Daily Archive: June 2, 2010

Opinion

The Class of 2010

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; none but ourselves can free our minds.”—Marcus Garvey WASHINGTON (NNPA)—It is graduation season in America—a bittersweet moment for thousands of young high school and college seniors who are leaving the relative comfort of classroom and campus life to pursue their dreams and find jobs in an economy that continues to struggle. In communities of color the dilemma is even harsher.

Opinion

A dearth of empathy

(NNPA)—In a study of 14,000 college students over 30 years, University of Michigan researcher Sara Konrath found that today’s students are much less empathetic than students were back in the ’70s. Today, fewer students try to walk in another human being’s shoes or say they have concerned feelings for people less fortunate than they are. According to Konrath, the biggest drop in empathy came in 2000, 10 years ago, but empathy has continued to decline. She and her colleague say that constant exposure to media may be the reason young people are less empathetic than they used to be.

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Opinion

The A-Pauling house of pain

The last week has provided a riches of embarrassments within the political arena. I sometimes wish I had a daily column, but somehow I will attempt to consolidate these embarrassing events into a coherent piece that will adequately do justice to each issue. Let’s start with Republican Senate candidate, Rand Paul (from Kentucky). His public musings about his disagreements with certain aspects of the 1964 Civil Rights Act were appalling. But more appalling to me was the slowness of any public response by Republican senators and Black Republicans.

Entertainment

Rain couldn’t stop ‘Spring Bling’… Rhymes, Lil’ Kim shine at concert, after-party

With the absence of WAMO 106.7FM, B. Marshall Productions was able to pull off what most promoters could not. His company presented Pittsburgh’s first Spring Bling Celebration, May 28 at the Station Square Amphitheatre by promoting the event heavily on his Facebook page, BET television, Brotha Ash Productions, SteelCityLive.com and 101theBlaze.com. SOLID PROMOTION—From left: Promoter B. Marshall, Margo Doss, with Marlo, a representative of Lil’ Kim, and Lil’ Kim at Club Heat in the Strip District. This event featured national recording hip-hop artist Lil’ Kim aka Queen Bee, Busta Rhymes, Hurricane Chris, Yo Gotti and Roscoe Dash. Straight Money Entertainment and Rovalike records started the show. The concert at Station Square’s Amphitheatre was a major success and so was the after-party at Club Heat in the Strip District.

Entertainment

‘I Gotcha!’ takes audience on soul music journey

New Horizon Theater ended its 2009/2010 season on a high note with a trip down memory lane in “I Gotcha! The Story of Joe Tex and the Soul Clan.” The production ran from May 21-30 at the Grey Box Theatre in Lawrenceville. The show was written by Joseph H. Plummer and David Barr III. It was directed by Eileen J. Morris. THE SOUL CLAN— Joe Tex and the Soul Clan from left: Wilson Pickett, played by Chad Eric Smith; Joe Tex, played by Ijasneem; Ben E. King, played by Charles Timbers; and Solomon Burke, played by Benjamin Blakey. Morris drew from her childhood memories of hearing Joe Tex’s music on her grandmother’s porch to direct a humorous and music-filled production. “I remember playing Joe Tex on my grandmamma’s front porch, teaching my cousins the latest Chicago dances and loving the sun falling on my face,” Morris said. “As a matter of fact, my brother and I won a dance contest that earned us $25 each for first place for doing ‘The Bump!’”

Entertainment

Blues Fest 2010: The Old and The New… Burdon, Shepherd headline weekend

When Eric Burdon and the Animals first came to the U.S. as part of the British Invasion of the early1960s, guitar phenom Kenny Wayne Shepherd was still about a dozen years away from his first birthday. But before he signed his first recording contract at 16, Shepherd had cut his teeth on “House of the Rising Sun,” “Don’t Bring Me Down” and other Animals hits. ERIC BURDON That traditional passing down of blues lore will continue in July as both Burdon and Shepherd headline the 16th annual Pittsburgh Blues Festival. And for the sixth straight year, the three-day festival, which serves as the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s primary fundraiser, will be held at Hartwood Acres.

Entertainment

Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited Club Heat in the Strip District, CJ’s in the Strip District, Billy’s Gold Door in Homewood, the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty, Earl the Pearl’s in Homewood and Phase III in Homewood, Red Onion in the Hill District, and the Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville. My first stop was the Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville where Rayco War Promotions and Fever Stimulation Beverage presented “War in the East.” This event featured DJ Biz Markie, DJ Boogie of Boogstown.com and Cool V. It was off the chain and look out for more events to come from Rayco War Promotions. The dance floor was hot at CJ’s in the Strip District.

Entertainment

I am tired of people being in my affairs!

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: I am 28 years old and I am tired of people asking me, “When are you going to get married?” A year ago I received my Ph.D. and was hired by a large corporation. I wear expensive clothes and have no children. My job requires that I travel to other countries, and as I have no pets to attend—that makes the job great. Last year while the economy was down, I decided to go house hunting. I bought a large three-level home that has an elevator, swimming pool and huge patio and backyard with the floral design of a public park. Gwendolyn, what can I do to stop this annoyance?—Liz

Entertainment

Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 3 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.