Daily Archive: August 17, 2011


Stop exploiting prisoners

During America’s “dark years,” when segregation was the law of the land, African-Americans were often terrorized by White racists who simply could not stand the sight of them. These individuals could not turn to the justice system for help: the local sheriff was often among the group of men they feared would beat or lynch them. Law enforcement was one of many tools that were used to oppress Blacks; unfortunately, things are not much different in modern times. Instead of, while in prison, having access to the services needed to turn their lives around, Black men and women face economic exploitation.


‘The Help’ Tells story of Black maids during the ’60s

by Dwight Brown (NNPA)—“The Help,” a best-selling book about a White woman who helps Black maids rebel in the 1960s segregated South, was probably a better read than it is a cinematic experience. On the big screen, the White “savior” liberating Black people storyline seems dated and almost offensive. OCTAVIA SPENCER AND VIOLA DAVIS Skeeter (Emma Stone) is an awkward, outspoken young woman who returns to Jackson, Miss., after graduating from Ole Miss. She’s heartbroken when she finds out her favorite maid (Cicely Tyson) is no longer with the family. Skeeter is a wannabe journalist, and haphazardly gets a job at the local paper as a cleaning-hints columnist. She hasn’t a clue what to write, and for advice turns to Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis), the wise maid of her best friend.


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the Skyroom in downtown Pittsburgh, CJ’s in the Strip District, the 8th Annual Black Family Reunion at Schenley Park in Oakland, the North Side Elks in the Hill District, Galaxy Lounge and Entertainment Center in Homewood, and Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District. My first stop was at CJ’s in the Strip District, where deejay and singer Twan and Stacey celebrated their birthdays in grand style. Everyone came out to see Sheryl Lee Ralph at the Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District.


Awakening of The Harambee legacy

During early 1960s The African American Black Arts Movement was born. BAM’s framework facilitated unity, solidarity, and equality with The American destiny, sprouted Multiculturalism promoting sustainability. In 1967 The Harambee Blacks Arts Festival committee started in the Homewood neighborhood, began The Black Arts Movement in the Three Rivers Bioregion, its festival became the third largest in the United States. Today The Harambee Ujima Arts and Cultural Planning Association founded in 2001 is using “Diversity” to continue the Black Arts Movement promotion of sustainable development for social and economic generation.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 18 August in August The August Wilson Center for African American Culture and The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents August in August at 8 p.m. at 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. This is a showcase of the vignettes from playwright August Wilson’s 10-play “Century Cycle.” Performances will run through Aug. 20. Tickets are $25-$30. For more information, call 412-456-6666 or visit http://www.AugustWilsonCenter.org.


Sticking like steel

For more than 43 years the Steel Valley OIC located in McKeesport has been assisting residents of the Mon Valley. An affiliate of the Opportunity Industrial Committee of America founded by the late Rev. Dr. Leon Sullivan based in Philadelphia in 1964, the organization has a common commitment of helping the disadvantaged. WEATHERIZATION WORKS—Executive director of the Steel Valley OIC for 22 years, LuEthel Nesbit through the Weatherization Program and other initiatives has maintained a 43 year old Mon Valley organization. (Photo by Diane I. Daniels)


Business Calendar

Downtown divas AUG. 17—The National Association of Women Business Owners of Greater Pittsburgh will host its Downtown Divas Live Music and Networking event from 6-9 p.m. at Villa South Side, 1831 E. Carson St., South Side. Every Wednesday, will be able to enjoy performances from some of the city’s best female vocalist while networking. Registration is required. For more information, call 412-854-4827 or e-mail nawbo@blacktie-pittsburgh.com.


Woods done as king of the hill, maybe for good

by Jim Litke JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP)—Everyone who wanted their pound of flesh has it now, and more. Nearly two years into his free fall, it seemed Tiger Woods couldn’t go any lower. He just did. Love Woods or hate him, the takeaway from his second round Friday at the PGA Championship—where he shot 73 for a 10-over 150 total and missed the cut by six strokes—should be sadness. Once the greatest golfer of his generation, and arguably the best of all time, the same golf swing that thrilled millions around the globe no longer scares anyone in the field. MISSES THE CUT—Tiger Woods answers a question following his second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament Aug. 12, at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) It’s premature to pronounce Woods “done,” even for this calendar year. At the latest, he will be back on the golf course by November, in the Australian Open. Maybe sooner. And if he’s desperate, Woods could still pick up a tournament round or two stateside or somewhere in Europe.