Daily Archive: November 3, 2010



Next election support person in mirror

Yesterday was Election Day and the Black community voted overwhelmingly for Joe Sestak for U.S. Senator, Dan Onorato for Pennsylvania Governor and the reelection of Congressman Mike Doyle. A limited number of Black voters supported the Republican candidate for governor, Tom Corbett. I remember very vividly the years when I was an active Republican that there were thousands of active Blacks, but in 2010 they are almost nonexistent and the few who profess to be Republican are mutes.



It’s time to send Bill Clinton back to Arkansas

(NNPA)—When Ray Charles sang, “Tell your mama, tell your pa, I’m going to send you back to Arkansas,” he could have well been singing to Bill Clinton. The lyrics are from the hit song, “What’d I Say.” And what I say is that we send Clinton back to Arkansas, to his home in upstate New York or anywhere except center stage. I’ve never cared for Clinton’s efforts to nudge the Democratic Party to the right through the Democratic Leadership Council, his misnamed welfare reform legislation, his masquerading as the nation’s “first Black president,” or his scandalous behavior while campaigning to get African-Americans to vote for his wife, Hillary, instead of Barack Obama.



Head of the Chinese class

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—Citizens against Government Waste have been filling the airwaves with ads during the past election season hoping to sway the public towards pro-corporate and mostly conservative causes. With huge corporations like Phillip Morris, Merrill Lynch and Exxon Mobil behind them there is no cause they won’t champion for their huge corporate backers and apparently no depth they won’t stoop to in order to get the public’s attention. However, a recent ad they’ve been running in the weeks running up the mid-term might finally have gone too far in ratcheting up the fear factor.


Black American reality and the American dream

(NNPA)—During the last several weeks there have been many published opinion articles about the state of the American dream in 2010 for people who live in the United States. Most notably was journalist Fareed Zakaria cover story, “Restoring the American Dream,” in the Nov. 1 edition of TIME. He asserted, “the grim reality is that technology and globalization are shattering the middle class. With the midterms around the corner, the good news is that a bipartisan policy agenda can return the country to prosperity.” What is the state of Black America today? What is our share of the economy? Are our children receiving a quality education? With the nation polarized once again with partisan politics, who is going to assert and protect the interests of African-Americans?


Defending the truth

It’s time to stop the nonsense. The forces of disinformation and disgruntlement have redoubled their efforts of late, finding traction in the poll numbers that show much of the electorate is disappointed with President Barack Obama. But the disinformation and outright lies are having an impact on those poll numbers because obfuscation is much easier to pull off than simply telling the truth. And too often, in this era of “information” dissemination rather than actual factual reporting, the lie, when told long enough and often enough, becomes the truth, and the truth becomes an inconvenience.


Pittsburgh schooled at ‘Experience Hendrix’ tour

by Kevin AmosFor New Pittsburgh Courier Tuesday evening at the Benedum Auditorium a class was indeed in session and the “students” were the audience in Pittsburgh as they got schooled by Billy Cox, Ernie Isley, Living Colour, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Brad Whitford. Pittsburgh was the kickoff location for the second part of the Experience Hendrix Tour. The former Stanley Theater became a classroom and Rock church for this sold out concert. The Experience Hendrix tour crisscrossed the country this past March for a string of concerts and returned with a new set of U.S. and Canadian dates for October and November. The tour offers multiple opportunities for performers and audiences to witness unique collaborations. ERNIE ISLEY


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland, Games N’At on the South Side, The Corner Café on the South Side, CJ’s in the Strip District, Ace and Deuces Lounge in the Hill District and The Shadow Lounge in East Liberty. My first stop was at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland where gospel legend Vickie Winans performed her gospel hits for her fans and everyone got their praise on. I have to shout out Dorian for putting together a great event. Fletcher Jones and 1st place winner Purpose at the Corner Café on the South Side.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 4 Soul Garden Charismatic Nightlife and the August Wilson Center presents The Soul Garden featuring N’Dambi at 7:30 p.m. at AWC, 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. This signature Soul Music Showcase features recording artist N’Dambi. There will be a happy hour. For more information, call 412-338-8742.


Women band together on entrepreneur venture

In his 1966 number one Billboard top R and B single, “It’s a Man’s Man’s World”, the late soul singer James Brown sang, “This is a man’s world, but it would be nothing without a woman or a girl.” The Ujamaa Collective, an organization of women of African descent is proving that point by practicing the fourth Nguzo Saba principal of Kwanzza (collective economics) through the operation of the Ujamaa Marketplace, an open-air market during the summer and now preparing for their fall and winter season at 1901 Centre Avenue. PROVIDING LEADERSHIP—Board members and representatives of Ujamaa Collective accepts their responsibility and gifts. Kwame Scott, Dr. Huberta Jackson-Lowman, K. Mensah Wali, Maria Griffy and Teri Baltimore. (Photos by Diane Daniels)


Black businesses are still left out

(NNPA)—Since this country began Black people have been excluded from participation in opportunities for wealth-building. Despite the obstacles placed before our ancestors, they made it on their own in many cases. But for the most part they were hamstrung by restrictions that prevented them from achieving economic empowerment on the same level as Whites. While I don’t think that can be argued on any intelligent level, it’s still probably good to cite a few examples. First of all, if you owned a plantation and received free labor it goes without saying that you would prosper and those providing the free labor would not. Thaddeus Stevens’ plea for reparations to formerly enslaved Blacks notwithstanding, Black people were “freed” without a way of providing for their families, that is, except to continue to work for their former enslavers, as Gen. Gordon Granger suggested in his General Order on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas.