Daily Archive: August 10, 2011


Beyond MLK: Banneker should have a memorial

(NNPA)—“On record now thy name’s enrolled. And future ages will be told, There lived a man called Banneker, An African Astronomer…”—Susanna Hopkins Mason, 1792 As the United States of America prepares to honor Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. as the first African-American and first non-president to have a memorial on the National Mall we have another proverbial river to cross. Our nation must also honor the work of Benjamin Banneker whose surveying assistance proved pivotal in the formation of the District of Columbia as the America’s capital city.


There’s a new Spider-Man in town

by Brian W. Carter For New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)—In a bold move by Marvel comics, writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli, another landmark event has occurred. Spider-Man is going to be Black! Before you jump too far in either direction, let me explain. First of all, the character is actually of Black/Hispanic descent and named Miles Morales. Second, the character is set to take over the mantle of Spider-Man in September following the death of Peter Parker. And last, all of this is taking place in an alternate Marvel universe known as the Ultimate Universe. SPIDER-MAN


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited 720 Records in Lawrenceville, CJ’s in the Strip District, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland, Holiday Inn at Foster’s in Oakland and outside of the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty. My first stop was at 720 Records in Lawrenceville where a fashion show, music and entertainment took place for everyone who attended and it was a great event. The lovely Dana hangin’ out with R&B singer Chrisette Michelle at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 11 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.


Group to assist entrepreneurs

Members of the National Black MBA Association, Inc. Pittsburgh Chapter are looking for forward thinking African-American business owners. Offering a two-fold opportunity, the group recently introduced the Professional Business Services Network Program which is recruiting recipients and providers. IT TAKES A STRONG TEAM—Kevin Cameron, Cameil Williams, James Shealey and Larry Pickett; members of the National Black MBA Association, Inc. Pittsburgh Chapter played a pivotal role in establishing their new business initiative. (Photo by Diane Daniels) “This launch is designed to set the framework to move us into the future,” said Cameil Williams, president of Williams Management, LLC and developer of the program. She described PBSN as a unified economic development initiative aimed at positively impacting the conditions of African-American businesses in the Pittsburgh region.


Black folks lose again and again

(NNPA)—“When you look at this final agreement that we came to with the White House, I got 98 percent of what I wanted. I’m pretty happy.”—John Boehner, Speaker of the House If Boehner got 98 percent of what he wanted from the debt ceiling deal, what did the other side get? I haven’t heard the opposing side give its percentage yet. Of course, there was Representative Emmanuel Cleaver, who said the deal was a “Satan Sandwich.” The quandary here is that if 98 percent of the deal was pleasing to the Repubs, does that leave two percent for the Dems? And if that’s not true, and the Dems say they got 98 percent of what they wanted, or even 50 percent, it means that both parties wanted pretty much the same thing. You can’t have more than 100 percent of anything.


Business Calendar

Professional networking AUG. 11—Jessica Lee and Pittsburgh Gateway Corp. will host “Entrepreneurial Thursdays” from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. at Little E’s, 949 Liberty Ave., Downtown. The theme is “Sustainable Pittsburgh.” This is a professional networking event with live jazz/R&B music. There is a $5 fee. Business casual is the attire. No jeans or tennis shoes. For more information, call Sandy Marshall at 412-802-6780 or visit http://www.jessicaleesong.com.


Inside Conditions…Pick your poison

There is talk around town about a pick ‘em issue when it comes to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Do you try to improve the defensive secondary or the defensive line? Well, well, well, it doesn’t make that much difference if you don’t have an improved performance from the secondary and the D-line. The negative perimeter issues are going to surface anyway. The offensive strategy of the NFL has evolved drastically. It is pass happy, happier and happiest. There is nothing that makes quarterbacks smile more than an offensive coordinator that views running backs and tight ends as extra receivers or extra blockers protecting the quarterback so that he can have enough time to complete passes to his normal complement of wide-outs.


Batch, Clay hoping to join Steelers backfield

by Will Graves LATROBE, Pa. (AP)—John Clay kept waiting for the phone to ring during the NFL Draft in April. One round passed. Then a day. Then three. The former Wisconsin running back never saw his name pop up on the ticker through seven excruciating rounds and 224 picks. IMPRESSIVE ROOKIE—Steelers running back Baron Batch (35) runs the ball during training camp in Latrobe, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) He didn’t anticipate not getting selected, not after running for more than 2,500 yards and 32 touchdowns during his sophomore and junior seasons at Wisconsin, his 6-foot-1, 248-pound frame serving as a battering ram behind the team’s massive offensive line. He left school a year early, figuring he was a lock. He wasn’t and going undrafted hurt. In a way, Clay says it may be the best thing that happened to his career.


Sweed eyes breakthrough with Steelers

by Will Graves LATROBE, Pa. (AP)—Limas Sweed tried not to pay attention when the Pittsburgh Steelers unsuccessfully courted Plaxico Burress a week ago. Sure, Sweed heard all the chatter about how the Steelers needed a big wide receiver to complement the swift if undersized quartet of Hines Ward, Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown. LIMAS SWEED The fourth-year pro nods his head when asked if there was a part of him that wanted to raise his hand and say, “remember me? I’m 6-foot-4. I can run. I can catch. I can play.” Yet he understands why he’s become a forgotten man at best and a draft bust at worst. Struggle as the former Texas star has since being taken in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft and it’s hard to avoid labels such as “injury-prone” and “underachiever.”