Daily Archive: January 11, 2012

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Opinion

Black businesswomen

There has been a tendency to generally focus on Black businessmen, and a limited amount of focus on Black businesswomen. I don’t believe it is intentional but a tremendous number of Black women have exhibited the entrepreneurial spirit. There have been those who are nationally known such as Madam C.J. Walker in 1934 and Oprah in 2012. In Allegheny County currently there are a multitude of Black female-owned businesses and in this week’s column some will be highlighted. I have often wondered why we as a community are not more aware of them. Is it because they don’t advertise, because they hope that word of mouth will suffice, or they believe it is too expensive or they just fail to recognize the effectiveness of advertising?

Opinion

African-Americans lose, while others gain

(NNPA)–The unemployment rate is falling for the third month in a row, and in December about 200,000 private sector jobs were created. The monthly unemployment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that unemployment has declined by six tenths of a percentage point since August. Already, some economists are saying we can expect another decline next month.

Opinion

Out with old, in with new

(NNPA)—“Ring out the old, ring in the new…Ring out the false, ring in the true.” Alfred, Lord Tennyson I am not one to make impossible New Year’s resolutions. Gumbo and red beans and rice will be safe on my plate for another year. But at the beginning of every New Year, I do like to pause to affirm my highest intentions for the National Urban League movement and our nation.

Opinion

My problem with mainstream news

(NNPA)—I grew up listening to the news on radio, watching it on TV, and reading it in the paper (and in magazines). I have found myself increasingly weary of mainstream news, however. It is an odd feeling. My political beliefs have always led me to question the mainstream news sources but I would still make a point of watching network news programs. Over time something happened.

Opinion

Rick Santorum’s erroneous and offensive remark about Blacks

by Shannon Williams If you are a public figure, particularly a political candidate, one should understand that at some point or another, everything they say will be scrutinized. Either by their political counterparts or the American people in general. This is why among many other things, everything candidates say should make sense and never be offensive to a particular individual or demographic.

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Entertainment

PSO, AWC collaborate on ‘Tribute’ concert

Classical music and modern African dance will be fused together during the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s sixth annual “Tribute” concert. The event, which will be held Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture for the first time, will feature the August Wilson Dance Ensemble as the featured soloist. The event, which was formed in 2007, creates an orchestral concert that reflects the music and cultural contributions of the African-American community. The goal of the concert is to highlight all of the things that African-Americans have done in music. The August Wilson Center for African American Culture has been involved with the “Tribute” concert in some capacity since the concert’s inception.

Entertainment

Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland, Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood, Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District and Shadow and Ava Lounge in East Liberty. Brothers John and Jerome Bettis chillin’ at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland at the Cedric The Entertainer and Friends New Year’s Weekend Comedy Jam.

Entertainment

Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 12 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

Hiring rises in November, but job openings dip

by Christopher S. RugaberAP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP)—U.S. employers stepped up their hiring in November, though they advertised fewer jobs for a second straight month. The mixed data suggest the job market has strengthened but employers remain cautious.

Business

A chief consumer watchdog arrives in 2012

(NNPA)—As 2012 unfolds, America’s consumers have now gained a top cop in a wide range of financial affairs. Richard Cordray, a former Ohio attorney general and state treasurer was appointed this week by President Obama to become the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. After the greatest financial collapse since that of the 1930s Great Depression, the historic Dodd-Frank Act created a new bureau to comprehensively address lending abuses and the accompanying power to enforce regulatory change. PRESIDENT OBAMA AND RICHARD CORDRAY