Daily Archive: September 15, 2010


Ron Walters, expert on race, politics, dies at 72

WASHINGTON (AP)—Ronald W. Walters, a longtime political analyst and scholar at Howard University and the University of Maryland who was a leading expert on race and politics, has died. He was 72. His weekly column appeared in New Pittsburgh Courier and hundreds of other Black newspapers across the country. RON WALTERS Walters died Sept. 10 after an illness, University of Maryland spokesman Lee Tune said Saturday. He had been suffering from lung cancer. Arrangements are attached at end of story.



This Week In Black History

Week of September 16-22 September 16 1848—The French abolish slavery in all their territories. It would take a civil war and another 17 years before slavery is abolished in America. B.B. KING 1925—B.B. King, an American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter acclaimed for his expressive singing and guitar playing, is born on this day in Itta Benna, Miss. In the 1950s, King became one of the most important names in R&B music, amassing an impressive list of hits including “You Know I Love You” and “Woke Up This Morning,” King was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980.


New regulations on career schools will hurt Blacks

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Education recently proposed a series of rules aimed at tightening regulatory oversight of career colleges. But the new standards, if enacted, are a classic example of the federal government doing more harm than good. In this case, many African-American youths and working adults will be the victims. Under the proposed rules, students at career colleges would be ineligible for federal loans and grants if their chosen career school doesn’t meet certain guidelines pertaining to the institution’s default rate on student loans and the salary level of its graduates. The reasoning behind these rules is ridiculous: How can the value and worthiness of an educational establishment be gauged by how many students default on their loans?



One of the worthwhile summer programs

For a number of years a tremendous number of taxpayer-funded programs have been a part of our community. There are programs that deal with almost every aspect of our lives and some of us are familiar with them. It is surprising to me to learn how many have no knowledge or concern about these programs. Those who are the most concerned are those parents with school age children who need summer employment. My personal concerns have been that a number of programs that I have witnessed lacked what I consider supervision and had limited job growth potential. I saw a group of youths picking up debris. The girls were wearing booty shorts, boys and girls were talking on cell phones and swearing at each other and no one was correcting their actions or attitude. These kinds of actions definitely do not prepare our youths for future employment.



Ron Walters was a one-man Civil Rights Movement

(NNPA)—Ronald Walters, the highly-respected political scientist who died last week of cancer at the age of 72, exemplified the true meaning of a public intellectual. To many, the term public intellectual regretfully has become synonymous with selfish private advancement, largely through the writing of books that lead to appearances on television that lead to numerous high-priced speaking engagements and lofty appointments in aca­demia.



A farewell to Dr. Ron Walters

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—On Friday Sept. 10, Dr. Ron Walters, professor of political science at the University of Maryland passed away quietly after a long battle with cancer. While perhaps not nearly as famous to the mainstream as Cornell West, Skip Gates or Michael Eric Dyson, Ron Walters was for many African-American academics, politicians and me personally an inspiration and a shining example of the responsibilities one carries along with their education.


A Celebration of Life—‘Madea’s Big Happy Family’

In case you haven’t heard, Mabel Simmons (a.k.a. Madea) is coming to the Petersen Events Center Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and she’s bringing quite a few relatives and even some friends. “Madea’s Big Happy Family”—Tyler Perry’s 12th stage play—arrives in Pittsburgh, on the second leg of a nationwide road tour. After a five-year hiatus, the Hollywood A-list star will don wig and fat-suit to portray his original, masterful creation—Madea. TYLER PERRY AS MADEA Perry’s signature character always delivers her own brand of wisdom in a bold and brash, hilarious fashion. In his No. 1 New York Times Bestseller: “Don’t Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings—Madea’s Uninhibited Commentaries On Life and Love,” he describes the matriarch whose name is commonly translated in the south as “mother dear:”


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited Whim Pittsburgh in Station Square, The Melange Bristo Bar in Downtown, Pittsburgh, The Red Onion in the Hill District, The Drum Bar at the Rivers Casino on the North shore, Babylon aka The Yacht Club in the Strip District and Tim’s Bar in the Hill District. My first stop was at the Red Onion in the Hill District where karaoke was in full effect with everyone coming out to show there skills on the microphone. People sang oldies, but goodies and the latest hits and it was a great time for everyone. Casey Hampton fans came out in full force to wish him a happy birthday.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 16 New exhibit The August Wilson Center for African American Culture presents the “In My Father’s House” exhibit from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. This is a mixed-media exhibition of five rooms in a house with each room highlighting the way people of African descent preserve and display visual art and material culture. It also tells the story of a fictional Pittsburgh family’s hopes, dreams, struggles and triumphs. Along with the rooms are several short films. For more information, call 412-258-2700 or visit http://www.AugustWilsonCenter.org.


Mixing business and pleasure

Savvy Marketing challenges the notion that you cannot mix business with pleasure. It is not just about partying with Savvy Marketing. So far the plan has been to expose their audience to sophisticated and cultural events that not only serve as a means of fun and entertainment during one’s down time, but also as an opportunity to network and build with each other. Savvy is a lifestyle! PARTNERS—Savvy Marketing owners Thomas Anthony, left, and Justin Nwokeji. The owners of Savvy Marketing are Justin Nwokeji and Thomas Anthony. Nwokeji met Anthony when he went to the University of Pittsburgh to visit Anthony’s cousin and ended up at the same college, California University of Pennsylvania, and bonded from there.