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August 9 - August 22, 2012


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Yes, Boise!

By Wayne A. Young and Elizabeth C. Banks

Before former Port Of Harlem editor Elizabeth Banks started her third and educationally intense year in medical school, we decided to take an uncle-niece trip. Having traveled separately to Europe, Latin America and Africa, we were looking for a new challenge. A late start made visiting Finland and India too expensive. After looking into visiting North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana, we headed for Boise. Yes, Boise, Idaho!

This will be my third trip to the third largest city in America’s Northwest. I love Boise’s big city amenities packaged in a small, extremely clean and safe town. At most, I looked forward to a float down the Boise River in an inner tube with Elizabeth and her experiencing this city built where the Rocky Mountains meet the dessert.

Elizabeth: The first thing that struck me about Boise was how nice the people were. Everyone had a smile, said hello and loved to strike up a conversation about anything under the sun. As we made our way from the airport to downtown where we would be staying at the Hampton Inn, I was awed by the pristine city set against breathtaking mountains. Friendly people and beautiful landscape; who could want more?

Wayne: The hotel was one of the two best Hampton Inns I have experienced. After checking into the hotel, we walked to the Cottonwood Restaurant, mainly to taste buffalo and elk.

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Invisible Man Coming to
Studio Theatre

Invisbile Man at the Studio Theatre - WashingtonStudio Theatre will be the home of Invisible Man starting Wednesday, September 5.  The play, based on the classic novel of a young African American’s search for his identity by Ralph Ellison, is coming to Washington after a successful five-week run at Chicago’s Court Theater.

In Chicago Theater Beat, Scotty Zacher wrote, “In his adaptation for Court Theatre, he (Oren Jacoby, a 2004 Oscar nominee for the documentary “Sister Rose’s Passion”) creates a remarkably faithful rendition of the Ellison novel. Directed by Christopher McElroen, Invisible Man traces the journey of the never-namedtitle character from his idealistic high school years to his video buttonsadder, wiser adulthood. Geographically, the piece moves from the Deep South to Harlem, the protagonist ultimately discovering the power and the curse of being invisible. (Click Video for Preview)

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Election 2012

President Obama with batNo, You Didn't Build That ALONE

“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help,” Obama said. “There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else (helped make) made that happen.”

New Government Agency Forces
Bank to Make Refund

As a result of enforcement action by the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Capital One Bank must refund $140 million to two million customers who were pressured or misled into paying for "add-on products" such as payment protection and credit monitoring when they activated their credit cards. CFPB was established as part of the Wall Street reforms President Obama signed into law two years ago.

ObamaCare Kicks in More

As of August 1, thanks to Obamacare, all health insurance providers are required to cover the entire cost of preventive care for women.

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AIDS HealthCare Foundation Pushes Obama

During a press conference during the International AIDS Conference representatives pushed their Change AIDS Obama
campaign that questions whether President Bush had a better record fighting AIDS than President Obama. However, the representative was very slow to explain how he can compare Bush’s spending on AIDS as he pushed the country into debt and Obama’s slowing of spending on most items while dealing with the debt and, he added that he didn’t think Mitt Romney had an AIDS record or proposal.

Same-Sex Issues Up Front Again

The Democrats will place a marriage equality plank in their official party platform.  Polls show two of every three Democrats support marriage equality.  The Rev. Williams Owens,  president and founder of the Coalition of African-Americans Pastors, says he has started a campaign that could derail the re-election of the nation’s first Black president because of Obama’s support  for same-sex marriage.

In an unusual move, the Chick-fil-a president and COO Dan Cathy  said “We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit." The row over same-sex marriage saw thousands of people flocking to the fast food restaurant chain last Wednesday, while same-sex couples turned up at the fast-food chain last Friday for public displays of affection.

When Florida's Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll attempted to deflect questions about an alleged same-sex encounter with a female subordinate by telling a local news outlet that Black lesbian and bisexual women "don't look like her,"  the National Black Justice Coalition launched a campaign with the Twitter hashtag #whatablacklesbianlookslike and  Black lesbian, bisexual and same-gender loving women across the country began tweeting their photos.  Carroll finally apologized, calling her comments "wrong and inexcusable."

Port Of Harlem featured Carroll in the May - July 2006 issue of Port Of Harlem that focused on Personal Responsibility. She wrote on the issue from a Republican point of view while current DC mayor Vincent Gray wrote from a Democratic perspective.  Kemba Smith was the cover woman.

Bush Tax Cuts Still an Issue

After the Democrat controlled Senate, with the blessing of President Obama, passed a bill to continue the Bush Tax cuts for the lower 98 percent of taxpayers, the Republican House took the opposite position and passed a bill to extend the tax cuts to the 98% plus the 2% of the wealthiest Americans. Adding the tax cuts to the 2% of the wealthiest will cost the nation $1 trillion.  Under the Democratic bill no one’s tax bill will increase on their first $250,000 in earnings.  The median American household income is $50,020 per year.

African Peoples' Response to HIV/AIDS at
2012 AIDS Conference

Humans have been using condoms for at least 400 years says the Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council, one of hundreds of vendors at the 2012 AIDS Conference held in late July in Washington. The organizations represented the various facets involved in the fight to eradicate HIV/AIDS.

female wearing female condom wig and dressWhile most groups encourage the use of male and/or female condoms to combat the transmission of HIV/AIDS, some groups such as the Uganda Ministry of Health also encourages the controversial practice of circumcising males.  And one of those protesting the Ugandan stance was IntactAmerica, which says such groups could better spend their money on education, testing, and the distribution of condoms.  The controversy was in keeping with a question asked by Secretary of State Clinton during the conference "What would an AIDS conference be without a little protesting?”

Other celebrities in attendance included Sheryl Lee Ralph, Danny Glover and Elton John. “The AIDS disease is caused by a virus, but the AIDS epidemic is not. The AIDS epidemic is fueled by stigma. By hate.  By misinformation.  By ignorance. By indifference,” said John.

Given the stigma, hate, misinformation, ignorance and indifference toward AIDS and those who have the disease, various groups from around the world discussed how they approach eradicating the disease:

  • A Washington, DC Response
  • Some African Responses
  • Sex Workers, Cops and Condoms
  • $5 to $8 for a “Feel” in China
  • Grandma Has AIDS by Theo Hodge, Jr MD

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Things to Do

The Exposure Group African American
Photographers Exhibit

Penn  Camera
12266-F Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD
Through Sat, Sep 8, free

BZB Fashion Clearance
All Fashions MUST Go, Boutique Remains Open
2806 Bruce Place, SE
Washington, DC
Fri, Aug 10-Sun, Aug 11, 11a-6p

83rd Annual Bud Billiken Parade
39th & Martin Luther King Dr to
Washington Park
Chicago, IL
Sat, Aug 11 10a, free

Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria Convention
Wyndham Orlando Resort, Orlando Florida
Thu, Aug 9-Sun, Aug 12, $

Richmond Jazz Festival
Richmond, VA
Fri, Aug 10-Sun, Aug 12, $

25th Annual Sunflower Blues & Gospel Festival
Clarksdale, MS
Fri, Aug 10;Sun, Aug 12, $

Malian jewelry artist Oumar Cisse
1524 U Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
Sun, Aug 12, 11a-7p, free

20th Annual African American Culture & Heritage Festival and Parade includes honors to Senegambian-American Martin Robison Delany, the father of Pan-Africanism
Main Street, Charles Town, WV
Sat, Aug  18, noon, free

Festival following the parade
301 South Lawrence (Martin Delany Way)
After the parade, free

Guided Canoe Trip
American Chestnut Land Trust
Warriors Rest Sanctuary
Port Republic, MD
410-414-3400, 410-414-3402
Sat, Aug. 18, 3p-6p, $15 donation


genell anderson on POH cover
The DC Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects awarded two-time POH cover woman Genell Anderson the 2012 Professor of the Year award.  She also owns the AMAR Group.
Dr. Rahn Bailey
Dr. Rahn Bailey (left) was installed as the 113th president of the National Medical Association. Dr. Bailey will represent 50,000 African-American physicians and is also head of the Department of Psychiatry at historically Black Meharry Medical College.
Gabrielle Douglas
Gabrielle Douglas (above) of Virginia Beach, VA, (and whose maternal grandparents raised her mother in Gary, IN) is the first African-American in Olympic history to become the individual all-around champion and the first American gymnast to win gold in both the individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympics.
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