Daily Archive: June 15, 2011

Opinion

Debilitating diversions

(NNPA)—What do Congressional representatives Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Debbie Wasserman Shultz, D-Fla., and Steny Hoyer, D-Md., have in common? Each of them has taken time to comment on the predicament of New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, but none of them has mentioned the fact that the average unemployed person has now (as of May) been out of work for a whopping 40 weeks. Somehow, our Democratic leaders have allowed themselves to get caught up in the minutiae of the misadventures of their clearly disturbed colleague, without referencing the economic disturbances that too many Americans are living through. Should they have said nothing and risk the ire of Republicans? Probably not. But I’d have liked to hear Congressional leaders say that Mr. Weiner’s problems are simply not the nation’s most pressing problems. As Congressman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., mentioned, Weiner’s actions, however reprehensible, are not law breaking. But there ought to be a law against fiddling while Rome burns, running our economy to the ground and doing absolutely nothing about it.

Opinion

Guest editorial…Santorum’s message has racist undertones

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum thinks America was right where it should have been in 1965. On June 3 at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington, D.C., and June 6 during his candidacy speech, he said in response to President Obama’s declaration that America is a better country because of Medicare, Medicaid and unemployment insurance, “Ladies and gentlemen,” he said amid thunderous applause, “America was a great country before 1965.” Is this a stealth racist comment? The farther you go back from 1965, the more favorable things were for White people—males in particular—and the worse things were for people of color. In 1965, the Voting Rights Act was signed by President Lyndon Baines Johnson, amid the turbulence of the fight to end Jim Crow segregation.

Entertainment

AAMI Boys’ Choir 20th anniversary reunion

Approximately 20 years ago Pamela Johnson co-founder of the Afro American Music Institute located in Homewood, wanted to honor fathers with the creation of a Father’s Day Tribute concert. Little did she know that the one-day event would lead to the creation of the AAMI Boys’ Choir of Pittsburgh. AAMI Boys’ Choir, a positive community-based alternative, enables its members to experience the richness and excitement of creative expression. The benefits gained by the youth are discipline, confidence, motivation and the continual building of their self-esteem. Hundreds of young men have been choir members and now going on for 20 years as of June 2011 the AAMI Boys’ Choir is still the Institute’s premier performance ensemble. AFRO AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE BOYS’ CHOIR

Entertainment

Ja Rule enters prison

(NNPA)—Platinum selling rap star Ja Rule, a Grammy-nominated recording artist, turned himself in on June 8 to begin serving a two-year prison sentence on gun charges stemming from a 2007 arrest. Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, pleaded guilty to the charges in December. He says he plans on using his time in prison wisely. “I’m going to write a book,” he told TMZ. “I’m going to get my GED while I’m inside because that is something I never did. I’ll probably pick up an instrument while I’m inside, maybe guitar or something.” JA RULE

Entertainment

Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the Carnegie Museum in Oakland, Mosaic Nightclub in the Strip District, CJ’s in the Strip District, Shadow Lounge in East Liberty, Highland Park and Robert E. Williams Park in the Hill District. My first stop was at Carnegie Museum in Oakland where Healthy Start held an event and everyone came out and May 31, 2011 was named “Healthy Start Day” by the city of Pittsburgh. My next stop was at Mosaic Nightclub in the Strip District, where the official “Happy Hour” event is held every Friday from 5-9 p.m. Lil’ Porgie with his son Kei’von hangin’ out at the cookout held at Robert E. Williams Park in the Hill District.

Entertainment

Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 16 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.

Business

Powell receives SBA award

To the basic person Charles “Chuck” Powell is just a regular guy, but according to District Director of the Western Pennsylvania U.S. Small Business Association Carl Knoblock, Powell has given so much back to neighborhood small businesses through his leadership and commitment. “He serves as an example of how government leaders can strive for community involvement and betterment. He truly is an asset,” attested Knoblock. As a part of the thirty-fifth Small Business Awards Luncheon and Trade Show, Powell was one of nine people recognized for their commitment and accomplishments in the business arena. Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Andy Russell served as the luncheon speaker. A PROUD MOMENT—Wife Diane steals a moment with awardee Chuck Powell during the Small Business Awards Luncheon and Trade Show.

Business

Airlines collected $2.4b in bag fees in 2010

by Scott MayerowitzAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP)—U.S. airlines collected $3.4 billion in bag fees last year. The 24 percent increase from 2009 shows how the airlines are increasingly reliant on charging for once-free services to make money. The fees—typically $50 round-trip for the first piece of checked luggage—are one of the few bright spots for an industry that is caught between rising fuel costs and customers who expect rock-bottom airfares.

Business

The Oprah effect: Do you have it within you too?

Oprah has left the building—at least the one where The Oprah Winfrey Show was taped. And we’re all aware she’s moved on to bigger (and knowing Oprah probably mo’ better) things. As a matter of fact I just hung up from speaking with my mom who is already quoting psychologists from Oprah’s cable network OWN. So chances are Lady O will continue to have an ongoing impact on our lives. At Nielsen, the world’s largest marketing research company we measure what consumers watch and buy globally. And over the years we’ve followed Oprah a number of ways: from our ratings service which measured her syndicated daytime show (watched by approximately 7.4 million people daily, or 26 percent of all American households during the first two weeks of May this year) to our Nielsen Bookscan service which has tracked the success of “Oprah’s Book Club” picks.

Sports

Business Calendar

Business workshop JUNE 15—Sandler Training and Peak Performance Management will host a Business Leaders Workshop from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Foster Plaza Building II, 790 Holiday Dr., Pittsburgh. Attendees will learn how to take advantage of hidden strengths and weaknesses through real world case histories and what to do about lost opportunities, slipping margins, rising cost of sales and more. Also, the facilitator will discuss the top five things sales managers should spend 85 percent of their time on. For more information, call Debbie Nahm at 412-928-9933 or e-mail debbienahm@superiorselling.com.