Daily Archive: October 19, 2011



Apple don’t fall far from tree

A very distressing statistic is that the overwhelming majority of Blacks that come into contact with the penal system have almost no positive males in their lives. We all understand that a father is the male figure in the conception of a child, but is that the same as daddy? The same study also stated that the same statistic is relevant among White persons that violate the law.


Continue funding public housing

The U.S. government has played some part in housing the poor since the nineteenth century. It was during World War II, however, that the program grew, when hundreds of public housing units were built around the country to house both returning veterans and their families and the poor. Public housing then was usually filled with mostly working-class and middle-class Whites, not the stereotypical ‘welfare mother’ the program’s opponents like to conjure. Decades later, most public housing units became overrun with gang and drug violence. Generations of families lived there, exposed to few, if any, positive role models. These complexes were viewed as ‘project cities’, complete with a school and grocery store within the complex. There was little reason for residents to venture outside the confines of public housing and so they didn’t. As a result, families that lived there rarely improved upon their situation and the cycle of poverty continued.


Guest editorial…King Memorial a fitting tribute

The formal dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Sunday was a fitting tribute to a man recognized as one of history’s greatest leaders. The dedication of the first memorial to an African-American leader on the National Mall was done in a ceremony featuring an address by the nation’s first African-American president on the site where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech nearly a half-century ago. The dedication came after some early skirmishes and after organizers postponed the Aug. 28 dedication when Hurricane Irene threatened the Washington area.


Jobs, race and Herman Cain

Democrats and Republicans chant in unison jobs, jobs, jobs. President Obama offers an American Jobs plan, but Republicans use the filibuster in the Senate to kill it and a Republican majority will not consider it in the House. House Democrats offered a heftier jobs bill, but it is ignored by the majority in control. Republicans offer more of the same—tax cuts for the rich whom they call “job creators”—but they have put no actual jobs plan on the table. As a result, 15 million Americans still languish, officially unemployed, with another 10 million underemployed or so discouraged they have stopped looking for work.


AWC annual fundraiser strives to prove… ‘Everyone Can Dance’

The August Wilson Center’s annual “So You Think They Can’t Dance?” fundraiser gives local Pittsburgh celebrities the chance to strut their stuff on the dance floor. “Dancing is so in your face right now and this is an opportunity to let people see their favorite celebrities that they see on television or elsewhere dance,” said Allyson Wynn, director of development for the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. AWC DANCERS Almost a dozen local community leaders and celebrities will be partnered with members of the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble to showcase their skills in such dance art genres as Hip-Hop, African and even Ballroom.


Cobham featured at Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert

Internationally renowned jazz greats, including Pitt alumnus and pianist Geri Allen (A&S ’83G), will convene at the University of Pittsburgh Nov. 3-5 for the 41st annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert. The first academic jazz event of its kind in the country, Pitt’s Jazz Seminar, features international artists connecting with an audience in a lecture format, then performing together as an ensemble. BILLY COBHAM (Photo by Domenic Meienberg) Musicians taking part this year include Geri Allen, piano; Randy Brecker, trumpet; Maurice Brown, trumpet; Billy Cobham, drums; Larry Coryell, guitar; Quamon Fowler, tenor saxophone; Curtis Fuller, trombone; Donald Harrison, Jr., alto saxophone; and Abe Laboriel, bass. They will perform under the direction of Nathan Davis, saxophone, founder of the Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert and director of Pitt’s Jazz Studies Program.


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the Gold Door in Homewood, Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District, Ace and Deuces Lounge in the Hill District, CJ’s in the Strip District and North Side Institutional Church Banquet Hall on the North Side. My first stop was at the Gold Door in Homewood where DJ X-Man was on the 1’s and 2’s spinning all of the hits for the crowd. Debra Germany-Morrison and friends at the North Side Institutional Church Banquet Hall on the North Side.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 20 DJ Stephan Kelly’s Bar & Lounge presents Kelly’s Rocks with DJ Stephan from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at 6012 Penn Circle South, East Liberty. Every Thursday through Oct. 27, DJ Stephan will spin the hottest records of rare funk, soul and jazz with a little hard rock and blues. For more information, call 412-363-6012.


MBOC salutes business owners

Known for his passion to help people reach their next level of success in life, Mitchel Nickols, PhD, lived up to his reputation while providing the keynote address during Pittsburgh’s Minority Enterprise Development Week celebration. “Are you repositioning yourself,” he questioned during his luncheon speech. “The economic climate has our attention. Available opportunities depend on you,” he told the audience. Nickols an educator, professional business coach and speaker encouraged the mixed crowd of business people, business assistance groups and supporters to look at things differently. “It’s like when you are driving and go the wrong way the GPS (global position system) tells you to recalculate. You can’t continue to do things the same way.” GREAT WORK—Awardees Gilbert Cannon, Richard Taylor, Esq., Edward Greene and Richard Portis standing in for Kenneth Elliot stand with Dr. Mitchel Nickols, center, after his keynote address. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels)