Free Shuttle to Anacostia Museum & Gallery

A free summer shuttle that transports visitors between the National Mall and the Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum offers weekend service through Sept. 20. Shuttle Anacostia picks up riders Saturdays and Sundays from the Smithsonian Castle, the National Air and Space Museum and the Anacostia Metro Station beginning at 10a. Riders can also visit the Frederick Douglass Historic Site, which is included as a stop on the shuttle as it loops back to the Castle.

The last bus leaves downtown at 1:20p. The last bus leave theAnacostia Museum at 3:05p and the Frederick Douglass home at 3:15p.

Riders can also take a short walk from the museum to the Anacostia Boutique and Gallery.

Interested visitors are directed to shuttle stops marked by promotional signage featuring mannequins and displays from the exhibitions currently on view at the museum, "Jubilee: African American Celebration" and "Separate and Unequaled: Black Baseball in the District of Columbia."



Nigerians Hold 22nd Convention in Metro Detroit

The Motor City is expecting about 3,500 guests for the 22nd Annual Akwa Ibom State Association of Nigeria (USA). The convention starts Thursday, August 13 and runs until Sunday, August 16.
The association promotes cultural preservation and economic development among its members and Akwa Ibom, one of 36 Nigerian states. The association has 25 chapters in the USA.

Traditional Media Challenged

One of the biggest challenges facing traditional media is the competition coming from nontraditional media and nontraditional journalists such as On The Spot Production (OTSP).

OTSP produces talk show programming where guest discuss newsworthy topics with a focus on economic empowerment and political enfranchisement via

the Internet.

1st International Culinary Festival of the Caribbean

Santiago de Cuba will host the 1st International Culinary Festival of the Caribbean September 20 - September 25. Chefs, enologists (winemakers), nutritionists, and specialists from diverse culinary arts fields will converge in Cuba for

the festival.


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Black History Museum


Aretha Aretha will perform at the Alexandria Black History Museum Saturday, August 8 as the exhibit "The Fine Art of Jazz" closes. The performance starts at 7p. Admission to the special performance is $20.



Colors of Life

Photography Exhibit

The Exposure Group African American Photographers Association presents “Colors of Life,” a juried exhibition through Monday, September 7, 2009 at the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, 1201 17th Street, N.W. in Washington, D.C.   The museum is free and open Monday to Friday 10a to 5p.

“Colors of Life” showcases the photographic work of the association’s members including portrait artists, photojournalists, documentary, and fine art photographers. The exhibition coincides with the release of the Association’s first photography book, “Colors of Life” and Port of Harlem’s August - October 2009 issue with extra pages on “The Art of Photography.”

Copies of the book are available during the “Meet the Artists” reception Thursday, August 20, from 6:30p to 8:30p at the Charles Sumner School. This event is free.

The exhibition is cosponsored by Port of Harlem magazine and is dedicated to the late African Cuban photographer, instructor, and Port of Harlem contributor Nestor Hernandez Jr. The exhibition also features photographs taken by children at his photography workshops in Washington, D.C.; Accra, Ghana; Pinar del Rio, Cuba; and Gary, Indiana. The magazine included the images in its “Our Children Our World” exhibit, which was the official event marking Gary, Indiana’s 100th Anniversary.

Directions: Red Line Metro (Farragut North) or Blue/Orange Line Metro (Farragut West)



Coming Up: Atlanta, Alexandria, Gary

The 3rd Annual Atlanta Arts Festival - is a professionally-juried fine arts event that will fill Piedmont Park with color and life, Saturday and Sunday, September 12 -13, 2009. The festival brings to the drawing board 200 local and nationally recognized artists from an eclectic mix of 12 mediums, including jewelry, painting, photography, ceramics and sculpture, leather and metal, glassblowing and more. The event is open Saturday from 10a - 7p and Sunday 10a - 6p and is free.

TV Preview - Bronx Princess in Alexandria
- Bronx Princess follows headstrong 17-year-old Rocky's journey as she leaves behind her mother in New York City to reunite with her father, a chief in Ghana, West Africa. Filmed during the tumultuous summer between high-school and college, Bronx Princess tells Rocky's coming-of-age story. By confronting her immigrant parents' ideas of adulthood, Rocky reconciles her African heritage with her dream of independence.

“This film is as much about parents learning to let go and trust their training as it is about children learning to appreciate their parents’ efforts and sacrifices, and bicultural children learning to appreciate their unique identity,” writes entertainment editor L.M. Gipson in the August - October 2009 print issue of Port of Harlem.

Port of Harlem magazine and the Alexandria Black History Museum will preview Bronx Princess Thursday, September 10 at 7p followed by a short discussion.   Free. PBS will broadcast the 40-minute movie Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 10p EST.

TV Preview - Bronx Princes in Gary - Port of Harlem magazine and the Gary Public Library will preview Bronx Princess Thursday, September 17 at 6p followed by a short discussion.  Free.






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