Monthly Archive: November 2010


The failing promise of public education

We, the American public, hold it as an article of faith that those responsible for devising and implementing public policy have our best interests at heart. Our best minds are hard at work, striving to make the world a better place. Our elected officials are dedicated to protecting our freedoms, increasing our prosperity, and securing justice for all. What, then, is the public to assume when, in spite of the best efforts of our most brilliant thinkers and politicians, freedoms erode, prosperity decreases, and for a great many, justice seems elusive? Surely, sinister forces must be at work.


Protect elderly patients

An elderly person should be able to spend time with their families and enjoy life in a way they couldn’t when they were younger and working full- time. They certainly should not be worried whether or not the medical care they receive will, at best, cause an adverse reaction that was completely avoidable or, in a worst case scenario, kill them. Unfortunately, that is the reality for Medicare recipients around this country: in a recently released study, it was reported that, in just one month, a projected 15,000 hospitalized Medicare patients died because they received less than quality care.


Lessons from GM

(NNPA)—President Barack Obama reached another significant milestone on the long difficult road toward economic recovery of the economy in the United States when General Motors recently launched one of the largest initial public offerings in American history. I believe that the proper stimulus investment in the African-American business community will also bring a much-needed economic recovery.


Iconic comic Witherspoon bringing laughs to Improv

Comedian John Witherspoon is excited about returning to Pittsburgh. Childhood memories of traveling via car from Detroit to visit his aunt in Mount Washington and the Pittsburgh Incline are conjured up when the iconic comic thinks of the Golden Triangle. “Traveling to Pittsburgh was the first time I had saw a hilly city. I went Downtown and the city was unbelievable,” Witherspoon recalls. “I am not a stranger to Pittsburgh.” JOHN WITHERSPOON


Donaldson still showcasing God-Given Jazz

Jazz Icon Lou Donaldson has seen a lot of changes in the Jazz landscape during the 60 years he has been making music. “It’s watered-down jazz now. Too many students go to school for music and you have to learn too much technology,” said Donaldson, 84, who resides in Florida. “Television doesn’t give us a boost and because people don’t see Jazz on television, we can’t compete with the other music that’s out there.” Despite the roadblocks for Jazz performers nowadays, Donaldson has continued to make a good living in the genre over the past six decades. LOU DONALDSON


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited Petra International Ministries Church in East Hills, Platinum Nightclub in the Strip District, Galaxy Lounge in Homewood and the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty. My first stop was at Petra International Ministries Church in East Hills where House of Manna Media presented an event called Day of Discipleship featuring Unashamed Tour 2010 “The Movement.” This event was unique and original with hip-hop and gospel coming together for a great concert and worship. The one and only Bum with supermodel actress Meagan Good at the grand opening of Platinum Nightclub in the Strip District.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 25 Happy Thanksgiving!!! Friday 26 Deck the walls The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh presents “Deck the Walls Part 2!” from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. at Gallery 707, 707 Penn Ave., Cultural District. This is the last exhibit of the AAP’s 100th year and has challenged artists to think big, but in a small way. The exhibit will run through Dec. 31, with a special opening reception from 6-9 p.m. For more information, visit


‘First of State’

Promises are made to be broken, they say. But for you, nothing could be further from the truth. You take your word seriously. If you say you’ll do something, you’ll do it no matter how hard it gets or how long it takes. A promise made is a guarantee. When CJ Floyd made a silent commitment to the memory of a friend, he never knew it would take him years to fulfill the vow. In the new book “First of State” by Robert Greer, fulfillment almost cost CJ his life.


My wife cheated on me although I love her!

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: I have been married for 16 years. They say the first five years are the hardest. However, my entire 16 years have been hard. When my wife told me she was pregnant, I immediately married her. This is the problem: Two months after we were married I came home and she was talking to a man on the phone. We have two children. The thing that hurts me the most is that she cheated on me with my cousin. At first she denied it, but after about 10 years, she said it was true. Gwendolyn, I love her and when she admitted to sleeping with my cousin, I felt empty inside. She says that no other man can financially satisfy her. What should I do?—Benjamin


Chester Engineers 100 years and growing

“Imagine 2020,” is the new slogan for Chester Engineers as they celebrate 100 years. With its new world headquarters located in Pittsburgh and 11 other offices throughout the United States, Chester Engineers President and CEO Robert O. Agbede says his company is blending and transforming by expanding its reach to international markets in the Middle East, the Caribbean, Africa and West Africa. As a way for the company to grow the firm’s operations regionally, nationally, and globally, Agbede announced that Chester Engineers Board Chair George Miles duties will expand to executive chairman with the responsibilities to guide, lead and coach for the global journey. Miles is the former president and chief executive officer of WQED Multimedia. FRIENDS AND BUSINESS PARTNERS—Newly appointed executive chairman of Chester Engineers, George Miles commends his longtime friend, Robert O. Agbede on 100 years and counting. (Photos by Diane Daniels.)