Daily Archive: March 24, 2011

Opinion

Town Hall to explore jobs

(NNPA)—Next Thursday, I invite you to join the debate about the number one issue facing the nation—the deep and persistent jobs crisis that has been especially devastating in urban communities of color. As part of the National Urban League’s annual Legislative Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., we will convene a free State of Black America town hall meeting March 31, from 10 a.m. to noon at Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium. A panel of notable policy experts, scholars, and journalists will lead a public dialogue about ways to end the jobs crisis in our communities. But, the most important voices invited to this meeting belong to you—the student struggling to pay college tuition, the father who lost his job six months ago and is wondering if he will ever be able to support his family again, the single mother having to choose between child care and health care for her kids.

Entertainment

‘Suessical The Musical’ timeless

Brady D. Patsy considers himself lucky to have landed the role of General Genghis Khan Schmitz in “Seussical The Musical,” which is being put on regionally by the Pittsburgh Musical Theater as part of its 20th season. Seussical The Musical is a sung-through musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. It is based on 15 famous books penned by Dr. Seuss and ties them all together. It debuted as a musical on Broadway in 2000. BRADY D. PATSY AND CASTMEMBER “Seussical speaks to the hearts of all. The look on my grandson, Sam’s, face as the baby winged elephant emerged from an egg incubated for the wayward bird girl Mayzie told me he understood, in his innocent way, that the care one receives is as important as the person who made you,” said Dr. Ken Gargaro, founder of Pittsburgh Musical Theater.

Entertainment

‘The Greatest Story Never Told’ …Rap sensation Saigon invades Pittsburgh

by Abdul Al-Nakhli It was a rainy Thursday night in Pittsburgh. The city was reeling a 2-point loss by Pitt to UConn in the Big East Tournament, leaving many searching for a way to relieve the pain. Approximately 300 people found salvation at Club Diesel, as a touch of Brooklyn made the South Side its home. SAIGON It was March 10, that the self-proclaimed, “Yardfather,” Saigon and the 2011 Strange Music Tour invaded Pittsburgh!

Entertainment

My husband is a sports addict!

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: I have been married for two years. When dating, my husband and I were always going on trips, movies, and the finest of restaurants. How can I get him to do these things again? I gave a Super Bowl party and told him to invite some of his friends. He invited ladies from his job who came wearing tight jeans, short skirts, and see-through blouses. We had a big argument because only one male came. I had wanted my marriage to be exciting but it is turning out to be everything except joy.

DamonCarrBox

Business

Romance based on finance is a nuisance

“LOVE CONQUERS ALL”—at least that is what we say. Our actions seem to sing a different tune as we pursue and engage in relationships. Our actions suggest that MONEY CONQUERS ALL. It’s been documented that the lack of and/or misuse of money is the primary reason married couples divorce. In fact, 80 percent of those whom divorce cite financial problems as the leading cause of the marital demise. Individuals whom pledged to love, honor, and obey, for better or worse, through sickness and good health, for Richer or Poorer until death do them part are divorcing one another because they can’t reconcile their differences as it relates to money. “Love conquers all except for money woes” may be a more fitting phrase for millions of people. Perhaps the reason that financial issues are the primary reason for divorce is because many relationships are developed with money being the focal point of whether or not potential for a relationship exist.

Business

Advertisers love that we love celebrities

I don’t remember exactly when it happened, but it is pretty well documented: we are a society that is almost obsessed with “celebrities.” It doesn’t even matter if they are “crazy as a Betsy bug,” as my Grandma used to say (to this day I don’t know what a Betsy bug is). But I do know we like to watch “crazy” unfold right under our noses. As of this writing, who has been in the headlines on all the news shows for two weeks now? Does the name Charlie Sheen sound familiar to anyone? (Did he not learn anything from Mel Gibson about how a rant can and will impact your earning potential?) As you all know by now, this year’s Oscars were relatively lackluster (And that’s not just my opinion. Viewership was down 12 percent this year from last.). Beyond the red carpet, celebrities, made their mark during the broadcast’s commercials. I know this because I work for The Nielsen Company, the leading market research company in the world and we track, measure and analyze trends and consumer behavior around the globe.

Business

Citi resumes dividend, will reverse stock split

by Pallavi GogoiAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP)—Citigroup Inc., one of the worst-hit banks during the financial crisis, is taking more steps to get back in the good graces of shareholders. The bank will reinstate a quarterly dividend, albeit just a penny per share, and reduce the amount of shares it has outstanding. This second maneuver, called a “reverse stock split,” will lift the company’s stock price and allow more institutional investors to own it.

Business

AT&T: T-Mobile 3G phone will need to be replaced

by Peter SvenssonAP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP)—AT&T Inc. said Monday that if its deal to buy T-Mobile USA goes through, T-Mobile subscribers with “3G” phones will need to replace those to keep their wireless broadband service working. But there will be plenty of time to do that. Dallas-based AT&T said Sunday it had agreed to buy T-Mobile USA for $39 billion. If approved by regulators, the deal would close in about a year. LOGOS—This photo combination shows logos for AT&T, left, and Deutsche Telekom AG. AT&T Inc. on March 20, 2011 said it will buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $39 billion, becoming the largest cellphone company in the U.S.(AP Photo)

Sports

Overtime

:10 Speaking of Pennley Park…AKA Champions Park…If you go down there right now you will still see the hoop “shake-in” from when “Big Dex,” Darin Poindexter, of “The Rankin Gangsters,” received the inbound pass from the great Hosea Champagne, turned and in spectacular elevation hook-dunked the ball on the legend of the lethal jump shots, Larry Harris. He of “The Dons”…Man, you should have been there. Oh you say you were there? :09 “Big Dex” goes right into the top ten dunkers list and I don’t care who you take out. Now run and tell that!!! (And may the dunk gods forgive me for leaving him off the list. What the hell was I thinking?) BILL NEAL