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May 31 - June 13, 2012


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Theo Hodge, Jr. M.D.


NAACP Decides on Same-Sex Marriage – Some Blacks Remain Against

America’s oldest and most revered civil rights organization in now firmly behind marriage equality. In a resolution, the NAACP board stated, “the NAACP has opposed and will continue to oppose any national, state, local policy or legislative initiative that seeks to codify discrimination or hatred into the law or to remove the Constitutional rights of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) citizens. We support marriage equality consistent with equal protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Further, we strongly affirm the religious freedoms of all people as protected by the First Amendment.”

The Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) blasted the Board of the NAACP for its endorsement of same-sex marriage. "The NAACP has abandoned its historic responsibility to speak for and safeguard the civil rights movement,” said Rev. William Owens, Founder and President of CAAP.

A Washington Post/ABC News national poll taken after the President’s announcement that he supports marriage equality shows that more Americans (53%) now support same-sex marriage - - a new high compared to 36% just six years ago. One of those now expressing support for same-sex marriage is former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell.

A new Public Policy Poll of Maryland voters shows a decisive majority (57%) would vote in favor of same-sex marriage if it's on the Maryland ballot in November, while 37% would vote against. This is a 12-point swing in support from two months earlier and is due to growing African-American support in Maryland since both President Obama and the NAACP endorsed same-sex marriage.

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NAACP Congressional


The NAACP Washington Bureau has produced an annual Civil Rights Legislative Report Card since 1914. The NAACP designed the resource to provide NAACP members with insight into the general voting patterns of their congressional representatives over the course of the year. The NAACP Civil Rights Legislative Report Card demonstrates how every Member of Congress voted on the bread and butter civil rights issues and priorities important to the NAACP.

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Election 2012

Blue, Liberal, and Wealthy

List of U.S. States by Income and Political Affiliation lists the states by income and political affiliation and shows that 8 of the 10 wealthiest states are also “blue,” liberal and Democratic —including the District of Columbia, Maryland, and California. Among the 10 poorest states, all of them are “red,” conservative and Republican—including Mississippi, West Virginia, and Arkansas.

Green Party and Cynthia McKinney

The Georgia Green Party will consider making former six term U.S. Congressperson Cynthia McKinney as its candidate for the fourth congressional seat in 2012. The party convenes Saturday June 2 from 10a till 4p at the Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Public Library; 5234 LaVista Road; Tucker, GA.

The Life of Julia
Take a look at how President Obama's policies help one woman over her lifetime—and how Mitt Romney would change her story, from the Obama 2012 campaign's perspective.

War on Women Continues

The Paycheck Fairness Act is expected to come up in the US Senate next week.  Obama is for it, some business groups are against it. Romney is silent.

Jungleland? New Orleans Community Activist Rejects NY Times Depiction of 9th Ward

The New York Times Magazine recently ran a story on my home, the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, a place one of the most powerful newspapers in the world insensitively dubbed a “Jungleland.” Contrary to the article, residents of this community are not reconciled to life in the wilderness and we don’t live in an untamed mess of overgrowth or in a forgotten wasteland. We are not resigned to anything; we are fighting to revive our community.

Yes, many parts of the Lower Ninth are overgrown and neglected, but what the article missed is that many are not. Moreover, the untold story is how the city, state and federal government abandoned this community.

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Things to Do

DC Statehood Concerts
Upper Senate Park
NJ and Constitution Aves

(just north of U.S. Capitol Bldg)

Wed, May 30, noon-9p, free

(Free and Ayana Gregory performs @ 7p)

DC Caribbean Filmfest
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD
Fri, Jun 1–Mon, Jun 4, $

Introduction to Feng Shui

Workshop 1: June 5, 7p - 9p

Workshop 2: July 10, 7p - 9p

Workshop 3: August 4,10a - 12p

337 Brightseat Road, Suite 220
Landover, MD
301.500.5061, $30.00

Interior Design 101

Workshop 1: June 7, 7p-9p

Workshop 2: July 21, 10a-12p

Workshop 3: August 2, 7a-9p

337 Brightseat Road, Suite 220

Landover, MD

301.500.5061, $30.00

Amateur Night at the Apollo

253 W 125th St

Harlem, NY

Wed, Jun 6, 7:30p,$19-$29

Chicago Blues Festival

Grant Park

Chicago, IL

Fri- Sun Jun 8-10, 11a-9:30p/9p Sun, free

Simmie Knox - Mason Archie - Morris Howard
I Dream A World: Paintings inspired by the
poems of Langston Hughes
Parish Gallery
1054 31st St. NW
Washington, DC
Showing through Tue, Jun 12, free



Kimberly Elise
as Stagecoach Mary in New Film

Gifted actress Kimberly Elise is part of an all-star cast in Hannah’s Law, a film about justice and revenge in the Old West, set to premiere on the Hallmark Movie Channel Saturday, June 9, 2012. Hannah’s Law is the third film that Elise has appeared in alongside Danny Glover. However, she said, “Unfortunately, Danny and I didn't have any scenes together in this production.”

In the film, Elise is Stagecoach Mary and Glover portrays outlaw/rancher Isom Dart. Elise told me, “I have always been a fan of westerns since I was a little girl and saw my first Clint Eastwood film, so to have the opportunity to be a part of one, not to mention to play a true life legendary African-American female cowgirl, was something I couldn't miss.”

As the first African-American woman employed as a mail carrier in the United States, “Stagecoach” Mary Fields was a former enslaved African who delivered mail in the dangerous and deadly Old West. As Stagecoach Mary, Elise had to drive a stagecoach and wield antique weaponry.

To hone her cowgirl skills, Elise trained for a couple of weeks with some of the best cowboys and horse wranglers in the world. About her training, she said, “We begin very simply with me just walking behind a horse until I was actually driving a huge stagecoach pulled by four horses running at full speed. It was exhilarating and gave me a great sense of accomplishment.” The Minneapolis native continued, “This project was definitely actor’s heaven for me.”

Elise has been busy on the small and big screens from Girlfriends and the Ditchdigger’s Daughters to Beloved and Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls, but I wanted to know if she plans to return to the theater. She said, “When the right part comes along I will return. As with any project, it has to speak to me on some level, so far, that play hasn’t shown up and if it doesn’t, I will produce my own.”

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Doll House Exhibit in Alexandria

Our Alexandria: African-American Dollhouses remains on exhibit at the Alexandria Black History Museum through Saturday, July 21. Sharon J. Farmer and Linwood M. Smith created the doll houses that bring to life forgotten, repurposed and endangered buildings significant to Black Alexandria, Virginia.

Included in the collection is former POH advertiser, Angie’s Doll Boutique, which is now closed, and the George Washington Carver Nursery School. The historically endangered Carver building at 224 N. Fayette was built in 1944 during World War II and is now on the market for $675,000. Frazier and Smith are life-long Alexandria residents.

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