Daily Archive: February 1, 2012


Constitutional amendment to stop the lynching of democracy

(NNPA)—The growing Occupy the Dream movement for economic equality and empowerment emerging across the United States has correctly determined that one of its top priorities is to support fervently the passage of a Constitutional Amendment to make all federal elections publicly financed. Getting corporate money out of politics will stop and prevent the fatal lynching of our democracy. The Constitutional Amendment will be effective in the expanding national campaign to confront income inequality and economic injustice that is a direct result of the cruel manipulation of the political process by the greed and avarice of the 1 percent.


Market for ­disrespect

(NNPA)—Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has one hell of a nerve. In an image that has gone viral, she put her finger in President Obama’s face, apparently lecturing him about something or other, making her the pure picture of arrogant disrespect. Apparently, she has learned from the best of the marketers. Before her finger-wagging diatribe, her book Scorpions for Breakfast was ranked 285,568 on the Amazon list. By the time she finished promoting and defending her disrespect, with appearances on Fox News and other networks, the book rose from its lowly perch to be ranked at 21 by Thursday and at 15 by Sunday. And, you know, I almost bit by buying the book myself, figuring that I ought to read about something I’m going to talk about. But Kindle lets you “sample” and the sample was not impressive. And Amazon lets you browse parts of the book. Also unimpressive. At the end of the day, I refuse to enrich a woman who lacks such basic disrespect that she has to finger wag and still does not have the good sense to apologize. Shame on her and shame on Arizona!


Certain signs of societal decline

by Deneen Borelli There were reports of babies out in the cold for hours in Houston. In Indianapolis, two dozen police officers used pepper spray to control an unruly crowd that pried shopping center doors off their hinges. These were just a few of the scenes caught on video across America as people tried to get their hands on a pair of sneakers. These instances point to a moral breakdown of our society—especially among young people with misguided priorities—who are not held accountable for their actions. Morals have seemingly taken a back seat to things that are thought to be worth more than respect.


Shared sacrifice is needed to level the playing field

by Shannon Williams During President Obama’s State of the Union address he paraphrased a quote from President Abe Lincoln: “The government should do for people only by what they cannot do for themselves and no more.” His ode to Lincoln got me thinking about a multitude of things, but specifically the upper, upper class and the tremendous tax breaks they receive.


‘Through The Night’ a phenomenal performance

The latest offering at Southside’s City Theatre is a solo performance by a one man force of nature known as Daniel Beaty. In his self-written production, “Through The Night,” Beaty presents a composite piece of one evening seen through the eyes of six interconnected characters: a child prodigy, a high school graduate leaving the projects for college, an ex-con, a record executive, an entrepreneur and the bishop of a mega-church. DANIEL BEATY Tapping into his formal theater training, God-given talent and his own life, Beaty easily morphs into each character with the astonishing ease of a chameleon and does so seamlessly as he introduces them.


Zapp still making people dance

by Genea L. Webb The Pittsburgh Steelers failed to make it to the Super Bowl this year, but Lester Troutman promises to get Pittsburghers out of the big game doldrums when his funk group Zapp takes the stage of the Homewood Coliseum Feb. 4. “People can expect a great show. We’re going to be as clean as New Year’s Eve Chitterlings. People are going to be dancing and praising the Lord all in the same night,” said Zapp drummer Lester who founded the soul funk band along with his brothers Roger, Larry and Terry Troutman and Gregory Jackson. ZAPP


Groundbreaking jazz manager John Levy dies at 99

ALTADENA, California (AP)—John Levy, the first prominent African-American personal manager in the jazz or pop music field, whose clients included Nancy Wilson and Ramsey Lewis, has died at age 99. JOHN LEVY Devra Hall Levy posted on his website that her husband died Jan. 20 in his sleep at his home in Altadena, California, less than three months before his 100th birthday.


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the Comfort Inn Conference Center in Penn Hills, The North Side Elks in the Hill District, Ava Lounge in East Liberty, Tim’s Bar in the Hill District and Ace and Deuce’s in Uptown. My first stop was at the Comfort Inn Conference Center in Penn Hills where the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Lambda Lambda Zeta Graduate Chapter held their Founders’ Day Luncheon celebrating 92 years of Scholarship, Service, Sisterly Love and Finer Womanhood. Sweetlife Shea hangin’ out with her Uncle Rodney.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 2 Class Pictures Silver Eye Center for Photography presents “Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey” from 12-6 p.m. at 1015 E. Carson St., South Side. Bey has been creating striking, large-scale portraits of students at high schools throughout the country and brings 27 of those images depicting youths from a wide economic, social and ethnic spectrum. This is a diverse group portrait of a generation that challenges popular stereotypes. The exhibit will run through March 10. For more information, call 412-431-1810.


Electrical firm commits to helping others

The ability to provide employment for others is one key reason Deborah and Curtis Morehead operate Emerald Electrical Services, LLC. As owners of the electrical power and datacom contracting firm, giving back by providing jobs is a way to help people become self-sufficient and develop a trade that will enable them to care for their family is the couples’ thinking. DEDICATED TO HOME—The owners of Emerald Electrical Services, Curtis and Deborah Morehead stand in front of their future office space at 2214 and 2216 Centre Avenue. (Photo by Diane I. Daniels)