Daily Archive: July 1, 2011

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Opinion

A lesson for Keith Olbermann’s big T.V. Comeback

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—One of the few progressives on cable news willing to kick up a fuss, Keith Olbermann, returned to T.V. last week just five months after being fired from MSNBC. The former King of MSNBC hasn’t skipped a beat, in his first two nights alone of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” he opened up a can on Democrats, Republicans and his former bosses on MSNBC. However, we’ve seen this game before, the comeback of a beloved television star who starts hot and then fades over time, the question is will Keith Olbermann’s comeback follow the same path as a Tavis Smiley’s or will he be able to maintain his mojo once the honeymoon of his return wears off?

Opinion

Giving Black boys a strong start

(NNPA)—When Shawn Dove was in sixth grade, the students at his New York City school were asked to decide which academic track they wanted to follow for the next two years. He decided to choose “major gym,” just like the rest of his friends. But when he brought the form home to his single mother and said “Hey, Mom—can you sign this for me?” his mother said, “No—you’re not going to major in gym! There’s no future in gym. You’re taking science and math.” Shawn spent the next two years mad at his mother every day as he could hear the noise and laughter coming from the gym while he went 30 yards down the hall for math and science classes. But then when Shawn finished eighth grade, he understood. He and the other young people who had majored in science and math had the chance to move on to good high schools like Bronx Science, but Shawn realized those who had taken mostly gym weren’t moving on to much of anything.

Opinion

Newly elected African-American mayors bolster the war on unemployment

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The recent elections of Alvin Brown as Jacksonville, Flor­ida’s first African-American mayor and Michael Hancock as Denver’s second Black mayor, provide much needed new hope and leadership in the war on unemployment. Both Brown and Hancock have strong Urban League roots and both have made job creation in their cities job number one.

Entertainment

Homewood resident wins Senior Celebration Idol

Russell Bowe of Homewood was voted winner of the 2011 Celebration Idol Contest at the 2011 Senior Celebration in the Park held in South Park. Bowe was one of 10 contestants who performed their favorite ’60s song for a chance to be named the 2011 Celebration Idol. Bowe crooned his way into the hearts of the judges and audience alike with his rendition of “My Girl” by the Temptations. SINGING HIS HEART OUT—Russell Bowe performs at the Celebration Idol contest. “All of Celebration Idol’s contestants did a fabulous job,” said Ondréa Burton, Allegheny County Department of Human Services Office of Community Relations events and donations manager. “The competition was a great success. Both the contestants and the guests enjoyed the experience and opportunity to share some of their favorite ’60s tunes.”

Entertainment

Cover To Cover…‘Upgrade U’

There is nothing better than kicking it with your friends. You and your girls know everything there is to know about one another. There are no secrets and they know when you ain’t feeling it. But what if you’ve got heavy things buggin’? Can you give truth to your friends? In the new book “Upgrade U” by Ni-Ni Simone, a young woman learns that the only truth she needs is the one she gives herself. A little sweet-talk and a good scholarship. That’s what got 17-year-old Seven McKnight to college in New Orleans, and life was slammin’. One of her roommates was her bestie, Shae, from high school back in Jersey. The other roommate, Khya, was a home girl from N’awlins, and Seven liked her immediately. Best of all, Seven’s boo, Josiah, was a b-baller at Stiles U, and Seven couldn’t wait to see him.

Entertainment

My husband is never proud of my son!

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: I have been married for 11 years and during that time my husband has never been proud of my son. When we met, I had a boy, age 5, and he had two girls by two different mommas. This is the problem: When I said he has “never” expressed love like a father should, I do mean never. My son is now 16 and plays football, is a member of the school’s symphony and makes all A’s.

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Business

Debunking the FICO and credit score myth

If I heard it once, I heard it a thousand times. I can buy anything I want as long as I have good credit. There is a common held belief that a FICO score also referred to as credit score is a measure of how well you’ve managed your money over time. The entire world is focused on raising their credit score. If I were a betting man, I would bet that the majority of you reading this article consider a credit report to be your financial report card. Many of you are very protective of your credit report. I’ve had many cases where various clients will hire me as their financial counselor and allow me to review their entire financial profile including investment statements, insurance policies, mortgage documents, household expenses, debts and other financial records. But for one reason or another when I tell them I need to pull a copy of their credit report, they refuse. They asked why do you need my credit report? My other financial advisor never asked for a copy of my credit report.

Sports

OVERTIME

:10 I told ya a couple of times and I’ll tell you again. It just doesn’t get any better than “Remember The Titans.” Denzel at his best! :09 Sorry Ladies I am gonna zone you out right here. Here’s your Top 10 sports movies of all time: 1. “When We Were Kings” (Ali vs. Forman), 2. “Remember The Titans” 3. “Raging Bull” 4. “Rocky I” 5. “Enter The Dragon” 6. “Bingo-Long and His Traveling All-Stars” (cause I was in it), 7. “Ali” (Will Smith) 8. “The Longest Yard” (the first one) 9. “Slap Shot” 10. “The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh. “Note: If you don’t like my list send me yours “Champion Enterprise, 412 Springdale Dr., Suite 33, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15235. BILL NEAL

Sports

Long ago, today

“If you miss the train I’m on, you will know that I am gone. You can hear the whistle blow a hundred miles. A hundred miles, a hundred miles, a hundred miles, a hundred miles. You can hear the whistle blow a hundred miles.” (Hedy West) The Josh Gibson Foundation announced plans for the Josh Gibson Centennial Negro League Gala recently at a news conference held at the Heinz History Center. AUBREY BRUCE

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Lifestyle

Lifestyles Report…The Sweetest Tabu

To some the name Helen Folasade Adu doesn’t mean anything, but when you say Sade (Shaw-day) it is a different story. The smooth, sexy and very talented Sade was in Pittsburgh June 18 at the Consol Energy Center, along with John Legend as the opening act. Legend was in Pittsburgh a few months ago by himself. His mission earlier this year was different, it was a fundraiser for the Kaufmann Center and he was traveling light. On this tour he was accompanied by his back-up singers and band. He looked great in a white 3-piece suit with just a pop of color in his breast pocket. He was a great opening act and I’m sure the crowd was pleased. He ended his set by standing on top of his black baby grand piano and did a great job of warming up the audience for the headliner, Sade.