(NNPA)—Although President Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus plan created or saved enough jobs over the past year to prevent the United States from plunging into the second Great Depression, most Americans grossly underestimate what the package has accomplished. “One year later, it is largely thanks to the Recovery Act that a second depression is no longer a possibility,” Obama said at an event marking the bill’s anniversary. He said the stimulus package has saved or helped create 2 million jobs. Not surprisingly, Republicans disagree.
Monthly Archive: February 2010
(Real Times Media)—Joseph Andrew Stack’s decision to fly his plane into the IRS building in Austin, Texas last week is going to be interpreted along two main camps. There will be those that look at Joe Stack’s life, read his extensive suicide note and see a great deal of themselves in the story that he tells. Hard working, played by the rules they were taught and yet still seem to be thwarted at every turn by a federal government singularly focused on the uber-rich. Then there are those that will look at Joe Stack’s life, read his extensive suicide note and see precisely what is wrong with America in general, self absorbed, lack of values and paint him as the epitome of the whining baby boomer generation. Of course, neither side is entirely wrong, but no one is going to give much credence to the main truth. Joe Stack was just one crazy individual who had the same problems as a lot of people; he just handled them in a spectacularly deadly way. Of course, that story is much less sexy narrative than making Joe Stack a sign of our recessionary times.
by Akwasi Evans (NNPA)—Many Black-owned newspapers across the country recently ran a scathing criticism of the NAACP by the National Black Church Initiative. NBCI President Anthony Evans (no relation) said that during the Congressional Black Caucus weekend he “cornered Mr. Jealous,” and told him “the ministers will not stand for the oldest civil rights organization to be used by the gay community to justify their unethical sexual behavior.” Evans’ letter to NAACP Board Chair Julian Bond warned that there was no way the Black church was going to allow the NAACP or anyone “to utilize these institutions that African Americans have put their lives on the line for to be prostituted for a contribution from the White, gay community.” Evans claims the NAACP “has no business in the issue of marriage.” “Marriage,” said Evans, “is a church matter.” But, in reality marriage is more of a state matter than a church matter. Applicants for marriage must seek a license from the government, not from the church. Couples can marry in the church, but they can also marry in the courthouse or even their parent’s house.
Dear District Attorney Zappala: On behalf of the Black Political Empowerment Project Planning Council, the Coalition Against Violence and B-PEP’s Regional Monitoring Project I respectfully request that the charges against CAPA High School student Jordan Miles be dropped. In our opinion this honor student, violinist and viola player has been damaged enough, both physically and psychologically from the brutal beating he received at the hands of three undercover Pittsburgh police officers while going between his mother’s home and that of his grandmother in Homewood on the evening of Jan. 11.
Songwriter Claude Kelly believes all singers are talented in their own way. It’s just his job to bring out the best in them. And, since he burst onto the music scene in 2006, he has been doing that. CLAUDE KELLY “All singers are talented and the divas are harder to vocal produce because everything they do sounds great,” Kelly said. “It’s hard to decide which songs are going to be hits. You have to figure out what sounds good for the radio and what sounds good on a record. What you want to nail is the feeling of the singer and the song they are singing.”
ATLANTA—Icy winds cooled the often hot downtown Atlanta streets to a bone-chilling 15-degrees, but inside the Fabulous Fox Theater on Peachtree Street, a sizzling and soulful concert headlined by Frankie Beverly and Maze, made it feel hotter than July. FRANKIE BEVERLY AND MAZE The Philly-born Beverly graciously acknowledged the sold-out venue and told his fans that another show, also in downtown Atlanta and headlined by The O’Jays and Charlie Wilson—also sold-out of tickets. “Only in the ATL,” he said with a prideful smile.
The newly released Maze tribute album, Silky Soul Music, features the likes of Musiq Soulchild, Joe, Raheem D’Vaughn, Ledisi, Mary J. Blige, the Clark Sisters, and Kevon of After 7 fame. The CD is the brainchild of Anthony Beverly, Frankie Beverly’s only child. The younger Beverly said he felt his father deserved the tribute, considering he hasn’t won “Grammys or American Music Awards or BET Awards.” REX RIDEOUT
One look in the mirror confirmed it: yep, you looked as bad as you felt. Cold, flu, or just some nasty bug? Didn’t matter. You croaked in sick to work, then hunkered down on the sofa beneath a warm blanket, with some daytime TV to sleep by. Could there possibly be a better place to recuperate? Did you ever wonder—once you felt better, of course—what goes on behind the scenes of those TV programs? In the new mystery “The Morning Show Murders” by Al Roker and Dick Lochte, Chef Billy Blessing works hard backstage on Wake Up America! but the chef’s goose is about to be cooked.
This week I visited Ingram Hall in North Versailles, Questions Night Club in the Strip District, Tim’s Bar in the Hill District, The Shadow Lounge in East Liberty, and Matrix in Station Square. My first stop was at Matrix in Station Square where everyone came out to the closing of this great night club. It was in full effect with all the ladies and the music was off the chain in three rooms featuring the best dee jays in the ‘Burgh. Shari Thomas and the crew at the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty for her Valentine’s Day event.
Thursday 25 Jazz jamCJ’s Restaurant & Lounge presents “The Roger Humphries & RH Factor Jazz Jam Session” at 8 p.m. at 2901-2911 Penn Ave., Strip District. There will be live jazz and fun every Thursday night. Must be 25-years or older and there is a dress code that will be enforced. No tennis shoes, sweats, or athletic gear. For more information, call 412-642-2377. ROGER HUMPHRIES