December 9 - December 22, 2010


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Attitude Exact is Back with the B Spot!

After closing Attitude Exact Gallery on Barracks Row for four months, Barry Lester is back with the B Spot at 1123-B Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, next to Frager’s Hardware and between Eastern Market and Potomac Metro stations. “We aim to become the multi-purpose art gallery, juice bar and tea house,”declared Lester. They also serve international coffees and fruit smoothies.

The B Spot light fare includes jerk chicken salad and tuna salad with cucumbers in a backdrop of paintings, sculptures, mixed media collage and fine art photography (all for sale and framing). “We also have a stage and looking forward to presenting fine artists and poets.” added Lester. The B Spot is open Monday through Saturday from 7a to 7p.



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Going Natural - How You Can Help Save Billions!

Since November 1995, Port of Harlem has been celebrating the diversity of African people, at home and abroad. We even named the publication after the world's most famous Pan-African community,
Harlem, and has operated on the belief that diversity starts at home and that a celebration of diversity amongst ourselves releases some of the mistrust we have of each other. We know that without a sense of unity, others will continue to exploit the opportunities to divide, abuse and conquer us - - willingly and unwillingly for their own advancement.

In this issue we celebrate the stories of Surinamese-American Mireille Liong-A-Kong, Canadian Anderson Ruffin Abbott, American of Puerto-Rican heritage Eric Velasquez, American-born Melvin Deal, Haitian-American Edwidge Danticat, and others. Like so many of (Marcus) Garvey's children, they are often at the ends of our thoughts or left out because we knowingly and unknowingly undervalue the sons and daughters of Africa.

We also celebrate our hair in its natural state in our 15th anniversary issue.  As a part of that celebration, we hope that you will pick up an issue of the latest print issue. Here in Snippets we offer three informative video links that celebrate our hair in its natural state:

Melinda Gates Quits

WashPost Boards

President Barack Obama has proposed regulations that would restrict the flow of taxpayer money to for-profit colleges, which get up to 90 percent of their revenue from federal grants and loans and received $26.5 billion last year in U.S. student aid.

Meanwhile, Melinda French Gates, philanthropist and wife of Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates, has resigned from The Washington Post Co.'s board of directors.

Her resignation comes shortly after the release of a highly critical report, funded partly by her foundation, which likened for-profit colleges to subprime-mortgage lenders, targeting low-income and traditionally underrepresented students. The Washington Post Co. gets more than half of its revenues from its for-profit higher-education unit, Kaplan.

Neither Gates nor The Washington Post gave a reason for her departure.

The report, "Subprime Opportunity," authored by the Washington, D.C.–based Education Trust, said low-income students make up half of the enrollment at for-profit colleges and Blacks, Latinos and American Indians comprise 37 percent.

The report also found that in 2008, only 22 percent of the first-time, full-time bachelor-degree students at for-profit colleges graduate within six years, compared with 55 percent at public institutions and 65 percent at private nonprofit colleges.

Banjul Bound

Port of Harlem is heading back to Banjul, The Gambia, West Africa in early April. We will fly South African Airways to Dakar, Senegal, take local transit (it saves money and adds to the adventure) to Barra where we will cross The River Gambia by ferry into Banjul.

New Bus Service to Brooklyn!

The KnowItExpress is breaking the mold, not only is the company run by a Black woman, it runs not between Washington and Manhattan, but Washington and Brooklyn. "Really, going to Brooklyn was about doing something different and offering consumers a different experience ," says Shalonda Hunter of KnowItExpress.

They are running extra buses Thursday, December 23 and Thursday, December 30. Tickets start at $25 one way.


Holiday Events


  • BZB Gift Show continues at Shiloh Baptist Church, 9th and P Streets, NW, Washington Saturdays December 11 and 18 with extended hours from 10a to 8p.
  • Amazuli, Art of Cloth, Cindy Williams, Khatvanga & Confetti, Exodus, Sophie Finzi, Denise Goring, Keilove, Kembali, Metal Fabulous, Millee Spears, Milton Bennett, Steel Pony, and Vintage to Vanguard for Trade Secrets for the Holidays Saturday and Sunday December 11 and 12, 3805 Kansas Ave, NW, noon to 6p


  • Christmas in Africa is a concert celebrating the season with Afro-funk, Reggae, Calypso, Nigerian or Ghanaian High Life, Calypso High Life, Makossa, and Ndombolo gospel praise and worship songs. Church of the Living God hosts the concert Sunday, December 26, at 1417 Chillum Road, Hyattsville, MD. Tickets are $20.


  • Alexandria’s Kwanzaa celebration starts Saturday, December 11 at 11a to 1p and followed by the film screening of "The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration" 4:30p to 6:30p at the Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA. (703-746-4356)


  • December 14 from 6p - 8p, Lou Gossett Jr. signs An Actor and a Gentleman ($26.95) at Hue-Man, 2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd - Harlem

Gary Removes Racist’s Name from Public Building


Michael Jackson’s hometown, Gary, IN, had renamed the Ora Wildermuth branch of the Gary Public Library to the Carter G. Woodson branch. Wildermuth started the Gary library system, but he also left several writings on his beliefs on Black inferiority and opposed Blacks having equal access to Indiana University - a school in which Black’s taxes help fund.

Woodson became only the second Black to earn a doctorate from Harvard University and has long been considered the "father of Black history." Woodson started the first Negro History Week in 1926 after viewing an Irish Day parade in front of his home in Washington, D.C.


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