Daily Archive: January 7, 2010

Opinion

Holder picks up Black male theme

(NNPA)—Attorney General Eric Holder in a few recent speeches at the Roosevelt, N.Y. Memorial Presbyterian Church in Queens, N.Y., and at a town hall meeting at Morehouse College in Atlanta has rehashed the theme of the irresponsible Black male. It seems like something of a campaign by President Barack Obama and his attorney general that sounds so much like the conservative playbook on race we have witnessed for the past 30 years.

Opinion

Hoping for change in U.S. policy toward Columbia

(NNPA)—I have dedicated many NNPA pieces to the topic of violence against Afro-descendants in Colombia. Unfortunately, violence, intimidation and injustice continue to dominate conversations about our brothers and sisters of African descent in Colombia, who conservatively make up 26 percent of the national population. Recent months have seen a marked increase in violence and threats against Afro-Colombians throughout the country, particularly in coastal communities where high concentrations of Afro-Colombians reside. Multiple conditions have created an environment for such heightened pressures against Afro-descendants in Colombia. The pending U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement has led to the preemptive displacement of thousands of Afro-Colombians. It is estimated that between 1995 and 2005, 65 percent of Afro-Colombians living in supposedly protected ancestral homelands were forced to flee their lands. This exodus has been the result of armed conflict and corporate development. Such displacement has only exacerbated the marginal existence many people already were facing.

Entertainment

J’Aira and friends concert show real reason for Christmas

It was a magical night filled with anointed singing, dancing and music. Local songstress J’Aira Pryor and her friends, gospel group Praise, Worship and Deliverance, mime group Spirit Mime Ministry and singers Joey Morris and Rev. Les Boone gave the audience the reason for the Christmas season at New Horizon Theater. J’AIRA PRYOR “Truly we praise God for being here to celebrate Christ’s birth,” said Praise, Worship & Deliverance member, Pamela Morman.

Entertainment

Out & About at the Schenley High School Reunion

This week I visited the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood, Bethel AME Church in the Hill District, The Kingsley Center in East Liberty, Krobar in the Strip District, Tim’s Lounge in the Hill District, the Blakely Center in the Hill District and Ava Lounge in East Liberty. Representin’ for the red and black at the Schenley High School reunion in Homewood. My first stop was the Kingsley Center in East Liberty where the Community Empowerment Association held their annual Kwanzaa celebration with everyone from the community coming out to participate.

Entertainment

Granddaughter too young to be ‘stepmother’

Dear Gwendolyn: I am concerned about the future of my granddaughter. She graduated from high school two years ago and attended college (for one semester) last fall. Now she is not working and not in school. She came to the family Christmas dinner with her boyfriend’s 3-year-old girl who constantly screamed while she was there. She told the family that her boyfriend has full custody of his daughter.

Entertainment

Cover To Cover…‘Mama Dearest’

The minute you saw that child, you knew who she belonged to. She had the same eyes, same chin, same mannerisms. She wore her hair like her mama did back in the day; in fact, you could swear the ribbons had been handed down. She even laughed the same way, as if “ha-ha” was genetic. There was no way her mama could deny that child. The girl was just like her mother. The apple, they say, doesn’t fall far from the tree, and in the new novel “Mama Dearest” by E. Lynn Harris, it sticks around through three generations.

Entertainment

Arts & Culture Calendar

AFRICAN DANCE—Erin Perry, LaKeisha Wolf and Chrisala Brown perforn a traditional African Dance. This was part of the Ujamaa Collective Kwanzaa celebration in the Hill District, Dec. 29. Thursday 7 Dance class Pittsburgh Heat Hip Hop Dance Co. presents a Kids Hip-Hop Class at 5:30 p.m. at 300 Camp Horne Rd., Robinson. Kids 9 to 14 are welcome to this fun, energetic class to learn hip-hop dancing. The cost is $15. For more information, call Brenna Jaworski at 412-969-8344.

Business

Solar firm to expand

Western Pennsylvania is well-positioned for green economic growth and opportunity, according to a report issued by the Green Building Alliance. Holding on to that belief, Fred Underwood, owner of Underwood Solar Future LLC, is positioning his business to take advantage of such opportunities. A LITTLE DAB WILL DO IT—Fred Underwood, owner of Underwood Solar Future LLC, uses a solar panel demonstrating that even a little light can be converted into a needed savings while holding an article indicating that energy bills will increase 63 percent in 2011. The report, Green Building Products and Services Market Analysis for Pennsylvania and Benchmark States,” reveals that there are unmet needs in the region. Providing full-service solar panel estimating and installation for commercial businesses and some residential applications, Underwood says his company plans to fill the solar needs of the state and beyond.

Business

The economy: Looking back and looking ahead

(NNPA)—During 2009 we saw the end of the deepest recession, since the Great Depression of the 1930s. We witnessed the bankruptcy of GM and Chrysler, a tumbling stock market, record housing foreclosures and double digit unemployment. And this was all in the first half! The second half of the year saw a stabilizing in all these areas, with economic growth moving into the black for the first time in two years. Most forecasts for 2010 are for 2.0 percent to 3.0 percent GDP growth, some easing in unemployment and inflation remaining in check, primarily because of slack demand. Unfortunately, the improving economy is being propped up by federal government stimulus programs and a Federal Reserve Bank policy of low interest rates. Neither of these policies are sustainable over the long haul.

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Business

Understanding Form W4: Employee Withholding Allowance Certificate

If you have been receiving a relatively large tax refund (refund in access of $1,500) in the past couple of years, yet finding it hard to make ends meet, this article is for you. Nearly 70 percent of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. After they pay their monthly expenses and debts, they have nothing left over to save and invest for future goals, pay off debt and/or spend on activities that are conducive toward romance and entertainment.