Victoria Island
Thu, Aug 23,8a-Fri, Aug 24,1p,$50-$250

New York
Hudson River Park Blues BBQ 2018
Pier 97
Hudson River Park
Enter at 59th Street
Sat, Aug 18, 2p-9p, free

World
7-Night Bermuda Cruise from Baltimore
Departure/Arrival:  Port: Baltimore
Thu, Oct 25,-Thu, Nov 1, $294+
More Info?: Daley Destinations

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Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Annual Legislative Weekend
Washington E. Washington Convention Center
Wed, Sep 12-Sun, Sep 16, free to $
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