(NNPA)—Last week, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell proclaimed April Confederate History Month in his state. In fact, he proclaimed the date on April 7, which is the same day in 1865 that Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee began to negotiate the terms of surrender with United States Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. In some states, this day is considered Confederate Memorial Day, and Virginia is not alone in celebrating “Confederate History Month.” Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana have celebrated this month for quite some time. In the last decade or so Texas (since 1999), Florida (since 2007), and Georgia (since 2009) have also instituted celebrations of Confederate History Month. Virginia celebrated from 1994-2002 before the commemoration was revoked.
Daily Archive: April 21, 2010
(NNPA)—After months of pressure from the National Urban League, the Congressional Black Caucus and other members of the civil rights community, the White House has endorsed a key provision of the National Urban League’s six-point Plan for Putting Americans Back to Work— summer jobs for chronically unemployed urban youths. In a recent conference call between CBC Chairwoman Barbara Lee and White House officials, the administration urged Senate passage of H.R. 4899, a bill that would allocate $600 million to create 300,000 summer youth jobs which passed in the House March 24.
President Barack Obama may claim victory over his health care bill that passed in the House of Representatives last month, but as an African-American male, the real victory for him and so many others like him remains elusive. The new law provides a system of health care intended to be more affordable and accessible to every American. The bill anticipates that every American will avail themselves to medical resources that will enable them to live longer and healthier lives with prevention being the key to success.
(Part four in a four-part series) It’s not unusual for artists in any creative genre to have a muse, a larger-than-life figure who uniquely inspires. Pop artist Andy Warhol had actress Edie Sedgwick. Later, Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld had Kimora Lee. And for nearly a quarter-century, designer Azzedine Alaia has been captivated by the irrepressible Naomi Campbell. MIGUEL ANTOINNE
This weekend Shirley Murdock, Christopher Williams, Clifton Powell, Chrystale Wilson and Carl Payne star in a play at the Byham Theater Downtown April 24-25. Murdock and Powell share their thoughts about why seeing this play is so important and how it could change someone’s life. SHIRLEY MURDOCK and CLIFTON POWELL “I have known Derrick and Celeste Brinkley for years,” said singer/actress Murdock. “Both of our sons are 18 years of age and we have known each other since our children were about nine years of age. I’ve toured with many of their plays in the past. ‘A Women’s Revenge’ and ‘Guilty Until Proven Innocent’ were some of the plays I’ve done in the past with them. The main thing about ‘I Can’t Stop Lovin’ You’ is it’s about a family and the choices that we make. Sometimes people makes permanent choices based on a temporary situation. Decisions that we make does not just affect you, but it affects everyone that you are attached to. If a husband makes a bad decision it is good for the family because even though it seems good for him, the wife and marriage suffers and the children too. It’s like a domino effect.
Have you ever wondered why music is important to you? Scientists have all sorts of explanations, but you probably can’t live without your iPod because those tunes speak to you. Those songs move you, body and soul, and the singers say words you wish you could say. But despite the fame and fortune, the lives of those singers aren’t as great as you think they are—or were, as in the case of one rapper. In the new book “Tupac Shakur: The Life and Times of an American Icon” by Tayannah Lee McQuillar and Fred L. Johnson III, you’ll read about him.
(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: I wonder what you think of my parents. Instead of leaving me their money, they gave over $250,000 to an organization that helps disabled adults. I told my mother I did not like that particular organization. I explained to her that I would rather see the state repaid for my hospitalization. I want to tell you a story I remember: In 1986, I was homeless. My mother called me at the shelter and set up a meeting with me. At the meeting she asked how could she help me. I said, “Well, you could let me into your house to take a shower because the water in the shower at the shelter is cold.” She said, “Oh no. I don’t want your lice in my house.” Then, she became more “thoughtful” and said, “Even if that was not the case, just to give you a shower wouldn’t be a final solution for you.” I said, “Cruel dictators used to talk like that.”
This week I visited the Pittsburgh Improv at the Waterfront in Homestead, CJ’s in the Strip District, the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood, the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty, St. Benedict The Moor Hall in the Hill District and Calvary Baptist Church in the Hill District. My first stop was at the Pittsburgh Improv at the Waterfront in Homestead where Thomas Miles, aka Nephew Tommy, performed live on stage for his fans along with Keisha Hunt, Dominique and Sonya D. If you missed it, the show was hilarious, with laughter all through the evening. The ladies came out in full force at the City Sharkers event at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum.
Thursday 22 Jazz band The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents The Boilermaker Jazz Band at 5 p.m. at the Backstage Bar at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District. The band will perform renditions of jazz classics and rarities with incredible instrumentals and vocals. For more information, call 412-325-6769.
by Diane I. DanielsFor New Pittsburgh Courier History was made in the Pittsburgh community when Donna M. Baxter, CEO and founder of Soul Pitt Media and her team unveiled and circulated the first issue of the Soul Pitt Quarterly Magazine. “The Soul Pitt Quarterly is the first of its kind in the community,” said Baxter. “It’s more than a magazine; it is designed to provide a colorful interactive experience for the reader.” A quarterly publication showcasing Pittsburgh’s minority arts and entertainment scene, Baxter describes the compact size publication as being designed for the reader to be able to talk, text, listen or log on to the Internet to engage. She says the vision and mission of the magazine is to focus on positive people, organizations, businesses and opportunities within the region. AND HERE IT IS—Unveiling the Soul Pitt Quarterly in front of Dana’s Styling Salon in East Liberty is Mimi Gray, Ron Atkins, Donna Baxter, Craig Dawson, Dana Ramsey and Missy Murrell.