Daily Archive: November 2, 2011

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Opinion

Jimmy Graham—a true baller

That’s right, Jimmy Graham! Most of the public is only recently becoming aware of the story of Jimmy Graham. I find this very unfortunate, but true. Jimmy Graham is a tight end for the New Orleans Saints football team. As of this writing, he is the leading tight end in the N.F.L. in terms of receptions and touchdowns. But most importantly, he is proving to be a true “baller” in the game of life!

Opinion

Courier endorsements We must vote

Our ancestors fought and died so we would have the right to vote. A big part of the Civil Rights struggle in the 1960s and ’70s was to open the doors of the voting booths so Negroes could vote. Yet in the last primary, only around 9 percent of Black voters came out to vote.

Opinion

Iraq quagmire ends

(NNPA)—“After a decade of war, the nation that we need to build—and the nation that we will build—is our own.” President Barack Obama Last week, President Obama announced that the remaining 39,000 U.S. service men and women in Iraq will be back on U.S. soil by the end of the year. This essentially brings to a close a nearly decade-long war that the President opposed from the start and vowed to end. This is welcome news for our troops and their families who have sacrificed so much in what has been increasingly viewed as an ill-advised and costly military mistake.

Entertainment

Pitt Jazz Seminar

Some of the biggest and brightest stars on the Jazz landscape will converge on the University of Pittsburgh campus this weekend to participate in the 42nd annual Jazz Seminar at the University of Pittsburgh. The four-day event focuses on teaching, performing and documenting the history of Jazz. Heavyweights in the genre are asked to serve as “professors” for participants who attend the conference to learn about the lives and careers of the invited Jazz artists. NATHAN DAVIS

Entertainment

Festival presents Black dance traditions

Greer Reed is working hard to bring African-American dance tradition to Pittsburgh. “It’s been a long time since we had a Black dance tradition company to bring here, said Reed, artistic director of dance initiatives at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. Now, with the creation of the Black Dance Festival, Reed is able to fill in a hole that she believes is in the landscape of Pittsburgh dance. TELFTREACH DANCE (Photo by Ken Carl)

Entertainment

Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited Club Café on the South Side, Tana Ethiopian Cuisine Restaurant in East Liberty, Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District, Galaxy Lounge and Entertainment Center, CJ’s in the Strip District, the Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel and Kelly’s Bar in East Liberty. My first stop was Club Café, on the South Side, where the Teresa Hawthorne Band performed for a sold out crowd with Comedian Ty Mac as the host. The Teresa Hawthorne Band at Club Café on the South Side after their performance.

Entertainment

Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 3 offCENTER The August Wilson Center presents offCENTER at 7 p.m. at 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. The evening will feature Tony Campbell & The Funk Surgery Band, Kevin Brown as the emcee and performances from other local artists. The winner of the talent portion will receive a prize and qualify for a chance to perform at the Center’s First Voice Festival in May. To sign up for the competition arrive by 6 p.m. For more information, call 412-258-2700 or visit ­www.AugustWilsonCenter.org.

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Business

Bryant talks NOBLE at Chamber breakfast

Though Pittsburgh Police Assistant Chief Maurita Bryant took time to inform the audience at the African American Chamber of Commerce about the history of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, her main point was to tell them the organization is holding its national training conference in Pittsburgh in August 2013. “We’ll have about 2,500 delegates here, and they like to spend money,” she said during the PowerBreakfast meeting. “Estimates are that the conference will bring more than $2.5 million to the city.” INFORMATION—Pittsburgh Police Assistant Chief Maurita Bryant tells Chamber members that NOBLE is holding its national training conference in Pittsburgh in August 2013. (Photo by Rossano P. Stewart) Bryant said she is pleased because she has been working to get the annual conference here for several years.

Business

Payday loan collection scams

(NNPA)—Almost every consumer is concerned with today’s tough financial times. But for those looking to make a fast buck, tough times can also make for easy prey—especially when a payday loan borrower can be tracked down. Across the country state attorneys general, the Better Business Bureau, law enforcement officials and others are alerting consumers to overly-aggressive phone callers who threaten arrest if a payday loan is not immediately repaid. Claiming to be representatives of a law firm or collection agency these fake collectors demand personal financial information such as bank account or credit card numbers. Others request that monies be wired immediately or direct consumers to purchase a pre-paid credit card. Regardless of the specific request, their aim is to either get your money directly or gain access to it through information provided.

Business

How to be a stealth saver

Americans save a little more than 5 percent of their personal disposable income, according to the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. It’s not surprising, then, that many people wonder at the end of each month where their money has gone. Don’t despair! There are many easy ways to pump up your nest egg without trying too hard. The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants offers these practical tips.