Archive for August, 2012

Why I Love My President

Posted in Publisher's Point by Publisher, Port Of Harlem Snippets on August 21st, 2012

I admired Jimmy Carter’s attempt to work with the rest of the world as equals as exemplified in his appointment of Andrew Young as UN Ambassador. I liked Bill Clinton’s strong inclusionary practices such as when he selected the then unfamiliar Hazel O’Leary to head the Energy Department. 

I love Barack Obama. He embodies Port Of Harlem’s mantra: inclusion, diversity and pan-Africanism. The nation’s first Black president started his presidency with a noble act — the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter bill, which helps women fight for equal pay for equal work. The occasion reminds me of what Frederick Douglass once said, “When I ran away from slavery, it was for myself; when I advocated emancipation, it was for my people; but when I stood up for the rights of women, self was out of the question, and I found a little nobility in the act.”

And when I hear Blacks say he has done nothing for them, I wonder where were they when he signed the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) and doubled funding for Pell Grants. As you may know, 80 percent of Blacks compared to 90 percent of Whites currently have no health insurance and according to The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, “About 46 percent of all African-American undergraduate students receive federal Pell Grant awards. They account for approximately one quarter of all Pell Grant recipients.” (Blacks are about 13 percent of the US population.)

No law should have to have the word “Black” stamped on it for African-Americans to understand the racial implications of its implementation.

African People’s Response to HIV/AIDS at 2012 AIDS Conference

Posted in Health by Publisher, Port Of Harlem Snippets on August 9th, 2012

Other celebrities in attendance included Sheryl Lee Ralph, Danny Glover and Elton John. “The AIDS disease is caused by a virus, but the AIDS epidemic is not. The AIDS epidemic is fueled by stigma. By hate. By misinformation. By ignorance. By indifference,” said John.

Given the stigma, hate, misinformation, ignorance and indifference toward AIDS and those who have the disease, various groups from around the world discussed how they approach eradicating the disease:

  • A Washington, DC Response
  • Some African Responses
  • Sex Workers, Cops and Condoms
  • $5 to $8 for a “Feel” in China
  • Grandma Has AIDS by Theo Hodge, Jr MD
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    Yes, Boise!

    Posted in Travel by Publisher, Port Of Harlem Snippets on August 9th, 2012

    Before former Port Of Harlem editor Elizabeth Banks started her third and educationally intense year in medical school, we decided to take an uncle-niece trip. Having traveled separately to Europe, Latin America and Africa, we were looking for a new challenge. A late start made visiting Finland and India too expensive. After looking into visiting North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana, we headed for Boise. Yes, Boise, Idaho!

    This will be my third trip to the third largest city in America’s Northwest. I love Boise’s big city amenities packaged in a small, extremely clean and safe town. At most, I looked forward to a float down the Boise River in an inner tube with Elizabeth and her experiencing this city built where the Rocky Mountains meet the dessert.

    Elizabeth: The first thing that struck me about Boise was how nice the people were. Everyone had a smile, said hello and loved to strike up a conversation about anything under the sun. As we made our way from the airport to downtown where we would be staying at the Hampton Inn, I was awed by the pristine city set against breathtaking mountains. Friendly people and beautiful landscape; who could want more?

    Wayne: The hotel was one of the two best Hampton Inns I have experienced. After checking into the hotel, we walked to the Cottonwood Restaurant, mainly to taste buffalo and elk.

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