port of harlem magazine

February 09 - February 22, 2012


Male Menopause

theo hodge jrWhether you are a male or a female, you probably know something about the much talked about, much joked about female menopause. However, some doctors are starting to talk about the possibility of their patients having male menopause. While female menopause centers on a woman’s ovaries producing less of the hormones estrogen and progesterone, male menopause centers on a man’s testicles producing less of the hormone testosterone.

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Theo Hodge, Jr. M.D.

Josephine Tonight!: Entertaining

josephine at metro stageEntertaining! Josephine Tonight! was probably the best production I have seen at MetroStage.

While Metro Stage's production of Mahalia was enlightening and the production of Two Queens, One Castle was riveting, Josephine Tonight! combined great music, a great story line and Zurin Villanueva’s eagerness to capture Baker’s zeal to sing and dance.

The music was so good that even if you do not like Baker’s St. Louis to Paris story, you will enjoy the play.

As a lower-cost production, several of the actors skillfully played multiple parts including James T. Lane and James Alexander. One of their best performances was not as their major characters, but as two precision talking Harlem talent agents rejecting Baker because she was too dark and too thin.

Speaking of the cast’s ability to learn to play several parts in three weeks, director and choreographer Gregory Hines added after the show, “They even played White people.” Also, supporting the great performance was RAIFORD award winner and costume designer Reggie Ray and hair stylist Greg Bazemore.

China Builds $200m
African Union Building

african union building

The African Union (AU) has inaugurated its newly built headquarters in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. China funded the entire $200m to build the complex as a gift to the AU, as the Chinese continues to strengthen its influence in Africa.



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Election 2012

Out of Control:
Disrespecting the President
joe wilson you lie
jan brewer has finger in obama's face
You Lie!
And I Am Telling You!

"If I'm willing to give something up as somebody who's been extraordinarily blessed, and give up some of the tax breaks that I enjoy, I actually think that's going to make economic sense. But for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus' teaching that 'for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.' It mirrors the Islamic belief that those who've been blessed have an obligation to use those blessings to help others, or the Jewish doctrine of moderation and consideration for others."

- President Obama

"Look in the end this is going to be a referendum on Barack Obama. Did he fulfill the promises that he made to the American people? Did he live up to the standards that Barack Obama set for himself: unemployment, jobs, the debt, the deficit? The answer to all of those questions is, no."

- Republican National Committee Chairman Priebus On CBS’s Face The Nation
  • "Osama Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive."

           -  Vice President Joe Biden





Anike Robinson - POH Cover Artist/Writer Seeks Help

Girlfest has selected one of POH cover artist Anike Robinson’s paintings to hang in the art showing ”Finding Light Out of the Darkness.” She told POH, “As you know I have been working very hard to become an established and financially stable artist. However, before I can realize the larger goal, I must make a few positive waves and I need your help.” To help Robinson attend the conference. whose mission is to prevent violence against women and girls through education and art, she is requesting and accepting donations of any size.

kemba smith on cover

Click the cover to read Robinson's interview with Kemba Smith, whom President Clinton had pardoned.

Click the cover to see Robinson's artwork that accompanied her interview with poet, actor, recording artist, writer Saul Williams.

artist in dc on cover

Click the cover to see Robinson's artwork and to learn more about Robinson, the artist.

Click the cover to see Robinson's artwork that accompanied her interview with comedic actress Cree Summer.


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champion services travel - group travel

Commercial Flights Resume at Gary/Chicago Airport

After a false start, Allegiant is ready to start nonstop jet service between Gary, In., and Orlando, FL.,, via Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB). The start date is Wednesday, February 15, 2012. The company, known for its travel deals, will introduce the new service to Northwest Indiana and South Chicago residents with fares as low as $69.99* one-way.

Allegiant’s Gary terminal will be at the expanding Gary/Chicago International airport, just 25 minutes south of downtown Chicago. The airport is aiming to become Chicagoland’s third major airport behind O’Hare and Midway.



Celebrating Black History

POH Praising the Past contributor Philip J. Merrill interviewed on WWAY-TV (ABC) Wilmington, North Carolina, January 27, 2012

Nov. 2011 - Apr. 2011 Print Issue
A Historical Quest
By Philip J. Merrill

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Things to Do

Mountain Quickstep & Ari Roland Jazz Quartet
National Geographic Society
17th and M Streets, NW

Washington, DC
The National Geographic Society provides free
underground parking for its evening and weekend events
Thu, Feb 9, 6p & 7:15p, free

Our Alexandria: African American Dollhouses
Alexandria Black History Museum
902 Wythe Street
Alexandria VA
Thu, Feb 9, 6p-8p, free

Pan African Film Festival honors Loretta Devine
Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills 15

Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
Los Angeles, CA
Fri, Feb10, 8p, $35

Preserving LeDroit Park Film Screening
Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe

With filmmaker Ronald Smoky Stevens
2714 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC
Mon, Feb 10, 6:30p, free

Paul Robeson - A Play
The Carlyle Club
411 John Carlyle St
Alexandria, VA
Sun, Feb 12, dinner 5p-7p
performance 7:30p $30-$65
(fundraiser for Alexandria Black History Museum)

Jamal Joseph, author of Panther Baby
Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, D.C.
Thu, Feb 16, 7p, free

Jamal Joseph, author of Panther Baby
Columbia University Miller Theater
New York, NY
Fri, Feb 17, check for time, free

Jamal Joseph, author of Panther Baby
Philadelphia Free Library
Philadelphia, PA
Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Tue, Feb 21, 7:30, free

Sally (Hemmings) and Tom (Jefferson) (The American Way)
Castillo Theatre

New York, NY
543 West 42nd Street (btwn 10th & 11th Aves)
Feb 17 - Mar 25, Fri & Sat 7:30p Sun 2p
$10 -$3

The 43rd NAACP Image Awards
Live on NBC
Fri, Feb 17, 8p (7p central)


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