Daily Archive: September 8, 2010


How bad is it? Really bad!

(NNPA)—God has blessed me with more than six decades of life on this earth. I have witnessed economic ups and downs, wars (most were foolish), political swings and a civil rights struggle that came out on the winning side. You might say I am hardened and can look at challenges as something that happens and something we can get through. However, I have never seen such economic uncertainty and our government on the verge of fiscal disaster as we are today. When will we get through it? I have no idea and see no signs of improvement. In fact, there appears to be a big leadership void from the top to the bottom. The White House, State House and City Hall all seem to be clueless of what to do. America, we need to examine our roots and get back to basics.



We discuss the problems but don’t focus on solutions

For an extended period of time I have been greatly disturbed about the number of organizations that receive funds to discuss the multitude of problems that threaten to devour our communities. One recipient stated to me that if the need for rehabilitating addicts, helping inept parents become loving and functioning mothers and fathers, understanding the importance of financial literacy, and other issues would cease to exist there would be no need for their programs.


NAACP takes correct steps after Sherrod fiasco

(NNPA)—A month ago, I took NAACP President Benjamin Jealous to task for mishandling the controversy over Shirley Sherrod. He deserved everything I said about him at the time. Since he dropped the ball on the controversy created by a right-wing blogger, Jealous and the NAACP have done a masterful job of redemption and damage control. After kicking Jealous in the butt for messing up, it is only fair to give him a pat on the back now that he has made amends.



Is the Tea Party lengthening the recession?

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—Last week the new employment news was not great. Unemployment jumped from 9.5 to 9.6 percent, the average unemployed American hasn’t had a job for over 27 weeks and the dreaded “double-dip” recession might be upon us. Of course in the midst of this financial malaise political leaders and pundits are trying to find the culprit. Why is it that we’re still stuck in the mud when it comes to the economy. Who isn’t pulling their weight? While Bush, Obama and Goldman Sachs are some of the biggest culprits, I nominate one of the newest antagonists to our nation’s economic growth: The national Tea Party movement.


Gun violence and children: Have we no shame or respect for child life?

(NNPA)—Recently, the United Nations expressed new concern about a crisis many Americans know little about: the use of child soldiers in global conflicts, especially in Somalia. Somalia, whose government collapsed in 1991, has been in a constant state of conflict and tension for years and still has no legally recognized government. The United States joins Somalia as the only two countries in the world not to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, an international treaty recognizing the human rights of children that UNICEF points out is the most widely and rapidly ratified human rights treaty in history. One of the convention’s provisions prohibits the use of soldiers younger than age 15 in conflicts.


Calso Mitch doesn’t need gangsta rap to make statement

Calso Mitch is a hip-hop artist from the community of Wilkinsburg. He was introduced to hip-hop when he heard Big Daddy Kane and the Wu Tang Clan. He is one of the artists that stands out in a sea of many rappers from Pittsburgh. He chooses to do things his way and his lyrical style commands attention. CALSO MITCH Mitch has a huge following in Pittsburgh and plans to take fans on a journey they will never forget. His current CD, presented by SkyZutoh Media, is called “The Real Balloons Mixtape,” which is generating a lot of buzz from the hip-hop community.


Kelly Strayhorn serves up various genres of entertainment

Kelly Strayhorn Theater Executive Director Janera Solomon wants Pittsburghers to step out and try something different. She is making that possible with an eclectic mix of dance, music theater and interactive events that will be featured during the theater’s 2010-11 season, which begins Sept. 18. CREATORS—Hallie Donner, left, director of the Alumni Theater Company, and Staycee Pearl, director of Staycee Pearl Dance Project, founded and lead their own companies. “We’re starting with Shristi Dances of India that was founded in Pittsburgh in 1995 and they did a lot of their shows at the Kelly Strayhorn while they were still in Pittsburgh,” Solomon said. “It’ll be great to start with them because they are an original group using the Kelly Strayhorn Theater and we wanted to bring something different but also familiar to Pittsburgh.”


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited Babylon aka The Yacht Club in the Strip District, CJ’s in the Strip District, the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty and Mr. Kenny’s Place in the Hill District. My first stop was the Shadow Lounge where DJ J. Malls held his annual event called “Title Town Soul & Funk Party” featuring Gordy G. and Robert Wells (Ann Arbor Soul Club) on the 1’s and 2’s. Everyone came out to this event and it was a packed house. Birthday girl and King celebrating her birthday at Mr. Kenny’s Place in the Hill District.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 9 Jazz jam CJ’s Restaurant & Lounge presents “The Roger Humphries & RH Factor Jazz Jam Session” at 8 p.m. at 2901-2911 Penn Ave., Strip District. There will be live jazz and fun every Thursday night. Must be 30 years or older and there is a dress code that will be enforced. No tennis shoes, sweats or athletic gear. For more information, call 412-642-2377.


Jackson family opens first Black-owned IHOP in D.C.

by Lisa WilmoreFor New Pittsburgh Courier WASHINGTON (NNPA)—It was 1964. Eighteen-year-old high school drop out Clarence Jackson Jr. was handed a newly delivered baby. Jackson looked into the eyes of his little son—Clarence Jackson III and vowed to always be there for his children and show them how to grow up as decent human beings. CLARENCE JACKSON JR.