October 1 - October 14, 2009


Black Females Murdered by Men Are Most Often Killed With Guns


Black females murdered by men are most often killed with a gun, almost always by someone they know, according to new the Violence Policy Center (VPC) report "When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2006 Homicide Data." The study uses the most recent data available from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) unpublished Supplementary Homicide Report and is released each year to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

According to the study:

  • In 2007, 579 black females were murdered by males in single victim/single offender homicides. Black women were murdered at arate nearly three times higher than White women: 2.87 per 100,000 versus 0.99 per 100,000. Ten percent of black female victims were less than 18 years old.
  • Firearms--especially handguns--were the most common weapon used by males to murder black females in 2007. For the 520 homicides where the murder weapon could be identified, 54 percent of black female victims (281 victims) were shot and killed with guns. Of these, 79 percent (223 of 281) were killed with a handgun.
  • Where the relationship could be determined, 88 percent of Black females killed by males in single victim/single offender incidents knew their killers (464 of 527). More than seven times as many Black females were murdered by a male they knew (464 victims) than were killed by male strangers (63 victims) in single victim/single offender incidents in 2007.
  • The number of black females shot and killed by their husband or intimate acquaintance (152 victims) was more than twice as high as the total number murdered by male strangers using all weapons combined (63 victims) in single victim/single offender incidents in 2007.

  • Most often, Black females were killed by males in the course of an argument--most commonly with a firearm. In 2007, for the 473 homicides in which the circumstances between the Black female victim and the male killer could be identified, 85 percent (404 out of 473) were not related to the commission of any other felony.

VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand states, “These findings alarmingly demonstrate how domestic violence can escalate to homicide. More resources need to be made available to protect women and prevent such tragedies."



Inner Light Celebrates Opening of New Church Building

Rev. CheeksInner Light Church celebrates the moving into their new church home, 1912 Q Street, SE; Sunday, October 4 with services starting at 11a.


Help Wanted

Nail Tech, Barber, Braider, Hairstylist
Another Level, at 7028 N Patrick Street (Patrick and Madison Streets), Alexandria. Call Yvonne Wanzer, 703-299-3063 for more information.

Entertainment Editor - For Port of Harlem magazine. The person must be a good writer with minimal assistance needed in making interview contacts. Send an e-mail to publisher@portofharlem.net.

Backup Graphic Artist - For Port of Harlem magazine. The person must be able to create print ads and web banners. Send an e-mail to publisher@portofharlem.net.

Doll Show -

The Mall at Prince George’s

Doll makers will set up shop at the Black Doll Show & Sale, Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2009 at The Mall at Prince Georges, 3500 East West Highway, Hyattsville, Maryland. The special event is from 10a to 9p and admission is free.



Jewelry Designer Anthony Driver at the New Eastern Market


The renovated Eastern Market is now open and jewelry designer Anthony Driver, who is best known for bold silhouettes and hammered metal adornments couldn't be happier. “People are out enjoying themselves and business has picked up,” he says.

In addition to his creations, Driver now carries products created by 125 women in Ugandan refugee camps and marketed by the non-profit Paper to Pearls.

Eastern Market is also now home of the city’s first public 24-hour WiFi spot. Hot spots allow those with a computer, personal digital assistant or other equipment with digital Wi-Fi capability to connect to the Internet for free.


Flu and Pneumonia Shots

Now Available at Grubbs Pharmacy

  • The Flu shot is $25
  • The Pneumonia shot is $50

Medicare part B patients are covered for both shots.

Click her for specific times and dates that the protective shots are available. Grubbs Pharmacy is on the corner of 4th and East Capital Streets. Free street parking available on all streets surrounding the store.


Senate Health Care Debate

Gets Personal

A Senate Finance Committee debate on requiring insurance companies to cover maternity care demonstrated how different Senator can think:

Sen. Jon Kyl, R-AZ: "I don't need maternity care."

Sen. Debbie Stabenow D- MI: "I think your mom probably did."

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