Archive for February, 2013

Are You at Risk for Shingles?

Posted in Health by Publisher, Port Of Harlem Snippets on February 21st, 2013

Childhood diseases can hit adults and when they do, they often strike with a vengeance. Barbara
By Theo Hodge, Jr. MD

Walters learned that this year when doctors discovered that she has chicken pox. “She’d never had it as a child. So now she’s been told to rest, she’s not allowed any visitors — and we’re telling you, Barbara, no scratching!,” said her The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg. After having chicken pox, 83-year-old Walters in now a risk of contracting shingles.

If you have ever had chicken pox, then you are at risk for developing shingles. Varicella zoster virus (VZV) is the virus that causes chicken pox and shingles. Following recovery from chicken pox, the virus becomes dormant in the body. When shingles develop, a rash or blisters appear on the skin, generally on one side of the body. This is a sign that the virus that was asleep in the nerve cells has reactivated and travelled from the nerve out to the skin. Shingles (also known as herpes zoster) can occur in people of all ages and the risk increases as you get older.

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The War of 1812: A Black Bicentennial Perspective

Posted in Uncategorized by Publisher, Port Of Harlem Snippets on February 8th, 2013

By C.R. Gibbs

Blacks with the Americans

At the beginning of the war, there were 1.3 million persons of African descent in the United States, representing 19 percent of the total population. Eighty seven percent of the Black population was enslaved. Thirteen percent was free. The two and a half year conflict between England and the United States began in 1812. No matter how little known or remembered today, the war was a transforming struggle for many Blacks.

Thousands of men, women and children left slavery’s grief in the wake of the British ships they sailed away on to an often arduous, but free future in ports as distant as Trinidad, Nova Scotia and Sierra Leone. Men of African descent in opposing armies warily eyed each other over their gunfights in several of the war’s major battles, including Bladensburg and New Orleans. And throughout America, at all times, Black people sought to exploit the opportunities and inconsistencies of the war for one paramount objective: freedom.

History books tell us that the war had three major causes: the seizure of American vessels trading with France (with whom England was fighting), England’s arming of Native Americans who raided American frontier settlements and England’s forcible taking of thousands of sailors in an act known as “impressment.” (The Impress Service was formed to force sailors to serve on naval vessels — there was no concept of joining the navy as a fixed career path for non-officers at the time.)

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The Way We Were: The Emancipation Proclamation in the DMV

Posted in Praising the Past by Publisher, Port Of Harlem Snippets on February 8th, 2013

By C.R. Gibbs

Unlike much of the northern urban press, major local newspapers, closer to slavery’s heartbeat, were less than enthusiastic about President’s Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

• The Washington Daily National Intelligencer editorialized “…we expect no good. We shall be only too happy to find that no harm has been done by the present declaration of the Executive.”

• The Washington Star huffed that the proclamation was “void of practical effect.”

• Around the same time, The Talbot County Gazette, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, bemoaned the fact that the state seemed caught between “abolition and secession” and the disturbing tendency “of negroes in various parts of the state…to leave their masters and take refuge within Army lines.”

• Predictably, the Richmond Whig opined splenetically that Lincoln sought “with a dash of his pen to destroy four thousand millions of our property” and “for the slaves to rise in insurrection.” History tells us that the effect of the document was vastly different in each part of what is today known as the District, Maryland and Virginia (DMV).

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