Daily Archive: August 31, 2011

Opinion

Stones of hope for the next generation

(NNPA)—Hurricane Irene hit the East Coast with a vengeance, causing inconvenience, interruption, and postponements. Perhaps the most notable postponement was that of the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, which was to take place on Aug. 28, 48 years after Dr. King gave his historic “I Have A Dream” speech. Thus, activities that were to span the week were, instead, concluded with an interfaith prayer service that drew more than a thousand people.

Opinion

Big names at MLK events are not donors

Due to inclement weather, at an undetermined future date, a monument to perhaps the most well respected African-American ever, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is being dedicated on the National Mall. It will be a day to be remembered and cherished not just for Black people, but for America, because it honors King’s sacrifice in striving to make the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence—documents that originally excluded all but White male landowners—promise.

Entertainment

Shyne Awards uplifts youth at AWC

With the recent barrage of negative media surrounding the shootings in Pittsburgh’s urban communities, a bright and shining moment for the steel city illuminated the August Wilson Center for African American Culture Downtown Aug. 27. For the fifth year in a row, the Darkins Group, LLC, headed by, Orlana Darkins Drewery and husband, Darnell Drewery, produced a show worthy of national coverage. The Fifth Annual Shyne Awards, “It’s Not Just An Event, It’s A Movement,” created with the belief that the media does not portray a balanced representation of young Black adults in Pittsburgh. PARTICIPANTS—From left: Laura Varner Norman, general manager WAMO; Orlana Darkins Drewery, Hosea Chanchez and Darnell Drewery. (Photo by Rossano P. Stewart) The Shyne Awards were created because young adults between the ages of 13-19 are statistically the most likely to be engaged or impacted by criminal activity. The theory is, if given the proper tools, resources and modeled guidance, all youth can be successful in any and all areas of their interest or purpose, in spite of their background or current environment.

Entertainment

Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the Hill House Kaufmann Center in the Hill District, Galaxy Lounge and Entertainment Center in Homewood, Robert E. Williams Park in the Hill District and Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District. My first stop was at the Hill House Kaufmann Center in the Hill District where the ACH Clear Pathways Jazz Benefit Concert was held, with music by Kenny Blake, Tony Campbell and Teresa Hawthorne. Alumni of Schenley High School representin’ at the Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District.

Entertainment

Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 1 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.

Business

Harvard study finds housing affordability a growing issue

(NNPA)—While the recession has contributed to a price drop in residential homes, many consumers still lack the resources to transition from renting to homeownership. In fact, according to a recent housing report, not only are the numbers of renters growing; but the nation’s supply of affordable rental housing is shrinking. According to a recent report, America’s Rental Housing: Meeting Challenges, Buildings on Opportunities, from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, the number of renters paying more than half their income for housing is at a record. A record high of 19 million American households—homeowners and renters combined—pay more than half their income for housing. One in four renters —10.1 million households nationwide—spends more than half their income on rent and utilities. Workers earning $45,000-$60,000 saw the biggest increase in housing costs since 2001 with an increase of nearly eight percent from 2001-2009.

Business

Pardon the interruption

(NNPA)—Considering the fact that Black people are so entrenched in the distractions of this world, I think it’s appropriate that I beg your pardon, Black America, in order to get a few important points across. Although for 16 years now I have sounded the economic alarm via this newspaper column, four books, and numerous speaking engagements, it is shameful that we have failed to act upon the messages of our ancestors and contemporaries. There is still a need to “capture” our attention when it comes to economic empowerment. Seems we have to be tricked, embarrassed, and beat-up before we start running for true freedom. So can you spare a few moments to read this missive, Black America? I beg your pardon for the interruption.

Business

Business Calendar

Happy hour SEPT. 6—Lot 17 Bloomfield will host a Young Professionals Happy Hour from 5:30-8 p.m. at 4617 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. The event is free. For more information, call 412-445-2425 or e-mail b.hunter@pghpayroll.com.

Sports

Inside Conditions…Snakebit

Man oh, man oh, man oh, mannnn… What the heck is going on with Steelers backup QB Byron Leftwich? Is this guy a China doll trying to compete in what might arguably be the most violent sport in the world? Does Leftwich have the most rotten luck in the universe? Hmm, maybe or maybe not, especially if he continues to get paid. Does he have a loaded pair of dice in his back pocket with nothing but “snake eyes” engraved on them? He keeps getting busted up but you know what? He will be back next year. Why? Well because current 3rd stringer Dennis Dixon is definitely going to test the unrestricted free agent market after this season and unless Dixon does something extraordinary this year, like win a few games in the absence of Big Ben or Charlie Batch, Dixon is going, going, gone.

Sports

City League Preview: Allderdice’s experience will carry them to the top

by Malik Vincent With a total of four, 3-year starters and close to 20 seniors, Allderdice is the team with the most experience in City League football this season. Coach Jerry Haslett is confident in their chances to be the team to beat this year. GAME CHANGER—Junior Jay Barlow (8), Allderdice’s two-way star who is being looked at by several Division 1 programs, gets double teamed by Brashear blockers Nov. 11, 2010. (Courier Photo/William McBride/File) “We’re strong up front,” he said. “We have the front-four that will be able to change games for us. It will be them that will make or break how well we do this season.” Two of the members of that front four, senior Tyrique Jarrett and junior Jay Barlow are both being looked at by Division-I programs. Their big running back, junior Patrick Ferguson, has been battling an aggravated hip but his coach is optimistic that he’ll suit up for the Dragons in their week one, nonconference matchup at Central Valley Sept. 2.