Daily Archive: May 16, 2012


Affirmative action backed in largely Black Brazil

by Bradley Brooks SAO PAULO (AP)—Brazil’s top court has backed sweeping affirmative action programs used in more than 1,000 universities across this nation, which has more Blacks than any country outside Africa yet where a severe gap in education equality between races persists. STUDENTS TALK—In This photo taken May 2, students talk at Sao Paulo University in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The country’s top court has backed sweeping affirmative action programs used in more than 1,000 universities across the nation, which has more Blacks than nearly any other country, yet where a severe gap in education equality between races persists. The Supreme Court voted 7-1 late last Thursday to uphold a federal program that has provided scholarships to hundreds of thousands of Black and mixed-race students for university studies. (AP Photo/Andre Penner) The Supreme Court voted 7-1, May 3, to uphold a federal program that has provided scholarships to hundreds of thousands of Black and mixed-race students for university studies since 2005. The court ruled in a separate case that it was constitutional for universities to use racial quotas in determining who is admitted.



This Week in Black History

Week of May 16-22 May 16 1868—The United States Senate fails by one vote in securing the two-thirds vote needed to convict President Andrew Johnson of the articles of impeachment, which had been brought against him. The failure was a major setback for Black rights in America because Johnson had become a leading opponent of voting rights and economic advancement for the recently freed slaves. While the impeachment trial did not center on Black rights, Blacks would have clearly benefited if Johnson had been expelled from office. JOHN CONYERS JR.


Connects the dots between broadband access and jobs

(NNPA)—“Millions being left out of jobs, left out of digital learning, is not just an economic issue; it’s a civil rights issue”—FCC Chairman, Julius Genachowski An after school and summer camp STEM Academy run by the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga has increased students’ proficiency in both math and reading by 32 percent. In Central Florida, 70 percent to 80 percent of students who enter the local Urban League’s Center for Workforce Innovation Job Training Program graduate with a job at the end of the program. These rare success stories demonstrate that we know what works in the critical effort to increase broadband access and digital literacy throughout America. But these stories take that goal one step further. With broadband access much too low and joblessness much too high in communities of color, these Urban League programs make the powerful link between broadband access and jobs.


The U.S. is inconsistent on human rights

(NNPA)—I really wish that I could take it on faith that the U.S. government was sincere when it complained about human rights abuses in other countries. The USA launched a war against Iraq, allegedly over weapons of mass destruction and the horrendous human rights record of the Saddam Hussein regime (even though there were no weapons of mass destruction and the USA had known about, and in some cases supported Hussein’s repression of his population). More recently, the U.S.A. intervened in a civil war in Libya, supposedly because of the human rights by the Qaddafi regime, even though the NATO countries had known about—and accepted—for years repression in Libya. And now, there is growing pressure and rhetoric concerning the alleged need for the U.S.A. to intervene in Syria.


Obama did not take easy way out on same-sex marriage

(NNPA)—One point that is absolutely clear is that the President of the United States is no political coward. President Barack H. Obama made history by backing historic health care reform across America when everyone thought that successful political battle would negatively hurt his chances for re-election. But to President Obama’s leadership credit, he put the urgent health needs of the poor and others who had been locked out and priced out of access to health before fulfilling his own political ambition.


European voters reject failed austerity measures

European voters are rejecting failed austerity measures unfairly shouldered by working families. Americans voters should do the same. Voters in France and elsewhere in Europe sent a powerful message in opposition to austerity measures in Europe where the poor, working and middle class face the brunt of austerity policies to reduce deficits through lower spending and massive cuts in benefits and public services.


D.L. Hughley… Showtime special, book on tap

Iconic comedian D.L. Hughley says he’ll be around all summer to annoy people. Case and point: Hughley has an hour-long comedy special airing on Showtime in July called “Reset.” “With your computer, when your hard drive is full, you reset it. It’s like that with society and in life. We need to reset the way we see ourselves. People tend to see things through their own experiences, like people think Trayvon Martin is getting too much coverage but if he was White would ­people be saying that? They didn’t say that about Casey Anthony or Lacey Peterson,” Hughley said. D.L. HUGHLEY The prolific comic is parlaying his talents in the writing arena. He has written two articles for the Huffington Post and the New York Times sharing his thoughts on the Trayvon Martin case.


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the Pittsburgh Marathon, presented by Operation Better Block Inc., at the Homewood Station, the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood, Tim’s Bar in the Hill District, Ava Lounge in East Liberty and Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District. DJ Selecta and DJ Diamond D did it up really big at the Ava Lounge in East Liberty.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 17 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.


Chamber charts new course

Though the crowd may have been a bit smaller than in recent years, quantity did not reflect quality when it came to those attending the African American Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting Luncheon at the William Penn. KEYNOTE—Dollar Bank CEO Robert Oeler poses with the glass key he received from Doris Carson Williams and Sam Stephenson after his keynote speech at the African American Chamber of Commerce annual luncheon.