Hampton Jazz Festival Announces 2009 Lineup

Friday, June 26 at 7:30p
Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds; George Benson; Ledisi; Jazz Attack featuring Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, and Richard Elliot

Saturday, June 27 at 7p
The O’Jays; Michael McDonald; Fantasia; The Forte Jazz Band featuring Brian Pinner

Sunday, June 28 at 2p
Patti Labelle; Robin Thicke; Chuck Brown, Keiko Matsui

Win Free Hampton Attraction Tickets

You can win a pair of Hampton Day Pass Attractions tickets. Each ticket is a combination pass to six Hampton attractions: the Virginia Air & Space Center, Riverside IMAX® Theater, the Hampton History Museum, the Miss Hampton II Harbor Tour, the Hampton Carousel and the Bass Pro Shops® Rock-Climbing Wall.

Each ticket is valued at $16.50 to $31 for ages 12 to adult, and $12.50 to $21 for youth ages 4 to 11 depending upon the season you use the tickets. From November - March, the package does not include the Miss Hampton II and the Carousel.

To win a free pair to tickets, send us an email with the answer to the following question:

What was the name of the forgotten explorer that C.R. Gibbs wrote about in the Feb - April 2009 print issue? This person was the first Black man in recorded history to cross the American continent north of Mexico in the early 1800s.

We will select three winners from the entries with the correct answer. If there are no entries with the correct answer, we will choose from the remaining entries. We will select the three (3) winners April 15.

Click here to enter the free drawing



Museum Hold Yard Sale in Alexandria, VA

The Alexandria Black History Museum will have a “second time around” yard sale Saturday, April 18 from 8:30a. to 1:30p. The sale supplements the museum’s youth programming such as the annual Teddy Bear Tea, story telling hours, and craft workshops. The museum is at 902 Wythe Street. There is plenty of free parking.

Spring Opening Celebration: Anacostia Art Gallery and Boutique

The Anacostia Art Gallery and Boutique’s Spring Opening Celebration starts Thursday, April 2 and ends Sunday, April 5 from 11a to 7p. All activities including poetry readings, book signings, performances, and refreshments are free. The Boutique is at 2806 Bruce Place SE, Washington, D.C. 20020. For more information call 202.610.4188.

Same-Sex Marriage Gathers Steam in New England

While California lawmakers are still debating the legality of same-sex marriage, legislatures in several New England states (northeastern United States) are in the midst of deciding whether to legalize same-sex nuptials says Diversity, Inc. (Massachusetts and Connecticut have already legalized marriage for gay and lesbian couples.)

So why is same-sex-marriage legislation gaining steam in New England? "One of the advantages of New England is that we share geography and media markets, so folks in other states have seen marriage in Massachusetts for five years and can see the good," said Lee Swislow, executive director of the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, in a Boston Globe interview.

Historically, New England has led the nation at repealing sex and marriage restriction laws.
Pennsylvania repealed its laws barring Black and Whites to marry in 1780 and Massachusetts in 1843.

In 1913, Jack Johnson, who became the nation's first Black heavyweight boxing champion 100 years, was convicted of violating the MannAct by having a consensual relationship with a White woman. Sen. John McCain is now seeking a presidential pardon for the deceased Johnson. All bans on interracial marriage in the United States were lifted only after an interracial couple from Virginia, Richard and Mildred Loving, won their landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1967.

The Williams Institute of the UCLA School of Law has released a series of studies that examined the economic impact of same-sex marriage in Vermont and Maine. Click here for the full report and others.

Photo:  Jack Jackson and wife.

Remembering John Hope Franklin


News of John Hope Franklin’s passing at the age 94, brought many e-mails to Port of Harlem’s e-mail box. "We have lost a strong supporter and a dear friend," wrote Dr. John E. Fleming, Association for the Study of African-American Life and History National President. "He has left a void in the world of history that will not soon be filled."

Bennett and FranklinPeggy Seats, Founder/CEO The Washington Interdependence Council, added that the council,
“was privileged and honored to have the King of African-American History, the illustrious
Dr. John Hope Franklin, serve as National Honorary Chair of the Benjamin Banneker commemorative for over a decade. We are saddened, and will greatly miss his regal presence and wisdom.” One of his books, From Slavery to Freedom, is considered a core text on the African American experience, more than 60 years after its publication.

Photo:  Historian and former Ebony magazine associate editor Lerone Bennett, Jr. joined well-wishers to celebrate historian John Hope Franklin’s 90th birthday in Washington, Friday, April 15, 2005.  In his praise of Franklin, Bennett recalled reading Franklin’s From Slavery to Freedom.  “It changed what I thought I could do with my life,” he said.  Franklin penned the book in 1947, when he was only 32 and Bennett was 19.  The Washington Interdependence Council organized the celebration.


POH Cover Model Wins

International Award

Donna Smith, who graced our August-October 2008 print issue, was the recipient of the Achievers Award at the 4th African International Media Summit (AIMS) in Addis Ababa in mid March. AIMS is a critical conversation about the re-branding of Africa and the portrayal of Africans in the media.

Smith is also one of 99 women included in the book Go, Tell Michelle: African-American Women Write the New First Lady. Her latest POH contribution, “Working for the Dogs,” is in the current print issue.

Looking for a copy of Port of Harlem, try

Attitude Exact Gallery on Barrack’s Row

in Washington, D.C.

Underground Railroad Free Press Releases Special Issue

The March issue of the Underground Railroad Free Press features seven international Underground Railroad executives, writers and others reflecting on the remarkable transition from the era of slavery and the Underground Railroad to the election of Barack Obama. In his contribution, POH Publisher Wayne Young writes about the reaction Gambians had toward Obama’s election and the United States. (Many of the Underground Railroad passengers were descendants of Gambians).


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