Daily Archive: January 16, 2011


Racial and ethnic divide over gun rights

(NNPA)—Columbine High School. The Washington, D.C. sniper. Northern Illinois University. Virginia Tech. Red Lake Indian Reservation. Chicago school children. And now, Tucson, Arizona. In dramatic ways, shooting deaths have horrified, mesmerized, and confounded Americans. Yet, an increasing number of people say it is more important to protect the rights of citizens to own guns than to limit those authorized to carry lethal weapons. In a September survey, the Pew Research Center found that 50 percent of Americans favor protecting the right to own guns over the adoption of stricter gun control laws. There were important racial and ethnic distinctions. Non-Hispanic Whites favor gun rights by a margin of 54 percent to 42 percent.


Dr. King: The preacher and the prophet

(NNPA)—The swirl around commemorating and celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday always fascinates me. The mainstream media quickly goes to his most famous quote, “I have a dream that one day people will be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.” It’s a powerful quote, but equally powerful, and delivered in the same speech, are the words, “We have come to the nation’s capital to cash a check…a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation.” If people said, “cash the check” as frequently as they say “I have a dream”, we might have a different mindset about the economic status of African-American people.



Michael Steele suffers from the ‘WB’ Syndrome

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—Quiz Time: Do you remember “Sister, Sister,” “The Jamie Foxx Show,” and “The Steve Harvey Show?” What do all of these shows have in common? Each of these shows was part of the now defunct WB network’s television line-up from the mid-1990’s. They were all popular African-American sitcoms that were ranked in the top 10 in Black households before getting the axe in 1999. Basically the WB used Black shows to stabilize the network then dumped them all when things got better. This “WB” syndrome as I like to call it, can also apply to politics, as it perfectly explains the recent plight of former RNC Chairman Michael Steele.


Advancing the agenda of Martin Luther King Jr.

(NNPA)—One of the most important matters that we face in 2011, as we celebrate the 82nd birthday of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., during the numerous official national, state and local King Holiday observances across the United States, is the question of advancing the social, political, and economic empowerment agenda that Dr. King articulated 37 years ago. King was more than a dreamer. He was a passionate and committed activist leader. He was a preacher of the Gospel and the visionary force of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The Civil Rights Movement under Dr. King’s leadership successfully challenged and transformed American society.


Haiti: One year later

It’s been a year since a violent earthquake shook the poor nation of Haiti, killing hundreds of thousands of people and causing billions in damage. In the days that followed the quake, nonprofits, corporations and individuals from around the world donated money and time in an overwhelming show of support. As the media marks this tragic anniversary, we should all be aware that, although time has passed, there still is much to be done to not only rebuild Haiti but to also make it prosperous.


A call to the Black church

by Bruce A. Davis One evening I stood on a corner and watched a lot of young black males sell drugs while a caravan of cars pulled up to the same house as if they were placing orders at a fast food pickup window. Directly across the street I saw a Black Church. The members were in the parking lot greeting one another before they attended service. No one bothered to even look across the street.


Bill Daley and Gene Sperling have done it before

(NNPA)—It is now apparent that President Obama was doing a lot more than eating shaved ice and playing golf during his Hawaiian holiday vacation. Almost immediately upon his return to the White House, the president announced the appointments of William M. Daley as chief of staff and Gene Sperling as director of the National Economic Council. Both men bring a combination of successful presidential advisory experience and business know-how to their new jobs. It is an encouraging sign that as the President focuses relentlessly on his stated goal of creating jobs and turning our economy around, he is enlisting the help of two of the most influential architects of the Clinton economic boom years.


Double XXposure, David M heads cell phone blackout campaign

The latest iPhone, netbook and iPad are all the rage for today’s teenagers. Many can’t get through a day without checking their Myspace or Facebook pages or tweeting to their friends about the latest thing that has happened in their lives. DOUBLE XXPOSURE and DAVID M And African-American teenagers are leading that parade. According to a recent Nielsen Report, African-Americans are more apt to purchase cell phones and their appliances than any other ethnic group in the United States with a collective buying power in excess of $800 billion annually. Although Blacks are eager buyers of technology, they are not the creators or owners of the commodity.


Cover To Cover…‘Burial for a King’

In days of old, when someone messed with a King, he was usually thrown in the dungeon without trial or jury. Justice was swift and mercy was rare. That’s because, oftentimes, the King held things together. Loved or hated, he was a force to be reckoned with. He had power and powerful friends, and messing with him wasn’t advised. On that subject, little has changed through the centuries, as you’ll see in “Burial for a King” by Rebecca Burns. Xernona Clayton was working on an unusual project the night that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot: she was trying to set up a meeting between King and Calvin Craig of the Ku Klux Klan. As King’s director of public relations, Clayton was used to hoaxes; when a waitress handed her a note that said Dr. King had been shot, she ignored it.


Hobos never had it so good!

Who would guess that you could find Chanel, Thierry Mugler and Bruno Magli in a store called Hobo? According to Webster’s Dictionary a hobo is a homeless penniless vagabond. But picture this, a drifter riding the rails of a train through Pittsburgh, donned in a plaid blazer wearing a black fedora with all of his belongings in a nicely worn crocodile bag thrown over his shoulder. You might run into that fashionable drifter in Hobo, a high fashion store with thrift store prices. WELCOME TO HOBO—Owner Deryck Tines. (Photos by Debbie Norrell)