Readers on "This is America" | Senior Sex Poll Results | Opportunity Act
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Surprisingly, "Golden Nuggets For Life," is one of the best books I have read so far this year.
A Love Not Returned
My children never had to go to daycare; I was always there for them . . . I came here for rehabilitation, but I have been here over a year now.
Interesting, diverse things to do - Win Tickets to see "Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies."
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Port Of Harlem Readers on Donald Glover and "This Is America"
By Wayne A. Young
Entertainment with a conscious makes a big splash.
Last week, he hosted Saturday Night Live
(SNL). This week, his thought-provocking video "This Is America
" is one of the most popular on the internet, with more than 50 million views.
His name is Donald Glover and though he joked about being actor Danny Glover's father on SNL, the two are not related. (Danny is much older than Donald, anyway.)
"It is brilliant, deep, and extremely powerful!" said Port Of Harlem reader Sy- Rah Nefertari about the much talked about video. "It was truly art imitating life. A painful reality!" she continued.
Glover also created and stars in the cable and satellite television channel FX TV series "Atlanta," and plays Lando Calrissian in the upcoming "Solo: A Star Wars Story." "Atlanta" just ended its secondseason with executive producer Hiro Murai, who also serves as the show and video’s director. Murai, moved to the U.S. from Japan at age 9 and says rap is a part of his life.
For his rap and singing persona, Glover goes by the name Childish Gambino. The most memorable part of the opening of Gambino’s "This is America" is his choosing to be shirtless and exposition of his dramatic dancing abilities, which was in great contrast to his comical hosting and skit acting on SNL.
The video quickly moves into his pulling out a gun and shooting a person in a white shroud. The blood platters and a second person comes and carefully takes the gun away. It was only after the third viewing that I noticed the contrast of how the gun was handled with care and the body was "dragged" away.
"It was truly art imitating life. A painful reality!"
-Port Of Harlem reader Sy- Rah Nefertari
"Add this video to the "Atlanta" TV series and the last album and it's clear that Glover is building a brilliant resume," added Port Of Harlem reader Kenneth Carroll.
Watching Glover on SNL and later the "This Is America" video reminded me of how creativity continues to evolve. He was a hit in both creative productions that I have seen, but it took more than a "third" look to only
somewhat "get it."
National Poll: Most Older Adults Like Their Sex Lives
Romantic relationships are important to well-being and quality of life at any age. While sex is an integral part of the lives of many older adults, this topic remains understudied and infrequently discussed. In October 2017, the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging asked a national sample of adults age 65–80 about their perspectives on relationships and sex and their experiences related to sexual health.
Most older adults (76%) agreed that sex is an important part of a romantic relationship at any age. Men were more likely to agree (84%) than women (69%). Two in five (40%) indicated that they are currently sexually active.
Sexual activity decreased with age (46% age 65–70, 39% age 71–75, and 25% age 76– 80). Men were more likely to report being sexually active compared with women (51% vs. 31%) as were those who self-reported that their health was excellent, very good, or good compared with those with fair or poor health (45% vs. 22%).
About half of those with a romantic partner (54%) and 7% of those without one reported they are currently sexually active. The vast majority of those who were sexually active (92%) reported that sex is an important part of a romantic relationship.
"All the Women In My Family Sing
" is the first anthology I have paid much attention to in some time. I am not sure why. Nevertheless, I was elated to see a contribution by former Port Of Harlem contributor Robtel Neajai Pailey
("In a World Obsessed with Passport Tiers.")
The anthology includes stories from a variety of women of various backgrounds including Tammy Thea ("Escape from the Cambodian Killing Fields") and my favorite, sorry Robtel, by Ugochi Egonu ("African in America.")
As I read Egonu’s work, I thought I was really listening to a performance poet. "Wow!" I was thinking. Then, I read her biography at the end of the piece and yes, she was a finalist in the 2015 Bay Area Teen Poetry Slam and the BBC featured her on its "Africa’s Out" radio program. Great job!
Surprisingly, the second book we are featuring, "Golden Nuggets For Life
," is one of the best books I have read so far this year. What makes the surprise even more remarkable is that it is a small, self-published book. The book contains 28, mostly very well written stories about the interactions dental hygienist Sonya Dunbar has with her clients.
It’s almost a throwback to The Delany Sisters' "Having Our Say," but with the people and their stories being so varied, the diversity of the wisdom and truths make this book a bit more enriching.
"Momma" on page 14 is the story that initially hooked me. As I kept turning the pages; however, "A Love Not Returned," stuck with me and has not let me go. We reprinted the story below.
A Love Not Returned
Ms. Penman was singing Sunday School songs to me and quoting some of her favorite scriptures. She always enjoyed our dental visits because she was a Sunday School teacher for over 30 years, and she saw me as a student during our visits.
After one of her dental visits, she began to tell me her story:
"I was married 50 years to a wonderful man. We have four beautiful daughters, and each of them have very successful careers. My husband never made me work because he said the most important job I could have was to be a great mother, and that I did.
Each morning before my children went to school, they had a hot breakfast and a healthy bagged lunch for school. Each night we ate a home-cooked meal together as a family. I was the classroom mother and the volunteer at every field trip. My children never had to go to daycare; I was always there for them.
We celebrated each holiday in a big way. Not bragging, but we always had the best house in the neighborhood at Christmas. People would stop and stare and make special trips just to see our home. My husband would take his time to place every Christmas light and decoration just right; he always took great pride in his work.
Well, two years ago my husband died, I lost my best friend, but I still had my beautiful daughters.
Last Christmas, I was putting up Christmas lights thinking about how nice our home used to look when my husband would decorate for Christmas when I slipped and broke my hip. I came here for rehabilitation, but I have been here over a year now. The doctors said I cannot live alone again. I never put my children in daycare why did they put me in one?"
When she said that, tears began to fall from her eyes. I could tell she was heartbroken.
Tarana Burke and Others on Bill Cosby
In response to Bill Cosby’s conviction, Tarana Burke, #MeToo Movement founder, told Colorlines:
- "This feels like a victory for survivors to some degree. It feels like we might be entering a new reality where folks can come forward and be seen and heard and believed and actually see some recourse. Seeing these women running out of the courtroom overcome with emotion was heartwrenching. I hope they sleep well tonight knowing that their voices and stories and bodies matter."
- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced to Jezebel that it was expelling Bill Cosby (and Roman Polanski) from its membership:
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors met on Tuesday night (May 1) and has voted to expel actor Bill Cosby and director Roman Polanski from its membership in accordance with the organization’s Standards of Conduct. The Board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity.
- Umar Johnson seemingly has different thoughts. He will hold "The Public Lynching of Bill Cosby: Black Men, Mass Media, and the Myth of the Innocent White Female," talk at The Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage, 1816 12th Street in Washington, D.C. The lecture is $30 Sunday, May 13 at 6p.
Senator Tim Scott Promotes Little Known Tax Provision
Black Americans for a Better Future
hosted a luncheon with Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) to talk about the Opportunity Act legislation he sponsored as part of the recently passed Republican tax bill.
Scott hopes the new law will spur investment in underserved communities by deferring capital gains taxes on the initial investment for ten years plus any gain made on the investment itself - - forever. He called it, "a manifest of hope."
Unlike Enterprise Zones, "this does not seek more government dollars but our dollars," he said overlooking the fact that a delay or lost in capital gains taxes to the government is a lost to its coffers.
Individuals and groups of individuals can take advantage of this opportunity he explained at the luncheon in Washington.
When confronted by a Black Republican seeking Scott’s support for his candidacy, Scott replied, "I don’t support all Black Republicans. I don’t support all Black people." Scott explained to the candidate that he must get to know the candidate before deciding whether to grant him or her his support.
"Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies"
@The Atlas Performing Arts Theater
1333 H St, NE
Now till Sun, June 3, $
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14 & P Streets, NW
Now through Sun, Jun 17, $
The Prostate Health Education Network
(story of a widowed father and his sons,
living in a fractured relationship, coming
together when faced with prostate cancer)
Reid Temple AME Church
11400 Glenn Dale Blvd
Glenn Dale, MD
Sat, May 12, 6:30p-9p, free
"Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy Is Failing to Deliver
Economic Growth and How to Fix It"
Politics and Prose Bookstore
5015 Connecticut Ave, NW
Sat, May 12, free
Film: "Served Like a Girl"
Busboys & Poets
2021 14th Street. NW
Sun, May 13, 5:30p-7:30p, free
Second Sunday's Jazz
The Kristine Key Quartet Musical Experience
Anacostia Art Center
1231 Good Hope Road, SE
Sun, May 13, 3p, free
Drag Salute To Motown Twisted
3439 Benning Road, NE
Sun, May 13, 6p-10p, $
Film and Discussion Rosenwald
(co-sponsored by the Alexandria Black History Museum)
201 South Washington Street
Wed, May 16, 7p-9:30p, free
Ramadan Food Boxes Giveaway
America's Islamic Heritage Museum
2315 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, SE
Thu, May 17, noon-4p, free
Grace Jones Turns 70 Celebration
The Tavern at Fire Station 1
8131 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD
Sat, May 19, 5p-9p, $30-$35
Baltimore Ceasefire Citywide Saging Event
Pick a location and clear that negative and stagnant energy
Fri, May 11, 12:01a-11:59p, free
Third Annual Aquatorium Pizza Party
Aquatorium - Marquette Park
6918 Oak Ave,
Fri, May 18, 5:30p-?, $25
Gary South Shore RailCats Opening Day
I Stadium Plaza
Fri, May 18, 7:10p, $
Black Power Women of Brixton Walk
Sun May 20, 1p-3p, $
New York/New Jersey
Newark Symphony Hall
1020 Broad Street
Sat, May 12
Competition: 5p, Performances: 7p, $55-$65