Monthly Archive: June 2010



NBC and JJ Abrams finally catch up with ‘Undercovers’

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—Recently the House Judiciary committee held a hearing over whether or not Comcast could continue with its takeover of NBC Universal’s stable of channels. Panel member Maxine Waters, D-Calif., lamented the lack of diversity on NBC and primetime television in general. While it is true that NBC has earned the nickname “No Black Characters” in the almost 20 years since “The Cosby Show” went off the air, the station has done a major about-face by hanging their entire fall lineup on the new show, “Undercovers.” However, the real issue isn’t whether or not there are Black people on television anymore, that argument should be put out to pasture, because we are in a golden age of Black television.



Two lawyer groups have reservations about Kagan

(NNPA)—Although the NAACP and Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network have enthusiastically endorsed Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, two key legal groups have so far refrained from endorsing the former Harvard law dean amid questions about whether she would be a strong civil rights advocate on the court. That split underscores the complexities of a civil rights community eager—some say over eager—to support the nation’s first African-American president and some highly-respected legal organizations that are in a much better position to evaluate the appointment of Kagan to fill the seat vacated by Justice John Paul Stevens, a reliable liberal vote on the sharply-divided Supreme Court.


Assessing the true cost of liberty

My eldest son has decided that he wants to be a marine. His plan is to enter the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and then serve his country as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. My son is still at an age when plans for the future change with the seasons. It may be that time brings about a change of his mind. Even so, when he announced his decision, I couldn’t help but smile. One often hears that this young generation is consumed with narcissism and the accumulation of wealth. When my son informed me that he wished to dedicate his life to serving his country, I felt a real sense of pride.


Let us reclaim the dream Aug. 28 in D.C. march and rally

(NNPA)—It was 1963. The nation was at a virtual boiling point. Despite marked gains in the civil rights struggle from integrating lunch counters and universities to equalizing buses, the fight for justice was far from over. As fire hoses and police dogs continued to be unleashed on those seeking basic human rights, and freedom riders testing desegregation in the South were attacked by angry mobs, one man possessed the unique ability to not only unite the masses across all racial lines, but also candidly highlight the ills of society.


Help small businesses

Small businesses drive this nation’s economy and make up the majority of our workforce; when they struggle, so too does the rest of the nation. With so many small businesses currently unable to receive the funds they need to hire new staff, it’s no wonder the unemployment rate remains dismally low. Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve chairman and one of the world’s most respected financial voices, recently suggested that lenders need to increase loans to small business in an effort to decrease unemployment. Ber­n­anke is right on target; let’s hope lawmakers take this idea and run with it.


Republican radicals reject unemployment fund extension

(NNPA)—As part of the current unemployment crisis, at last look there were 453,000 claims for insurance, a number that is likely to surge when part-time government workers employed by the Census Bureau end their term this summer. Yet, there probably is no greater indication of the radical extreme to which the Republican Party has become than to witness their rejection of legislation to extend unemployment benefits in the Senate. In the past, some Republicans supported such legislation to keep benefits flowing, but this time, their unanimous rejection for a second time killed it. They were joined by Democrat Ben Nelson of Nebraska who I wish would change parties to clarify who he really represents.


Prince, Michael honored, BET Awards sets record

(AP)—BET’s 10th anniversary celebration 2010 BET Awards drew enough viewers to top the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards and make it the No.1 cable awards program for the fifth consecutive year. Featuring performances and appearances from Chris Brown, Kanye West, Ludacris, Prince, Eminem, Chaka Khan, Patti Labelle, Usher, Alicia Keys, Drake and more, the program drew 7.4 million viewers during its initial airing June 27. PRINCE, CHRIS BROWN, ALICIA KEYES


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited Mellon Park in East Liberty, The August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Downtown Pittsburgh, Calvary Baptist Church in the Hill District, Kenny’s Place in the Hill District and the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty. My first stop was at the August Wilson Center where House of Manna Ministries presented a Father’s Day Celebration & Juneteenth Recognition “An Evening of Comedy and Performance” which featured WGBN’s Sherri Lynn Johnson as the host along with comedians and singers. Wadria and friends hanging out at the Shadow Lounge at the event called “Energy.”


‘Simeon’s Story’

You’ve been doing it since you were a teenager, maybe before. A certain look sideways, eyes lowered. Unconscious flex of muscles beneath a flashy T-shirt. A smile, a glance, a wiggle of hips or lips or brows. Where would you be without a little flirting? Married? Hooked up? Maybe not. But attracting the opposite sex is how our species perpetuates.