Daily Archive: September 22, 2010


Powell decries ‘nonsense’ attacks on Obama

WASHINGTON (AP)—Retired Gen. Colin Powell, a moderate Republican who endorsed Barack Obama in 2008, says the president’s critics should be going after him on policy, not “nonsense.” “Fringe” elements on the right are taking a low road when they label Obama a foreign-born Muslim and peddle other theories about non-American influences on the president’s character, Powell said Sunday. Obama was born in the U.S. and is Christian. MEET THE PRESS—In this photo released by NBC, former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell speaks on NBC’s “Meet the Press” in Washington, Sept. 19. The former secretary of state said he still sees Obama as a transformational figure, if one who has lost some of his ability to connect with people.



Shame on you, thanks to others

On Sept. 18, there was a workshop I held that addressed the fact that we as a people frequently discuss the problems, but fail to focus on the solutions. There were letters and phone calls made to a number of people whom I believe were concerned enough to attend, but I was wrong. A number of them would not even answer their phones. However, my God interceded and we were blessed with a wonderful group that did attend and were involved. They came from Oakland, North Side, Sugar Top, Murrys­ville, Monroeville, Hill District, Wilkinsburg, Versailles, Stanton Heights and McKeesport. Allegheny County Councilman Bill Robinson, the dean of Black officials, was the very able emcee. Bill discussed at length the importance and responsibility of leadership.


Rush Limbaugh and Terry Jones—high school classmates

(NNPA)—Bombastic talk show host Rush Limbaugh and Terry Jones, the Gainesville, Fla. pastor who gained worldwide attention by threatening to hold an “International Burn a Koran Day” on Sept. 11, graduated in 1969 from Central High School in Cape Girardeau, Mo. I visited the school’s website to see if I could find any clues as to why this rural city in the Missouri boot heel was an incubator to such peddlers of hate. Many of their classmates appear embarrassed by Jones and, to a less extent, Limbaugh.



2008: It was a campaign, not a movement

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—One of the most consistent themes of the 2010 mid-term election season has been the “enthusiasm gap” between Republican and Democratic voters. In layman’s terms the “enthusiasm gap” means that voters who plan on voting Republican are a lot more excited about their candidates than voters who plan on voting Democratic. And many political analysts are laying the root of this “enthusiasm gap” at President Barack Obama’s door. Honestly, blaming Obama is the easy answer; the real explanation for the “gap” can be understood and explained in terms of the 2008 presidential election and the hip-hop generation.


An African identity

An African identity(NNPA)—Black people all over the world have a rich and diverse historic legacy and a future that is full of promise, opportunity and prosperity if we continue our struggle for true freedom, justice and equality without engaging in self-denial, self-destruction, disunity or any form of mis-education. For centuries, there have been systematic and ruthless attempts to deny African people the fundamental human right of self-determination and self-identity.


Gingrich comments pander to extremists

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich went too far in recent comments about President Obama telling National Review Online that the president has a “Kenyan, anti-colonial” worldview. Gingrich, who is considering a run for the presidency in 2012, appears to be trying to grab headlines by making a series of extreme comments. Gingrich recently compared backers of the Ground Zero mosque to Nazis and has said if Republicans take back Congress in November they should consider a government shutdown over the budget.


More than just hip-hop, he’s an entrepreneur

The mission of Julian “Suave” White is not to just be an entertainer, but an entrepreneur as well and a creative leader in the hip-hop culture. JULIAN ‘SUAVE’ WHITE “I started to get into hip-hop culture when I was about seven years old,” Suave said. “Coming from where I come from and seeing people that have nothing all the time is a drag. I wanted to make something out of my life and become somebody.” Along with being an entrepreneur, Suave is a hip-hop artist who has generating a buzz with mixed tapes and a full CD called “Fresh Air” under the Skylight Entertainment record label.


Bone Thugs-n-Harmony launches 35-city E tour

LOS ANGELES—Grammy Award winning seminal hip-hop vocal group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony will kick off the second leg of their hit club tour in Boise, Idaho, Sept. 22, at the Knitting Factory. The E. 1999 Eternal Tour is the follow up to the 36- date run which concluded in June. BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY The new tour, which will be backed by a live band, will feature Bone Thugs playing all their hits with a special emphasis on their 1999 sophomore hit CD “E.” “1999 Eternal” which included the hip-hop classics “1st Of Tha Month” and “Tha Crossroads.” The new tour will feature the lineup of Krayzie Bone, Layzie Bone, Wish Bone and Flesh-n-Bone and will hit a total of 35 cities through Oct. 30.


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited Epiphany Church in the Hill District, CJ’s in the Strip District, Shadow Lounge in East Liberty, and Ammons Recreation Center in the Hill District, the Stop the Violence rally in the Hill District, The Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood, Red Onion in the Hill District and Heinz Field on the North Shore of Pittsburgh. The Honey Girls came out to the Whiteside Road Reunion to represent in grand style. My first stop was Epiphany Church in the Hill District where Fifth Avenue High School held their annual All Class Reunion and everyone came out to represent for the Archers.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 23 The Marleys 1Love presents Live Forever: A Once In A Lifetime Dream Concert “A Bob Marley Celebration…30 Years Later” at 7 p.m. at the Benedum Center, 803 Liberty Ave., Downtown. This is a celebration of Bob Marley who played his last concert in 1980 at Benedum Center, formerly the Stanley Theater. The evening will include Stephen Marley, Damian Marian, Julian and Cedella Marley with special guests the Original I-3s, Rita Marley and Marcia Griffiths. All proceeds benefit 1Love “Not for Profit” Foundation. For more information, call 412-456-6666 or visit http://www.pgharts.org.