Daily Archive: January 25, 2012

Opinion

Push back against unfair voter ID laws

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was right to use an event celebrating the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday Jan. 16 to emphasize the Obama administration’s dedication to protecting the American people from discriminatory voting practices. VOTER ID PROTEST—Attorney Gen. Eric Holder addresses the crowd during a rally at the Statehouse Jan. 16, in Columbia, S.C. Hundreds of people rallied outside the South Carolina capitol to honor the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and protest the state’s voter identification law. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)

Opinion

Arizona takes another step back into 19th century: Bans Mexican American studies!

(NNPA)—What first caught my eye was that teachers in the Tucson Unified School District were ordered to stop using a book in which I have an essay. The book, Rethinking Columbus, has been an important source of expanded understanding of the colonization of the Western Hemisphere. Challenging many of the myths surrounding the arrival of European settlers, Rethinking Columbus pays attention to the victims of the hemispheric invasion that began in the 1500s.

Entertainment

New Horizon Theater celebrates 20th anniversary with ‘Hi Hat Hattie’

When the name Hattie McDaniel is mentioned, the movie “Gone With the Wind” and the character of Mammy immediately come to mind. But McDaniel is much more than her Oscar-winning maid performance and New Horizon Theater is out to show audiences all of McDaniel’s nuances with the dramatic comedy, “Hi Hat Hattie,” which is the second installment but first production in the theater’s 20th year season. HATTIE MCDANIEL and SHAUNYCE OMAR

Entertainment

Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the Cabaret Ballroom in Homewood, Nola on the Square in Downtown, The Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood, AMC Loews Theatre in Homestead, Ava Lounge in East Liberty and Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District. Tené Croom celebrating her birthday with my boy Elmer McClung at Nola on the Square, Downtown.

Entertainment

Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 26 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 25 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

Kenyan doing business in Pittsburgh

by Tené CroomFor New Pittsburgh Courier Pittsburgh remains a cultural melting pot, a distinction it’s held for over a century. According to 2010 Census figures, African Americans comprise 27 percent of the Steel City. But the bulk of the Pittsburgh ethnic mix, to no surprise, is White ethnic groups, nearly 68 percent of the population. COMMUNITY STORE—Kenyan businessman Jacob Owade in his Garfield store. (Photo by Tene Croom)

Business

Nova touts Marcellus benefits

While most people are interested in what the vast stores of methane being unlocked from the Marcellus Shale formation mean for the economic growth of the region, there is more than just natural gas being produced in this energy boom—and there are business opportunities associated with these secondary products as well. RANDY WOELFEL (Photo by Christian Morrow)

Business

Business Calendar

Federal Contracting workshop JAN. 25—U.S. Small Business Administration will host its Federal Contracting workshop from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Riverside Center for Innovation, 700 River Ave., North Side. The workshop will include an 8(a), HUBZone and Women Certifications. Minority and Women Business Owners, along with Veteran-owned businesses are encouraged to attend. It is free to the public and registration is required. For more information, call Marisa Fentzel at 412-395-6560 ext. 109 or Judith Kirby at ext. 123.

Sports

Inside Conditions…‘Too little, too late’

As I viewed the AFC and NFC Championship games last weekend, I almost instantly had a “retro” moment back to the firing, resignation, permanent sabbatical or “whatchamacallit” of Steelers now ex-offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. The only question I have and have posed for the last three years is what took them so long and does the Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin have any “juice” in regards to hiring and firing? The termination could not have been based on Arians’ 2011 body of work because Pittsburgh finished the regular season with an above average record of 12-4. Since everyone has finished slapping their “kill” the defense bumper stickers on broken down vehicles along with donning one of their spare pairs of rose colored glasses, maybe finally the Steelers nation will take an honest look at one of the more Steelers’ questionable hires during the past decade. The precepts of the “Rooney” rule seem to have been thrashed and dashed since the hiring of Tomlin.

Sports

‘After 61 years, he deserved better’

by Jim Litke (AP)—Joe Paterno had barely hung up the phone when his wife of 50 years picked it up and redialed the number scrawled on the slip of paper. “After 61 years,” Sue Paterno said to the man who had just fired her husband, “he deserved better.” LEGENDARY COACH—In this Sept. 4, 2004 photo, Penn State coach Joe Paterno leads his team onto the field before a game against Akron in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) On the other end was John Surma, vice chairman for a Penn State Board of Trustees that couldn’t muster enough courage or decency to fire Paterno in person. Board members were desperate to stanch the tidal wave of bad news that followed the indictment of Paterno’s longtime former assistant, Jerry Sandusky, on multiple counts of child sex abuse just a few days earlier. So an assistant athletic director knocked on the front door of Paternos’ home that cold November night and wordlessly handed over the note with Surma’s name and a phone number on it. In that mercilessly brief call, Paterno was told that after nearly a half century as coach of the Nittany Lions, he was being fired “effective immediately.”