Monthly Archive: November 2010


Lewis, Angelou, Russell get top honor

WASHINGTON (AP)—Civil rights icon John Lewis, poet Maya Angelou and Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell are among the 2010 winners of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. President Barack Obama will present the awards to the 15 honorees early next year, the White House announced Nov. 17. JOHN LEWIS, MAYA ANGELOU and BILL RUSSELL winners include former President George H.W. Bush, investor Warren Buffett, St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan “The Man” Musial, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. “These outstanding honorees come from a broad range of backgrounds and they’ve excelled in a broad range of fields, but all of them have lived extraordinary lives that have inspired us, enriched our culture, and made our country and our world a better place,” Obama said. “I look forward to awarding them this honor.”


Rev. to NJ church leaders: Thou shalt not Facebook

by Wayne ParryAssociated Press Writer NEPTUNE, N.J. (AP)—Thou shalt not commit adultery. And thou also shalt not use Facebook. That’s the edict from a New Jersey pastor who feels the two often go together. The Rev. Cedric Miller said 20 couples among the 1,100 members of his Living Word Christian Fellowship Church have run into marital trouble over the last six months after a spouse connected with an ex-flame over Facebook. ISSUES EDICT—Pastor Cedric Miller delivers the sermon during a service at Living Word Christian Fellowship in Neptune, N.J. (AP Photo/Asbury Park Press, Mary Frank)


From sports stars to fire battalion chiefs

by Fred JeterFor New Pittsburgh Courier RICHMOND, Va. (NNPA)—Christine Richardson was a basketball standout at Virginia State University. Tina Watkins was a track and field star at Huguenot High School in Richmond, Va. Now as adults, they’ve used that competitive spirit to knock down barriers and climb to the top in a male dominated profession. Richardson and Watkins recently became the first women to rise through the ranks and become battalion chiefs with the Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services. Both Watkins and Richardson ran the full gauntlet; recruit, firefighter, lieutenant, captain, to battalion chief. HISTORIC PROMOTION—New city Fire Department Battalion Chiefs Tina Watkins, left, and Christine Richardson chat at their historic promotion. (Photo by Jerome Reid/Richmond Free Press)


Barbara Bush: Palin should stay in Alaska

WASHINGTON (AP)—Former first lady Barbara Bush doesn’t appear to think much of Sarah Palin’s White House aspirations, saying the former Alaska governor should stick to her home state. In an interview with CNN’s Larry King scheduled for airing Monday, Bush says she sat next to Palin once and “thought she was beautiful.” PALIN’S ALASKA—Sarah Palin waits by her husband Todd’s boat before heading up river to see fish being counted in Dillingham, Alaska as part of a documentary for the TLC channel. (AP Photo/Discovery Communications, Gilles Mingasson)



Don’t fail to be thankful

This week’s column will focus on complete positiveness. My birthday is Nov. 26 and my Lord promised me three score plus 10 and I assure you I have exceeded that. The news has story after story about the number of Blacks incarcerated, and percentage-wise it is highly disturbing, but we should be thankful for the overwhelming majority of Blacks who have never been arrested. Those who would highlight the negative statistics that focus on the numbers of Black males who drop out of high school, we must reverse those horrific statistics. However we should be thankful that the numbers of Black males in advance education is at an all time high.



Eagles QB Michael Vick finally gets out of the doghouse

(NNPA)—Michael Vick has been sensational on the football field this season as quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles. Two weeks ago, he put on a phenomenal show against the Washington Redskins, setting a single game record by throwing for 333 yards, including four touchdowns, and rushing for 80 yards and two more touchdowns. The visiting Eagles routed the Redskins 59-28. NFL analyst and former Eagle Quarterback Ron Jaworski called it, “the most remarkable performance I’ve ever seen on Monday night.”



The strange case of Charlie Rangel

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—Americans are not shocked when politicians get in trouble for breaking the law. In fact we almost expect it, laugh about it and only get concerned when those violations are so egregious that they can’t be chalked up to usual levels of greed. When former Congressman William Jefferson was caught hiding over $80,000 in bribe money in a freezer, back in 09’ that didn’t go over to well, nobody can find a way to explain that one. When Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson and his wife were caught trying to hide over $70K in her bra and flush checks down the toilet that wasn’t a good look either. But when we have such obvious cases of public graft and corruption it makes the Rangel case even harder to understand.


And yet love exists

by Julianne Malveaux (NNPA)—Maya Angelou, Ph.D., is a gracious, wise, and witty woman who has been an absolute treasure to our nation and our world. I just learned that she will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and I can’t think of anyone more deserving. Of all the things that Dr. Angelou has accomplished, I am most impressed by her ability to radiate optimism even in pessimistic times and to teach about “the courage to love.” I am fortunate to have her as an advisor, sister, friend and board member at Bennett College for Women. So often, I have had the blessing of sitting at her feet and receiving phenomenal words of advice and guidance. My dear friend, Robby Gregg, shared a thanksgiving message from Dr. Angelou that motivates this column:


Guest editorial… Blacks deserve more from candidates

by Marilyn Kai Jewett A few weeks ago as I sat in Freedom Theatre listening to the gubernatorial candidates at the Black Clergy of Philadelphia’s Candidate’s Forum, I sighed and thought, “Here we go again!” Each election cycle, a slew of candidates we’ve never seen before—Black and White—come to African-American communities asking for our votes. They come to forums, take the customary romp through selected neighborhoods shaking hands and posing for photo ops. They even go to Sunday worship services seeking votes.


DNC abandons Black voters, loses house

(NNPA)—At the funeral of former Democratic National Committee Chairman Ronald Brown, President Bill Clinton made an announcement stunning to some but obvious to us. And, that was had it not been for the Black vote, he would not have been elected president in l992 and re-elected in l996. In the recent critically important mid-term elections, officials of the Democratic National Committee either ignored this political fact or simply took the Black vote for granted. The results were a disaster for Democratic house members. Why did the Democratic National Committee fail to mobilize and maximize the Black vote in the mid-term elections? This is a salient question because it is, or should be, obvious that in a close election the turnout of Black voters will be the difference between victory and defeat.