Daily Archive: October 27, 2010



Blacks don’t give money or vote

The statement—Blacks don’t give money or vote—is made by people in both political parties, and some of the readers will take exception to the statement, but in my estimation, there is a degree of accuracy. Those who really do not pay attention to politics and graphics that report voting trends across this nation will say with a degree of outrage, “Blacks voted in record numbers to elect the first Black president in 2008.” Their statement is accurate, but there have been two major elections since—one in Georgia and the other in Louisiana and Black voters only voted in Georgia 14 percent and Louisiana 18 percent.


GOP’s ‘Pledge to America’ is replete with lies

(NNPA)—Republicans have earned a reputation for being “the party of no.” In an effort to assert there are programs and policies that they will say “yes,” the GOP issued its “Pledge to America.” The document should be renamed “The Plague on America.” According to FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, the GOP document “contains some dubious factual claims.” Below are excerpts from the report titled, “FactChecking The Pledge.”



Ginny Thomas stalks Anita Hill

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—In the minds of most Americans, the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings were an odd political spectacle and the kind of thing you only remember in a tough game of Trivial Pursuit. For me, they were riveting political theater, where I was, whether I liked it or not, a captive audience. During the summer of 1991 my family drive across the midwest to visit Mt. Rushmore, and since there is little or no decent radio once you get outside of Omaha, Neb., we spent most of the Dakotas listening to National Public Radio coverage of the Thomas hearings.


Will you guard the change Nov. 2?

by Valerie McDonald Roberts As Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has said, “We changed the guard in 2008. We must now guard the change in 2010!” Barack Obama was elected to enact the CHANGE, sorely needed after eight years of failed Bush policies that favored the rich and powerful, to the detriment of the working class community. President Barack Obama inherited quite a mess, and in less than two short years he, along with Democratic allies in Congress, has done a yeomen’s job in righting many wrongs. He, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are true champions, and deserve our thanks by supporting candidates they support.


We must vote

In 2008 with the country in a deep recession and slipping slowly into a depression, Blacks, liberals, moderates and—quiet as it’s kept—many conservatives voted for change, which led to the first African-American elected to the White House. Now less than two years later, as the country gradually recovers from the reign of George Bush and Dick Cheney and a Republican Congress, the same people who put us in this predicament are masquerading as the Tea Party in an effort to rid the country of President Barack Obama by placing do nothing obstructionists in the Senate, House and the governor’s offices throughout the country.


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the Flamingo Lounge in the Hill District, a mansion in Mt. Washington, The Shadow Lounge in East Liberty and the K. Leroy Irvis Towers. My first stop was at a mansion in Mt. Washington where Distinct Sophistication held their annual event called “Elegant in Black II” featuring actor Lamman Rucker. This event has been called the party of the year by those who attended. I have to shout out Tee Jay and Terrance Brown of Distinct Sophistication for doing it up big. The city of Pittsburgh dressed to impress in black attire. The ladies of SteelCityLive.com at the Elegant In Black II in Mt. Washington.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 28 Jazz revue New Horizon Theater Inc. presents The Jazz Revue, Other Special Selections and Storytelling featuring Levi Barcourt at 7:30 p.m. at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. Barcourt has worked with several musical greats and will perform through Oct. 31. General admission is $20 and students and seniors are $15. For more information, call 412-431-0773.


iGate chief at chamber breakfast

Sunil Wadhwani started what is now iGate fresh out of Carnegie Mellon University in the late 1980s. He and two partners had no customers, no infrastructure and no employees, and was confined to an eight-by-eight foot office. FROM THE PENTHOUSE TO THE DOG HOUSE AND BACK—Doris Carson Williams is shown with iGate founder and board Chairman Sunil Wadhwani, who gave advice on growth and avoiding pitfalls to African American Chamber members at PowerBreakfast meeting. (Photo by Ashley G. Woodson.) Now, iGate is a billion-dollar firm with 8,000 employees in eight countries, and the largest minority owned firm in Allegheny County. But as he told members of the African American Chamber of Commerce during its Oct. 22 PowerBreakfast, it was anything but a smooth ride. During his presentation, Wadhwani offered his company history as a guide on growth, loss and redirection in a tough economy.


FDIC chairman: ‘Have lenders really learned their lessons?’

(NNPA)—Persistent allegations that major lenders failed to properly review foreclosure filings prior to finalization have now led to swift developments at both the state and federal levels. These actions could very well be a signal that decision-makers and influential leaders realize the patience and the pocketbooks of America’s people have worn thin. The nation’s state attorney generals formed a mortgage foreclosure working group Oct. 13, and now a week later, two key federal regulators, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Federal Reserve System, have jointly announced a symposium on mortgages and the future of housing finance. Open to the public, the free event took place at the Seidman Center in Arlington, Va., Oct. 25 and 26 and will require advance registration.



How much income will you need during retirement?

When you think of your life in retirement you imagine yourself traveling the world, spending quality time with family and friends, pursuing simple pleasures, and living the life of ease and luxury. With the children gone and various bills paid, it’s easy to assume that you’ll have sufficient income coming in to maintain your desired standard of living during retirement. The lifestyle of the majority of senior citizens is anything but a life of ease and luxury. After 30 years of working hard, raising a family, and trying to maintain a quality standard of living, the thing that’s always procrastinated and often neglected is retirement planning. Creating your desired retirement lifestyle is going to take more than wishful thinking and groundless assumptions. It’s going to take proactive planning and purposeful execution.