port of harlem magazine

October 6 - October 19, 2011


Women, War & Peace on PBS


leymah gboweeThe five-hour series, Women, War & Peace, which spotlights the stories of women in conflict zones in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Colombia and Liberia premieres Tuesday, October 11 at 10p on PBS. Two episodes which might be of particular interest to Port of Harlem readers are:

Episode two: Pray the Devil Back to Hell (Tuesday, Oct. 18, 10p)
This is the inspiring story of the Liberian women, led by activist Leymah Gbowee, who took on the warlords and the regime of dictator Charles Taylor to bring peace to their country.

Episode four: The War We Are Living (Tuesday, Nov. 1, 10p)
Narrated by Alfre Woodard, the film focuses on two extraordinary Afro-Colombian women who are fighting to stay on their gold rich lands.


Theo Hodge, Jr. M.D.

Readers Feedback on Increased Interracial Marriages

I was really excited to learn that interracial marriages have significantly and rapidly increased. Being a biracial man who is a product of a (Black -White) marriage which began in the mid 40s, I feel that the increase in interracial marriages might someday lead to a Brown race in America, which would reflect true integration and eventuate in a dissolution of racism. This is absolutely terrific news, man!

J. Durante
Southport, NC


U.S. Congressman: My Faith: Rep. Keith Ellison, from Catholic to Muslim

(click the image for the 3.49 minute video)

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Caribbean-Americans on BET Awards

Jamaican American rapper Busta Rhymes along with Barbados’ Rihanna and Trinidad & Tobago’s Nicki Minaj are among this year’s nominees at the sixth annual BET Hip Hop Awards.

Rhymes is up for Best Hip Hop Video for his collaboration with Chris Brown and Lil Wayne while Rihanna has also been nominated in this category twice – for Love the Way You Lie with Eminem and All of The Lights with Kanye West.

Rhymes is also nominated for Best Live Performer while Minaj is up for Lyricist of the Year as well as MVP of the Year, CD of the Year and Hustler of the Year, along with her label boss, Lil Wayne.

The awards will return to the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta, Saturday, October 1 with the Network premiere on Tuesday, October 11 at 8p.


By the Boardwalk:
Artist Lennox Warner


mike tyson portraitUnder the gleaming neon of Atlantic City’s casino lights there are pockets of African people living and creating in Atlantic City. One such resident is visual artist Lennox Warner.

Lennox, a native of Montserrat, West Indies, uses multiple mediums: wood, clay, plaster, cast glass, acrylic and oil paint to create intriguing pieces that captivate the cerebral and visual senses. While visiting his home studio, I was taken by a three dimensional piece that focused on the brutal beauty of pugilist Mike Tyson. The 72 x 72-inch piece displays a boxing ring, a bas relief of Tyson’s image and framed in carefully placed marbles of varying sizing. Upon a closer look there are small glass tiles that are spaced and decorative. mike tyson portrait Ironically, Lennox was creating art before he realized that he was an artist. “I did not realize that I was an artist until about five years ago when people started calling me an artist. My primary goal and only goal is to create art,” he says.

Pieces of Lennox’s work are in a group show at Atlantic Cape Community College, New Jersey, January 21 to February 17, 2012.

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Showdown: JFK and the Integration of the Washington Redskins

 Historian Thomas G. Smith’s retelling of the showdown between the Redskins and the White House in Showdown: JFK and the Integration of the Washington Redskins includes some of the biggest names in sports and politics of the era—from John F. Kennedy to Jackie Robinson, as well as deeply influential figures like former NFL Commissioner Peter Rozelle and one time Redskins head coach Vince Lombardi, well-known players Ernie Davis and Bobby Mitchell, and star Washington Post sportswriter Shirley Povich.

Alphabet Kids - Fantastic!

alphabet kidsSecond only to books by Eric Velasquez, the Alphabet Kids embody the spirit of Port Of Harlem. When I accepted the request for the publicist to send me copies of the books, I thought I was only getting the one book in the series that featured something cool for Black kids that I specifically requested. However, I ended up with the whole series and loving it! The series honestly looks at diversity and tolerance in realistic and fun settings.

oni's good hair dayIn Oni’s Good Hair Day, a non-Black child discovers that Oni’s hair is different. In the world of weaves and bleach blonds, Oni begins to doubt her beauty. When she goes home to her Continental African parents, she is quickly reminded that African hair is natural and it’s absolutely beautiful. But, while the scenario is simple, the storytelling is at the pace that children can relate to and the tale naturally unfolds to the “teachable moment.”

Alphabet Kids Online Drawing Pad - Your Kids Will Love This

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Things to Do

Baltimore Black Pride
Fri-Mon, Oct 7–10, times vary

sherry waysGet Your Mind Right and Energy Soaring Using Feng Shui Interior Colors with Sherry Ways
Imagine Wellness and Yoga Center
3120 Belair Drive
Bowie, MD
Sat, Oct. 8 1p- 3p, $25

6th Annual Richmond Folk Festival
Sat-Mon, Oct. 8-10, free

c r gibbsC.R. Gibbs Historical Lectures
11a-12p - Blue Print for Justice: the International Impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
1p to 2p - Facing the Rising Sun: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Africa
African American Civil War Freedom Memorial and Museum

Fri, Oct 14, free

Harvest Festival
The Tommy Brown Sports Association
2805 W 141st St.
Blue Island, IL
Sat, Oct 15, 10a-4p

2011 DC College Fair
Washington Convention Center
Tue, Oct 18, time varies
preregistration required for some


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