Daily Archive: October 29, 2010


Pitt Jazz Seminar attracts musical giants

One of the region’s premiere jazz events celebrates 40 years this November, as the University of Pittsburgh hosts its annual 2010 Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert Nov. 4-6. Founded in 1971 by Pitt Jazz Studies Program Director Nathan Davis as the first academic jazz seminar of its kind in the country, the event features international artists connecting with aspiring students in a lecture format, then performing together as an ensemble. JON FADDIS Over four decades, the Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert has played host to some of the greatest names in American jazz history, including saxophonists Grover Washington Jr. and Sonny Stitt, drummer and bandleader Art Blakey, trumpet master Dizzy Gillespie and pianist Billy Taylor.


Cover To Cover…‘Extraordinary, Ordinary People’

Your parents gave up a lot for you over the years. From the start, your mother gave her body over to you and nurtured you. Your father taught you, mom guided you (and vice versa). They put a roof over your head, food in your belly, toys on the floor and memories in your heart. Author Condoleezza Rice’s parents did that and more. In the new book “Extraordinary, Ordinary People,” you’ll read about how they instilled a love of learning in their daughter’s life. The descendant of slaves but possessing Italian lineage, Rice was born in Alabama, well before the Civil Rights Movement.


Sorry!  Younger women just don’t do it for me

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: Last month I broke off with my girlfriend. I could not explain to her why. This is the prob­lem: Since age 16 I have always dated older women. Now that I am in college and about to graduate, I decided to date girls more my age. I am totally confused as to why I cannot seem to keep an attraction to younger women. Do you have any advice to give me? I was 16 and the lady I became involved with was 36. We dated for three years, but never in public. The next lady I dated was 28 years my senior and recently dated a lady who was 30 years my senior.


Dropouts get more closed doors than options

(NNPA)—Jeremiah Byrd said when he dropped out of high school at 17 he had no idea how it would impact his life because the consequences weren’t immediate. But after a few months of looking for work and constantly getting turned down, he quickly realized he had locked himself out of economic opportunities. Byrd is just one of the many high school dropouts who have become a growing underclass with few options for upward mobility. And with no marketable job skills and limited education, law enforcement officials and community leaders say dropping out increases the already high probability of being incarcerated.


John Bustamante, a business pioneer

I recently attended the funeral of John Bustamante, a Harvard educated attorney, but most importantly an Ohio business pioneer. John’s business career was marked by many firsts for an African-American business person. He was a real estate developer, partnering with others to purchase the downtown Cleveland landmark, Diamond Shamrock building. He led a group of investors to create First Bank National, which eventually became the largest Black bank in Ohio. Later he became owner and publisher of the Call and Post Newspaper, Ohio’s largest Black publication.


Have you ever felt like a peacock in the land of penguins?

(NNPA)—Have you ever felt like a misfit? A fish out of water? An odd duck? A token? A peacock in the midst of a bunch of penguins? I’d venture to say that almost everyone has felt like that at some point in their lives—in school, at work, in a social situation, in an organization. I know I’ve felt like that a couple times in my life. It can be painful, lonely and frustrating. We all want to fit in and be accepted by others—it’s a normal human desire to want to belong. But at the same time, we want to be ourselves, to be unique, to be an individual. Nobody wants to be a clone—nobody wants to feel like a sheep.


Dinkins honored at Morehead State

Pittsburgh native and former Schenley star David Dinkins was one of four former Morehead State University athletes to be honored at a special ceremony Oct. 15-16 during the school’s Hall of Fame events. In addition, the school retired his jersey (No. 8). Dinkins attended MSU from 1998-2000, was the first NCAA player “to rush for 1,000 yards and throw for 1,000 yards in the same season, a feat he accomplished three times,” according to Drew Dickerson, director of athletic media relations for the university.


ABA set to return to Pittsburgh in 2011; Bruce spearheads operations

by Malik Vincent For New Pittsburgh Courier Pittsburgh, along with the Raleigh-Durham area, will welcome new American Basketball Association franchises beginning in the 2011 season with the addition of the Carolina Jaguars and Pennsylvania Pride. “We couldn’t be more excited to be bringing this to Pittsburgh,” said Aubrey Bruce, president of the McKeesport-based SeaStorm Sports & Entertainment Group and a New Pittsburgh Courier sports columnist. “There are many things in the works and we are working tirelessly with the league to conform with its guidelines.” AUBREY BRUCE


A lesson in teamwork the Rangers can’t forget

by Jim LitkeAP Sportswriter Getting the Texas Rangers to play the game the way he did was never going to be an easy sell. Tougher still was how Ron Washington got them to play for each other. Back when he was still cashing checks as a player, Washington was a skinny middle infielder, with no pop in his bat, who learned to make the most of every opportunity. He was good with the glove, smart on the basepaths and stubborn enough to make every swing count, especially late in games.



A matter of time

Young people that are young enough to be my children don’t wear watches. Market researchers say young people would rather spend their money on shoes or purses than a watch. Two-thirds of teens never wear a watch and only about one in 10 wears one every day. I feel naked without mine. I’ve actually turned around and gone back home if I forget mine. Once I stopped at a store and bought one on the way to an event, because I left the house without it. I’ve asked people why they don’t wear a watch and they usually tell me that they use their cell phone to tell time or they are on their computer so often that they use that to check the time. There is a clock in the car and the clock on the cable box.