Daily Archive: August 25, 2010


Dr. Laura to quit radio after N-word incident

by Gregory Dale WASHINGTON (NNPA) —Following the repeated use of the N-word on a recent episode of her radio talk show, Dr. Laura Schlessinger has announced that she will end her radio career at the end of the year. CALLING IT QUITS—This Feb. 17, 1998 file photo shows Dr. Laura Schlessinger posing during her morning talk show in her Los Angeles studio. Aug. 10. Schlessinger has said in broadcasted interviews that her decision was made in the face of tremendous criticism she has received since the show aired Aug. 10. The incident occurred when an African-American caller phoned in to seek Schlessinger’s advice about whether she should take offense to a neighbor’s racial taunting.


This Week in Black History

For the Week of Aug. 26-Sept. 2 August 26 1943—In a primarily token gesture Black Chicago Congressman William L. Dawson is recommended to be the Democratic Party’s vice presidential candidate. For several years, Dawson was the only African-American in the United States Congress. He would later be joined by New York’s Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Dawson served in Congress for 27 years from January 1943 to the time he died in November 1970. MICHAEL JACKSON


Guest editorial…Does the U.S. have religious freedom?

by Shannon Williams Does this not seem like the absolute worst possible time for anyone to be president of the United States? I mean, wow. First there was the seemingly never-ending health care debate, then there was the whole race thing, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and now there’s so much hoopla over recent comments President Barack Obama made regarding the possibility of a mosque and community center to be built near Ground Zero in New York City.



My daddy, —— ——, was a real man

The other night I ran into a son of Mal Goode, who was one of my heroes. There are some people who had such an impact on our lives that they will always be alive. We decided to have a beer and the conversation came up about our love and appreciation for our fathers, and during the conversation we began to reflect on those who felt the same way as we did. I realized that the privilege of writing a column afforded me an opportunity that the average person did not have, and that is why the spaces are in the caption so that the readers can insert their daddy’s names.



Open letter to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dear Dr. King, There will be a march this Saturday to commemorate the 47th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Actually, there will be two marches, with leaders of each claiming to be walking in your footsteps. The march being led by Al Sharpton is the only one with any legitimacy. Sharpton was mentored by Jesse Jackson similar to the way you mentored Jesse. Sharpton is being joined by Marc Morial, the president and CEO of the National Urban League; Benjamin Jealous, the head of the NAACP, and your oldest son, Martin Luther King III. You would be proud of all of them. You’d be especially proud because they are refusing to let Glenn Beck, an ultra-conservative talk show host, hijack your memory.



Goodbye Dr. Laura, we know you too well

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—Last week Dr. Laura Schlessinger, a formerly relevant and influential radio talk show host, announced her retirement after 30 years on the air on “Larry King Live,” a formerly relevant night time cable talk show. Dr. Laura, whose star power had faded so much that the only place she could book for her retirement announcement was the soon-to-be-cancelled “Larry King Live,” claimed that she was leaving her show due to the controversy and criticism surrounding her after using the N-word 11 times in talking to a caller the previous week. But don’t be fooled, Dr. Laura was leaving radio on her own terms—she tried to pull a “Rush Limbaugh,” it just didn’t work out the way she planned.


Was Speaker Pelosi’s ‘swamp’ a Black thing?

(NNPA)—It was a very proud moment in the career of Nancy Pelosi, a child of a Baltimore, Md. mayor and the wife of a millionaire wheeler dealer. Here she was bringing down the gavel on the U.S. House of Representatives and calling it to order as the first female Speaker of the House. In setting her platform she concentrated on corruption of all things. How do you police corruption in a chamber of politicians? It is very hard to do, in fact, impossible.


Mista Scrap next local hip-hop artist to go national

Originally from Penn Hills, John Wilson, also known as hip-hop artist Mista Scrap, is Pittsburgh’s next artist to break out and become a national artist. He has been on the hip-hop music scene since he was nine years old and has not looked back since. He was inspired by Run DMC and Cool J and other legends in the game from back in the day. Wilson’s music is about life because he keeps it real and creates his own style. He raps about things that he has been through. He takes it seriously and it is not a joke. He also taught his son and younger brother to rap. MISTA SCRAP “Hip-hop music is fabricated and no one is creative anymore and the music is watered down,” he said.


Musical legend Herbie Hancock’s Heinz Hall performance was beyond all imagination

BNY Mellon Jazz presented Herbie Hancock’s “The Imagine Project” at Heinz Hall and he gave the audience a mesmerizing performance from beginning to end. In the music industry for nearly five decades, he knows what it takes to captivate his audience through music and song. Young, old, Black and White came to see and hear the piano genius as he took us on a musical journey. HERBIE HANCOCK Hancock was joined by Vinnie Colaiuta (percussion), Lionel Loueke (guitar), Pino Palladino (bass), Greg Phillinganes (keyboard) and Kristina Train (vocals).


Cover To Cover…‘Two the Hard Way’

“And stay out of trouble!” There they were, the oft-repeated departing instructions from parents and teachers, grandparents and big brothers. You heard those words all your life, over and over. Stay out of trouble, as if it was easy. Stay out of trouble, as if temptation wasn’t everywhere. As if anything fun ever came from being good. As if it was possible. In the new book “Two the Hard Way” by Travis Hunter, two brothers from Atlanta’s inner city don’t have to bother searching for trouble.