(NNPA)—As Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Julia Cass prepared the recent Children’s Defense Fund’s report “Held Captive”: Child Poverty in America, she traveled to the Mississippi Delta, the ravaged cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge in Louisiana, and the birthplace of the suburban American dream in Long Island, New York to see several different sides of contemporary American child poverty. Despite the different circumstances children in these diverse communities faced, Cass found that there was something very familiar about the effects of child poverty everywhere she looked. The report’s title came from 13-year-old Audrey, who Cass met in rural Lambert, Mississippi. Cass heard Audrey say something “that captures the feeling of poverty that only those caught in it know and that could have been said by most all the children I met while researching this report. I remarked that Audrey seemed isolated in this decaying town where 34.5 percent of households live in poverty. ‘Yeah,’ she said, ‘Isolated. Remote island. Held captive.’”
Daily Archive: March 23, 2011
(NNPA)—It has been three years since we last visited an African nation. Judging from our latest report much progress has been made. According to our Vice President of Special Programs, Charles DeBow, “cranes are everywhere.” That is a great indicator as the construction of new buildings, plants, etc. means economic growth and jobs. Chuck has just returned from a 10 day trade mission to Ghana, Kenya, and Ethiopia and his optimism is immense. The trade mission was organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is having a fresh look at Africa and likes what it sees.
There’s something in the DNA of American culture that is blind to the fact that racism, sexism, homophobia and all stereotypes persist even when someone other than a White man does something wrong. The fact that a person who is deemed to be different on the basis of ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual preference or cultural identity is not an excuse to fall back on bigotry when that person errs, even if the person kills. That’s what U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. either doesn’t understand or knows it’s wrong but feels safe using it because of his comfort created by the tendency of white America to be extra fearful of the “other.”
Expect other states to continue the attack on public employee unions now that Republicans in Wisconsin have succeeded in their effort to restrict collective bargaining. After a bitter three-week battle that saw Senate Democrats flee the state to prevent a quorum and block a vote, Republicans sidestepped the boycott and rammed through a an anti-union bill restricting collective bargaining by state employees. Republicans split off the legislation’s spending provisions and voted only on the union bargaining limits, proving the bill really wasn’t about the state’s current budget woes.
A memorial service was held for Luther Robert DeJarunett, March 19, at Bidwell Presbyterian Church in Manchester. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to Sandra Chase, 22517 139th Ave., Laurelton, N.Y., 11413. LUTHER ROBERT DEJARUNETT DeJarunett, also known as “Bobby,” was born July 14, 1952, to the late Abby Gil and Luther DeJarunett. He lived his entire life on the North Side of Pittsburgh. He was educated in the Pittsburgh Public School system and later attended business school, where he received a diploma in Applied Business Programming in 1979. His love for music began at the age of 7, when he started to play piano. At the age of 12, he started to play brass instruments in school including the trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone horn and tuba.
This week I visited the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood, CJ’s in the Strip District, Tim’s Bar in the Hill District and Epiphany Church in the Hill District. My first stop was at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood where the Iota Phi Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. presented the Omega Mardi Gras Quesino Royale 2011. This event was off the chain as usual. There was Blackjack, Texas hold-em, a Big Money Wheel, 50/50 raffle and much more. The Delta Sigma Theta crew represented at the Mardi Gras event at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood.
Thursday 24 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 25 years or older and there is a dress code that will be enforced. For more information, call 412-642-2377.
Employment in today’s economy is sparse and hard to come by and even harder for African-Americans. Pennsylvania has an unemployment rate of 14.7 percent for African-Americans, compared to 6.9 percent for their White counterparts. While it’s hard to find a job, Pennsylvania Women Work, a non-profit organization, works to assist people find employment. They assist single parents, both men and women; displaced homemakers; individuals in transition; and any unemployed or underemployed individual in obtaining employment through several of their programs which specialize in job placement and training, raising self-esteem and learning how to be self-sufficient. IT PAYS TO STUDY —Individuals completing career training. (Photo Courtesy Pittsburgh Family Connection)
The pursuit of the American Dream often spurs individuals to break from convention and take a chance on starting their own businesses. Factors such as losing a job or finding yourself living in a region experiencing growth, such as the Marcellus Shale region, can contribute to making the move to opening a new business. Entrepreneurship offers many advantages to those who want the freedom to chart their own course, but starting a business also means learning about the many tax issues before you take the plunge and head out on your own.
(NNPA)—AOL and Queen Latifah announced a content partnership that Queen Latifah will executive produce and also star in a variety of original video web series to be featured across AOL’s network of sites. AOL’s Blackvoices.com, a leading website for African-Americans, will showcase the series in a specially created hub designed to enhance the site’s current video offerings that are increasingly popular with its audience. QUEEN LATIFAH