Daily Archive: February 25, 2011


I met a man and I want him!

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: Two months ago I met a man while putting some items in a charity drop box. He smiled at me and something went throughout my body like lightning. This is the problem: He is unemployed and when questioned, he seems to have no past. My mother and aunt told me not to take up a friendship with him. But Gwendolyn, I do believe I am in love. I desperately need your advice. Every day I find myself going to that drop box just to see him. I would like to go there and bring him home with me, but do you think I should? I live in a duplex that is owned by my parents. I have six children and my parents do not charge me rent. To this point in my life I have met so many men and each left me with a baby. I believe this man could be the one for me, although, he seems to have no past life. What should I do? I am in love.—Geraldine


A new generation of dating

Valuable attributes to looking for a date or networking are being likeable, approachable and memorable, says dating expert and lifestyle coach, Fauna Solomon. Confidence and happiness also play an important role. In her professional opinion confidence is a habit and happiness is a gift and the most attractive quality one can possess. “Giving every individual the joys of happiness by assisting them to release their ability to be happy is my goal,” said Solomon the operator of The Dating Truth. “The ability lies within them.” PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT—As a prelude to her upcoming, function, Fauna Solomon stimulates the crowd during the August Wilson Center’s Love Jones event. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels)


Black unemployment sparks chorus of discontent

by Chris LevisterFor New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)—What would happen if 34.5 percent of White men did not have jobs? According to new U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics joblessness for 16-to-24-year-old Black men has reached Great Depression proportions—more than three times the rate for the general U.S. population. A jobless Moreno Valley man wipes tear from his eyes as he and more than a dozen others discuss the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia and how the movements relate to the 34.5 percent unemployment rate among African American men. From a national policy perspective, how would people respond and what would happen? Would there be a revolution? A refocusing of national priorities? A massive jobs creation program?


Duerson’s kin donating his brain for research

NEW YORK (AP)—The family of former Bears safety Dave Duerson has agreed to donate his brain for research into chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a condition linked to athletes who have sustained repeated concussions. Chris Nowinski at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine told The Associated Press he was contacted by a representative of the NFL Players Association on Friday, then worked with a representative of Duerson’s family.


Pirates eager to put another dismal season behind

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) —After the Pittsburgh Pirates hired Clint Hurdle as manager in November, the team’s players picked up their cell phones and went to work. They called other players who had worked with Hurdle during his recent stints as manager of the Colorado Rockies and hitting coach for the Texas Rangers. Both teams went to the World Series during Hurdle’s tenure. The Pirates, shell-shocked after losing 105 games last season, wanted to know if Hurdle really could make that kind of a difference with their club. The overwhelming consensus was, yes, he can. ‘BEST IN THE GAME’—Pirates’ outfielder Andrew McCutchen prepares to run bases during spring training, Feb. 20, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)



:10 Ok. “Sir Charles” Barkley, I know you’re a Hall of Fame basketball legend … and I know you’re a select member of the 20,000 point and 10,000 rebound club (and for that matter, you did it at 6’5″ not 6’6′ as listed) … hell, for what it’s worth, you know I got your back because you were a guest speaker at our Willie Stargell M.V.P. Awards Banquet a few years ago, but when you said Blake Griffin’s jumping over a car to win the slam dunk contest was not impressive, I can only say two things to you, #1- Shut up and #2 – C’mon Man!! BILL NEAL


Kobe claims one more All-Star MVP trophy

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Kobe Bryant talks more about his past than his future these days.The Los Angeles Lakers’ five-time champion guard has said he can see the finish line of his career. He has even talked about clearing out of the way, allowing younger superstars to take charge of the NBA. Those youngsters weren’t ready to let this 32-year-old geezer out of the spotlight just yet—not at his hometown All-Star game, anyway. FOURTH MVP TROPHY—Kobe Bryant holds up the MVP trophy after the NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles, Feb. 20. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)




Did you have a New Year’s resolution? I’ll bet you did. Forty to 45 percent of adults make more than one resolution each year. I just heard about someone who has replaced resolutions with a wonderful idea. Instead of making a commitment to stop or start doing something that you cannot commit to, try this on for size. Each year this gentleman, who shall remain anonymous, tries something new. One year he decided to teach himself photography and then gave the beautiful framed pictures that he photographed as gifts. The next year he took cooking classes and became very good at preparing all types of meals. He has taken up bird watching, music appreciation and ballroom dancing. At this point he feels like there is nothing he can’t conquer. Instead of wearing yourself out trying not to do something, try discovering a whole new world or a little piece of it.


Celebration of Living

Many churches and organizations honor their senior members but for a church to be able to honor 15 members who are all over 90 is remarkable. On Feb. 12 at the Churchill Valley Country Club, the Steward Board of the historic St. James AME Church held their eighth Annual Richard Allen Founder’s Day Recognition Luncheon. Richard Allen was one of the first African-American religious and civil rights leaders in the United States. Allen discovered religion after hearing a wandering Methodist preacher at a secret gathering of slaves in Delaware. He drove a salt wagon during the Revolutionary War and purchased his freedom in 1780. SURROUNDED BY FAMILY—Seated William Harris, is surrounded by family Jerome and Sheila Turner, Roberta Davis and Margaret Harris, also seated.


Searching for scholarships

by Derrick McCainFormer Courier Intern With graduation quickly approaching the seniors this year, many are moving on to college or other forms of post-secondary education. With this in mind, along with the FAFSA, the first thing soon-to-be college students have on their mind in terms of paying for college is the Pittsburgh Promise. The Promise scholarship ensures Pittsburgh Public Schools students with money to pay for college. However, the full $20,000 (it will be $40,000 as of next year) is only given if you’ve gone to Pittsburgh public schools since kindergarten, and even with the full award given, it won’t fully cover the cost of tuition. While the Promise is an important scholarship, one must remember it is not the only scholarship available.