Daily Archive: July 7, 2010

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Opinion

The looming food crisis might send you straight to garden 

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—During the Great Depression you had literally millions of Americans across the country out of work for years. With the industrial base of the nation located in a few major metropolitan centers, those who lived in the midwest and the south, hit with droughts and archaic land usage laws that dated back to slavery, were hard pressed to make a living for themselves, let alone hire others. With the nation in financial ruin for years in the 1930s, many Americans still had the skills to turn back to good ol’ Mother Earth for subsistence, and it might be time to re-learn those old skills. There is a quiet drumbeat out there suggesting that we might be headed for a food crisis on top of the financial crisis in America, and taking the time to start up your own “recession garden” might be your best chance to combat what is coming ahead.

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Opinion

Silence can be so loud

What is amazing about the confirmation hearing of Elaine Kagan for the Supreme Court is not the loud rancoring coming out of the Republican Party, but the deafening silence coming from the radical left—especially within the Black and Latino communities. Their silence speaks so loud. When will the Black community become more sophisticated in their approach to politics? If you are on the wrong side of Israel, the Jewish community will withhold their money and vote you out of office. If you are against amnesty for illegals, the Hispanic community is finally finding the backbone to tell both parties that they will vote against them during elections. But when you are on the wrong side of issues of concern to Blacks, they just say, maybe next time!

Opinion

Supreme Court contributes to lethal violence in America

(NNPA)—There’s a war going on outside. Despite the public’s belief, this war isn’t confined to the battles waging in Iraq or Afghanistan. Nor is it occurring only in distant lands like Nigeria or Thailand. There is another conflict much closer to home taking place virtually every single day in cities and towns all across this nation. It is the vicious epidemic of gun violence that is claiming the lives of our young men and women in horrific record-shattering numbers. And when the Supreme Court overruled Chicago’s ban on handguns, they literally opened the floodgates for a drastic rise in shootings, instability and homicide in a country that already leads the way in lethal violence.

Opinion

Marshall legacy shows what Supreme Court justices should be

(NNPA)—At Elena Kagan’s Senate nomination hearings to be the next Supreme Court justice, I admit to being somewhat surprised when Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona saw her clerkship with Justice Thurgood Marshall as an opening to define her as being a potentially “activist judge.” Although conservatives had often made that charge, they had not been explicit in naming justices they believed acted in that manner. Although Sen. Dick Durbin strongly defended Marshall’s legacy, his role as a judge who understood the impact of the law on people should be emphasized.

Entertainment

Josephine Baker, new CD for Cox

Canadian born singer Deborah Cox takes pride in portraying strong, confident women. So when the sassy beauty was asked to play the legendary Josephine Baker on Broadway, Cox readily took on the challenge. “Josephine Baker was a breakout African-American that set the tone for the times,” said Cox, 38. “I’m very focused and excited about playing her life. She was a woman who came against racism and she made her mark. That was her passion, to combat racism.” DEBORAH COX

Entertainment

Gaynor brings disco back for nonprofits

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra 2010 and the PSO Community Partners presentation of Gloria Gaynor at Heinz Hall with violinist Gareth Johnson, conductor Lawrence Loh and Lynn Swann as the honorary chair was a moderate success. Gaynor gained fame in the ’70s as a disco queen. She and Donna Summer were the biggest names in disco during the ’70s and early ’80s. But when disco fizzled out she went back to her roots of gospel and R&B and she has been blending that with disco ever since. DISCO QUEEN—Gloria Gaynor, center, with Lynn Swann, left, and violinist Gareth Johnson.

Entertainment

Comedian Godfrey dazzles at Pittsburgh Improv

Hilarious comedian Godfrey drew on his personal experience of growing up with Nigerian parents, living in The Big Apple, and eating at various ethnic restaurants to make Pittsburgh audiences laugh during a recent three-night run at the Improv June 24-27. The 41-year-old comedian, whose real name is Godfrey C. Danchimah Jr., kept the audience in stitches with his impressions of Denzel Washington, Bill Cosby and President Obama. GODFREY

Entertainment

Prince releasing new CD through newspaper

Prince has deciding to release his upcoming CD, “20ten,” through the printed Belgium newspaper Het Nieuwsblad July 10. That’s according to online reports including at Dr.Funkenberry.com and the Consequence of Sound Website. Prince has an exclusive interview with the newspaper teasing the release, in which he said the Internet is “over.” An advertisement for the July 10 edition reads, “The new Prince for free. Something Big 4 20TEN. Prince. Not for sales in shops. Not on the Internet. Exclusive with your newspaper on July 10.” PRINCE

Entertainment

Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty, Club 21 in the Strip District, The Black Beauty Lounge in the Hill District, CJ’s in the Strip District and the Centre Avenue Outreach Center in the Hill District. My first stop was the Black Beauty Lounge in the Hill District where karaoke was in full effect. Everyone came out to see if they could be a star for a day. It was a great time for everyone. City Councilman Bill Peduto and Justin Strong at the Shadow Lounge 10th Anniversary Block Party.

Entertainment

I refused to celebrate the 4th of July!

Dear Gwendolyn: My great-grandmother is 102 years old, my grandmother is 75, and my mother is 40. This is my problem: My mother is angry with me because I didn’t celebrate the 4th of July at the big gathering at grandma’s house. I tried to tell my mother that the 4th of July is not for Black people. It is not our holiday and I only celebrate Black holidays. Gwendolyn, am I wrong?—Sam