Daily Archive: March 24, 2010


Guest editorial…The man in the middle

In his column on Friday in The New York Times, conservative pundit David Brooks offered a surprisingly clear-eyed view of the Obama presidency more than a year into its first term—and the challenges that a rigidly partisan political culture poses for a leader like Obama. Conservative Republicans denounce Obama as “a big-government liberal,” Brooks writes, who plays “by ruthless, Chicago politics”: “arrogant toward foes, condescending toward allies.” Liberal Democrats, on the other hand, complain that Obama is “an inspiring but overly intellectual leader who has trouble making up his mind and fighting for his positions. He has not defined a clear mission. He has allowed the Republicans to dominate debate.”


Blacks shine at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

(Part one of a four-part series.) “I always wanted to live a man’s life in a woman’s body.” That’s how Diane von Furstenberg, one of America’s top fashion designers, described her fall 2010 womenswear collection at its recent debut during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. FARAH ANGSANA, GEORGES CHAKRA and DIANE VON FURSTENBERG She translated her vision beautifully into reality, combining power, strength, and authority with grace, elegance and sensuality. The result was a wardrobe for the modern-day femme fatale, the chic sophisticate who is comfortable and in control at the head of the boardroom table yet owns enough of her softer side to let a fellow hold the door for her on her way out.


‘The New Jim Crow’

Bang. Click. Those are the sounds you’d hear. The first, a judge’s gavel coming down, sealing your fate for life. The second, the sound of handcuffs going around your wrists, leading to a chain around your waist. That’s what you’d hear if you were convicted of a felony. Maybe you’d be guilty. Maybe you’d be innocent. In cities all over the country, African-Americans—particularly men—face unbalanced rates of incarceration when compared to prison time served by Whites. In the book “The New Jim Crow,” author Michelle Alexander likens this travesty to slavery and more.


Out & About with Brotha Ash at the Mardi Gras

This week I visited the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood, CJ’s in the Strip District, Club Heat in the Strip District, Phase III in Homewood and Billy’s Gold Door in Homewood. My first stop was at Phase III in Homewood where everyone came out to the event called “Party With The Ques!” This was the first night of the Mardi Gras event that is held every year. This fraternity really knows how to get their party and drink on. Andrea James and the crew chilling at the Mardi Gras event at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood.


I only date ignorant stupid women!

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: I sometimes see men on the street holding signs declaring to be homeless. This is totally unnecessary. After coming out of juvenile detention and after serving five years in adult prison, I came up with the master plan. This is what I did: I decided to live the good life. I have never worked because I always befriended a lady who had children and having a difficult time—mentally. Usually she was together when it came to receiving her assistance such as free housing, food, and a monthly check.


Obama tells Congress: Act soon on financial reform

WASHINGTON (AP)—The U.S. needs major changes to its financial system so consumers are better protected, banks fortified and the economy safeguarded from sliding into another Depression, President Barack Obama said Saturday. President Barack Obama at the Patriot Center at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., March 19. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama told Congress to act quickly and pass “common sense rules that will our allow markets to function fairly and freely while reining in the worst practices of the financial industry.”


Black support high for Obama’s race-neutral stance

by Jesse Washington CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)—In this banking center walloped by the Great Recession, where unemployment just hit a 20-year high and as many as one in three Black people are out of work, Blacks could easily be frustrated with President Barack Obama’s insistence that a rising economic tide for all will lift African-American boats. SUPPORTS OBAMA— James Norris is shown in Charlotte, N.C., on March 17. In this banking center walloped by the Great Recession, where unemployment just hit a 20-year high and as many as one in three Black folks are out of work, Black people could easily be frustrated with President Barack Obama’s insistence that a rising economic tide will lift African-American boats. Yet despite surging discontent among some Black advocates over Obama’s refusal to specifically target rising Black unemployment, it’s hard to find average Black folks here who disagree with the president’s approach.


Change your life by definition

“If I ask 100 different people, they will give me 100 different definitions of success. But I define success as the pursuit of a worthy ideal.”—Napoleon Hill, author of the best-selling book, “Think and Grow Rich” That is Napoleon Hill’s definition of success. It may work for you, but just because he is a best-selling author does not guarantee that it will. Each individual must create his/her own definition of success in order to be successful. I believe there are four components to defining success from an individual perspective: