Daily Archive: October 13, 2010



If only Momma and Kenny were here

There is a Black man who received a second chance. And there are many others who also deserve a second chance. Eli and Cora Rai­ford were the loving, hard-working parents of five sons born and raised on Kedron Street in Homewood. It was and is a neighborhood where the majority of its residents bought into the myth that you only needed a limited education, because you were only going to be able to obtain a job in the steel mill or on a garbage truck. These were honorable jobs nonetheless. Mr. and Mrs. Raiford defied the odds by encouraging and inspiring all five of their sons to not only finish high school, but to graduate from college.


Education is a civil right even in Pittsburgh

Before and since Brown versus Board of Education in 1954, the NAACP has rallied and petitioned to ensure equity of educational opportunities for all children, but particularly those of African descent. In Pittsburgh, we believe we may have had the first superintendent hired in Pittsburgh who had no experience as a teacher or school administrator and one who was not certified through normal schools of education, causing the African-American students to have suffered greatly. Mark Roosevelt, in a climate of heightened political activity and support, came into Pittsburgh in 2005, shortly after the firing of our first African-American fully certified and experienced superintendent, Dr. John Thompson.



Those dirty little blue devils

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—There was a time when all you heard about Duke was winning NCAA basketball championships. But in recent years sex scandals with students have been the second major headline coming out of Durham, N.C. After the Duke lacrosse team did to lacrosse what Monica Lewinsky did to the term “interns,” the blue Devils have yet another sex scandal on their hands. And just like the last one, race, gender and class are at the root of the Karen Owens “F— List” scandal.


Marching on ballot boxes to protect our interests

(NNPA)—In my last article I posed the question of whether Black voters should rescue the Democrats again in the critical mid-term elections on Nov. 2. It is clear that the Demo­crats are in serious danger of losing control of the House and Senate. Therefore, once again, the Democratic National Committee is frantically reaching out to Black voters to ride to the rescue. I complained about the fact that the Democrats need the Black vote, but have yet to put up the resources necessary for organizations in our community to do the job. As fate would have it, I had an opportunity to guest host for Warren Ballentine the same week my article hit, and most of the show was devoted to callers responding to the question of whether we should rescue the Democrats. There was a range of opinions but most people seemed to understand what one caller articulated incisively. She said, “We’re not voting to rescue the Democrats, we’re voting to rescue ourselves.”


Tribute to Bob Marley packs Benedum

by Kevin Amos The Stanley Theatre (now called The Benedum) was the last venue Bob Marley and The Wailers performed publicly on Sept. 23, 1980 before his passing. Exactly 30 years after that magical evening, the Marley family came together for a powerful live tribute concert benefiting their 1 Love Foundation and honoring the patriarch in a concert entitled “1 Love presents “Live Forever, a Bob Marley Celebration” concert. MARLEY BROTHERS—Julian, Stephen and Damian Marley. (Photos by Gail Manker). Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, Julian Marley, Cedella Marley and The Marley girls performed the set list from the 1980 show to a soldout crowd of all ages. Rita Marley traveled from her home in Ghana to be part of this special event along with former I-Three member, Marcia Griffiths. The enthusiastic audience consisted of young reggae fans who weren’t alive during the heyday of Bob Marley and the Wailers, but have since embraced the music of the group and the Marley children.


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Downtown Pittsburgh, The Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty, Club Mosaic in the Strip District, Melange Bristol Bar and Lounge in Downtown Pittsburgh and CJ’s in the Strip District. My first stop was at CJ’s in the Strip District where DJ Mike “The Punisher” was on the 1’s and 2’s playing all the hits for the crowd. Dancers performing an African dance at the 5th Annual Keepers of the Flame Awards Introducing Dance Africa 2010 held at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 14 Jazz at Andys Fairmont Pittsburgh presents Jazz at Andys from 6-10 p.m. at 510 Market St., Downtown. Every Wednesday through Saturday, guests will be treated to live jazz performances by some of the city’s finest musicians. The featured artist will be Jessie Glovier. There is no cover charge. For more information, call 412-773-8884 or visit http://www.andyswinebar.com.


Group recognizes businesses for their accomplishments

What better way to learn about the significance and benefits of the Minority Business Opportunity Committee and its affiliate organizations than from its participants? That was the philosophy of Benjamin Butler and the Minority Enterprise Development Week committee during the 28 anniversary of the event. JOB WELL DONE—Proud 2010 MED Week awardees, from left: Dr. Rochelle Oaks, the Oaks Group; Donna Chappel, Advanced Integration Group, Inc.; Faye Ritter, The Allegheny Group; Leanne Pomponio, Vantage Corp.; Ron Alvarado, Novus Staffing Solutions and Michael Cvetic, CCAC. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels). Recognized for being a vital component in strengthening America’s economic state as well as affecting people’s lives within the community, eight local minority-, veteran- and women-owned business owners were honored for their success and efforts. With the theme “Strategies for Growth and Competitiveness in the Global Economy,” the Minority Enterprise Development Awards Program was held at the Meadowlands Holiday Inn.



Understanding car leases

More than half of all new cars purchased today are sold under a lease agreement. Why? Americans have a love affair with cars. We like them big, fast, shiny and luxurious with all the bells and whistles—TV monitors, 12-disc CD changers, moon roofs, heated seats, navigational systems. We want it all. Problem! Cars with all the bells and whistles come with a healthy price tag. Even with repayment terms on new cars ranging from five to eight years, the monthly payment on new cars has proven to be a burden on the average American family’s budget. Solution! In an attempt to continue to sell cars at double-digit profits to a growing economy of people living on the brink of financial ruin the auto industry is pushing leases.


Civil rights leaders repeat call for foreclosure moratorium

(NNPA)—Three years ago when a coalition of civil rights organizations called for a foreclosure moratorium, their plea for struggling homeowners went largely ignored by mortgage lenders, loan servicers, and mortgage investors. Since that call for action, more than 2.5 million foreclosures have occurred and another 5.7 million more are imminent. Additionally and as previously reported, nearly one in 10 homeowners is now either in foreclosure or more than 60 days past due on their mortgage and nearly one in five homeowners is under water, owing more money than their home is now worth.