Monthly Archive: March 2010

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Opinion

Blacks and awards confusion

The three police officers that were involved in the Jordan Miles situation used excessive force in my conviction, but all received awards for their police activities. I heard complaints galore about the gall, nerve, insensitivity, and bigoted attitude of those involved in the awards. However, I need to remind everyone that awards are not only trophies, plaques and commendations. Our communities have rewarded and awarded those who did not deserve any positive recognition with one of our most precious tools, and that is our vote since 1936.

Opinion

Editorial…Health care reform finally a reality

Health care reform. It wasn’t pretty, but the battle for health care reform has been won. When congressional Democrats sent the final piece of landmark health care legislation to President Barack Obama on March 26 before heading home to face a skeptical—and sometimes threatening—public, it was a historic victory for America.

Entertainment

Tug of war in menswear led to new look

(Part two of a four-part series.) A silent tug of war has been raging in menswear between mature, polished elegance and the casual, oversized sportiness that has dominated for the better part of a decade and has ceded little sartorial ground to opposing looks. MICHAEL KORS DESIGNS Unlike in womenswear—and despite the obvious need for a wardrobe that suits varying occasions and settings—accommodating the two disparate aesthetics is too complicated for most American men. Decisions about how to dress must be clear-cut and fairly free of nuance.

Entertainment

Cover To Cover…‘A Century and Some Change’

The picture wasn’t in the best of shape. Over time, it suffered cracks and folds, sun and chemicals not meant for old black-and-whites. You suppose the people in the picture might be relatives; grandparents, maybe, or greats. They appear to be at a carnival, and though it might’ve been summertime, he’s dressed in a suit and she’s wearing a heavy dress with long sleeves. They’re not smiling.

Entertainment

Activist embraces controversy

When your book is optioned for a movie, and when the film receives critical acclaim and Oscar nods, most authors arguably assume that they’ve reached the mountaintop. So when that sequence happened this year with the release of “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire,” the writer used the exposure as a platform to continue a discussion of the dirty secrets that few discuss. SAPPHIRE There are some in the Black community who condemn the film’s brutal depiction of urban reality that revolved around an abused illiterate obese incest survivor teen, and claim that the movie panders to stereotype and rekindles the light-skinned vs. dark-skinned chasm that still simmers among some African-Americans.

Entertainment

Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the American Legion Post #5 in East Liberty, Kenny’s Place in the Hill District, Club Illusionz in the Strip District, Tim’s Lounge in the Hill District, The Red Onion in the Hill District, CJ’s in the Strip District, The Shadow Lounge in East Liberty and Club Heat in the Strip District. My first stop was at the American Legion Post #5 where Karen Lane celebrated her birthday with family and friends. The food was great and the music had everyone on the dance floor. All the ladies came out to show Club Heat much love in the Strip District.

Entertainment

Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 1 Jazz jam CJ’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 30 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.

Business

McGuire named Chef of the Year

Move over Chef G. Garvin and Pat and Gina Neely, there is a new chef on the scene and his name is Chef Kevin R. McGuire. McGuire, a North Braddock native and student in the Foodservices, Lodging and Recreation Management program at the Community College of Allegheny County Boyce Campus, won the 2009 American Culinary Federation, Pittsburgh Chapter Chef of the Year Award. Passionate about what he does and excited about receiving the award, McGuire said, “Not just anyone receives a nomination. But I was chosen because they say I elicit high standers as a chef in my establishment, uphold standards set by my colleagues and devote my time to the culinary field and the ACFPC.” A HAPPY MOMENT —Kevin McGuire thanks the American Culinary Federation Pittsburgh Chapter for naming him 2009 Chef of the year.

Business

McElhatton’s unique business model…Put your people first

When he started out in business Kent McElhattan and his father were safety engineers in a division of National Mine Service Co. that was so small, when a Scottish firm bought NMSC, it didn’t learn about them for a year—and when it did, the division was promptly dissolved. ONLY THE BEST— Industrial Scientific Chairman Kent McElhattan talks about his business’ supply chain and becoming part of it, during the March 26 African American Chamber of Commerce Power Breakfast. But that allowed the McElhattans to buy it and start their own firm designing and manufacturing electronic gas detectors that would save lives in the coal, oil, gas and steel industries. Industrial Scientific was born. “At that time, our business was 1/40 the size of our next closest competitor,” he told the African American Chamber of Commerce, during its March 26 Power Breakfast. “Within 10 years, we were number one.”