Daily Archive: October 8, 2009



The gay games people play

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—The Cleveland metropolitan area has finally done it. The city has become the center of a political and cultural story that has nothing to do with foreclosure crisis, the lousy football team, the horrible bond rating or horrendous infrastructure. Last week, the Cleveland metro area managed to be the center of a whole new conversation about gay rights in the United States, both moving things forward and setting the narrative back 20 years. Not bad for a city some still affectionately refer to as the “Mistake on the Lake.”


Chicago school violence and the urban crisis

(NNPA)—It was with some concern that when 16 year-old student Derrion Albert was killed recently by other youths wielding wooden clubs in Chicago, the White House responded by deciding to send Attorney General Eric Holder and Schools Chief Arne Duncan into the fray. First of all, we should be pleased that this incident attracted action by the White House at all, but my concern is that at base it is really not an issue of policing or one of school administration, since 400 youths have been killed in Chicago in the past year.



A political warranty

In his first year in office, former president Bill Clinton, who had run as a centrist, was drawn into the new left vortex of socialized health care, which led to a resounding defeat for Clinton and the Democrats in the 1994 mid-term elections. Current President Barack Obama too is attempting to reform health care and like Clinton has seen his popularity sink. Some political pundits are drawing comparisons between the two administrations and positing that Democrats are setting themselves up for a bit of a spanking come 2010. It is, as Shirley Bassey sang, “all just a little bit of history repeating.”


Tracey Lee helps fill R&B void

With the sale of WAMO, there definitely has been a void when it comes to having a station that plays the R&B hits that everyone loves, but the void is no longer. Last week, Pittsburgh’s WLTJ-Q92.9 FM launched a new nightly radio show, “Q in the City” with host Tracey Lee. TRACEY LEE From 9 p.m.-12 a.m., Sundays through Fridays, 92.9 features nothing but R&B from artists such as Tina Turner, Luther Vandross, the O’Jays, Earth Wind and Fire and more.


Perry’s latest sends another strong message

Yes, the movie “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” is of typical Tyler Perry melodramatic style, and you may be tired of that, but “Tyler Perry has a special way of speaking to his audience, and it’s unbelievable,” David Spitz, Lionsgate executive vice president and general sales manager, said. SCENE FROM THE MOVIE “I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF” That said, Perry’s latest effort takes us into the world of April (played by Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson) whose life is a bit hazardous. She’s an alcoholic nightclub singer who is dating a married man. But after three little gifts arrive on her doorstep, her life would never be the same.


‘Grey’s Anatomy’ characters in unfamiliar territory

Many viewers expected to see changes in the sixth season of ABC’s hit drama “Grey’s Anatomy,” but the biggest surprises in this year’s two-hour season premier didn’t come until the last few minutes of the episode. HARD TIMES—Dr. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and Chief Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) are no longer a shoulder for Seattle Grace staff to lean on. With many Americans still suffering from the recession, several television shows have been incorporating the dire economic conditions into their storylines. This season, “Grey’s Anatomy” will be no exception as Chief of Surgery Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) announced that Seattle Grace Hospital will be merging with rival hospital Mercy West.


Out & About at the Whiteside Road Reunion

This week I visited the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood, The Grey Box Theatre in Lawrenceville, The Kelly Strayhorn Theatre in East Liberty, The Shadow Lounge in East Liberty and CJ’s in the Strip District. My first stop was at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood where the Whiteside Side Road reunion took place. This event happens every year. One year it’s located at Ammon’s Recreation center in the Hill District and the following year it’s held at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood. I have to shout out the whole Whiteside Road Reunion Committee including my girl Connie and my boy Clarence. The Whiteside Road Crew representin’ for the H.I.L.L. at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum


‘Distorted Love’ tackles various love issues

Pittsburgh resident Marlene Davis chose to spend her Tuesday night seeing the production, “Distorted Love” because “it spoke to a lot of women’s situation and how you try to escape realism in those situations,” she said. “Distorted Love,” a Charlayne Henry Production in Association with A Sistas Thang Productions, centered around the all-female Cantrell family of attorneys at Whitmore, Lacey and Ditmon. Delores is a retired partner at the firm while Debora is poised to make partner at the firm.



My boyfriend’s father is in love with me!

NNPA—Dear Gwendolyn: I have been dating my boyfriend for five years. Each time I mention getting married, he changes the conversation. I must admit that I am growing tired of his seemingly “no interest” in marrying me. Last year at his family’s reunion gathering, his father told me that for the past two years he has been in love with me. He said, “I thought by now you would have married my son or the two of you would have broken the relationship.” I was rude with him at first, but now I am having second thoughts.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 8 Season opener The University of Pittsburgh Kuntu Repertory Theatre presents “Dutchman” and “The Slave” at 8 p.m. at Alumni Hall, 7th Floor Auditorium, 4227 Fifth Ave., Oakland. The two one-act plays launch the 2009-2010 season, which is dedicated to the late Rob Penny. He was the Kuntu’s playwright-in-residence for many years and a Pitt associate professor of Africana studies. Dutchman examines the possibilities of interracial relationships through an encounter on a New York subway. The flirtation between the young man and woman evolves into a serious discussion of perceptions and stereotypes that ends in tragedy. “The Slave” is a fable that looks at the revolution to overthrow the Euro-centered culture of the United States through the relationships of a divorced interracial couple and a new spouse, the ex-husband’s former mentor. The performance will run through Oct. 10. Admission is $20 for adults, $13 for senior citizens, students and children ages 4-18. For more information, call 412-624-7298.