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Play Obama Jeopardy

from WUSA-TV 9 Washington, DC USA

Test your knowledge about U.S. President Barack Obama and previous presidents in this Jeopardy-style campaign. Start the game by clicking anywhere on the game board below and enjoy! (When you finish return to Snippets to get your update of news and information from Port of Harlem magazne.)


Let’s Go on Vacation

click the cover to read the new print issue's cover story

Find out how Leanora Henry has made the world her retirement home as she tells of her travels to Bali, Indonesia. Are there Blacks in Boise, Idaho USA? Publisher Wayne Young finds out while floating down the pristine Boise River and learn what you can find in Bimini, The Bahamas with Richard Scott.

T. Michael Colbert, one of our most popular contributors, shares more light on his life behind bars. Why Buy a Home Now? The next print issue of Port of Harlem provides the answers. And guess who turned 40?: The Dance Theater Harlem . . . read how former dancers stay fit and actress Kim Coles' thoughts on being single.

TRUTH Revealed

By Donna Smith

On April 28, 2008 at the US Capitol Visitor’s Hall, Sojourner Truth was recognized and honored as an American hero. Regaled by distinguished members of Congress including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, as well as beloved celebrities Cicely Tyson (who performed a rendition of the famous speech) and Yolanda Adams, the show was clearly stolen by the presence of First Lady, Michelle Obama.

Mrs. Obama, who instead of wearing a classic and elegant business suit in the vain of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (tangerine pant suit) and Congresswomen Sheila Jackson Lee (cream skirt suit), or majestic and proud like most of the African American women in the audience (all styles from authentic African to designer wear), decided to sport an unassuming black dress with a simple stripe design at the bottom and patent leather belt and shoes to match.

As always with Michelle Obama, it was her moving words that pierced the hearts of the over 1000 attendees at the event. “Now many young boys and girls like my own daughters will come to Emancipation Hall and see the face of a woman that looks like them. All the children who visit the Capitol will hear the story of a woman who endured the greatest of humanity’s indignities. They will hear the story of Sojourner Truth, who didn’t allow those indignities to destroy her spirit. She fought for her own freedom then she used her power to help others.” Mrs. Obama emphasized the latter part of that statement to the children in the audience, particularly the students who performed at the program. "I hope that Sojourner Truth would be proud to see me, a descendant of slaves, serving as first lady of the United States,” she stated.

The bust was sculpted by African American artist, Artis Lane.  In 1851, Sojourner Truth, who changed her name from Isabella Baumfree, gave her famous speech at the Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio. ‘Ain’t I a Woman?’ was a moving appeal to reverse the tradition of treating White men with privilege and women of all races as inferior. (Read Heterosexism and Male Privilege May -July 2007 print issue)

Inner Light Ministries Fundraiser

Inner Light Ministries, which currently worships on H Street, NE, is raising funds to buy property in which to create a new church home. “We welcome all donations large and small toward this amount to support the manifestation of reality,” says Bishop Kwebena Rainey Cheeks, leader of the congregation. Click here to read a recent contribution to the print issue of Port of Harlem by Bishop Cheeks and the church’s contact information.

Images of African American

Worship Experience

Photographer, author and Port of Harlem cover photographer Jason Miccolo Johnson talks about his book, Soul Sanctuary: Images of th African American Worship Experience, a collection of photographs documenting predominantly African-American churches across the United States. His talks Saturday, May 16 11a-1p at the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, 1901 Forte Place, SE 202-633-4875. Free.


3rd Annual Passport to Africa:

May 17 - 24

Wednesday, May 20
African Film Night
Acclaimed Kenyan film "From a Whipser"
50 Massachusetts Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20002

Thursday, May 21
Fashion/Trunk Show
The Muse Nightclub & Lounge
717 6th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Featuring some of the best African

designers in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area

Friday, May 22
South African Wine Tasting
Sponsored by Africare
Africare House
440 R Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Must be 21 to attend
RSVP required

Saturday, May 23
Museum Tour
National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20560

Sunday, May 24
4th Annual Ultra White Party
1350 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20002
$20 BEFORE 11p - purchase advance tickets now!
Doors open promptly at 10PM

Harlem Book Festival


Saturday, July 18 11a to 6p

rain or shine

West 135 Street

between Malcolm X Blvd (6th Ave/ Lenox Ave) and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd (7th Ave)

in the same block as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Take Subway 2 or 3 to 135th Street

  • Visit Creole Cafe - from the book fair take  #3-downtown, exit W.116th Street, walk east to E 116th Street to 3rd Avenue





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