Daily Archive: February 2, 2011

Opinion

State failed women at abortion clinic

Two weeks ago prosecutors released a 261-page grand jury indictment detailing horrific crimes against poor minority women and their newborns at an abortion clinic in West Philadelphia. Prosecutors charged Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 69, with eight counts of murder in the deaths of Karnamaya Mongar, 41, a refugee from Nepal, who received high doses of anesthetic for an illegal late-term abortion performed in 2009 and the murder of seven infants who were born, killed and then disposed of in Gosnell’s clinic, the Women’s Medical Society.

Opinion

Letter To The Editor…A death knell for jazz on radio?

Dear Editor: As a longtime Pittsburgh jazz vocalist and lover of jazz I was quite saddened to hear of the decision of Duquesne University to sell WDUQ Radio. I have found their format of jazz and news to be a most wonderful mix for our city. Its ratings apparently show that I was not the only listener who felt that way. In that ‘DUQ’ has for many years been the leader in jazz in this market, any significant loss of jazz at 90.5 FM would, in so many ways, be a death knell for the life of jazz in the region.

Opinion

Case for ‘Big Government’

In listening to President Obama’s “State of the Union Address” this year, one of the things that struck me is how many of us have been taken in by this whole hoopla around “…big government is bad; small government is good…” In fact, much of what Obama suggested was a contradiction in terms whereby he was advocating greater investment in the future, while at the same time, slashing budgets and freezing wages. So, let me offer a few thoughts. First, what no one in elite politics seems to want to talk about is that the budget deficit and debt are largely the result of the reckless spending of the Bush administration in getting us into two wars, compounded by declining revenues as a result of the Great Recession. Thus, the discussions about cutting domestic spending in order to address the deficit miss the point entirely. To address the deficit, we really need to end the wars and occupations.

Opinion

Egypt and the future of Africa

(NNPA)—The cry for change and freedom across Egypt sheds a prophetic light on the future of the entire continent of Africa. As the media from around the world continues to be focused on the massive street demonstrations that called for a change of the leadership in Egypt, it is incumbent for African-Americans to see the broader socioeconomic, political, and cultural implications. Egypt is one of the oldest nations in the world. It has a diverse population of more than 80 million people. While the Western media characterizes Egypt as an Arab nation located in the Middle East, it is actually located in Northern Africa and is an African nation.

Opinion

Egypt, economic justice and the rest of us

(NNPA)—People took it to the streets in Egypt on Tuesday, Jan. 25, and they’ve been on the streets ever since. They’ve been demanding the removal of President Hosni Mubarak, and agitating for “freedom, democracy and change.” Unemployment is high, economic opportunity is low, and people are so frustrated that they are taking it to the streets. In Egypt, at least 40 percent of the population lives in poverty, on less than $2 a day. The population of 80 million skews young, with an average age of 24 (in contrast, the average age in the US is 36). President Mubarak, at 82, seems out of touch with the population.

Entertainment

Local entertainer puts unique spin on ‘Cats’

Eddie Henry Jr. is excited to be returning to his hometown and showcasing his talent in the musical, “Cats.” “This production is beautiful,” Henry said. “The sets are gorgeous and it’s a moving piece of work that takes you back to your youth. The theme of the show is remembering where you were and what you are going to become.” CATS CAST—Eddie Henry, middle blue, performs with “Cats” cast. (Photo by Patti Brahim). The production, which was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, tells the story of the Jellicle tribe of cats that gather together to choose which one among them will transcend to Heaven and begin a new life. It is being presented by the Pittsburgh Musical Theater. The Pittsburgh Musical Theater is a non-profit, Pittsburgh-based company that produces high-quality musical theater at affordable prices.

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Opinion

State of the YOUnion

Last week, President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union address and, as usual, he declared the state of our union is good. No president has ever said anything differently. Every president is only going to put the best face on the state of affairs in our country. But, the state of our union is not great. We have runaway deficits, high unemployment, unbridled partisan bickering, crumbling infrastructures (bridges, roads, etc.),and a Congress with an inability to solve problems.

Entertainment

Emerging from brothers’ shadow, Guy Torry a jack of many trades

Prolific entertainer Guy Torry has made the transition from stand-up comic to television writer to noted silver and small screen actor appear effortlessly. GUY TORRY “I enjoy making people laugh and the challenge of doing that is a rush. I love cheering people up and making them smile,” said Torry, 42, who hails from St. Louis. “It was never my dream to be a stand-up comedian, but as a comic I get to travel and see different parts of the world and I get the chance to thank people for seeing my movies and my performances.” Torry will be performing at the Improv Comedy Club for a three-night run from February 3- 5.

Entertainment

Highlights of Super Bowl Weekend

Super Bowl XLV will be played in Dallas on Feb. 6. There are many fans and supporters of both teams converging in Dallas and the surrounding areas. If the game itself can be considered a cash cow, then maybe we should define all of the perimeter events attached to it as a cash “herd.” MARY MARY will be one of many gospel acts that will include Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans, Marvin Sapp, Israel and James Fortune. There are activities for everyone. Let’s first take a look at one of the prime movers and shakers that helps to get the fan base of the Pittsburgh Steelers Nation to and from the big game, as well as keeping them busy after they arrive. According to the Steelers website; the team has selected PrimeSport as the Official Travel Partner to provide access for travel, hotel, airfare and pre-game parties.

Entertainment

Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the Zenith Lounge in the Strip, The Improv in Homestead, Tonic Bar and Grill in Downtown Pittsburgh, Earl the Pearl’s Bar in Homewood, the Galaxy Lounge and Entertainment Center in Homewood, Ace and Deuces Lounge in the Hill District, Kenny’s Place in the Hill District and CJ’s in the Strip District. The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the New York Jets and WE ARE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!!! I went to celebrations all over the city to celebrate the victory. Everyone was dressed in black and gold and partyin’ all night long. Yeah, uh huh, you know what it is!!! Black and Yellow baby!!! Diehard Steeler fans celebratin’ the win over the Jets at the Galaxy Lounge and Entertainment Center in Homewood.