Daily Archive: December 3, 2009

Opinion

10 years of social networking sites and we haven’t learned a thing

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—Ten years ago, the majority of Black America was introduced to the world of social networking sites when Blackplanet went online. It was one of the first social networking sites online and the first to be targeted specifically at Black Americans. People met future spouses, business partners, lovers and a whole array of dramatic situations that all began with a quick search for adventure. Now with the explosion of sites like MySpace and Facebook so much of our lives are filtered through the online world that many are forgetting about our basic human nature. Despite what some sensational news stories may tell us, these websites haven’t really changed us that much, they’ve just given everyone another outlet to act crazy, when they would’ve been crazy anyway.

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Opinion

There is nothing good about ‘Good Hair’

(NNPA)—While new movies such as “Precious” and “The Princess and the Frog” are stirring intense debate among African-Americans, no recent movie or documentary has hair stylist Bo Bogard more riled than “Good Hair.” To Bogard, the owner of Bo26, an upscale salon in northwest Washington, D.C., there is nothing good about “Good Hair.” He asked, rhetorically: “What was the point?” And then he lists the major points that made him hotter than a hot comb poised for action. Bogard was most perturbed by the scenes showing how sodium hydroxide, a chemical used in hair relaxers, can eat through the skin of chickens and dissolve aluminum cans.

Opinion

Commentary…A word to Tiger: Silence isn’t always golden

by David Burnett (NNPA)—Let me start by saying that I am thrilled that Tiger Woods is healthy and was not seriously hurt in that accident outside his home the other night. I selfishly want to see him continue to lay waste to his peers, because I am a huge Tiger Woods fan. But that said, there are still some things I’ve heard and read about this accident that seem to defy common sense, and because of that, the old reporter in me is overriding the fan.

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Opinion

Congress should check convenience stores

(NNPA)—As we prepare to advocate for universal health care in the United States Senate one issue that impacts people’s health is the quality of food available to them. Wealthy people tend to have better health in part due to their diet of quality foods. Conversely, poor peoples’ poor health is usually predicated on their choices in food. One reality for poor people of all pigments is that they have less choices of good food in their neighborhoods. Unlike well-to-do neighborhoods with gourmet grocers and organic options, poor people must, in many cases, use convenience stores to purchase produce and meats. For most poor people of color high quality meats and produce is virtually non-existent.

Opinion

Obama is going to Copenhagen to combat a problem

(NNPA)—Two years ago, residents in much of the Southeast underwent an utter revamping of their lifestyle. Instead of blindly showering water across their lawns and leaving faucets running on end, they were forced to self-ration their own usage, and in many cases eliminate certain activities. In North Carolina, Gov. Michael Easley urged his constituents to cease using water for all purposes not essential to public health and safety while the nearly five million inhabitants of the Atlanta metropolitan area faced fines upwards in the thousands for violating certain water restrictions.

Opinion

Afghanistan: The big decision

(NNPA)—One of the biggest decisions of the young administration of President Barack Obama will be made a few days after this is written on the strategy of the war in Afghanistan. A CNN poll has just come out that suggests the decision will be confronted by a public—of which I am one—that opposes the war by 62 percent and that support for his new strategy to send more troops is split 50-49 percent. While the split decision may not stay that way due to what CNN calls the “rally effect” of a president’s ability to mount a campaign, still it tells us that the margin for error in this decision will be slight going forward.

Opinion

Urgent action for jobs needed now

(NNPA)—As Congress and the nation focus on the passage of comprehensive health care reform, the latest jobs numbers show that our economy also remains in bad health. And while overall unemployment is now at 10.2 percent, African-American joblessness has reached a 28-year high of 15.7 percent, compared with 13.1 percent for Latinos and 9.5 percent for Whites. Black unemployment has risen to over 20 percent in states like Michigan and South Carolina. There are now more than 15.7 million Americans out of work and virtually every sector, from construction to retail, is hemorrhaging jobs.

Entertainment

Latin hip-hop duo Mano Y Mano steps to next level with new CD

In the beginning there was Sossa Smooth, a young eager emcee who first stepped in the booth at the age of 13 and recorded his first song. Then there was J-Kruz, who was inspired by his younger brother to pursue a career in rap music and together they make up the most diverse group that Pittsburgh has ever heard called Mano Y Mano. SOSSA SMOOTH & J-KRUZ “Sossa, at a very young age started rapping and we’ve always had a very competitive nature. He always thought he could do things better than me, so it was only right I started rapping. We’ve been doing this for over 20 years, but he’s is the one that started Mano Y Mano. It started back when he was 13 and I was 16 years of age,” J-Kruz said. Years later with hard work and dedication they have made a name for themselves performing in almost every city in the tri-state area. They are truly a force to be reckoned with. These Latin rappin’ men are here to stay and with a little luck they will soon get the chance to show the world their skills.

Entertainment

All Nations Dance strives to help Haiti

Energized and full of excitement from her recent trip to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the owner of All Nations Dance is determined to continue to provide a dance experience and assistance to a country considered the poorest of the Western Hemisphere. “Being in Haiti is like going back in time,” said D. Maximillion Elliott-Quinerly, executive director. “I’ve never seen anything like it. It is a poverty-stricken area with garbage all in the streets.” OH, WHAT A SHOE—Just one of many items sold through All Nations Dancewear is the ballet sandal. Traveling to Port-au-Prince as part of a mission trip sponsored by Greater Works Outreach Church, Elliott-Quinerly, other congregations, missionaries, and Haitian staff provided a spiritual uplifting for the 46 girls in the Greater Works Home for Girls.