Daily Archive: November 10, 2010

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Opinion

Finally some work might actually get done in Washington

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—Right now there are millions of Democratic and Progressive voters who think that the world is coming to an end. The Republican sweep of government, which was much more substantial than most press reports are truly presenting has left all too many people thinking that we’ve reached a nadir in American politics. Believe it or not the results of Tuesday are not entirely bad, unless you are a partisan Democrat, if you’re simply an American citizen this might be a sign that real progress is going to be made, at least on the national level. First let us collectively realize just how deep and substantial the 2010 elections were. Everyone knows the big news, that Republicans won 55 seats in the House of Representatives, giving them a majority and putting Nancy Pelosi out of a job.

Opinion

The promise of global trade and Black America

(NNPA)—Now that the mid-term elections are over and the politics of exaggeration appear to be catching less national attention, it is past time to focus on the economic condition and plight of 50 million African-Americans. The devastating economic disaster of the Bush years has a lingering negative economic effect on everyone in the United States, especially for Black Americans.

Opinion

Election Day nostalgia— importance of voting

by Shannon Williams Election Day was especially significant to me this year because it fell on my deceased mother’s birthday. Voting, particularly this year, was my way of honoring a woman who truly believed that one vote could make a difference. I remember once when I was younger, my mother taking me with her to vote. As I stood on my tip toes to see what she was doing, she quietly explained to me, “I’m voting for him because he believes in saving jobs,” she said of one candidate. “This lady gets my vote because she has been an advocate of the community for a long time,” my mother said of another candidate as she darkened the oval next to the person’s name.

Entertainment

Hughley shares laughs at Improv

Dr. Laura’s use of the N-word, the Chilean Miners Rescue, and the Black man’s struggle were just some of the topics that comedian DL Hughley talked about during his three-night run at the Pittsburgh Improv Oct. 28-30. Dressed in a black pinstripe suit and sporting a cigar and a glass of red wine, Hughley had the audience cracking up throughout his 45-minute set. D. L. HUGHLEY

Entertainment

Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited St. Lawrence O’Toole in Garfield, The Red Onion in the Hill District, CJ’s in the Strip District, Ava Lounge in East Liberty, Ace and Deuces in the Hill District and Mitchell’s Bar in Oakland. My first stop was at CJ’s in the Strip District where they held their annual Halloween Party and everyone was dressed up in costumes including DJ Nick Nice on the 1’s and 2’s spinning the hits. The Indian Chief and his mate at CJ’s in the Strip District.

Lifestyle

Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 11 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 dress code will be enforced. No tennis shoes, sweats or athletic gear. For more information, call 412-642-2377.

Business

Job readiness services are key to area men

James Ivy remembers the stretch in his life when he was in the situation of needing help, down, with many people counting him out. Recalling the time he was in the same position as many of the clients of Capacity Developers Incorporated, he now feels compelled to give back. “To help somebody,” he says. A barber by trade, Ivy says, “I’m better established and able to assist in adding the final touches for clients of CDI.” CDI is where males preparing to re-enter the workforce, can go to receive clothing and services to help them succeed in their journey from start to finish. Ivy offers haircuts and grooming services that he says enhances their look and makes a perfect impression for interviews and at work. CLOTHING IN NEED—Irene Wilson, Community Resource Manager of Capacity Developers, Inc. prepares an order of business clothing for a client. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels).

Business

Black clergy seek economic freedom for their flocks

(NNPA)—Almighty Debt, the most recent CNN documentary in the network’s series on African-Americans, related how severely debt imposes complex, real-life financial challenges whether the issue is foreclosure, long-term unemployment, or financing higher education. Central to the documentary was Rev. DeForest Soaries Jr. of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, N.J., whose congregation members were also featured.

Business

Business Calendar

Business series NOV. 4—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host their Business Program Series at 12:15-1 p.m. at the Downtown & Business branch, 612 Smithfield St., Downtown. The topic is “Supercharge Your Career Planning.” Jeffrey Fortescue, Manager of Business and Reference at the library, will help individuals discover the library’s resume maker and their testing & education reference center. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or e-mail business@carnegielibrary.org.

Sports

Steelers’ defense preserves 27-21 win over Bengals

by Joe KayAssociated Press Writer CINCINNATI (AP)—No trip to the commissioner’s office over this one. James Harrison’s final hit was high, hard and totally textbook. Decided a game, too. Harrison helped knock the ball loose from Jordan Shipley on Cincinnati’s final play, preserving a 27-21 win on Monday night that kept the Pittsburgh Steelers sharing first place in the AFC North at the season’s midpoint. LIGHTS OUT—Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (43) levels Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens on a reception on the Bengals’ last drive in their 27-21 loss to the Steelers Nov. 8, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)