Daily Archive: July 28, 2010



This Week in Black History

July 29 1870—Pioneering boxer George Dixon is born in Nova Scotia, Canada. Dixon had an absolutely amazing boxing career. He pioneered much of modern boxing including training techniques such the suspended punching bag and shadow boxing. He was the first Black to win a world boxing title. GEORGE DIXON He was known as “Little Chocolate” because he stood only 5-3 tall and weighed around 90 pounds. Despite his diminutive size he won 78 fights—30 by knockout. He was known for his lighting fast speed. Dixon died in New York in 1909. He is buried in Boston, Mass.


Editorial…Corbett’s insensitive comments on jobless

What was Attorney General Tom Corbett thinking when he made ignorant and insensitive comments suggesting that some jobless Pennsylvanians do not want to return to work while they can still collect unemployment benefits? The Republican gubernatorial candidate told a public radio reporter during a recent stop in Elizabethtown, Lancaster, that “the jobs are there but if we keep extending unemployment, people are going to just sit there.


Full employment is needed fast

(NNPA)—While most of the media nation was transfixed by a diversionary-racist smear campaign against United States Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod on the issue of perceived racial animus—an issue deserving full attention on another day—the president signed legislation to extend unemployment benefits to the long-term unemployed. By the president’s signature, the jobless were given a little relief to their lack of financial resources in a critically depressing economic period many refer to as the Great Recession.


Equal pay for women

The Obama administration recently announced its support of the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would make it easier for women who make less than their male co-workers to sue employers on basis of pay discrimination. The bill sat around in Congress for years and, in 2007, then- President Bush threatened to veto it. The House of Representatives gave the bill the green light in 2009; now it’s up to the Senate to do the same and end gender- based pay disparities as we know them.



The NAACP’s appalling attack—and retraction—on Shirley Sherrod

(NNPA)—After hearing Minister Louis Farrakhan roundly denounced by Black and Jewish leaders in 1984, purportedly for describing Judaism as a “gutter religion,” I called Farrakhan before writing a story for the Chicago Tribune. Farrakhan denied he had ever described Judaism as a gutter religion and offered up his life to anyone who could prove he had made such a comment. He provided me with an audio tape of the speech in question. Listening very closely, I realized that the Nation of Islam leader had called Judaism a “dirty religion,” not a gutter religion as had been widely reported. Of course, that didn’t make Jews feel any better.


Pittsburgh Fashion Week stages model search

As anticipation builds for the first-ever Pittsburgh Fashion Week Sept. 27 through Oct. 3, organizers are staging an open model call on Aug. 7 at The Mall at Robinson. The model search, expected to be the largest in the city’s history, is for men and women of all sizes at least 16 years of age. Hopefuls under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. MIYOSHI ANDERSON


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 29 CD release party The Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Jazz presents the Pittsburgh Jazz Legacy CD Release Party from 8-9:30 p.m. at CJ’s, 2901-2911 Penn Ave., Cultural District. The evening will feature great music followed by the Roger Humphries Jazz Jam Session. For more information, call 412-322-0800.


Cover To Cover…‘Brainwashed’

by Terri SchlichenmeyerFor New Pittsburgh Courier It’s enough to make you want to bury your head. You read about a young Black man, killed by another young Black man over tennis shoes. On TV is a silky-haired sistah shaking her stuff at a hate-spouting rapper. Click, and see a fight over baby daddies. Click again, and there’s a sitcom with a Black man acting the fool.


Women’s Small Business Association provides opportunities

As a member of the Women’s Small Business Association, associates receive some type of business announcement, meeting notice or request for service every day. It is one of the many ways the group strives to enable women to help other women in business. Founded in 2007, the mission of the WSBA is to serve as a valuable resource for business women, by helping and stimulating small and start up businesses. Founder Susan Miller says its goal is to foster a woman’s economic independence by helping develop skills needed for entre­preneurial success through networking and education. Miller said the belief of the group is that self-employment is a viable and a needed option for all women. SHARING INFORMATION—Sarah Y. Spencer of Ardyss International and Deborah F. Hughes, financial adviser for Edward Jones, learn about Virtuous Academy from its founder, Iyana Tennon.