Monthly Archive: March 2012

Opinion

Walking while Black

(NNPA)—Every parent raising Black sons knows the dilemma: deciding how soon to have the talk. Choosing the words to explain to your beautiful child that there are some people who will never like or trust him just because of who he is—including some who should be there to protect him, but will instead have the power to hurt him. Training him how to walk, what to say, and how to act so he won’t seem like a threat. Teaching him that the burden of deflating stereotypes and reassuring other people’s ignorance will always fall on him, and while that isn’t fair, in some cases it may be the only way to keep him safe and alive.

Opinion

Million Mother March proposed

Dear Editor: Whether or not you are living in America, regardless of whether your skin is black, white or brown, putting aside the fact that you may or may not keep up with current events, you have heard about Trayvon Martin. It is impossible to step foot outside your door, turn on your television or radio, or surf the ‘net on your smartphone and not have come across an article or five pertaining to the recent tragedy in Sanford, Florida.

Opinion

Where is the outrage on Black on Black crime?

Dear Editor: Statistics indicate more than 55 homicides yearly, more than 80 percent of the city’s homicides in the past 10 years were Black on Black killings. Where is the outrage from the Black civic leaders, the Black churches, the entire Black community?

Entertainment

‘The House That Carol Built’ sure and steady

Consider this play an “Ode to.” Based on the life of a retired Pitt administrator and set in Manchester, “The House That Carol Built” is homage to the persistence of the unsung sheroes in our midst who rarely receive their much-deserved accolades for overcoming the day-to-day struggle of raising a family while working to maintain a home. DIRECTOR, WRITER, CAST—Front, Vernell A. Lillie, director, left; and Carol Ann Brosier Calloway. Back from left: Terri L. Smith, Loni Johnson, Sharnece M. Thomas, Stephanie “Stevie” Akers, Ivory Bennett, Benjamin Blakey and Frank Floyd Hightower, writer. The story is based on her life. (Photos by Rossano P. Stewart) Written by local playwright Frank Hightower, the script is much like the dialogue heard in any house in any of our communities. If you’re looking for something over the top, then go elsewhere. This play, directed by Vernell A. Lilllie centers on the quiet interplay that comes from small victories, surprises and opportunities for reflection. Individually those moments seem small, but the sum total sometimes holds an incredible narrative.

Entertainment

Cover To Cover…‘Chocolate Me’

All your friends are different. Have you noticed? The one who sits next to you in school has brown eyes, while your neighbor’s eyes are blue. One friend might be very tall, while the other might be very short. Their hair and their skin might be lighter, darker or another color altogether. Your friends are all ages and sizes and there are boys and girls. They are different and you love them all. And in the new book “Choc­olate Me!” by Taye Diggs, illustrated by his friend, Shane W. Evans, a little boy learns to love himself, too.

Entertainment

DJ Boogie returns to WAMO

On-air personality DJ Boogie returns back to WAMO and will serve as an on-air talent as well as the station’s new program director. Boogie worked as an on-air personality and was promoted to program director for Pittsburgh’s WAMO 106.7FM owned and operated by Sheridan Broadcasting Corporation before it sold the station in 2009. DJ BOOGIE

DamonCarrBox

Business

Get mortgage ready

Millions of people will be seeking the coveted title of “Homeowner” this year. Millions more will think of becoming a homeowner but do to lack of information, fear of rejection and lack of preparation will fall short of realizing one of “The American Dreams.” If only there was a way for these would-be homeowners to turn wishful thinking into realty. Actually there is. In this article, I hope to present information that will help you tackle your fears, plan and prepare for homeownership. Homeownership is the biggest financial investment most people experience in a lifetime. Homeownership also represents one of the most emotional roller coaster experiences. Yes you can own a home—you just need to “Get Mortgage Ready!”

Business

The high cost of higher education

(NNPA)—Whether beginning a career or seeking to keep one going, the competitive edge in today’s job market usually goes to those with college degrees. In our recovering economy with fewer jobs available than there are people who need them, there is strong motivation to earn degrees. But higher education also costs money—more than many household finances can afford. As a result, many Americans are counting on the potential benefits of higher incomes derived from strong academic credentials against the cost of going in to debt to fund that degree.