Daily Archive: November 5, 2010

Opinion

What about economic justice?

(NNPA)—The election of President Barack Obama in 2008 seems to have uncorked a virulent racism among folks who are hatefully resentful of the fact that an African-American man now leads our nation. The steady drumbeat of negative commentary is so overwhelming that many African-Americans are cowed and cautioned into not even asserting our issues, so artfully poised to drown out dissent that some liberals have decided to hold their powder until after the election for fear of hurting our president.

Opinion

Judge Williams knows the facts

by M. Gayle Moss You know when you have struck a nerve when certain individuals, colleagues of the same profession, express outrage about a position taken by another colleague. In this case, it is the apparent statement made by Common Please Court Judge Joseph K. Williams. Recently, Judge Williams rejected a plea deal in a criminal case after he accused a prosecutor of only offering deals to “White boys.” If anyone knows the facts, Judge Williams knows the facts. It appears that he was not being “smart” but merely keeping it real.

Opinion

Forbes: World’s most powerful Women 2010

(TEWire)—Congratulations to Michelle Obama who ranks No. 1 as the world’s most powerful woman. Among the Forbes Top 10 most powerful women in the world are two other sisters: Oprah Winfrey and Beyonce Knowles. Wow! That should make you proud to be a Black woman. Sisters are incredible! Three out of 10! That’s awesome when you think about the One Nation March (10-2-10) held recently—and many of the programs we often attend—where not even one Black women’s organization that works for the rights of women and their families had a slot to speak on behalf of Black women at an event billed as “most diverse.”

Entertainment

‘For Colored Girls’ Some works better left alone

by Dwight Brown For New Pittsburgh Courier It’s like watching 10,000 Oprah Winfrey shows squeezed into 120 minutes – and no one gets a free car! Some works of art should just be left alone. Would you paint a wider smile on the Mona Lisa? Would you add a break dancing routine to Alvin Ailey’s Revelations? Is there really a need to write another chapter for Toni Morrison’s “Song of Solomon?” ‘FOR COLORED GIRLS’ CAST

Entertainment

‘Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow’

“Mom, look!” You probably say that a dozen times a day. There are many things you want to share with your Mom; things you’re doing and things you notice around you. Maybe it’s pretty, maybe it’s cool, or maybe it’s something very exciting. And you know what? You’re not alone. Other kids like to show their parents the things they see and hear, and in the new book “Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow” by Gary Golio, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, you’ll read about a man who wanted to share with the world.

Business

New CRL resource offers guide to better banking

by Charlene CrowellNNPA Columnist (NNPA)—As investigations of lenders and their practices reach from every state house to Capitol Hill and the Department of Justice, most consumers are now all too familiar with the shortcoming of some of our nation’s banks and credit unions. Many community advocates feel that far too often, some institutions have not provided capital in communities and areas where the need is greatest. In other locales, if lenders do offer loans, the costs are higher and not much better than the rates available from the corner payday lender. The litany of grievances continues to excessive overdrafts, jacked up credit card rates, and rising ATM fees. Yet in the practicalities of life, unless you stuff your currency in a mattress, you will need to make a decision as to where to put your money.

Business

More than one way to stay technologically connected

We are some “smart cookies” as my grandma would say. No, really. Even the most technologically challenged among us (or laggards, which is the industry lingo for late bloomers) is connected in some way to at least one technological toy. Yes, you, too. More than likely—at the very least—you use a computer and a mobile phone (a Smartphone if it allows you to do anything other than the basic “talk” feature). So, yes, you’re connected! Maybe even technologically savvy. As for me, even though I’m not the first one out of the gate with the newest toys I admit that (even though it took me a minute to get the hang of it) I am now officially addicted to my iPhone4. The Apps on this thing are amazing. I can actually choose an OPI nail polish color and see what it will look like against my caramel skin coloring while sitting through a boring meeting (which is absolutely something I would never do, of course. I’m just saying there’s an App available should I ever need such a diversion).

Sports

This season, Pitt hopes to take Final (Four) step

PITTSBURGH (AP)—No matter what Pitt accomplishes under coach Jamie Dixon—and, in seven seasons, it has been a lot—there’s always an asterisk attached. The Panthers, despite winning at least 25 games each of the last five seasons, still haven’t been to the Final Four since the 1940s. PANTHERS GET EASY WIN—Pitt’s Brad Wanamaker and Norwood’s Thierno Agne go for a loose ball after Wanamaker’s strip during the Panthers 104-62 win over the Seahawks in an exhibition game at the Petersen Events Center on Oct. 31. (Photo by Chris Lopez) With nearly every player back from last season’s 25-9 team, they’re hoping this is the season they play into April.

Sports

City League Roundup…Peabody upsets Brashear in their final game

Peabody won their last game as a school on Saturday at Cupples Stadium by upsetting Brashear, 34-24. “I am really proud of the efforts of these kids,” Peabody head coach Leonard Carter said. “Despite the things that are going on all around us and despite the fact that this is our last game, they never gave up.” Junior quaterback Donte Forte completed 12 of 20 passes for 232 yards with two touchdowns and he ran one in from 65-yards away. Peabody’s Jalen Coleman had two touchdown runs of 76 and 62 yards, respectively. He finished with five rushes for 136 yards.