Throughout the course of history, Black men and women have stood the test of adversity and were totally prepared to pay the ultimate price. There were an untold number of courageous people who would stand to be counted, and this column will list a few and miss an untold number of others who deserve to be mentioned.
Daily Archive: December 14, 2011
(NNPA)—If you needed evidence that Republicans are out of touch with America, look no further than recent exchanges among candidates. Mitt Romney bet Rick Perry ten thousand dollars over something in his book. I understand that Mr. Romney is disturbed that Mr. Perry has taken some of his work out of context, but a ten thousand dollar bet! Give me a break. With the average American household surviving on about $50,000 a year, that ten grand represents nearly three months living expenses for the average family. Could Romney have figured out a way to make his point with Perry without thumbing his nose at the rest of us?
President Obama on Dec. 5 sounded like the man Americans craved when they voted him into office in 2008. It was on the promise of hope and change, things this nation badly needed after eight years of George W. Bush, that Obama was swept into the White House as America’s first African-American chief executive. Obama, however, is a pragmatist and a sincere compromiser. One needs to look no further than the rhetoric Illinois state Sen. Obama used in his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic Convention.
(NNPA)—“A country that does not stand for and protect its children—our seed corn for the future—does not stand for anything.” Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund Last week the Census Bureau delivered disturbing news about how the Great Recession and its aftermath are affecting the most vulnerable among us—America’s school children. Out of a total of 3,142 counties in the United States, 653 saw significant increases in poverty among school-aged children from 2007-2010—an increase of 20 percent. Nationally, 19.8 percent of school children are now living in poverty.
Kimberly Gill feels blessed to sit at the KDKA-TV news desk as the co-anchor of the coveted noon and 4 p.m. weekdays newscasts. “Pittsburgh is a great city with great viewers and co-workers. I’m happy to be here and I hope to be here a long time,” said Gill who hails from Newberry, S.C. “Pittsburgh is surprisingly beautiful. It’s a hidden treasure. They’ve done a great job to revitalize the Downtown area and it is a very walkable place and there is a lot to do in downtown Pittsburgh.” KIMBERLY GILL
Comedian Joe Torry’s unique brand of urban story telling has been thrilling audiences for years. “I’ve always been funny. I was a military child and for show and tell at school I would take things from our house like African artifacts because we didn’t have toys and I would tell stories and people would always laugh because I always said something funny,” said Torry, a 46-year-old Los Angeles resident. JOE TORRY
This week I visited the Byham Theatre in Downtown Pittsburgh, Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District, CJ’s in the Strip District and City Councilman Bill Peduto’s 4th Annual Holiday Fete in Shadyside. A’ngela Winbush and WAMO’s Tracey Lee representin’ at the concert in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Thursday 15 Panel and Concert One Hood Media and the August Wilson Center for African American Culture present the New Media Academy Closing Ceremony, Celebration and Concert at 7 p.m. at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. The theme is “Taking Control of Our Image” and will feature a panel discussion with Davey D., Wise Intelligent, Bakari Kitwana, Jesse Muhammad, and Che “Rhymfest” Smith, followed by a concert with panelists, Jasiri X and the New Media All Stars. Paradise Gray and Jasiri X will be the hosts of the evening. For more information, email Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small businesses across America celebrated Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26 during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. Initiated by American Express and in its second year, Small Business Saturday was a day dedicated to supporting small businesses. The goal of the day was for millions of people to “shop small” at their favorite local stores and help fuel the economy. WHAT A PHILOSOPHY—Kimberly Thomas of Whatever the Challenge…Don’t Quit displays her trademark design which inspires and encourages her customers. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels)
(NNPA)—Each year, street corner payday loans strip consumers of $4.5 billion. Now, at least four large banks joining the ranks of those offering one of the most predatory products sold to unsuspecting consumers. Banks like Wells Fargo, US, Regions and Fifth Third are all offering their checking account customers payday loans that typically require full repayment within 10 days with interest rates of 360 percent or higher.