April 17- April 30, 2014


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Mixing Hollywood

Onomo Hotel, a chic, affordable, boutique hotel based in Dakar, Senegal is a strong supporter of the arts.  Through Monday, May 12, its exhibition, Mixing Hollywood, graces the reception area of its Dakar location.

Mixing Hollywood co-authors, Senegalese Omar Victor Diop and French-American Antoine Tempé, are photographers based in Dakar. Onomo invited them to create the 20 image photographic series set in the group’s hotels. Their series includes images inspired by iconic moments in great American and international movies, with a cast, fashion, and styling, featuring a representative sample of the cultural scenes in Dakar and Abidjan, Ivory Coast where the images were shot.

View Seven More Onomollywood creative images including this reinterpretation of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” 

Urban Leagues Releases State of Black America

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The National Urban League released the 38th edition of the State of Black America® - One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America. The report, including a video web series, looks at income and wealth gaps, the un- and under-employment crisis, and conveys the essence of the widening inequality gap between the few who are reaping the rewards of economic recovery and the majority who are still reeling from the aftershocks of the Great Recession.

“While ‘too big to fail’ corporations went into the bail-out emergency room and recovered to break earnings and stock market records, most Americans have been left in ICU with multiple diagnoses of unemployment, underemployment, home losses and foreclosures, low or no savings and retirement accounts, credit denials, cuts in education and school funding—and the list of maladies continues,” writes Marc H. Morial (pictured above), President and CEO, National Urban League in the report.

Sample Black Memorabilia/Black Collectibles in 2 Minutes

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Black memorabilia and black collectibles include images of African people, past and present, in electronic media, advertisements and books, and on TV, buttons, coffee cups and other objects. 

Click here for images of history buffs enjoying their conversations and viewing the historical items for show and sale at last year’s event.

National Black Memorabilia & Collectible Show 2014
Montgomery County Fairgrounds
16 Chestnut Street
Gaithersburg, MD

  • Sat, Apr 26, 10a-7p
  • Sun, Apr 27. 10a-5p, $7, students free 
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New Sugar Intake Guidelines

tomatoe soup has lots of added sugarThe World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines say that only 5% of a person’s total daily calories should come from added sugar or about 26g per day for a 2,000-calorie diet. In 2010, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that 13% of U.S. adults' total caloric intake came from added sugar (as opposed to sugar that occurs naturally, as in fruit) – or about 68g.

In 2009, the American Heart Association suggested between 30g to 45g per day of added sugar.  WHO’s original guidelines called for up 52g per day.  Nevertheless,

Americans tend to intake more added sugar (68g) than any of the recommendations (26g, 30-45g, and 52g).

The main culprit:  processed foods. One can of tomatoe soup, for instance, contains 30g of added sugar. One blueberry muffin contains 22g of added sugar, while one tablespoon of ketchup has 4g of added sugar. WHO experts made the recommendations after studying the increasing rates of obesity, tooth decay, and heart disease, all which are linked to sugar consumption.

Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project at Fort Mose

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On Saturday, April 26, at Fort Mose, Florida, the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project (MPCPMP) will perform a libation to honor our African ancestors at the closing of a day long program presenting the history of civil rights in St. Augustine, FL.

The Project supports the installation of port markers to identify areas where slave ships arrived outside of Africa to honor those who died and those who survived the Middle Passage. The Project hopes to plant markers in North, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Europe. 

Ann Chinn, former editor of Port of Harlem magazine, first announced the project in the November 2008 - January 2009 issue of Port of Harlem magazine. MPCPMP has since placed markers in several cities, for an update,
click here.

The amazing story of Fort Mose is also part of the Port Of Harlem Gambian Education Partnership’s West Africans in Early America exhibit. It’s leader, Francisco Menendez, was a Senegambian-American.

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Washington, DC
Easter Egg Decorating Contest
Anacostia Art Gallery
2860 Bruce Place
(for ages 5-13)
RSVP # of children, 202-610-4188
Sat, Apr 19, 1p-3p, free

National Black Memorabilia & Collectible Show
Montgomery County Fairgrounds
16 Chestnut Street
Gaithersburg, MD
Sat, Apr 26, 10a-7p,
Sun, Apr 27, 10a-5p, $7, students free

Coalition for Smarter Growth
Walking Tours
Historic Shaw’s Renaissance
Sat Apr 26, 10a-12p, free

2014 Cultural Arts Expo
Showplace Arena
14900 Pennsylvania Ave
Upper Marlboro, MD
Sat, Apr 26, 9a-1p, free

Coming to Banjul
3rd Women Advancement Forum – 2014
Sheraton Hotel, Banjul, Gambia-West Africa
Sun, May 25-Thu, May 29

Fiddler on the Farm
A Musical Tribute to Benjamin Banneker
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum
300 Oella Ave
Tue, Apr 22, 6:30p-8p, donations suggested

Lecture on Octave Chanute
Dr. Tom Crouch
Sat, Aug 16, noon, free

New York
Pearl Cleage
A Hue-Man Event
Things I Should Have Told My Daughter:
Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs
Mist Harlem
46 W 116th St
Mon, Apr 21, 7p-9p, free

POH Cover Stories Online

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If you are looking for the cover story of any of our back issues, they are now all available on line, for felipe lucianofree. Since 1995, Port Of Harlem has printed 40 issues. 

“We have no hard numbers, but by far, we got the most response from the issue with Felipe Luciano on the cover," says Publisher Wayne Young. That issue, "Whatever Happened to the Revolution?," dated November 2005 – January 2006, was also Port of Harlem’s 10th anniversary issue.  

“The most remembered, however, was our first full-color issue featuring Jacksonville’s Amari amari youngYoung,” he added. Port of Harlem released that issue dated February – April 2005. That was all during the boom years, before the Great Recession.

Since 1995, the technology used to create magazines has changed dramatically.  "Generally, it can cost less to produce a magazine now than it was in 1995, but the ad revenue is no longer there,"added Young.

Port of Harlem went completely green after the release of the November 2011 – April 2012 issue featuring Lamman Rucker on the cover. His name remains one of the most searched words that land readers to the Port Of Harlem website.

Print Issue Cover Stories Archives 

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New Groundbreaking Ad

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Swiffer is airing a new groundbreaking commercial featuring the Rukavina  family:  The mom is Black and the dad is White and an amputee. Furthermore, he's the one doing the household cleaning, not his wife.  

The Los Angeles-based Rukavina family has had a career in the media. The commercial, like the rest of the family's television history, is primarily about the father, Zack, adjusting his life to losing his left arm to cancer. He proposed to his wife Afi in 2012 on the Yahoo web series "Ultimate Surprises," and has appeared in television shows including Switched At Birth, Damages, Parenthood, Client List and a documentary about his life as an amputee.

Hassoum Ceesay
Hassoum Ceesay, a senior official at the National Center for Arts in Culture in Banjul, The Gambia

Most Popular Page and Searched Word
on the Website for April, to Date 

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