Daily Archive: April 14, 2010

Metro

Community Calendar

Celebrity roast APRIL 16—The Hilton Hotel & Towers, will host the 12th Annual Mel Blount Youth Home All-Star Celebrity Roast at 6:30 p.m. at 600 Commonwealth Place, Downtown. The roast is a tribute honoring Super Bowl XL MVP and wide receiver Hines Ward. Dinner will be at 7 p.m. and this is a black-tie affair. Tickets are $350 per person and proceeds will benefit the Mel Blount Youth Home. For more information, call 724-948-2311 or e-mail office@mbyh.org.

International

Ritual sacrifice of children on the rise in Uganda

by Jason Straziuso JINJA, Uganda (AP)—Caroline Aya was playing in front of her house in January when a neighbor put a cloth over her mouth and fled with her. ABDUCTED AND SLAIN— In this Feb. 11 photo, Balluonzima Christ, left, and Rose Ajiba hold a photograph of their child Caroline Aya, allegedly killed for a sacrificial ceremony in Jinja, Uganda. A couple of days later, the 8-year-old’s body was found a short walk away—with her tongue cut out. Police believe she was offered up as a human sacrifice in a ritual killing, thought to bring wealth or health. “If it is a sickness you try to treat it, and if they die that is one thing,” said Caroline’s father, Balluonzima Christ. “But when you slaughter a person like a goat, that is not easy.”

National

Black conservative Tea Party backers take heat

by Valerie Bauman ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)—They’ve been called Oreos, traitors and Uncle Toms, and are used to having to defend their values. Now Black conservatives are really taking heat for their involvement in the mostly white tea party movement—and for having the audacity to oppose the policies of the nation’s first Black president. RUNNING FOR OFFICE— In this Feb. 10 photo, Fox News political analyst Angela McGlowan announces at the Tupelo, Miss., City Hall, that she is running for the 1st Congressional District as a Republican. “I’ve been told I hate myself. I’ve been called an Uncle Tom. I’ve been told I’m a spook at the door,” said Timothy F. Johnson, chairman of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, a group of Black conservatives who support free market principles and limited government.

National

States push to pay teachers based on performance

by Dorie Turner ATLANTA (AP)—For parents and politicians hungry for better schools, the idea of paying teachers more if their students perform better can seem as basic as adding two and two or spelling “cat.” ELIGIBLE FOR MERIT BONUSES—Trenise Duvernay talks to Miracle Lee, left, and Danny Dinet, center, as she teaches fourth grade math class at the Alice M. Harte Charter School in New Orleans April 7. Yet just a handful of schools and districts around the country use such strategies. In some states, the idea is effectively illegal. That could all be changing as the federal government wields billions of dollars in grants to lure states and school districts to try the idea. The money is persuading lawmakers around the country, while highlighting the complex problems surrounding pay-for-performance systems.

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Opinion

False and detrimental definitions

Last Saturday while in a meeting a fellow member asked me how could I ever vote for any Republican candidate, because all Republicans are conservative and dislike Blacks, and all Democrats are liberal and go that extra mile to improve the quality of life for Blacks. Ridiculous false statements such as this have proven to be detrimental to the growth of all people. The following are perfect examples of false and detrimental definitions. (1.) Bad drug dealer: a person who invests their ill-gotten gains in jewelry, cars, girls, bars, etc.

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Opinion

Michelle Obama says put the muffin down

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—A couple of years ago I was in the passenger’s seat driving with a group of friends to dinner. As is often the case when you are the only single man in a car full of three single women, the conversation moves to dating, marriage and the inevitable “Who do you think is good looking?” Each side pitched names back and forth with the usual results. I say “LL Cool” and the women all coo about his chest and lips. They say “Kelita Smith” and I say Bernie Mac was the luckiest man on television.

Opinion

HBO’s lily white world war

(NNPA)—Cable television’s largest movie channel, HBO, has proudly shown two fictitious (they want you to believe it is a documentary) classics about World War II. “Band of Brothers” dealt with the European Theater and now “Pacific” is portraying the battles of the Pacific from a very racist point of view. Despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of African-Americans gave their blood, sweat and tears to this noble challenge these shows are void of any Black participation. That is just one big lie! A lie that is racist to the core and we must call them out. They are trying to rewrite history to the detriment of Black legacy and pride and that is more than sinful. It is a crime.

Opinion

Will Obama fight for a liberal on top court?

(NNPA)—The coming resignation of Justice John Paul Stevens from the Supreme Court sets up a new fight for his successor and a question that I and others have. Will President Obama appoint someone as liberal as Stevens has become? An indication of where the president might be coming from is the comment that he made when the Citizens United case was decided last year. Then, he said it was a victory for powerful interests like banks, oil companies and etc. that, “marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans.”

Opinion

Obama’s urban agenda

Much has been made about the debate between two of our most respected Black leaders: Tavis Smiley and Rev. Al Sharpton. The two men, both activists in their own way, disagree on whether or not President Obama should openly pursue an “urban agenda.” Smiley thinks Obama should be more aggressive in pursuing a Black agenda and thinks Black leaders are being too soft on him. Sharpton thinks pushing such a plan would put the president in a vulnerable position and that Black leaders, not the president, should pursue a plan for urban improvement. Reverend Sharpton is correct.