Daily Archive: October 26, 2011



Cain echoes words of millions

Herman Cain’s quote was, “If you are unemployed and not rich it is no one’s fault but yours.” All of my life I have heard White and Black people make almost the identical statement, but the meaning is the same. Allow me to put his statement in several categories. There have always been a substantial number of rich people who truly believe that those who were underachievers that it was their fault.


Intervening in Africa

President Obama, taking a much different approach to African unrest than his predecessors, recently sent a small team of armed forces into central Africa to aide in the fight against the Lord’s Resistance Army, a militant group that has been waging war against the official Ugandan government and local residents for over 20 years. U.S. troops were also dispatched to South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the LRA is believed to have set up camps.


What ever happened to Black political power?

(NNPA)—“Any time you throw your weight behind a political party…and that party can’t keep promises that it made…and you’re dumb enough to walk around continuing to identify with that political party, you’re not only a chump but a traitor to your race.”—Malcolm X, 1964 So what do you think Malcolm X would say to radio host Tom Joyner’s “plea to the Blackman” blog statement: “Let’s not deal with the facts right now…let’s just deal with our Blackness and pride – and loyalty. We have a chance to re-elect the first African-American president, and that’s what we ought to be doing…because he’s a Black man.”


Wall Street protests express frustration

The Occupy Wall Street movement is a reflection of the growing economic frustration of many Americans and their anger toward the political and financial elite of this country. Protests have spread to dozens of other cities across the country including Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Boston since protesters in New York camped out in that city’s financial district four weeks ago, rallying against Wall Street companies and denouncing what demonstrators see as corporate greed.


Cain’s 9-9-9 plan does not compute

Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan does not add up to be a good deal for most Americans. The businessman and Republican presidential nominee’s signature tax proposal is a regressive plan that would unfairly hurt low-income and middle class Americans by requiring them to pay more in taxes while giving a big tax break to the rich. Cain has risen in the polls based on his folksy and brash style, his business experience, being a nonpolitician and his bold 9-9-9 tax plan. The plan calls for a flat 9 percent personal income tax and corporate tax, plus a new national sales tax of 9 percent.


Sinbad: A very funny man

Iconic comedian Sinbad has a soft spot in his heart for Pittsburgh. He and fellow funnyman the late Phil Hartman filmed one of Sinbad’s first—and arguably funniest movies—”Houseguest” in 1995 in various parts of the Golden Triangle including Sewickley and Homewood. “We did some of ‘Houseguest’ in the hood and other parts which are not in the hood at all,” explained the 55-year-old married father. “I would walk around on my day off with my earrings in and people would just stare at me. One woman walked by like I was going to take her dog. The dog was cool. He looked at me like ‘what’s up?’” SINBAD (Photo by J.L. Martello) “Houseguest” centered around Kevin Franklin, the con man who was in trouble with the mob over an unpaid debt. As a result he takes refuge in an upscale Pennsylvania suburb posing as Dr. Derek Bond, the childhood friend of Gary Young, an uptight workaholic who is out of touch with his own family.


Iverson:?Making history under big top

Jonathan Lee Iverson didn’t know he was blazing a trail when he took the fascinating job as the ringmaster of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus 13 years ago. “With me as ringmaster you get to see barriers broken down and doors open and that is an amazing feat in itself,” explained Iverson who hails from New York. “Now the circus truly looks like the greatest show on Earth. It looks like what America looks like.” JONATHAN LEE IVERSON In the role of ringmaster, Iverson is responsible for telling the story of the circus to the audience members. He also gets the chance to showcase his own unique talent in the show. “The ringmaster is a host authority figure with a vibrant presence. There’s something about him that resonates with the audience and he helps tell the story of the wonderment that is happening on stage. He is essentially a glorified fan,The circus is the longest running hit show in the world.” Iverson said.


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District, Ace and Deuces Lounge in the Hill District, CJ’s in the Strip District, Shadow Lounge and Ava Lounge in East Liberty and Tim’s Bar in the Hill District. My first stop was at the Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District where they held Savoy Jazz Monday’s featuring jazz vocalist Etta Cox and the RH Factor Band. Birthday man Elmer McClung, Tene Croom and the crew celebrating his birthday in grand style at CJ’s in the Strip District.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 27 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.


Awards ceremony salutes businesses

To celebrate, honor, meet and experience is what the Walk of Excellence Awards Gala hosted by the Western Pennsylvania Development Council was all about. The group recently celebrated the achievements of the best minority business; honored the major corporations, government agencies and organizations committed to diversity; provided a venue to meet the most influential leaders of Western Pennsylvania’s business community and a way to experience an evening of entertainment and elegance. WINNING TRIO—Joel Acie, with the Corporate Volunteer of the Year award; Melissa Anderson, senior vice president, chief accounting officer, and Yvette Porter, Corporate Advocate of the Year, all from Highmark.