Daily Archive: April 25, 2012


Black women don’t have the luxury of staying home

(NNPA)—When Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen said that Ann Romney had “never worked a day in her life,” Romney behaved as if she had just hit the lottery. She smugly made the media rounds talking about how hard it was for her to raise her five sons. And she’s right. Stay at home moms work extremely hard to cook, clean, run a shuttle for their children and their various activities, participate in school activities like “Room Mom” and “Cookie Mom.” How do I know, having never had chick or child? A very dear friend, a Harvard-educated lawyer, has been mostly home with her children, one of whom is my godson, for the past decade or so, and it shows.


Manhattans’ still true to their sound

Manhattans front man Gerald Alston promises “nothing but good Manhattans music” when the group serenades the Pittsburgh audience for New Horizon Theater’s 14th annual event on Saturday, May 5 at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty. THE MANHATTANS



Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited Ya Momz House Studios in East Liberty, Flamingo Bar in the Hill District, Macedonia Baptist Church in the Hill District, Tim’s Bar in the Hill District, Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District and CJ’s in the Strip District. Ne-Ne hangin’ out with her mom Gilda at Macedonia Baptist Church’s Easter play “Just-Us Is Served.”


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 26 Poetry Slam The Fair Housing Partnership of Greater Pittsburgh presents its Fair Housing Month Poetry Slam at 8 p.m. at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. The theme is “Fair Housing…Imagine That!” This is an artistic forum for voices to speak about the impact of segregation and the imperative to create communities of inclusion and diversity. Gab Bonesso will host. For more information, call Kaleigh Behe at 412-391-5235.


West Penn Hospital CEO at Chamber breakfast

West Penn Hospital President and CEO Duke Rupert had reason to celebrate as he addressed the African American Chamber of Commerce PowerBreakfast audience April 20 because the U.S. Department of Justice had just signed off on the merger between the West Penn Allegheny Health System and Highmark. “They put out a lengthy statement saying it was a great idea—which they hardly ever do,” he said. “And while we haven’t cleared all the hurdles, we had amazing support during the state Insurance Commission hearings from the U.S. Steelworkers, state Sen. Jay Costa, Aggie Broz of Bloomfield Garfield Corp., so we’re very hopeful.” GOOD MEDICINE—West Penn Hospital President and CEO Duke Rupert touts ongoing service and facility improvements being made at the hospital during the April 20 PowerBreakfast meeting, as Doris Carson Williams looks on. (Photo by Christian Morrow) Rupert then recapped the recent history of the hospital from the closing of its emergency room in late 2010 to its reopening as a full service community hospital on Valentine’s Day.


US Bank and Wells Fargo accused of housing discrimination

(NNPA)—In the aftermath of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, Congress enacted the federal Fair Housing Act on April 11, 1968. This historic federal act made it illegal to discriminate in housing and housing-related activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or sex. Further, the law applies to marketing and sales of homes, listings, appraisals and maintenance. Now, 44 years later—and not for the first time—two of the nation’s largest banks—Wells Fargo and US Bank are accused of seriously violating that landmark law.


Social Security heading for insolvency even faster

by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Stephen Ohlemacher WASHINGTON (AP)—Social Security is rushing even faster toward insolvency, driven by retiring baby boomers, a weak economy and politicians’ reluctance to take painful action to fix the huge retirement and disability program. The trust funds that support Social Security will run dry in 2033—three years earlier than previously projected—the government said Monday. There was no change in the year that Medicare’s hospital insurance fund is projected to run out of money. It’s still 2024. The program’s trustees, however, said the pace of Medicare spending continues to accelerate. Congress enacted a 2 percent cut for Medicare last year, and that is the main reason the trust fund exhaustion date did not advance.


Business Calendar

Job Fair APRIL 25—The NAACP will host a Regional Diversity Job Fair from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Marriott Pittsburgh Center, 112 Washington Place, Uptown. This is a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with companies that are hiring and looking for experienced candidates just like you. Attendees should bring several copies of their resume. For more information, call 952-595-4496 ext. 112.


Role models

When most folks think of a Black man or woman refusing to move to the back of the bus, the late civil rights icon Rosa Parks usually comes to mind. But did you know that while serving in the military, Jackie Robinson was arrested for refusing to move to the back of a segregated bus? However, he made history “for real” in 1947 when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers and ended racial segregation in Major League Baseball. For those of you who may not know of this feat is it possible that “yinz” have been stranded at the international space station for the past 65 years?