Daily Archive: August 12, 2011


Watching anything good this summer?

Well, we’re a little more than half-way through these lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. You can tell because the barrage of back-to-school commercials, which started in July, has intensified. Like holiday advertising, they seem to begin earlier every year (the Pearson-McNeil household is already prepared)! Besides the back-to-school ads, the escalating plugs for the new fall line-ups have me excited about TV again. What are you watching this summer?



Budget sculpting

When it comes to your money, you should know where you are, where you’re going, and how you’ll get there. This all starts with the dreaded B-word, BUDGET. The very mention of the word budget sets off a feeling of confinement, restriction, limitation and loss of control. I admit there is a sense of confinement, restriction, and limitation associated with managing money—but it has nothing to do with a budget. What confines, restricts and limits us is the amount of money we make. Our income! So if you want to spend more, have more, and save more without sacrificing your lifestyle, you simply need to make more. A more formal definition of a budget would be a plan for spending, saving, and investing money. The importance of making a budget and sticking to it is to save for future goals while meeting present obligations.



by Bill NealFor New Pittsburgh Courier :10 Hi my name is Michael Vick. This is a message to all the haters out there. I am about to sign a new contract for $20 million big ones…NUFF said! :09 Tiger Wood’s ex-caddie who Wood fired last month won the WGC Bridgestone with Adam Scott. Tiger finished tied for 37th. That’s Karma baby! BILL NEAL


‘Hard Work for fhe Hammer’

From the outset we knew that this year’s Armon Gilliam “Hardwork” Basketball camp was going to be different…special if you will. And it was. For more than 80 years, kids enjoyed and endured a two day basketball session of skills, drills, games, exercise and most importantly education and life skills lessons that will take them far beyond the basketball court.


Prime Time comes to Canton

by Barry WilnerAP Pro Football Writer CANTON, Ohio (AP)—Prime Time has come to Canton—with an extra touch of gold. And a black do-rag. Deion Sanders strutted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night sporting a pair of gold shoes to go with the gold jacket emblematic of the special company he has become a part of. NEON DEION—Deion Sanders poses with a bust of himself during the induction ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Aug. 6, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo-Tony Dejak)



The place to be

I always wanted to plan my vacation around something that I love. This is the first year that I made that dream come true. I attended the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston Salem, N.C. When I realized the festival took place in August I was hesitant, I knew it was going to be hot. I decided to make the drive which was not bad, seven hours through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina on a Sunday afternoon. Prior to the festival I received my media credentials and a program detailing what was going to take place for the week. There were staged readings read by professional actors and written by renowned and aspiring playwrights, workshops and seminars, a film festival, NBTF Poetry Jam, parties, press conferences, celebrity receptions and shopping at the International Vendors’ Market.



Gregory speaks at women’s event to stop the violence

The Pittsburgh chapter of the National Congress of Black Women recently sponsored an event featuring comedian and activist Dick Gregory at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. The event was to bring about awareness in an effort to stop the Black on Black violence throughout the Black community. E. Faye Williams is the national chair of the organization, while Gina M. Noel-Brown is heading an effort to start a local branch. DICK GREGORY