Daily Archive: February 9, 2011

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Opinion

Ban gay marriage and shame the Constitution

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—I have no idea why citizens waste thousands of signatures, volunteer hours and tax payer money to put anti-gay marriage legislation on the ballot in a state. Moreover it escapes me why anyone in their right mind doesn’t see how or why such legislation always ends up being more trouble than it’s worth. These laws always attract lawsuits, scandals and media, to otherwise unimportant and looked over places like South Dakota.

Opinion

The history of Black hair

Melvin Van Peebles’ 1971 film “Classified X” was an eye opener to most who viewed it, but for me I was merely reliving experiences I had been living with my entire life. Van Peebles describes the shame he felt after leaving his neighborhood theater on Chicago’s South Side. Melvin’s movie house was the NRA, called “The National Rat Alley” by locals. I felt the identical way when my friends and I left our neighborhood theaters. We were ashamed of the people on screen that looked like us. We laughed but felt ashamed. I did not know why until years later.

Opinion

High Court has key to health care future

The U.S. Supreme Court is back in the hot seat again. Ever since George W. Bush became president courtesy of a High Court ruling, the Dignified Dozen has been viewed by many of the citizens they serve as something less than impartial. Now, after the ruling by U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson, a Republican and Reagan appointee, that the “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” was unconstitutional, the very fate of President Obama’s marquee accomplishment rests on the whims of the Supreme Court.

Entertainment

‘Drumline Live’ to Pittsburgh

“Drumline Live” creator and producer, Don P. Roberts, promises to give audiences “one of the best theatrical experiences of their life.” He is sure audiences will “laugh, stand with joy, applaud and maybe even cry.” With lofty promises like that, it’s no wonder that the theatrical show is in its second national tour. It made a stop into Pittsburgh’s Byham Theater during Black History Month two years ago. It was then, and is now being presented by the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series. DRUMLINE LIVE CAST

Entertainment

Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the Pittsburgh Improv in Homestead, Art’s in the Strip, Platinum Nite Club in the Strip, AVA Lounge in East Liberty and CJ’s in the Strip. My first stop was at the Pittsburgh Improv where comedian and actor Charlie Murphy performed for his fans all weekend long. He had the audience laughing from the beginning to the end of his set. The ladies came out to get their party on at the AVA Lounge in East Liberty.

Entertainment

Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 10 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 there is a dress code that will be enforced. No tennis shoes, sweats, or athletic gear. For more information, call 412-642-2377.

Business

Minorities in Pittsburgh conference successful

Do not let your good get in the way of your best is just one of the many lessons over 200 college students learned during the recent Minorities in Pittsburgh Conference. Hosted by The Roberto Clemente Minority Business Association, the ninth annual conference continued in its tradition of being the largest event to date, said Divya Varindani the MIP coordinator. “The conference has expanded into the region to encompass students from eight different universities, and three of Pitt’s regional campuses. The scope of the conference continues to grow as guest speakers like Justin Jones-Fosu, MBA and internationally renowned World Champion of Public Speaking, Craig Valentine, MBA serve as workshop hosts and guest speakers. THE WORLDS NEXT LEADERS—Sharing a moment, MIP conference speakers Justin Jones-Fosu and Craig Valentine with MIP president Lauren Wallace. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels)

Business

Not all the winners counted yet in the Super Bowl stats

We Americans love our pleasurable pastimes and indulge them fully. My employer, the Nielsen Company, is the largest marketing research company in the world and how you spend your leisure time is one of the things we measure. A lot of us spend time watching football and that’s what I want to talk to you about today. At this writing, everyone in the country seems to be gearing up for Super Bowl XLV between the Green Bay Packers and The Pittsburgh Steelers. The great majority of U.S. households—9 out of 10—told Nielsen they would be watching Super Bowl XLV at home or at a friend or relative’s house instead of watching it from a restaurant or bar. And a survey of more than 60,000 U.S. households showed that 85 percent of Super Bowl viewers planned to spend the same amount or less on food and beverages for the Super Bowl this year, while only five percent planned to spend more.

Business

Simmons urges readers to find fulfillment

by Bobbi BookerFor New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)—Russell Simmons, a founding CEO of Def Jam Recordings, is known as the “Godfather of Hip-Hop.” While his achievements as a groundbreaking entrepreneur, an activist, and a philanthropist have earned him worldwide acclaim, Simmons now challenges readers to move past their preconceived notions of success in his new book “Super Rich: A Guide to Having it All.” In this follow up to his New York Times bestseller, “DoYou!,” the author teams with Chris Morrow and shares more insights on how to achieve worldly success while moving toward the ultimate goal of spiritual enlightenment.

Business

Business Calendar

Brown Bag Lunch FEB. 9—The Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania will host their Brown Bag Lunch series from 12-1 p.m. at 1650 Main St., Sharpsburg. The topic will be “No Pressure Selling.” Scot Teachout of Peak Performance Management will discuss how to build successful sales cultures in one’s business, how to handle loss opportunities, slipping margins, market share and more. He will also discuss the five things to propel a business. For more information, call 412-782-5344 or e-mail volunteersofamerica@voapa.org.