Daily Archive: June 1, 2011

Opinion

Oprah Winfrey has been an inspirational force for 25 years

by Shannon Williams I remember when the “Oprah Winfrey Show” made its television debut, but more vividly, I remember how it made me feel to see this unknown, plus-size Black woman with a short haircut and bold attire on television. Even though I was rather young—around 9 years old—I understood the magnitude of the person I was watching, and it really resonated with me. Even though back then, Winfrey’s show wasn’t exactly the class act that it is today, I was still drawn to her. You see, I have always known I wanted to be a journalist; it was always in my heart. Though I was young, I understood that Winfrey’s show, as unconventional as it was at the time, was a form of journalism.

Opinion

Letter To The Editor…Results in, what can we celebrate?

Dear Editor: Ok, so what can the African-American community celebrate with me not winning the Democratic Primary for County Controller? First, the community needs to know what obstacles existed, to fully appreciate the results that were won. •It takes money to run a campaign, and unfortunately, I only received about a fifth of the contributions the winning candidate received. •Not being a party endorsed candidate on the Democratic Committee slate card, I lost the city to Wagner. And I lost the Mon Valley to Matta, both areas I had historically carried to win countywide.

Entertainment

Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited Young Brother’s Bar on the North Side, Galaxy Lounge and Entertainment Center in Homewood, Kelly-Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty and the Lemington Community Services on Lincoln Avenue. My first stop was at Young Brother’s Bar on the North side, where karaoke was in full effect with DJ XMAN on the 1’s and 2’s and the owner Jamie Younger was the host of the event. Richard and R&B singer Dell Saunders chillin’ at Young Brother’s Bar on the North Side.

Entertainment

Arts & Culture Calendar

Friday 3 Three Rivers Arts Festival The Pittsburgh Cultural District and Dollar Bank presents the 2011 Three Rivers Arts Festival at Point State Park, Downtown. There will be free concerts open to the public, art, vendors and more. Enjoy this annual event, which will run through June 12. For more information, call 412-456-6666 or visit http://www.3riversartsfest.org.

Business

New rules offer big cash to whistleblowers

by Marcy Gordon WASHINGTON (AP)—Whistleblowers who report corporate fraud or other misconduct to the government could receive sizable cash awards under new rules adopted Wednesday by federal regulators. Tipsters would be eligible if they give the Securities and Exchange Commission information that leads to an enforcement action resulting in more than $1 million in penalties. The SEC would pay up to 30 percent of the money it recovers from a company or person. A divided SEC voted 3-2 to adopt the whistleblower program. The two Republican commissioners objected. The new rules will take effect in about 60 days. Whistleblowers who provided information starting in July 2010, when the overhaul law was enacted, also would be eligible to receive awards.

Business

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac betrayals

It was such a great program that helped establish a great American Middle Class. Homeownership was elusive to the masses until after World War II and through the concept of subdivisions, homeownership became part of the American Dream. The millions of veterans started enjoying the new GI Bill of Rights, including the VA home mortgage. Each and every veteran (with decent credit) can now get a mortgage through the Veteran Administration for one time during his/her life. I still have mine in reserve but probably will never use it as the dollar threshold for mortgage sizes is too small for my family right now. But, for a young vet or one returning from a battle zone it is very attractive.

Business

Business Calendar

Downtown divas JUNE 1—The National Association of Women Business Owners of Greater Pittsburgh will host its Downtown Divas Live Music and Networking event from 6-9 p.m. at Villa South Side, 1831 E. Carson St., South Side. Every Wednesday, will be able to enjoy performances from some of the city’s best female vocalist while networking. Etta Cox will be the featured entertainer. Registration is required. For more information, call 412-854-4827 or e-mail nawbo@blacktie-pittsburgh.com.

Business

More people applied for unemployment benefits

by Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON (AP)—More people applied for unemployment benefits last week, the first increase in three weeks and evidence that the job market is still sluggish. The number of people seeking benefits rose by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 424,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. No states cited extreme weather as a factor in the increase, a department spokesman said. Tornadoes and floods have devastated several states in the Midwest and South in the past month. Applications are above the 375,000 level that is consistent with sustainable job growth. Applications peaked at 659,000 during the recession.

Sports

Memorial days

Hey guys and dolls you have to hang in there with me as far as this “piece of work” goes because this past memorial day, I was a piece of work. I need all of you who read these words to be my therapist this week. If I appear to be discombobulated as I vent then please consider this; looks are not deceiving. This is not a column about sports, but a reflection of life with sports being interwoven as part of the fabric. I woke up Sunday morning and my heart was extremely heavy as I thought about former Steelers defensive end Dwight White. How in the hell could anyone go to the hospital for a simple back ailment, have an operation, be cleared to go home; go home and then be readmitted for complications and then freakin’ die at age 58?

Sports

Black colleges take big hits in latest APR report

by Michael Marot INDIANAPOLIS (AP)—NCAA President Mark Emmert expects athletes at historically Black colleges and universities to make the grade—and he’s willing to help after seeing the results of the latest Academic Progress Rates. ON THE HOT SEAT—Southern University head coach Lyvonia “Stump” Mitchell yells to one of his players in the second half of the Bayou Classic NCAA college football game against Grambling State in New Orleans Nov. 27. Southern became the first school to get a postseason ban in two programs—men’s basketball and football—because of academics, the NCAA announced May 24. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) The NCAA banned Jackson State and Southern of the Southwestern Athletic Conference from postseason play in football next season and did the same thing for Southern and Grambling in men’s basketball, citing poor classroom performance by all three schools and a host of others in the SWAC and Mid-Eastern Athletic conferences. The SWAC does not get an automatic bid to the NCAA’s FCS playoffs, but its own conference title game could be affected. The NCAA released the penalties May 24. Southern became the first school to be banned from the postseason in two sports in the same year—football and men’s basketball—because of academic performance.