October 3 – October 16, 2013


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Hottest Home Colors for 2014

pantone-technoIf you are looking for help with selecting the next paint color for your room, take a look at the color trends presented by Pantone for 2014. Every year, Pantone, the leading authority on color trends in the U.S., provides a home color design forecast for the coming year at the International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago. This year’s forecast is called Style and Substance and provides one the best interior color palettes that I have seen in a very long time. 

The first color palette is called Techno Color (left). Not surprisingly, this palette is greatly influenced by technological advances in the United States. These vibrant and deep hues like Silver and Emerald are blended and  show well on surfaces such as countertops, flooring, and hardware.

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The next palette is called Physicality (right). This inspiration is about introspection and calmness.  So, this palate is dominated by shades of Lavender Herb, Fog Gray, and Rose Brown. However, there is a counterbalance of hues that express power and energy with the stronger, more aggressive solid colors of Forged Iron and Satellite. These colors are great to express on accent walls, backsplash tiles in your kitchen, or light fixture finishes.

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Shape, form, and proportion are expressed by the palette Sculpted Simplicity (above).  Elegance is harmonized through sophisticated color tones harmonized with nuanced, yet distinctive undertones. 

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As humans, we have a great need to be balanced by nature; in particular, water, one of the five elements of Feng Shui. Therefore, the palette Fluidity (above) is dominated by what designers call cool water inspired tones such as Dazzling Blue and Absimthe Green.

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Our homes should reflect our past and our present. This is what the palette Collage (above) is about. These make great colors for bedding, window treatments, and upholstery.


The palette Intimacy (above) provides a reflection of our tastes to increase closer relationships with our home environments and ourselves. This palette is about the combinations of warm, cool, and neutral tones.

  pantone moda

The high drama of the fashion industry is reflected in the Moda palette (above). Tastefully finessed color combinations bring the theatrical alive with wonderful whimsical appeal.

pantone tribal threads

From runways to board rooms, our country is rich in diverse cultures and backgrounds. The Tribal Threads palette (above) reflects our inter weaving of diversity through personal expression. I love the colors on this palette for throw pillows and wall treatments.pantone essentricities

The last color palette is called Eccentricities (right). This is the most artful of all of the color combinations that reflect our ever-changing arts and pop culture and are original color combinations.

Be creative, use these palettes in combination on your walls and floors and when making or selecting drapery and furniture. Consider splashes of the trendy colors on interior details that you can change quickly like throw pillows on a sofa or bed or an area rug.

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Coming in November

Decorating for the Holidays
with Sherry Ways
A Port Of Harlem Event
Alexandria Black History Museum
902 Wythe Street
3 blocks from Braddock Rd Metro
Free street parking
Alexandria, VA
Sat, Nov 9, 11p-1p, free


Statistics Presented at the CBC Session on Black US Immigration

williams spriggs 

Top 5 African-American Working Populations
by Origin

86.3% – Native African American
4.3% – African
3.9% – Caribbean/English
2.7% – Native-born Hispanic
1.8% – Haitian

Other Notables Statistics

  • Mexican born African-Americans are the least educated
  • Asian born African-Americans are most likely to be self-employed
  • European born African-Americans have the most income

Most native-born African-American live in the south, the former Confederacy, where most of the enslaved lived.  “No matter what accent you present, we all get treated as African descendants," concluded panelist Dr. William E. Spriggs (pictured above).

TIDES Exhibition
Readies for Disaster


During a disaster, assistance to victims comes in forms that often include technology not yet profitable for commercial use.  Such is the case with Fred Colgan’s InStove.  The Cottage Grove, Oregon company’s 100 Liter Stove can feed more than 500 people with less than five pounds of wood, but sells for about $1300. “It’s cost effective when you are cooking for lots of people,” says Colgan, who with his wife is pictured above.  His one pot stove is being used in Senegal at the Touba Festival.

The Babington Disaster Relief Mobile Kitchen Trailer doesn’t use volatile gasoline, but uses diesel to cook food without smoke, odor, or carbon monoxide.  With the trailer, cooks can feed more than 1,000 people in 90 minutes after a C130 aircraft makes the delivery.

Both products are on display at The Star-Tides (Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support-Sharing Accelerate Research) exhibit, which is supported by the US Department of Defense to encourage cooperation among various players who provide support in post-war, post-disaster and impoverished communities.  The exhibit is free at Ft. McNair in Washington, DC.

The Port Of Harlem Gambian Education Partnership (POHGEP) is participating in the exhibition as an organization that builds partner capacity.

Visit POHGEP’s website for project details and to make a tax-deductible donation. 

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Florida’s Next Big Case

jordan davis  

Michael David Dunn, 46, opened fire on a Dodge Durango with four teenagers inside after a dispute over their loud music at a Jacksonville, Florida gas station in November, according to Dunn's arrest report.  Jordan Davis was the only one hit.

Dunn is White.  Davis was Black.

Dunn claims he opened fire only after one of the teens threatened his life, brandished a gun, and started to exit the SUV. Later he told police that he had "never been so scared" in his life.

Circuit Judge Russell Healey granted a motion to delay the murder trial of Dunn, which was set to begin Sept. 23. A new date for the trial was not set, but Healey said he wanted it to occur sometime between mid-January and early February reported the Florida Times Union.

There are several differences between this case and the infamous Zimmerman says Mother Jones:  there were several eyewitnesses to the Davis killing, including his three friends who survived, the  police recovered no weapon,  Dunn fled the scene with his girlfriend, and, police arrested Dunn the day after he killed Davis.  

Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) Marketplace is Open Now

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The Kaiser Family Foundation has produced a tool that illustrates health insurance premiums and subsidies for people purchasing insurance on their own in new health insurance exchanges (or “Marketplaces”) created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Middle-income people under age 65, who are not eligible for coverage through their employer, Medicaid, or Medicare, can NOW apply for tax credit subsidies available through state-based exchanges.

Also, you can use HealthCare.gov now to open an account and begin shopping for health care coverage. The site is in several languages besides English including: Chinese, French, French Creole, German, Gujaratl, Hindi, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese.

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Theo Hodge, Jr. M.D.

Things to Do

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Jason Miccolo Johnson


Photography Exhibit



Washington, DC
Saturday Morning at the National (for children)
National Theater
1321 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Sats Till Dec 14, 9:30a and 11a, free

Jason Miccolo Johnson
Mysterioso: Rhythm.Movement.Improvisation
Photography Exhibit
Anacostia Arts Center
1231 Good Hope Rd., SE
Fri, Oct 4, 6p-9p, free

Jason Miccolo Johnson
Mysterioso: Rhythm.Movement.Improvisation
Photography Exhibit
The B Spot
1123 Pennsylvania, SE
Sat, Oct 5, 4p-8p, free

Building Better Biking in DC  (Bike Tour!)
Starting Point: Bike and Roll @ Old Post Office
Coalition for Smarter Growth
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Sat, Oct 5, 10a-12:30p, free

Putting Women and Girls First
panel discussion: Report on the Intersection of HIV/AIDS,
Violence against Women and Girls, &
Gender-Related Health Disparities
US Department of Health, Great Hall
200 Independence, SW
Thu, Oct 10, 1:30p-3p, free
Reservations for entry

Putting and Golf Clinic – all ages
Henson Creek Golf Course
1641 Tucker Road
Fort Washington, MD
Sat, Oct 12, 10a-noon, free

Hockey Clinic – all ages
Tucker Road Ice Rink
1770 Tucker Road
Ft. Washington, MD
Sat, Oct 12, 10-noon, free

Health Screenings – ages 18 and up
Tucker Road Athletic Complex
1770 Tucker Road
Ft. Washington, MD
Sat, Oct 12, 10a-noon, free

Thomas Sankara Annual Conference
The Festival Center
1640 Columbia Road, NW
Sat, Oct 12,  3:30p- 8p, free

Jennifer Holiday
Us Helping Us
25th Anniversary Reception and
Awards Show
Arena Stage
Mon, Oct 14, $150

Baltimore Black Pride
Mon, Oct 7 – Sun, Oct, 13

Jacksonville, FL
3rd Annual Taste of Black Expo
EverBank Field Touchdown Club East
One EverBank Field Drive
Fri, Oct 4 from 7p-11p, $

Louisville, KY
Three Days of Greatness Film Festival
Muhammad Ali Center
144 N. Sixth Street
Wed, Oct 2 to Fri, Oct 4, free

West Reading, PA
Karibuni Festival
Penn Avenue
Thu, Oct 3, 1:30p –7:30p, free

The Sexual Freedom Summit was Thought-Provoking

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The Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance held its annual summit in Silver Spring. The three-day summit included controversial workshops that expand the typical notion of freedom. Here is a synopsis of three of such thought provoking sessions.

Agency in a Land of Stereotypes: Re-imagining Authentic Black Female Sexualities
Legal Writer and feminist scholar Shaunee Morgan (pictured above) led a discussion on the images of Black female sexuality. Participant Trina Scot recalled growing up during the advent of BET videos and concluding, “I don’t want to be that.” She still feels that Essence magazine doesn’t represent her.  Morgan asked participants to type in the words “Why are Black women “ in a web browser to see results such as:  angry, loud, single, mean and better in bed.

Debunking the Legal Myths about Children in Polyamorous Families
Legal Consultant Dr. Elisabeth Sheff presented her findings after studying polyamorous families (families with multiple adults in a relationship) after a British Columbia, Canada judge ruled that children in such families are naturally harmed by the relationships. Sheff added that polyamorous families have problems but, “they are not definitionally exploitative or violent.”

With a little fun, she said when children of polyamorous families have to “closet” their home environment, they easily pretend to be from divorced families, which Sheff called, “serial monogamy” families. Sheff is the author of the upcoming book, The Polyamorists Next Door.

Non-Monogamous Relationships Roundtable
Social Psychologist Edward Fernandes and media spokesperson Anita Wagner Illig lead one of the summit's most provocative discussions that initially centered over labeling, including swinging versus polyamorous and the term polyfidelity (being committed in a relationship with several people.)

“The lines are not nearly as clear, there are swinging couples who raise kids and vacation together,” said one middle-aged swinger. Like any community, the swingers have rules. “Some come to swing bars thinking something will happen, no it’s a safe space where something may happen. If you want something to happen, you go and hire a sex worker,” said another.

Referring to the Showtime series Polyamory: Married & Dating, one man said polyamorous people are getting media recognition, but that the images are all White, young, and wealthy unlike himself, his White female companion of 13 years, who is in a heterosexual marriage, and the young Black woman they are both dating.

mandy carterWoodhull also awarded lesbian activists Mandy Carter (left) one of its Vickie Awards. Supporters of the conference included Glyde, which bills itself at the “the world’s first certified ethical, vegan and fair trade premium condom.”  The next summit is August 7 to August 10, 2014 at that the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, VA.

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Mysterioso: Rhythm.Movement.Improvisation

jason miccolo johnson mysteriousThis photography exhibit, “is my most imaginative and highly anticipated work in ten years,” says Jason Miccolo Johnson.  Johnson's latest exhibition, Mysterioso: Rhythm. Movement.
, is split between two venues and will show from October 4 - 30, 2013.  “So you must go to both venues to see the entire collection,” added Johnson who shot three covers for Port Of Harlem.  Johnson, who was the photographer for the POH covers displayed below, will also sale limited edition photographs from the exhibition. (click on the photo for the story and more photos by Johnson)
FEB - APR 09 AUG - OCT 09
AUG - OCT 07
Johnson is pictured right on the Aug-Oct 09
(middle) cover. 


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  1. Rep. Lee Appointed to UN
  2. Maryland Ends Death Penalty October First
  3. de Blasio Breaks Records in New York Mayor Race
    Most Popular Page and Searched Word
    on the Website for October to Date 

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