by J. Williams-GibsonSpecial from the Indianapolis Recorder INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—Beware of strangers, right? That is a frequent warning given to us all, but particularly women and children. However, the majority of African-American females killed by men die at the hands of guys that they know—not strangers. Black females murdered by men are most often killed with a gun, and almost always by someone they know, according to a recent report by the Violence Policy Center, a national educational organization that works to reduce violence.
Daily Archive: October 20, 2010
In 1949 I decided to go to the voting polls to get an understanding of how the political process worked. It proved to be a startling revelation. The system was flawed, corrupted and it was criminal, based on the illegal activities that occurred, like the blind with no assistance and dead people voting. In 1954 after returning from the army I became a political activist who believed that sophisticated voting was the fastest way for Blacks to achieve equality. Over the last 58 years I was an active participant in the Republican and Democratic parties, however I never voted a straight ticket. I always supported those candidates that I believed represented the best hope for Black people.
(NNPA)—With less than two weeks remaining before the Nov. 2 mid-term elections, President Barack Obama and his wife, Michele, are frantically reaching out to African-Americans, their most loyal supporters who continue to give the president a 91 percent approval rating. The president and the first lady have phoned in to Black radio shows, met privately with African-American newspaper columnists and bloggers as well as appeared before Black audiences in an effort to drive home the president’s key message: “…Voter turnout is going to be critical. Our numbers and our ability to organize grass roots has to counteract those millions of dollars that are coming in trying to take this election.”
(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—Men and women love to play dress up. From a very early age we’re taught that whatever it is you want to be when you grow up, you should dress like it, and if you dress like it long enough other people will expect you to be it, too. That’s why parents buy plastic stethoscopes and white lab coats for their kids, why you aren’t going to see as many Brett Favre jersey’s at Pop Warner football games this fall, and why dads get a little nervous if they catch their sons parading around the house in mom’s old shoes and church hats. Of course Rich Iott would like us to believe that what we were taught growing up wasn’t true at all. That dressing like something doesn’t mean you want to be like those people or their beliefs. Otherwise how else could a man running for Congress justify dressing up as a Nazi soldier on the weekend for years of his adult life.
(NNPA)—President Obama thinks big and acts big. It has surprised many, and there was confusion as to just where he was going and why. I have reached a conclusion. The health care bill, cap and trade, stimulus bill, card check, auto takeover, student loans, etc., have been great leaps into the future which resemble, in fact, emulate, President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s Great Society. It is the Great Society on steroids. Similar modus operandi, but it is certainly a different time and that is where the comparison causes conflict. Let’s take a look at the two presidential agendas.
Charlayne Henry was overcome with emotion when she opened the doors to the Charles A. Stewart Performing Arts Center. She realized the struggles and losses she had overcome to finally own and operate her own theater. “This has been a long seven-year journey. I put myself through a lot these past seven years. My husband passed away last November and my mom passed away four years ago. This past January I lost my grand-dad. I’ve lost so many people who won’t get to see this theater come to fruition. That‘s the hardest part of going after your vision,” Henry said. CHARLAYNE HENRY IN HER NEW ARTS CENTER (Photo by Erin Perry).
This week I visited the Pittsburgh Improv in Homestead, The August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Downtown Pittsburgh, CJ’s in the Strip District, The Shadow Lounge in East Liberty and Calvary Baptist Church in the Hill District. My first stop was the Pittsburgh Improv in Homestead where comedian Arnez J. performed five shows for his fans and he is still as funny as ever. Daniel Bernard Roumain and Pittsburgh’s own Dream Job performing at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture.
Thursday 21 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.
Pleased with the turnout of more than 500 attendees during the Nationwide on Your Side Tour with Tavis Smiley held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Oct. 9, Brian O’Dell considered the event as a way to empower the community in which he serves. As regional vice president of the Northeastern States Regional Operations, he said Pittsburgh is one of Nationwide’s top markets. “We are glad to be able to provide such a valuable and informative program.” MAKING A POINT—Considered a voice for change, Tavis Smiley shared his knowledge during the Nationwide Insurance on Your Side Tour. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels) Designed to provide insights on how to weather a choppy market and build for the future while balancing household needs, Smiley, labeled as a broadcaster, author, advocate and philanthropist, served as keynote speaker during the free program that included various economic empowerment and financial planning workshops. Sherri Lynn Johnson of WGBN Radio served as moderator of the general session and entertainment was provided by the Afro American Music Institute.
A guy that I grew up with recently tracked me down to discuss a situation with his marriage that has taken a turn for the worst. His wife of 15 years told him that she wanted to get a divorce. I could hear the pain in his voice. He was devastated. He did not understand why she would want to leave. He wondered if she’d been having an affair. He wondered what he’d done wrong. The subject of divorce blindsided him. He knew that they were having financial problems but he did not think the problems were big enough to end his marriage. The guy that I remember growing up was hardworking, opinionated, handsome, charming, engaging and funny. It was odd speaking to a guy whom I’ve always seen as strong and independent sounding broken down, beaten up and vulnerable.