Daily Archive: June 29, 2011

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Opinion

Blacks, architects and building of communities

There are a combination of Blacks that do not really understanding the negatives of urban renewal, changes that occurred within the Black churches, decline of Black political power and White officials who suffer with the mentality of the Klan and apartheid, those who gave the American Indians blankets infected with small pox and let us not forget the atrocity of Black men being injected with syphilis. Some foundations have provided certain Black organizations over the years with millions with the alleged intentions of eradication of the multiple problems that threaten the fabric of Black communities across this nation. The government—local, state and federal—were convinced of the viability and importance of helping the development of programs to help in the inner city.

Opinion

Consciousness over cookouts

“Fellow-citizens, above your national, tumultuous joy, I hear the mournful wail of millions! Whose chains, heavy and grievous yesterday, are, today, rendered more intolerable by the jubilee shouts that reach them. If I [we] forget…’may my right hand forget her cunning, and my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth!… to pass lightly over their wrongs, and to chime in with the popular theme, would be treason most scandalous and shocking, and would make me a reproach before God and theworld.’”—Frederick Douglas, July 4, 1852

Opinion

China bets on the euro

(NNPA)—China has more than $3 trillion in currency reserves, more than any other country in the world. They’ve decided to use some of their reserves to invest in the euro, the currency of the European Union. In putting money behind the euro, China says that despite the challenges posed by financial problems in Greece, despite worries that the euro is weakening, in the words of Premier Wen Jiabo, it has “confidence in the economies of Europe and the euro-zone.”

Opinion

More accountability for Pa. cyber schools

State Rep. James Roebuck, the Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, introduced a bill last week that would shift cyber school funding from school districts to the state and increase accountability of all charter schools. Cyber schools are online public charter schools that operate independently but are publicly funded. Some cyber schools offer classroom instruction. Under Roebuck’s bill, the state would assume financial responsibility for cyber school tuition and not the local school districts, which have been paying cyber tuition and then getting partial reimbursement.

Entertainment

AWC reinventing itself

In an effort to create innovative and diverse programming and make it accessible to all communities, the August Wilson Center is reinventing itself for the 2011-2012 season. “We want to continue the legacy of greatness birthed out of this region,” explained President and CEO Andre Kimo Stone Guess. “Our goal is to expand our role as a vital incubator for emerging and established artists working in theater, dance, music and beyond. ANDRE KIMO STONE GUESS, president and CEO of AWC introduced the artistic directors. One step towards its reinvention is by bringing in new artistic directors that will help the August Wilson Center produce its own events from concept to completion. By putting on the hat of producer, the Center will primarily develop original programs around its three resident ensembles: The August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble, which was founded and led by dancer and choreographer Greer Reed-Jones, The August Wilson Center Theater Ensemble led by theater director and playwright Mark Clayton Southers, and the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra led by trumpeter and recording artist Sean Jones.

Entertainment

Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited Mellon Park in Point Breeze twice, Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District, Consol Energy Center in Downtown Pittsburgh, Galaxy Lounge and Entertainment Center in Homewood and Heinz Hall in Downtown Pittsburgh My first stop was at Mellon Park in Point Breeze for Ed’s 7th Annual Old School Get Together, where everyone from all over the city came out to have fun, listen to great music and enjoy the entertainment of “The Smoke Band.” The Fatherhood Magazine crew chillin’ at Mellon Park in Point Breeze.

Entertainment

Arts & Culture Calendar

Sunday 3 Sunday Night Jazz The Pittsburgh Jazz Society presents The Sunday Night Jazz Concerts from 6-9 p.m. at The Grand View Buffet Restaurant at The Rivers Casino, 777 Casino Dr., North Shore. The featured entertainment will be the Ric Gallagher Quartet and DUQ’s Tony Mowod will be the host. For more information, call 412-343-9555 or visit http://www.pittsburghjazz.org.

Business

Your financial records: Making order out of chaos

Are your file cabinets overflowing? Are you awash in a sea of old checks, bank statements, and pay stubs? Get organized with a plan that purges the unnecessary and ensures you’ve saved what you need should the IRS come calling. While it’s tempting to hang onto every piece of paper in case you need it, there are documents you can go ahead and pitch, say financial planning experts at the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Reducing that burden will help you better organize the documents you need to keep. MORE AND MORE PAPER—Know what documents you need to keep to satisfy legal requirements and what you can safely throw away to keep your paper piles at a minimum. Why Keep Anything? There are many reasons to keep records. In addition to tax issues, you may need records for insurance purposes or for getting a loan. Good records will help you identify sources of income, keep track of expenses, prepare your taxes, support your tax return, and keep track of the “basis” of your property (the actual cost of your home and any improvements).

Business

Blacks and Toyota

(NNPA)—A scrap has broken out between the world’s largest automobile manufacturer and the Black Press of America. The Black publishers’ issues involve “race, respect and reciprocity.” Earlier this year, Toyota ran a series of full-page “Thank you” adverts to its American consumers, but those messages only ran in mainstream newspapers and not in any of the nation’s Black newspapers. The Black Press of America has embarked upon a campaign to get companies that sell to Black American consumers to recognize the value of using their publications as advertising mediums. To sell automotive advertisers on using their publications will involve the publishers getting measurable support from their readers. According to automotive marketing research data: Black consumers are 10 percent of Toyota’s American market share and 15 out of every 100 vehicles that Blacks buy is a Toyota.

Business

Making yourself recession-proof

(NNPA)—Recent news headlines have been dominated by tales of the recession and continuing economic woe. This week, the Federal Reserve (June 22, 2011) announced slower growth in the U.S. economy anticipated focusing on high unemployment and rising inflation. Notably, however, the Fed Committee will monitor the economic outlook and financial developments and will act as needed to best foster maximum employment and price stability. The bleak economic outlook adds up to increasingly troubling statistics at a time when individuals have fewer financial options at their disposal. Unquestionably, great emotional and psychological upheaval result from the loss of one’s home and job. The fact that the loss is through no fault of one’s own does little to assuage feelings of abandonment, rejection, and disbelief. Rationally, people understand that the economic downturn and its consequences are beyond their control.