Daily Archive: August 11, 2010


This Week In Black History

For the Week of August 12-18 August 12 1890—This is generally considered the day that the systematic and nominally legal exclusion of Blacks from the political life of the South began. It was the day that the Mississippi Constitutional Convention began. Barred by the 14th and 15th amendments to the U.S. Constitution from excluding Blacks by race, the convention instead adopted a host of strategies including literacy or so-called “Education Tests” specifically designed to prevent Blacks from voting. The tests required reading and interpreting the Constitution. Blacks would be given difficult passages to interpret while Whites were either exempted or given easy passages. Soon, most Southern states adopted the so-called Mississippi Plan to exclude Blacks from voting. The racist plan was effective. In one Mississippi County, for example, there were 30,000 Blacks but only 175 were eligible to vote. OPHELIA MITCHELL, ERNEST E. JUST, MARCUS GARVEY



Borders and Barnes: Our homes away from home may be closing

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—Point of full disclosure: I am writing this column in a Borders Books, right next to the in-store coffee shop. In front of me is a middle-aged man conducting business; he’s got spreadsheets, calculators and a blue tooth in his ear. To my right is a group of five retired women playing an intense game of mah jong and chattering about their children’s financial lives in thick accents. Near the window a group of three teenagers discuss something with the intensity that only comes from being 16 years old with summer vacation coming to an end. I count a lot more people than cups of Seattle’s Best Coffee (the chain linked up with Borders) scattered throughout the store. As the news comes more and more rapidly that the two major book sellers in America (Borders Books and Barnes and Nobles) may be about to close their doors, it makes you wonder, we might not just be losing bookstores, but the last great public spaces in America.


Obama administration touts its record

(NNPA)—After seeing its record deliberately distorted by conservatives and—in their opinion—unappreciated by liberals, the Obama administration is redoubling its efforts to publicize the president’s accomplishments in his first 18 months in office. With President Obama’s popularity plunging in every group except among African-Americans, the move to tout his accomplishments is part of an effort to shore up the Democratic base prior to the mid-term elections in November by letting the public know how the administration’s work impacts their lives.


Social Security: The 75-year-old lifeline for many African-Americans

by Catherine Georges (NNPA)—Just like the years fly by as we age, it’s hard to believe it’s been 75 years since Social Security was first created. And for many Americans of all generations, and of all ethnic backgrounds, Social Security is a lifeline. To fully celebrate this historic anniversary, we need to recognize the program’s importance and its value for future generations. Social Security is without a doubt the most successful government program in history. In fact, 53 million Americans get benefits, and a vastly larger number are protected if tragedy strikes. Social Security checks put food in the refrigerator, and shoes on people’s feet. They help people repair their homes, buy medicine and pay for utility bills.


The costly war in Afghanistan

Polls show the war in Afghanistan remains low on the list of voters concerns.Jobs, the economy and immigration are usually rated as the major issues in this year’s midterm congressional elections. A July poll by CBS News showed that only 7 percent of Americans considered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan the most important problems facing the country. By comparison, 38 percent considered jobs and the economy as the most important problem facing the country.


Cover To Cover…'An Actor and A Gentleman'

When you were a kid, you thought you were so smart. Back then, you knew better than your elders, but you also knew better than to tell them that. You were smart enough to get away with doing things (you thought) they never learned about. For sure, nobody could touch you in the brains department when you were a kid. Then you became an adult, and you saw how much you didn’t know.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 12 Lunch on Liberty The August Wilson Center for African American Culture presents Lunch on Liberty from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at 980 Liberty Ave., Culture District. Every Thursday individuals can enjoy lunch and then steppin’ with Pittsburgh’s Dancing DJ Roland Ford. Food is available for purchase and the event will run through Sept. 2. For more information, call 412-258-2700 or visit http://www.AugustWilsonCenter.org.


Kyte encourages commitment to community involvement

Growing up in a housing project in the Hill District and the enlightenment he received from the community helped motivate Donnie Kyte to become a businessman. Kyte is the proprietor of the Ike Wear 36 Clothing Store located at 648 Herron Ave. in the Hill District. He grew up in Warren Court where older men and women in the community enlightened him about becoming a businessman and the importance of giving back to the community. Looking around and seeing things in the community that he did not have, drove him to want to make a change for the better and fill the void. Ike Wear sells a variety of T-shirts, jackets, hoodies, polo style shirts, fitted hats with much more to come. ON DISPLAY—Donnie Kyte, owner of Ike Wear 36 Clothing Store, displays samples of his clothing line.



How ‘not’ to go broke gambling

It’s my life’s mission to teach people how to make good decisions with their money—including budgeting, saving, spending, investing and selecting the best insurance, investment and mortgage products. In my opinion, gambling of any form is considered to be a bad financial decision. The odds are stacked against you. Yet, I grew up in a family who gambled all the time. I would be telling a lie if I said that I’ve never gambled. Listen up! I have insider information that will stack the deck in your favor. I’m going to teach you “A sure-fire way to leave the casino with a small fortune” and “The safest way to double your money when gambling.” With various casinos taking root in and near the city of Pittsburgh, Pa., I figured my “Courier” family might want the inside scoop.


Business Calendar

Professional networking AUG. 12—Jessica Lee and the Pittsburgh Gateway Corp. will host “Entrepreneurial Thursdays” from 5:30-8 p.m. at Little E’s, 949 Liberty Ave., Downtown. The theme is “Medical Device Entrepre­neurs.” This is a professional networking event with live jazz/ R&B music. There is a $5 fee. Business casual is the attire. For more information, call Sandy at 412-802-6780.