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May 17 - May 30, 2012




A Gent in Hollywood – Lamman Rucker


Like many others, my eyes are glued to the screen when Lamman Rucker appears on screen as Sheriff Troy in the Tyler Perry films Why Did I Get Married? and Why Did I Get Married, Too? As so many have wished, I finally got to have a personal conversation, albeit via telephone, with the Pittsburgh native and learned that the talented actor is more than his latest performance. He is not only an actor with star power looks, but he is an activist, entrepreneur and educator as well.

While Rucker would love to sizzle in another Married sequel, he is cautious about its timing. “I hope there will be a sequel, but that needs to be some time from now. We kind of need to let the demand build for that,” he says.

In the meantime, Rucker is busy with the television comedy Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns, in which he plays Dr. Will Brown. He also co-stars in The Bachelor Party and had a recent guest appearance on Single Ladies. “Different doors open all the time, so I just keep myself available, ready to rock and to kick the door in when it cracks open,” he says about the chance of our seeing him on other shows.

In 2012, we will see Rucker in Russ Parr’s film . . .

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(BZB) Diasporan Art
at National Airport

The Anacostia Art Gallery (BZB) has teamed up with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority to presents Art of the Diaspora in Terminal A (old terminal) at National Airport in Washington, D.C. The exhibition includes works by artists from Larry “Poncho” Brown of Baltimore to Ernani Silva of Bahia, Brazil. Also included in the exhibition is the creativity of photographer Kim Johnson of Washington, D.C., whom we featured in the Aug 2005 - Oct 2005 POH, and quilter Cynthia Wilson of Bowie, MD. (Click video to view POH interview of Wilson and to view her work.)

The exhibit remains in Terminal A’s Gallery Walk until Tuesday, October 30. There is no admission charge.

Election 2012

The President Leads the Nation at Becoming Even More Tolerant and Inclusive

“It’s interesting, some of this is also generational,” President Obama told ABC News about his support of same-sex marriages. “You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples. There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re talking about their friends and their parents. And Malia and Sasha, it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently. It doesn’t make sense to them, and frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective.”

The Rev. Joseph Lowery, who was a part of Martin Luther King’s inner circle, told CNN that Obama had to support gay marriage because he believes in equal rights. “You can’t believe in equal rights for some people and yet not believe in equal rights for everybody,” Lowery said. “That includes the right to marry the person of your choice. Equal rights for some people is an oxymoron.” 

In a Gallup survey taken May 3-6, 50% of respondents said marriages between same-sex couples should be recognized as legal, compared to 48% who said they should not. The results fell mostly along party lines – Democrats overwhelming approved of the announcement, while Republicans largely disapproved. Independents were split: 53% approved of Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage, compared to 44% of independents who disapproved.

I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice.

But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.' I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream to make room at the table of brother- and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people.

Coretta Scott King


March 31, 1998

 Severely Conservative

“Severely conservative,” is how Mitt Romney classified himself during the Republican primaries to counter his more conservative opponents.   Now that he is up against President Obama,   Romney defended his decision to hire an openly gay staffer who quit under pressure from social conservatives.  Romney told FOX News, that he hires people “not based upon their ethnicity, or their sexual preference or their gender but upon their capability.

West Virginians and Mississippi

Keith Judd, Inmate No. 11593-051, serving a 210-month sentence at the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution in Texas, took 41 percent of the vote in West Virginia’s Democratic primary— 72,000 votes to Obama’s 106,000. Had anyone had bothered to sign up as a Judd delegate, he would have qualified for convention delegates.  

The president angered voters with new Environmental Protection Agency policies, which some see as a “war on coal” and have stalled mining permits for the state’s coal mining industry. Race also played a role in the outcome.

In the 2008 primary, 2 in 10 White West Virginia voters said race was an important factor in their votes, second only to historically openly racist Mississippi. Those voters went for Clinton 8 in 10 times.

Don’t Forget the Libertarian Candidate!

Former GOP presidential candidate Gary Johnson won and accepted the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party Saturday, May 5.  He was once governor of New Mexico.

War On Women Continues?
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R), who pointed her fingers in the President’s face, has signed off on a bill that will prevent abortion providers like Planned Parenthood from receiving public funds in most cases.  Her bill signing is expected to fuel the Democrat’s painting the Republicans as having a war on women.

Our Way Or Else Says Indiana Republican
"I hope to build a conservative majority so bipartisanship becomes Democrats joining Republicans to roll back the size of government, reduce the bureaucracy and get America moving again," Richard Mourdock said on CNN's Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," after defeating Richard Lugar in the Indiana primary.

Lugar left swinging: "He (Mourdock) has pledged his support to groups whose prime mission is to cleanse the Republican party of those who stray from orthodoxy as they see it.  This is not conducive to problem solving and governance. And he will find that unless he modifies his approach, he will achieve little as a legislator. Worse, he will help delay solutions that are totally beyond the capacity of partisan majorities to achieve," Mourdock chided Lugar for being cordial with President Obama.

More Tales from the Gambia

This is Not the KKK, but the KKK
In America, KKK written on a wall can stir very deep emotions. In the Gambia, it simply means “In this House we speak with one voice.” In Mandinka, the most widely spoken language in Gambia, kang, means voice, killing means one, and kunda mean house.

Upcoming Jazz Festival
Hypolink Resort, The Gambia
Mon, Feb 4 – Sun, Feb 10, 2013

Voluntary Carjacking?
It was dark when I ran out of gas while driving on a dark parking lot. I noticed a guy walking around the parked cars as I got out of my borrowed car to retrieve the gas can from the trunk and to pour gasoline into the car. Even with gas (at $7.16 per gallon) in the car, the car still would not start.

Afraid of what could happen, I hesitantly asked the young stranger for a push. He obliged. The car still would not start, so he said, “let me get in and you push the car down the hill.” No problem, I thought as I pushed the car down the hill towards the Atlantic Ocean.

Soon, the tall dark-skinned stranger and the car disappeared into the darkness. I was frantic, walking the four blocks down to the ocean, asking for the stranger’s whereabouts along the way, and trying to call my friend, the owner of the car. About 15 minutes later, the young stranger rolls up and says, “where have you been, I have been looking for you? You think I took your car!”

I had admit to him that I did—as I thought about the carjacking I witnessed back in the States, I thanked him, got his name, and learned that he was the owner of the car park service. And I had to admit, to myself, that I was not in America—I have yet to tell this embarrassing story of my friend, the car’s owner.

Would this Have Happened in Sanford, FL?
Baba, another friend, was not really upset that his house had gotten broken into. He was more upset that a member of the community had broken into his home on the Nema Kunku Nursery School compound as the school struggles to pay its teachers. It just did not make sense to him.

Meanwhile, I was puzzled on how the thief had gotten caught. Baba wasn’t and I should not have been since I have witnessed how wrong doers have gotten caught.

In this case, the school’s janitor caught the thief along with a neighbor. Unlike in Sanford, FL or Baltimore, MD, these neighbors didn’t profile the suspect or attack him, they simply walked him to the police.












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Things to Do

Keen Senior’s East River Swing
St. Luke’s Center
4923 East Capitol Street, SE
Thu, May 17 4p-8p, $20
advance sales only: 202-534-4880 x110

Pre-Launch Book Party
Sherry Ways, author of
Feel Good Spaces
Imagine Wellness & Yoga Center
Bowie, Maryland
Sat, May 19, 10:30am-2p, free

Malcolm X Birthday Block Party
165th Street btwn Broadway & St. Nicholas
Harlem, NY
Sat, May 19, noon–5p, free

27th annual AIDS Walk New York
The 10k (6.2-mile) AIDS Walk route begins and
ends in Central Park

Sun, May 20, 2012

2012 Boley Rodeo and BBQ Festival
Boley, OK

Sat and Sun, May 26 -27

Us Helping Us Picnic in the Park
Fort Dupont Park,SE
Washington, DC,
Mon, May 28, noon-7p

Artist Larry “Poncho” Brown Art Sale
Howard University Middle School
405 Howard Place (on campus)

Washington, D.C.

Wed, May 30, 1p-3p

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Allegiant Air a Success
in Gary, IN

Allegiant Airlines’ Gary, IN to Sanford, FL passenger flights has been successful, so far. Interim airport director Steve Landry told the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority.  He said that Allegiant has sold about 8,600 seats since it began offering service from Gary to Sanford on Feb. 15. Landry also said  that 94 percent of the available seats were filled for March flights and 97 percent were filled for April flights. The airline offers nonstop passenger flights two days a week — Thursdays and Sundays — from Gary/Chicago International Airport, 30 minutes south of Chicago, to Orlando Sanford International Airport near Orlando, Fl.


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