Free: Taste of Tanzania Cookbook
In celebration of Port Of Harlem magazine’s 10th year of producing Port Of Harlem Snippets, you can win the just released cookbook "Taste of Tanzania: Modern Swahili Recipes for the West" by Miriam Kinunda (pictured at bottom) (Miroki Publishing, $34.95). As an inclusive, diverse, pan-African magazine reader, you will enjoy this cookbook with bits of pan-African Swahili culture and vibrant photography, even if you do not love to cook.
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I Still Love My President,
But . . .
I am no Tavis Smiley or Cornell West. I have no “tuff” love critiques for the President. I do, however, need to send him a letter reminding him to scratch a line used by past presidents that he used in his recent State of the Union speech: “They believe, and I believe, that here in America, our success should depend not on accident of birth but the strength of our work ethic and the scope of our dreams. That's what drew our forebears here.”
Whose forbearers? Not most of mine.
And I am glad that he gave a shout out to our fellow brothers: “And I'm reaching out to some of America's leading foundations and corporations on a new initiative to help more young men of color facing especially tough odds stay on track and reach their full potential.”
But where were the claps and cheers? The women went wild when he said: “"When women succeed, America succeeds.”
Maybe it’s time to take a page from the women who have Emily’s List
to support women running for office and start a Tyrone’s List.
1901 Fort Place, SE
Thu, Feb 6, 11a-12:30p, Free
Birth of a Nation and Community
Opening Reception of
John Hakim’s Collection
of the history and early
years of the Nation of Islam
2315 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE
Fri, Feb 7, 6p-9p, free
1501 14th Street, NW
Extended through Sun, Mar 2, $
An Evening of Romance
The Juffureh Project
910 Addison Road South
Capitol Heights, MD
Light Dinner Included
Tina and Tony Thompson & Friends
Music, Poetry & More
Feb 8, 6:30p, $25
Black History Committee
Annual African American
Men Sing Songs of Praise
Greater New Hope Baptist Church
816 8th Street, N.W. (8th and H St NW)
Sun, Feb 16, 4p, free
Maple Sugar Tapping
Chellberg Farm in the
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Sat, Feb 15, 9a-12p, free
Sun, Feb 16, 3p, $10
Black Immigration Network
Fri, Feb 7 – Sun, Feb 9, $
New York (Greater)
The Harlem Chamber Players
6th Annual Black History
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
521 West 126th Street, New York
Feb 9, 3p, $15 for adults, $10 students
Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth
Fri, Feb 7, 9p (check local listings)
First Ladies Influence and Image
Mon, Feb 10, 9p ET
Freda Payne Brings Them
Vacylla Williams wins Free Tickets
Freda Payne (“Band of Gold” (1970) and “Bring the Boys Home” (1971)) brought theater goers to MetroStage
in “Ella Fitzgerald – First Lady of Song.” On press night, she attracted celebrities Dick Gregory
, Debi Morgan
, the show’s director Maurice Hines
and locals who packed the intimate theater. It was Hines who brought the show to MetroStages’ attention several years ago says the theater’s producing artistic director Carolyn Griffin. Hines strongly suggested, however, that only one person could play Ella well, Freda Payne.
Pianists William Knowles, who led the live five-piece jazz band and is a regular performer at MetroStage, says what make working with Payne exceptional is that “she’s kind of connected to the past.” Payne recalls many encounters with many jazz greats, including Fitzgerald, who influenced her when she was a budding entertainer.
MetroStage is known for producing several biographical plays of Black entertainers, however, not having cast members play several characters made this performance more enjoyable. Wynonna Smith, however, helped make this show exceptional by playing the younger Ella and performing duets with Payne as they magically switched playing the younger and older Ella, respectively. Smith also played Ella’s half-sister Frances, but making that switch was not as smooth.
One indicator of the show’s exceptional entertainment value was the audience’s unsolicited clapping during one of Payne’s final performances. Payne didn’t have to ask for a unanimous standing ovation either, she was handed claps of gold.
Photos: Top - Freda Payne as Ella Fitzgerald and Tom Wiggin as Norman Granz, Ella’s manager. (photo by Chris Banks). Bottom - Freda Payne with POH publisher and fan Wayne Young after the show (photo by Donald Willis)
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