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Louis Gossett Jr. at the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Associates presents an evening with actor Louis Gossett Jr. Saturday May 22, 7p in the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center (1100 Jefferson Drive S.W.). Gossett will reflect on his career and the challenges he faced as an African American actor in the 1950s and 1960s with Dwight Bowers, curator of music, sports and entertainment at the National Museum of American History. Film clips and stage stills will illustrate his reminiscences.

Tickets for the Smithsonian presentation are $25 for general admission and $15 for Associate members. For tickets and information, call (202) 633-3030.

Theo Hodge, Jr. M.D.

Anita Baker Creates New Album

Anita Baker has just started work on a new album in Nashville, planned for release by Blue Note Records later in 2010. "I'm going to Nashville to mix it up, shake it and see what comes out," says the eight-time Grammy winner in her press release.

Baker will be producing the album with George Duke, Nathan East and Daniel Moore, recording in Nashville in part because, as she explains, "they still know how to make a record in analog."

The album will include Baker's collaboration with Snoop Dogg on a "big, lush" version of Curtis Mayfield's "Give You My Love" that she promises "is going to raise eyebrows." The rest of the album will be original material.

The Gambia -
Africa’s Smiling Coast

Letter from The Gambia to Port Of Harlem:

I am Matarr Joof’s brother, the boy you sponsor in the Gambia, My name is Edrissa Sarr. Our parents were so glad about your visit to our home. They all greet you. How is Washington, DC USA? Thank you.

mataar joofNote: Over the years many Port of Harlem readers have sponsored the education of children in The Gambia and received a card from them every year. A British group provides most of the school’s funding for buildings and equipment. We will resume recruiting new sponsors once we help the Gambians and our British counterparts reconstitute the school.

Photo 1: Mataar Joof’s grandmother and sister.

ebrima bittayePhoto 2:

Port of Harlem Publisher Wayne Young wears his new custom made coat created by tailor Ebrima Bittaye (mobile number 703-2611), at Bittaye’s shop at 21 Spalding Street in Banjul.



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Build/Renovate Your Own Castle IV

genell andersonPort Of Harlem magazine hosts Build/Renovate Your Own Castle IV, Saturday, June 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the exquisite Honfleur Gallery, 1241 Good Hope Road, SE.During thefree seminar homeowners and future homeowners will mingle and learn from experts on how to make their home their castle.

The Line-Up of Presenters and Topics

• Architect Genell Anderson – “What You Must Know about Building in the City”

• Mortgage consultant Noel Shepherd – “Where Can I Get the Money?”

• Contractor Jabah Nash – “Save Energy. Save Earth. Save Money.”

• Art collector and dealer Barry Lester of Attitude Exact Gallery – “Collecting Art to Beautify Your Walls and Benefit Your Pocket”

• Design principals Sherry Ways and Susan Featherstone-Schemm of Design Scheme Interiors – “How to Design a Beautiful Space”

Chief Greg of The Secret Ingredient will provide refreshments and a taste of Grilled Moroccan Chicken on Skewers that Port Of Harlem features in the May – October 2010 print issue.

Click Here To Reserve Your Seat!

Debunking Five Common Mortgage Misconceptions

By Noel A. Shepherd

noel shephardThe national mortgage industry has experienced unprecedented change during the past two years, which has resulted in a number of popular consumer misconceptions regarding the availability of home financing.


Don’t believe everything you hear, however. For people considering buying or selling a home – or both – it’s important to take a good look at some of the most prevalent mortgage rumors making the rounds, because you’ll quickly discover there’s more to the story than meets the eye. The truth is, with rates at near-historic lows and good deals on properties to be found everywhere, it’s a buyer’s market, and there may never be a better time to buy.


Mortgage Misconception #1: There’s no money available for home loans.

While it’s true that the recent credit crunch temporarily affected the mortgage markets, the 2009 credit market has progressively improved for homebuyers. In fact, many established homeowners have already seized upon the opportunity to refinance to lower interest rates. These “refis” prove that savvy consumers can do more than survive in a tough market – they can improve their long-term financial outlook and save thousands over the life of their home’s financing.

Learn more from Shepherd and others during their 20-minute interactive presentations at Build/Renovate Your Own Castle IV. The event is free.

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barry lesterAttitude Exact Gallery on Washington’s historic Barracks Row will feature the art of Shaunte Gates at its 22nd annual art sale. “We will celebrate with fine art, fine music, fine conversation, and fine libation” says art dealer Barry Lester. Executive Chefs Mark and John Woods will prepare the culinary delights.

Works by Gates have appeared in Port Of Harlem including the November 2004 - January 2005 cover. Most recently Gates created “Transcending,” a limited edition in honor of Howard University’s 140th anniversary (140 limited edition paintings are on sale for $500 and 25 canvas prints are $1500 from the law school at 202-806-8177.) Lester is featured at Port Of Harlem’s upcoming Build/Renovate Your Own Castle IV.

The sale is Saturday, May 15 from 5p to 11p at 739 8th Avenue, SE across the street from the Marine Barracks.

Photo:  Barry Lester of Attitude Exact.

survey iconIt will lead to profiling; just like they've done to us and never stopped,” wrote one Snippets reader. The reader was part of the 60 percent of all readers who think that the Arizona Immigration law is not a good one. However, one reader who thought the law is a good one wrote, “When your basement is being flooded with "water" you don't go down there looking for "dry" spots.”

This week’s question:

If you were a U.S. Senator would you confirm Elena Kagan's appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court?

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