Daily Archive: March 2, 2012



Stay out of the bedroom

I don’t want a president that is in my house let alone the bedroom. I can’t understand why and how abortion, same sex marriage and birth control have become such political hot buttons. That is the furthest thing from my mind when electing a president. These are personal issues that affect individuals.



Rihanna could draw criticism for songs with Brown

by Mesfin FekaduAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP)—Rihanna is known for making bold statements, from her often sexually charged music to her tattoos to even the hue of her hair. But her latest decision—a musical pairing with the man who three years ago left her bloodied and bruised—has left some questioning her judgment. RIHANNA arrives for the Brit Awards 2012 at the O2 Arena in London, Feb. 21. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short)


New Black History museum rising on National Mall

by Brett ZonkerAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP)—Frederick Douglass was Black and that was enough for the Smithsonian Institution to bar the famed abolitionist from speaking at a lecture series intended to convince President Abraham Lincoln that he should end slavery as war divided the nation in February 1862. BREAKING GROUND—President Barack Obama embraces Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., as former first lady Laura Bush stands at the Smithsonian groundbreaking, Feb. 22. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)



Real change must occur with us

I was extended an invitation to a meeting held in the 9th council district, particularly Homewood and East Liberty, and I very forcefully declined. The question was why, and I responded by reminding the individual that by now we should understand very clearly that change for change sake does not benefit Black people.


Medicaid: Help in hard times

(NNPA)—February marks the third anniversary of the Child Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, which has made significant improvements in health coverage for millions of children. About two-thirds of all uninsured children are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP but are not enrolled due largely to bureaucratic barriers. CHIPRA has addressed those barriers head on by including performance bonuses to encourage states to simplify their enrollment procedures and meet targets for enrolling the lowest income children. Millions of dollars in outreach and enrollment grants also have helped target eligible but uninsured children and connect them with health coverage. CHIPRA has extended the reach of these critical child health programs that together served more than 43 million children in 2011—children like Jyla Bell.


Obama doesn’t get credit for GM turnaround

(NNPA)—Three years ago, President Obama came to the rescue of Detroit’s struggling auto industry. His faith in that sector of the economy was rewarded recently when General Motors announced that it earned $7.6 billion in 2011, the largest annual income in its history. But just as was the case when Osama bin Laden was killed, President Obama gets only begrudging credit, if that.


Tebow and Lin motivate others with their spiritual walk

by Shannon Williams I recently had a conversation with a friend and we discussed some of the ills of the world. We talked about the Utah man who was a person of interest in his wife’s disappearance and recently killed himself and his two sons in a home explosion. We also discussed the horrific acts of genocide in places like Darfur and Rwanda. And we even talked about the plight of everyday people in the United States— people who are hungry, homeless, or suffering from some sort of debilitating disease.


‘The Talk Show Murders’

There are things in your past that are just best forgotten. Oh, sure, they might have been mere youthful indiscretions, things that others would brush away but that are endlessly mortifying to you. They make you cringe, they make you blush, keep your mouth shut, or avoid certain places or people.


‘One Life to Live’ star speaks of bias on the set

by Tene CroomFor New Pittsburgh Courier Ellen Holly made history when she joined the cast of “One Life to Live” in 1968 in its debut year. The show went off the air in January 2012 after seeing declining ratings. The stunningly beautiful actress became the first African-American woman to regularly appear on a soap opera. Her character, Carla Bonari, also known as Clara Grey Hall Scott, would shock America. It turned out Carla was not who viewers thought she was. She was not White, but instead, a Black woman passing for white. ELLEN HOLLY


My husband wants to take flying lessons. I forbid it!

Dear Gwendolyn: I have been married for five years. We have seven children, two boys and five girls. We lived together for three years before marriage. When we met, my husband had big dreams. However, he put his dreams on hold to marry me. He didn’t want me to be an unwed mother. Every day of my marriage, I have wished to have never met him. He constantly mistreats me blaming me for causing him to abandon his dreams.