Lorraine Hansberry | 45 and Bull Connor | Dr. Hodge Moves
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January 18 – January 31, 2017
On The Dock This Issue:
Lorraine Hansberry on PBS
"Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” premieres nationwide Friday, January 19 at 9 p.m. on PBS.
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Lorraine Hansberry on PBS
American Masters "Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” premieres nationwide Friday, January 19 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) and will stream the following day on PBS' American Masters' site
and PBS apps.
Friday, January 12, marked the anniversary of Lorraine Hansberry's death; she was just 34-years-old at the time of her passing.
Award-winning filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain examines the activism and art of Lorraine Hansberry (5/19/30-1/12/65) beyond her most well-known play, "A Raisin in the Sun" (1959). The film features interviews with Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Harry Belafonte, and Louis Gossett Jr., narration by award-winning actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson, and the voice of Tony Award-winning actress Anika Noni Rose as Hansberry. The result is a timely and revealing portrait of an activist and artist whose popular recognition has, until now, remained long overdue.
In this clip
, Sidney Poitier, Lloyd Richard, and Ruby Dee reflect on the unprecedented casting of Black actors in the Broadway debut of "A Raisin in the Sun."
"Queens Girl in Africa” playwright Caleen Sinnette Jennings, now playing in DC at Mosaic Theater, says such Black involvement in theater and movie productions remain "rare.” However, she continued, "it is a very wonderful experience when this type of working relationship happens because there is a baseline of understanding because we have a shared culture.” ("In Queens of Africa,” the playwright, director, dramaturg, and actress are Black females.)
This documentary is part of American Masters' Inspiring Woman campaign, which launched January 2017 with American Masters – "Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.” There is also a new episode of the "American Masters Inspiring Woman” web series featuring entrepreneur and CEO Rakia Reynolds available to stream now on YouTube
, and the American Masters
NAACP Says 45 is the New Bull Connor
By the NAACP
As our nation fights to move forward, our President falls deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole of racism and xenophobia. The United States’ position as a moral leader throughout the world has been thoroughly damaged by the continuous lowbrow, callous, and unfiltered racism repeatedly espoused by President Trump.
His decision to use profanity to describe African, Central American, and Caribbean countries is not only a low mark for this president, it is a low point for our nation. This President’s failure to grasp simple ideas of inclusion and maturity is an open sore on our democracy that continues to fester. It is clear that the president wants to return America to its ugly past of White supremacy where immigration laws as well as all laws of society only favored individuals from European nations and European ancestry. In fact, the President himself benefitted from those racially biased laws when his ancestors immigrated to this nation.
Yet today, he wants to force the American public to pay billions to build a wall to block off our southern neighbors in exchange for the return of protections for DACA that were already guaranteed to immigrants before he came to office. As we head into 49th NAACP Image Awards being held on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Holiday for the first time to honor his legacy, we realize that the Bull Connor of our day is none other than the President of our nation.
As King fought then, we fight today against those seeking to implement slicker and newer forms of racial segregation.
TIME magazine: See How Trump's Approval Rating Stacks Up Against Other Presidents After One Year
New York Times: Mr. Trump, Meet a Hero Whom You Maligned
(Pfc. Emmanuel Mensah raced repeatedly into a burning Bronx apartment building on Dec. 28, saving four people before he died in flames.)
Civil Rights Trail Interactive Website
After National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis encouraged historians to identify surviving landmarks where major events of the civil rights era occurred, Georgia State University found 60 of the sites. Those sites are now part of the The Civil Rights Trail website
. Southern state tourism directors added 40 secondary sites and the National Park Service announced the trail in 2018.
The site allows you to explore the destinations important to the Civil Rights Movement, as well as plan your journey to cities along the trail.
On the site, you'll find places to see and things to do at each destination. Plus, you’ll find in-depth explorations crafted to allow you to experience the destination or event in a more comprehensive way.
Dr. Theo Hodge, Jr. Has New Office
Port Of Harlem magazine Health contributor Theo W. Hodge, Jr., MD
has moved his medical office to the Center for Infectious Diseases at Providence Hospital in Washington, DC. "I will continue to provide primary care as well as assist in creating clinical and research opportunities to benefit all or our District residents including the underserved,” Hodge says.
He opened his new office January 12 in the Providence Medical Building, 1140 Varnum Street, NE - Suite 107 in Washington, DC. His new number is: 202-854-4052.
Parking is free at the new location, he now accepts most insurances, and the hospital provides a free shuttle from the Brookland (Red Line) Metro station. The shuttle leaves the Metro station every 15 minutes for the five minute ride to the Providence Hospital Medical Building.
POH’s 15th Online Anniversary
January 31, 2018 will mark the 15th year of our online presence. Back then, the online version was a complement to the print issue and called Port Of Harlem Snippets. (See January 31 – February 13, 2003 Port Of Harlem Snippets
). The print issue was then in its ninth year of publication.
In Snippets, subscribers could read the print version's cover story, travel story, and list of print issue articles. The posted articles included current news and feature stories that mirrored the subjects we covered in the print version.
To launch the then new service, 15 lucky winners received a free copy of one of the following exquisite coffee table books:
• The two-volume original edition of African Ceremonies ($150)
• Harlem Style: Designing for the New Urban Aesthetic ($35)
• One Shot Harris: The Photographs of Charles "Teenie" Harris ($35.00)
Just this week, Darlene Houze won free tickets to see "Queens Girl in Africa
.” In December 2018, LaKeeshia Fox of Washington, DC got a free copy "In Your Hands,” (Simon & Schuster, $17.99)
and Michael Campbell, also of Washington, DC, won the free drawing for "The Complete Month Of Meals Collection
” (The American Diabetes Association,$29.95).
We will have more give-aways in the coming issues of Port Of Harlem - - which in now completly green (online).
You must be a subscriber to win, subscriptions are free. To subscribe, click here
Review: Queens Girl In Africa / Ticket Winner: Darlene Houze
By Wayne A. Young
I was not too sure what to expect from "Queens Girl in Afirca," especially after one reader sent me an email expressing interest in the play largely because of the Black female involvement in the play. (The playwright, director, dramaturg, and actress are all Black women.) However, despite her interest, the reader was not sure what she would learn from the performance.
Even after interviewing playwright Caleen Sinnette Jennings
, I knew the play was based partially on her moving from Queens, New York to Nigeria during her teenage years. Nevertheless, I had doubts on the authenticity and vibrancy of the play.
My doubts quickly disappeared as Helen Hayes Award winner Erika Rose demonstrated here superior ability to change character and voices in this solo performance. "We are living the dream of Marcus Garvey,” Rose said in a believable dialect as the lead character’s Caribbean father. Her lead character, Jacqueline Marie Butler, seemed a bit "Valley Girl” until she delivered the line, "I was Queen's (New York) Jackie, I was Greenwich Village Jackie,” as she explained the environments that shaped her life in New York as Nigeria was about to shape it again.
Even though the subject matter could be deemed "hot serious,” Jennings' writing and Rose's performance provided many points of cool shading. Sound affects supported by David Lamont Wilson provided the support Rose needed to make a vibrant show.
I am usually not a fan of solo performances where the actor or actress plays multiple characters. I find them hard to follow since all the characters are in one body and usually one costume. Besides providing a great story that brought to life many of my own experiences, Jennings, Rose, director Paige Hernandez, the dramaturg and the entire crew provided me an experience where I can say a performance with a solo performer playing multiple characters can be a mentally stimulating and entertaining experience.
"Queens Girl in Africa" is playing at the Mosaic Theate
r now until Sunday Feb 4, 2018.
Book signing - Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy
Ronald Reagan Building
6th Floor Moynihan Boardroom
1300 Pennsylvania, Ave., NW
Mon, Jan 22,4p-5:30p, free
The Institute for Policy Studies Presents:
Cuba Policy from Obama to Trump
with Arnold August
Busboys & Poets
14th & V, NW
Tue, Jan 23, 6p-8p, free
Lecture: Haiti and the Civil War
Marvin T. Jones
DC Public Library - Woodridge Branch
1801 Hamlin St, NE
Sun, Jan 28, 3p, free
The United States of Hate
11 Crescent Rd
Tue, Jan 30, 7p, free
Film and Discussion: Venezuela the Shadow Agenda
The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics
518 Valencia Street
Sat, Jan 27, 5p-7p, donation
The August Wilson Symphony
Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts
600 Penn Avenue
Sat, Jan 20, $25-$65
National Black Memorabilia, Fine Art & Crafts Show
Montgomery County Fairgrounds
501 Perry Parkway
Sat, April 14, 10a-7p and Sun, Apr 15, 10a-5p, $7, students free