Daily Archive: March 21, 2012

National

This Week in Black History

Week of March 21-27 March 21 1955—Walter White dies. As head of the NAACP, White was perhaps the most prominent and powerful civil rights leader of the first half of the 20th century. The light complexioned, blue eyed White became somewhat of a legend in 1919 when he “passed for White” in order to investigate the notorious Elaine, Ark., race riot when marauding bands of Whites killed over 200 Blacks. He barely escaped with his life when news of his true identity leaked out. WALTER WHITE

National

Rep. Payne remembered for quiet effectiveness

by David Porter NEWARK, N.J. (AP)—Rep. Donald Payne was a modest man who favored quiet persuasion over bombast, qualities that didn’t detract from his effectiveness as an advocate for the most vulnerable in the U.S. and abroad, former friends and colleagues recalled at his funeral March 14. U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (AP Photo/Mike Derer, File) Former President Bill Clinton called Payne, who died last week of colon cancer at age 77, “a dear friend” who “made me a better president” for his humanitarian efforts in Africa and elsewhere.

National

Mormon Church condemns BYU professor’s racist remarks

(NNPA)—The Mormon Church condemned racism in the church after a Brigham Young University professor said Blacks aren’t ready for priesthood. Church officials issued a statement Feb. 29 repudiating comments published in the Washington Post from BYU religion professor Randy Bott saying Bott’s comments “do not represent the teachings and doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. BYU faculty members do not speak for the Church. It is unfortunate that the Church was not given a chance to respond to what others said.”

Opinion

Made visible: Women, children and poverty

NNPA)—Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West deserve high props for their summer poverty tour. They started on an Indian reservation, hit the inner city, and looked at poverty, in all of its manifestations. While many dismissed their high-profile tour as a political ploy, I am absolutely convinced of their sincerity. In addition, these two men are among the few who have dared utter the “p” word in public.

Opinion

Congressman Donald M. Payne

(NNPA)—“New Jersey has lost a noble public servant, and the world has lost an amazing human being.” Statement from the office of Donald M. Payne One of the highlights of our annual trip to Washington for the release of the National Urban League State of Black America report is a chance to meet with our many friends and supporters in the Congressional Black Caucus. Unfortunately, our arrival in the nation’s capital last Tuesday was greeted by the news of the passing of one of the giants of the CBC, 12-term New Jersey Congressman and past CBC Chairman, Donald M. Payne.

Opinion

Protecting great gains for Children in the Affordable Care Act

(NNPA)—Since our founding almost forty years ago, the Children’s Defense Fund has fought to ensure that all children in America receive the healthy start they need and deserve. Next week marks the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, the federal health reform legislation, which has been a giant national step forward in reaching that goal. Although not yet fully implemented, millions of children have already benefited and millions more will be helped as additional benefits take effect in 2014. But these gains and a number of Medicaid protections that millions of Americans rely on could all be erased by challenges to the ACA and Medicaid in the U.S. Supreme Court this month. Some health reform opponents seek to undo decades of progress which would have far-reaching impact on children and an especially devastating impact on children of color.

Opinion

Guest Editorial…Tom Corbett meet Jim Crow

by Daryl Gale Pennsylvania Republicans have managed to take an imaginary problem—voter fraud—and fix it with a real solution—voter suppression. Yes, suppression. If you think there’s anything more to the Voter ID bill than a conscious, deliberate effort to keep likely Democratic voters away from the polls, you’re sadly mistaken.

Entertainment

Pgh Musical Theater, CAPA collaborate on ‘AIDA’

Alysha Watson is glad to be reprising her lead role of “AIDA” after taking a two-year hiatus away from the stage. “I played AIDA during my junior year of college while I was a student at Robert Morris University,” explained Watson, 24 who lives in Stubenville, Ohio. “I’m back in town to play the role again and I am going to take the role a step further this time because I understand the musical more. I love the music and I love the story because it is so emotional.” Alyssa Watson/Korey White

Entertainment

Out and About

This week I visited the Cornfield Bar in the Hill District, CJ’s in the Strip District, Ava Lounge in East Liberty, Red Onion in the Hill District, Tim’s Bar in the Hill District, Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District and Kelly’s Bar in East Liberty. My first stop was at the Red Onion in the Hill District where DJ Griff celebrated his birthday with everyone in the Pittsburgh area. DJ Twan and the gang having a good time at CJ’s in the Strip District. My next stop was at Tim’s Bar in the Hill District where everyone came for the weekend to get their party and drink on. My next stop was CJ’s in the Strip District where Tim Myles came in from Washington, D.C. to hang out with the owner, Caren Miller and friends.