Daily Archive: March 28, 2012


Hate radio: Let’s take them down

(NNPA)—The recent case of Rush Limbaugh’s rant against the Georgetown University Law student Sandra Fluke once again highlights the national problem we have with ‘hate radio.’ In the name of free speech, demagogues such as Limbaugh are allowed to run free and say virtually whatever they wish to say irrespective of who they hurt, what mis-information they spread, or the potential consequences of their remarks.


What happened to audacity?

(NNPA)—Forty years ago this month, 10,000 African-Americans thronged to Gary, Ind. for the first National Black Political Convention. They gathered to develop a Black agenda, and to influence 1972 presidential politics. One of the things on the agenda was the development of an independent Black political party and to explore the notion of independent Black politics. To commemorate this anniversary, Dr. Ron Daniels convened a group of people on Capitol Hill to see the movie, “Nation Time,” and to listen to a group of people, some of whom had been at Gary, talk about what Gary means today.


Editorial…Police mishandled Trayvon Martin case

The national outcry over the shooting death of an unarmed Black teenager in an Orlando, Fla., suburb has forced the police chief and the county prosecutor to be removed from the investigation as demands grow for the killer to be arrested. The death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Fla., has sparked a national outcry. On Thursday, thousands of people rallied in Sanford demanding an arrest. That same day, Police Chief Bill Lee announced he was temporarily stepping down. Hours later Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced that the local state attorney, Norman Wolfinger, had recused himself from the case.



Bynum graces stage for night of praise

Singer, author, actress and televangelist Juanita Bynum plans on taking Pittsburghers through her journey from agony back to the presence of God when she takes the stage at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall April 1. “So many times you go through things in life and not often enough do we allow ourselves to be candid enough to show people the process it took to get to the place where they wanted to get to. I want to show that God is the route you take. Everything is based in worship and everything in life is spiritually wrapped in a shell called flesh. Once we can stand up in the presence of the Lord, all the answers will come from that. We have to prepare people for that.” said Bynum. JUANITA BYNUM


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited CJ’s in the Strip District, Savoy Restaurant and Lounge in the Strip District, Tim’s Bar in the Hill District, Ava Lounge in East Liberty and Ace and Deuces Bar in Uptown. My first stop was at CJ’s in the Strip District where DJ Mike “The Punisher” was on the 1’s and 2’s spinning the hits for the crowd. Jay Owens and John Tate presentin’ at the Greater Pittsburgh Black Business Directory and Resource Guide celebration at Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 29 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.


Thompson to take over helm at McDonald’s

OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP)—McDonald’s Corp. said Wednesday that CEO Jim Skinner will retire later this year and hand over the responsibility of running the world’s largest burger chain to the company’s president. NEW MCDONALD’S CEO—In this June 10, 2010 photo, McDonald’s President Don Thompson, gestures during an interview with The Associated Press at the Rock’n Roll McDonald’s in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa. McDonald’s on March 21, said Thompson, 48, will take over the helm of the world’s biggest hamburger chain on July 1. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe, File)


Fitzgerald: College grads have replaced steel in refueling Pittsburgh’s growth

It was a full house at the African American Chamber of Commerce March PowerBreakfast as staff from nearly every county department and authority joined the members to hear Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. COMMUNITY PARTNERS—African American Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Doris Carson Williams and longtime member Chauncey Smith of Heinz pose with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald following his March 16 PowerBreakfast speech.


Business Calendar

E-Filing tips MARCH 28—The Squirrel Hill Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host “Last Minute Tips on e-Filing Your Tax Returns” from 10:15-11 a.m. at 5801 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. IRS Tax Specialist Diana Smith will facilitate this seminar and give information on quick and easy ways to e-file. This is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-422-9650 or email squirrelhill@carnegielibrary.org.


Inside Conditions…Power struggle

Last Friday the Pittsburgh Power, the local Arena Football League franchise kicked off their 2012 home schedule. The fans and the city seemed to be really into it. Why? Because as we all know any football in March is better than no football at all. America was well represented before, during and after the game. Representing “Army Strong” were two of Americas finest; Pfc. Matthew Basham along with Corporal Stephen Kopylcheck who both appeared as if they were ‘GQ’s’ contribution to the armed forces. The two soldiers stood relaxed and confident flanked by their armored “Hum-V” while many fans used any photographic device handy, cell phones, cameras or anything else that was handy just to capture pictures of a vehicle that most are only able to view from afar on the evening news.