Daily Archive: February 22, 2012

Opinion

Help me somebody

(NNPA)—I still have not gone to see the movie, “The Help.” I read the book and that was enough for me. I read a book where a White woman fully engaged herself in cultural appropriation, putting 21st century voices into 1960s throats. Which Black women, in 1960, would have said that Black men left their families like trash by the side of the road? Maybe a 21st century feminist would have voiced such sentiments, but a ’60s sister? Hardly.

Opinion

Beloved Whitney Houston

(NNPA)—The entire world community will continue to be positively impacted by the unprecedented, creative and spirit-edifying eloquent contributions from the gifted-voice and artistic genius of Whitney Houston. While we affectionately mourn her passing with the greatest of sorrow and condolence, we should take this moment forthrightly to affirm the living legacy of Whitney and not be tempted by those who only want to only focus on something negative. As a truly iconic singer, actress, model, philanthropist and committed servant for the empowerment of those who know what the struggles of life are all about, Whitney Houston touched the vortex of the soul with a voice that was blessed by God to uplift and inspire the masses of millions of people throughout the world.

Opinion

Segregation is alive and well

In the 1980s, America’s neighborhoods became more diverse as Whites, Blacks and other ethnic groups began to live in proximity to one another. It was as if the ideals of the Civil Rights Movement were finally coming to life. Thirty or so years later, things have changed…and not for the better. As far as integration goes, this country has taken a step backward.

Opinion

Editorial…Christie gets it right this time

One thing you have to say about New Jersey governor Chris Christie: he certainly doesn’t fit the mold. That’s not a fat joke, it’s an honest assessment about the first term Republican’s unwillingness to toe the party line when it doesn’t suit him. We have justifiably criticized Christie’s more conservative policies since he took office: his vilification of the state’s public employees, his eagerness to weaken labor unions and the collective bargaining process, and his outright hostility toward New Jersey’s hard working teachers cannot be ignored or rationalized. When he’s wrong, and he very often is—we say so. As an independent media outlet, that is our obligation.

Entertainment

‘Hi-Hat Hattie’ a spirit piece of ‘edu-tainment’

A well-known movie star, up for an award for her portrayal of a maid in one of the year’s most critically-acclaimed films, is criticized by her own people accused of perpetuating a stereotype. No, not Viola Davis or Octavia Spencer, both up for Oscar Awards this month. Go back to 1939, when Hattie McDaniel received the statuette for her role as Mammy in “Gone with the Wind.” SHAUNYCE OMAR PORTRAYS HATTIE McDANIEL That same struggle in Hollywood is as American as apple pie and alive and well today, except that McDaniel didn’t have pioneers to inspire her path – she blazed it for others to follow. That is the one-woman tour-de-force performance in New Horizon Theater’s presentation of “Hi-Hat Hattie” in the Grey Box Theater in Lawrenceville earlier this month.

Entertainment

Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District, CJ’s in the Strip District, Kenny’s Place in Uptown, The Red Onion in the Hill District and the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty. My first stop was at Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District where actor Laz Alonzo came out to meet and greet with his fans at an event called “Ladies & Love Weekend Affair” for Valentine’s Day. Chuck Sanders of Savoy Restaurant and actor Laz Alonzo representing at Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District.

Entertainment

Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 23 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

Lamb talks fiscal health at PowerBreakfast

When addressing the African American Chamber of Commerce’s most recent PowerBreakfast crowd, Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb likened the city’s financial position to a friend of his who had gotten overextended. MONEY TALKS—Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb fields questions on possible remedies for fiscal problems at the African American Chamber of Commerce February PowerBreakfast as chamber President and CEO Doris Carson Williams looks on. “The law firm I still maintain a small practice with got him interest-only payments on his mortgage, helped him pay down his credit-card debt and he even managed to put something in savings,” said Lamb. “But he’s going to have to start paying the principal down the road. Just like Pittsburgh. Year-to-year, we’re doing great. But we have huge unfunded pension mandate, and we’re just paying the interest.”

Business

Legacy of a Diva

(NNPA)—In an ultimate act of charity, movie mogul Tyler Perry offered his Gulfstream III jet to transport Whitney Houston’s body from California’s Van Nuys Airport to Teterboro Airport for her funeral services at Newark’s New Hope Baptist Church. Perry’s patronage toward Houston was only surpassed by her lifelong benefactor, Clive Davis. Clive Davis is the real rich man in the circle. The 79-year-old record producer and music industry executive is worth $800 million. The music mogul has been at the center of Houston’s life since he signed her to his Arista recording label in 1983. During the last decade of her life, singer, actress, producer and model Whitney Elizabeth Houston squandered millions of dollars she’d earned and relied almost entirely on Davis for financial support.

Business

College entrepreneurship still going strong

by Alexis Taylor (NNPA)—”Everyone is capable of greatness and we inspire greatness in the everyday man,” said Idris Shineba, one of four founders of Upperthinking LLC, a new clothing line that stresses not only excellence in clothing but in day to day life as well. Created in 2011 by four undergraduate students that took a leap of faith with their own money, Upperthinking’s founders became the first generation of business owners in their families. Following in the footsteps of greats such as Frederick W. Smith, founder of Fedex, and Michael Dell, of Dell computers, the students of Upperthinking LLC thought college would be the perfect time to start up company and see how far it goes.