Daily Archive: March 2, 2011


Jobs rebuild plan goes to Indiana

(NNPA)—“The hardest work in the world is being out of work.”—Former National Urban League President, Whitney M. Young Last week, we took the National Urban League’s 12-point jobs plan on the road with a visit to four cities in Indiana—Indianapolis, Gary, Anderson, and Fort Wayne. At each stop, I met with people who are looking for answers to the persistent jobs crisis that has hit urban America especially hard and has resulted in a 9.5 percent unemployment rate in Indiana.


Guest editorial…Stand up, fight the fight and keep the faith

by Shannon Williams There’s nothing like a protest—especially a peaceful one. I’ve always admired people who are able to stand up for what they believe. As simple as this may seem, it can actually be a very hard thing to do. For some, the risks can be too great to—well, risk it. Nonetheless, throughout many parts of the world, people are standing up for their beliefs in a form of activism and determination that we have not seen in awhile. I wonder if that Tunisian man who sparked a revolution last December by setting himself on fire and eventually dying knew the impact his protest made—not only in his country, but across the world. While I’m not suggesting that anyone go kill himself to make a point, I am saying that sometimes when you stand up for what you believe, even if you sacrifice a great deal, something good and positive can be the result.


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited CJ’s in the Strip District, Stage AE on the North Shore, The Shadow Lounge in East Liberty, Ace and Deuces in the Hill District and the Galaxy Lounge in Homewood. My first stop was at CJ’s in the Strip District where the Tony Campbell Band played to a packed crowd of fans. If you missed it, you really missed a great time. Derrick and Carla representin’ at the Galaxy Lounge and Entertainment Center in Homewood.


Best of female artists at SUNSTAR festival

Dom Flemons of the Grammy Award-winning string band, The Carolina Chocolate Drops believes that women in music and in general need to be celebrated. “Women create life and they are the most important entity in the world and especially in the music business, which is a very male centered business,” said Flemons, 28, who lives in New York City. In addition to Flemons, other members of the band include Rhiannon Giddens, Adam Matta, Hubby Jenkins. CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS That’s why he and his band mates decided to become a part of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s second bi-annual SUNSTAR Festival. First held in 2009, the four-day song and art fest celebrates the best in local and national feminine talent.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 3 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.


Church Circuit

Youth journey MARCH 3—House of Manna Urban Faith Journey will host their Youth Journey at 7 p.m. at the Homewood Brushton YMCA, 7140 Bennett St., Homewood. Every Thursday middle and high school students will come together to learn how to walk with Jesus Christ. Registration is requested. For more information, call Nate Brown at 412-979-9766 or email natebrown@houseofmanna.org.


Governors to Feds: Avoid causing states more pain

by Liz SidotiAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP)—Their states on the brink of financial catastrophe, governors pleaded Saturday for the divided federal government to avoid doing anything that would hamper the tenuous economic recovery back home. Their message to Washington: prevent a government shutdown, abstain from spending cuts that dramatically will affect states and end even preliminary discussions about allowing states to declare bankruptcy. DEPARTING CONFERENCE—Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, right, talks to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick as they depart a news conference at the National Governors Association winter meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 26. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)


City League Roundup

by Malik Vincent The quarterfinals in the girls City League playoffs began with the defending champions Perry being eliminated by Schenley on Saturday at home. The contest required an extra period in which Schenley outscored its opponent 8-1, and walked away with the 36-29 victory to advance to the semi-final round that will commence on March 2. Taylor Smith and Shamauri Phillips, both juniors, led the Spartans with 10 points each. Latosha Fortson had a game-high of 11 points for the Commodores. CONTROLLING THE GLASS—Marritta Gillcrease of Perry grabs a rebound in front of Schenley players. Gillcrease controlled the boards but it was not enough as Perry fell to Schenley 36-29 in overtime in a City League playoff game, Feb. 25. (Courier Photos/William McBride) Other quarterfinal games Feb. 25: 1. Allderdice pounded Oliver, 64-30. Lanise Saunders (16), Janay Bottoms (14), and Sydnee Abernathy (14) all ended up in double-figures for the Dragons. Oliver was led by Sakeenah Johnson with 15 points.


Twenty-one days to change

We are now into March and most of our 2011 New Year’s resolutions have fallen by the wayside. Either our waistline is still too big or our savings account is too small or we are still smoking or some other bad habit still persists in our lives. Why is this? Well, it seems that New Year’s resolutions are just that, resolutions, without a serious plan to change. Early in January, our pastor announced that he was going to embark on the Daniel Fast, beginning the last week of January and he would like to have as many church members as possible participate with him. I will confess, upfront, that I was very skeptical about going on a “fast” for 21 days. I have never been on a “fast” and my vision of only bread and water for three weeks was not very appetizing.



Gone too soon

When I heard the story about the tragic death of William King, I was devastated. This young man used to wait on me at my local Walgreens. He was always polite and helpful. I signed his picture with tears in my eyes. How could someone be so cruel to snatch his life over something so minor? Each evening as I listen to the news I wonder what is going on in the world, there is so much anger and rage. I see now why so many of my friends no longer watch the news or read the paper. The stories are so depressing.