Monthly Archive: December 2009

Opinion

Commentary…Health care headed to court

The Senate made history by passing legislation that would overhaul the nation’s health insurance system. Though the bill still has to be merged with the one the House passed in November before it can be signed into law by President Obama, this current crop of legislators has come farther than any other in working to make sure Americans have needed health care coverage. The legislation, however, may not see the light of day if some states have their way.

Opinion

To Be Equal…Coalition calls for accurate census count

(NNPA)—As we make our lists and check them twice this holiday season, we are reminded that on April 1, many of the essential “gifts” of democracy will be determined by our participation in the 2010 Census. A complete and accurate census count will ensure that your state and community get their fair share of congressional seats, community services and the distribution of more than $400 billion in federal funding. But the undercounting of African-Americans in recent years has short-changed hard-pressed communities of color. That is why it is so important for every citizen to participate in the census and for the government to take specific actions to remedy the under-counting of African-Americans. And it was the reason I convened a meeting with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and a broad coalition of civil rights leaders in Washington.

Opinion

Commentary…Devastating, yet distinguished decade

(NNPA)—As we approach the end of the first 10 years of the 21st century, it is useful to remember the legal lows and historic highs of the past decade for the policy interests of Black people in America. My father’s advice to me is still applicable: “Do not forget your Egypt.”What my father meant was that no matter how high you ascend, do not lose memory of from whence you came. His lesson to me is timely for African-Americans today.

Opinion

Climate change: A call for responsibility and justice

(NNPA)—As I watched the events unfolding in Copenhagen, Denmark, at the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference for those two weeks in December, I could not help but feel frustrated and energized at the same time. Frustrated because once again the world’s poor—African, Caribbean, Latin American, Asian and small island nations in particular—have had to justify their necessity to have a quality-filled life.

Entertainment

Mercado puts her spin on ‘Dreamgirls’

Syesha Mercado is excited to be playing the coveted role of Deena Jones in “Dreamgirls” which opened at Heinz Hall Dec. 29. “I love the role of Deena Jones because it hits so close to home. It feels very similar to my story because I had to become vulnerable and we’ve all had hardships and trying to find ourselves,” said Mercado, second runner-up on the second season of Fox-TV’s “American Idol.” “Like Deena Jones, (while) growing up my family was my biggest support system. I didn’t grow up in a wealthy family. I grew up in the projects like Deena and she set goals like I did and she tried to win competitions like I did.” SYESHA MERCADO

Entertainment

A taste of Christmas, R&B from Musiq Soulchild

Neo-soul artist Musiq Soulchild has given his fans a beautiful Christmas present with the release of a seven-song album entitled “Christmas Musiq” as well as a chart topping R&B CD. The Christmas disc, which is available on iTunes and other electronic media spots, showcases Musiq’s unique take on such classic Christmas tunes as “The First Noel,” “O Holy Night” and Jingle Bells.” MUSIQ SOULCHILD

Entertainment

Out & About…Happy New Yer from Brotha Ash

At this time I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and to look for big things to come from Brotha Ash hitting the new hot spots in the ’Burgh. This week I visited Dreamz Night Club in the Strip District, Tim’s Lounge in the Hill District, Ava Lounge in East Liberty, CJ’s in the Strip District, Billy’s Gold Door in Homewood and Mr. Kenny’s in the Hill District. Hanging out at Dreamz Night Club in the Strip District.

Entertainment

My wife turned my SUV into a community bus!

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: Last year I bought a new SUV and within three months my wife had turned it into a community bus. We have two children. Our son is 12 and our daughter is 10. They are both into activities. My son plays football, basketball, baseball, soccer, and tennis. My daughter is a cheerleader and takes sewing lessons at a school of fashion design. My wife is going to enroll her into an art class tutored by a famous artist and eventually she will be enrolled in piano lessons. This is the problem: Some of their friends participate in the same activities and they are transported to and from the activities by my wife. Also, often these children come to our house afterward and are there until my wife takes them home. Gwendolyn, I refuse to accept this any longer. I feel we are being used.—Jim

Entertainment

Cover To Cover…‘Searching for Whitopia’

The invitation contained everything you needed to know to have fun. Well, almost everything… You knew the date and time and where to be. You knew who was throwing this shindig. But the invite didn’t say a word about what to wear. So, naturally, you showed up dressed to the nines, sporting shiny things on your fingers and ears. Unfortunately, everybody else was in shorts and tees, and you stuck out like a sunflower in a parking lot.

Entertainment

Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 31 New Year’s Eve The Pittsburgh Jazz Society presents a New Year’s Eve Party from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Rhythm House Café, 3029 Washington Pike, Bridgeville. Ring in the New Year with the talented Gene Ludwig Organ Trio featuring Jay Willis. DUQ’s Tony Mowod will be the host. Reservations are requested. For more information, call 412-221-5010.