port of harlem magazine

January 26 - February 08, 2012


Theo Hodge, Jr. M.D.

Washington, D.C. - Southeast

frederick douglass house washington, dcFor many Washington, D.C. tourists, a visit to the White House and the monuments along the National Mall are a priority. Seeing the White House is understandable, especially now that the Obamas live there. However, when my guests visit the nation’s capital, our tour begins in southeast Washington.

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champion services travel - group travel

Black and Missing . . . and
Missing from the White Media

Hassani Campbell
Missing Since: Aug 10, 2009
is not White, female, or blond, but is missing
from Good Morning America, the Today Show and others


Six years ago, it was Baby Jessica. Now, it's Baby Lisa. Yet, according to the U.S. government,
children of color make up 65 percent of all missing children cases; 42 percent of those are African-American, 23 percent Latino.

Derrica Wilson, a Washington, D.C.-area law enforcement officer, and her sister-in-law, PR specialist Natalie Wilson, started a website to help families of color find missing loved ones. Since 2008, on a shoestring budget, Black & Missing has helped recover 50 missing persons of color or their remains.

Now they are getting help says Wilson, “We have partnered with TV One’s new program Find Our Missing, so we have an additional platform.” She told POH that they are also working with radio’s Michael Baisden and the online magazine, Black and Married with Kids.

BMI Honors Kirk Franklin and Hezekiah Walker

hezekiah walker and kirk franklin

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) honored gospel giants Kirk Franklin and Hezekiah Walker at its 13th annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon in Nashville. BMI collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. Visit BMI for more pictures and videos from across musical genres including blues, urban and musical theatre.

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Election 2012

  • Mrs. Obama plans to appear on the Tonight Show Tuesday, January 31.

Obama is Not Jimmy Carter
While some Obama haters like to compare the President to one-termer Jimmy Carter, they fail to mention that the President does not have any major challengers in the Democratic primaries. On the other hand, Carter had to compete against Ted Kennedy and Jerry Brown in 1980. In the general election, Carter lost his reelection bid to Republican Ronald Reagan.

Mitt Romney on Wealth and Income
According to Mitt Romney, the nation's growing focus on income inequality is all about envy.
"You know, I think it's about envy. I think it's about class warfare," the leading Republican presidential candidate said on The Today Show. However, according to the Pew Research study, about 2 of 3 Americans believe there are strong conflicts between the rich and the poor. A number that has risen by 9 percent since July 2009. This was before Romney revealed that he pays about a 14% income tax rate.

  • Romney called $374,000, “not very much.”

  • Newt paid a tax rate of 32%

  • The Obama’s paid a tax rate of 26%

Newt on Blacks:
President Obama is the “food stamp president.”

The News Quiz - Test Yourself

Test your knowledge of prominent people, major events and other important facts in the news by taking this short 13-question quiz. Then see how you did in comparison with 1,168 randomly sampled adults asked the same questions in a national survey conducted Sep 30-Oct. 11, 2011 by the Pew Research Center.

Embassy Venezuela’s First Black History Month Art Contest

Taking a page from the African-American experience, The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Washington, D.C. is having its first Black History Month Art Contest - - an initiative aimed at promoting awareness about the advances and struggles of African Americans and Afro-Venezuelans.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson started Black History Month as Black History Week in 1926 during the second week in February (to coincide with birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas) to dispel the notion supported by many Europeans that Africans had no history.

The Venezuelan contest is open to all participants, regardless of age, nationality, or country of residence. Participants should present one original piece of artwork in any size using any materials desired (pen and ink, paint, collage, digital media, etc.). Entries should portray the shared struggles of the Black communities within our countries and evoke their achievements and the inspiration that can be taken from these struggles. The embassy says, “We encourage a focus on the lessons of history and the importance of fighting for social justice, inclusion and human rights for all. Submissions will be evaluated based on their originality and creativity as well as relevance to the topic.”

The winner will receive an iPod nano, a photo book about Venezuela and have his or her artwork displayed at the Bolivarian Hall (the cultural space of the Embassy of Venezuela) for all to see during their Black History Month events and cultural engagements in February 2012. Two runners-ups will also have their work displayed.

Please send submissions as JPEG or PDF files to: concurso@venezuela-us.org with the subject line: Black History Month Art Contest. They must be received before Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 5 p EST.

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port of harlem gambian education partnership

Slave Dwelling Project in URR Free Press

Joseph McGill, Jr., a program officer at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, launched the Slave Dwelling Project to identify and spend the night in as many slave quarters as he could find in order to draw attention to the need to identify and restore the nation's remaining slave dwellings.

Read the full story in the latest Underground Railroad Free Press.

African Awakening: The Emerging Revolutions

Writers and activists across the continent analyze the protests, strikes and other actions in Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Mauritania, Morocco, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Western Sahara and Zimbabwe as well as in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya in African Awakening: The Emerging Revolutions. 
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Things to Do

josephine at metro stageJosephine Tonight!
Metro Stage
1201 North Royal Street
Alexandria, VA
(free parking)
through Sun, Mar 18, $25 - $50

george colbertGeorge Dalton Tolbert IV
ALL ACCESS-The Life of an US Senate Photographer
Women’s National Democratic Club Luncheon
1526 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.
Thu, Jan 26, 11:30a-2p
Members $25, Nonmembers $30; Lecture only $10

On the Road to Freedom
with Charles Cobb
Sankofa Video, Books & Café
2714 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, D.C.
Thu, Jan 26, 6:30p, free

Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman
Series by Jacob Lawrence,
Hampton University Museum
11 Frissell Avenue
Hampton, VA
Mon-Fri- 8a–5p
Sat, Noon- 4 p
Closed Sun, major holidays,
campus holidays
Fri, Jan 27 - Sat Sep 8, free

Nash Run Trash Trap Cleanup
Anacostia Watershed Society
Sat, Jan 28
Anacostia Ave. NE and Douglas St. NE


c r gibbs

2012 African History and Culture Lecture Series - New Free Lectures Added


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