Daily Archive: May 18, 2012



Renowned artist speaks on living your dreams

Synthia SAINT JAMES wants to inspire people creatively, physically and spiritually to go for whatever their passion is. That’s why the visual artist penned and self-published “Living My Dream An Artistic Approach to Marketing.” Synthia SAINT JAMES is a world renowned multicultural visual artist, award winning author and or illustrator of 17 children’s books, authored an autobiographical art marketing book, 3 poetry books, a book of affirmations, and a cookbook. “I decided to self-publish because I didn’t want to go through the jump rope of waiting for someone to be interested and then have an editor change the words. I didn’t know how I was going to do it, but one of my emails went to spam and in my spam folder I saw create space and I decided to check that out and I did it,” SAINT JAMES said.


Cover To Cover…‘Belle, the Last Mule at Gee’s Bend’

Who is your favorite Superhero? Does he wear a cape and fly through the air? Or does he have sharp knives instead of claws so he can really mess up the Bad Guys? Does your Superhero run fast, spin webs, jump high, control fire or wind, or is he able to swim through deep oceans with special gills on his neck? Or maybe your Superhero has long ears and a swishy tail, and did something quietly wonderful. In the book “Belle, the Last Mule at Gee’s Bend” by Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Bettye Stroud, illustrated by John Holyfield, you’ll meet the hero who gently made history.


My wife wants a new house for retirement

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: I am retiring in six months. My wife and I have been married for 42 years. We have had a beautiful marriage except for some ups and downs as in most marriages. This is the problem: My wife wants a new house. Ladies in her social club are buying new houses. I told her those ladies are younger, and some of them recently remarried. Therefore, they would want another house, even if they were awarded their current house in the divorce. My wife of 42 years now treats me badly. Gwendolyn, our house is paid for, including our car and furniture, and we have money in the bank. I am too old to get into debt. I want to spend my retirement traveling and enjoying life.—Robert



For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also

Personal Finance is more personal than it is finance. In fact personal finance is 80-percent behavior and only 20-percent technical knowledge. This suggests that in order to win financially it’s more important to understand one’s behavior toward money than to understand the dynamics of how money works. Yet, those of us in the financial field spend 95-percent of our time discussing financial and mathematical concepts that will at best solve only 20 percent of the problem.


Political corruption in procurement

(NNPA)—Ambitious people strive to get elected to office so that they can achieve power. With that power they immediately seek ways to gain wealth. Political parties that win elections find ways to manipulate any procurement responsibilities that they have in order to financially strengthen their campaigns and be in position to further their political careers. Such is the secret of our democratic system. Little did I know that when I was appointed Deputy Commissioner for Minority Business Development for the state of Indiana I was entering this corruption zone. Procurements are usually steered to political comrades and those who “donate” funds to particular elected officials.


Black women make major gains in employment

by Freddie AllenFor New Pittsburgh Courier WASHINGTON (NNPA)—Black women are making the most significant gains in employment but still lag behind Whites, according to the Labor Department. The most recent jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the unemployment rate for Black women, 20 and older, dropped from 12.3 percent in March to 10.8 percent in April, a decline of 1.5 percent. More significantly, the jobless rate for Black women has fallen 3 percentage points over the past five months, the largest decline for any demographic over that period.


??Facebook IPO shares tough task for small investors

by Dave CarpenterAssociated Press Writer CHICAGO (AP)—Hoping to get in on Facebook’s hotly anticipated public stock offering? You’ll need Facebook friends at very high levels—or a lot of money. Most people who like the idea of owning Facebook’s stock will have difficulty getting it at the offer price, currently expected at $28 to $35 a share. Unless you know the right people at Facebook, you’ll likely need to have a large, active account with one of the big banks or brokerage firms directly involved in the stock sale.



:10 Ok., ok., Okay…LeBron is the man. Not the king mind you, but the man! After all he just won his third MVP award, who am I to say anything. But I still don’t like the “Heat.” I know, I know…get over it. This just in…Chris Bosh is out…abdominal strain…Too bad!! BILL NEAL :09 During the NBA MVP presentation two things became real clear. #1…Just because you have a zillion dollars doesn’t mean you know how to dress. LeBron, who told you to wear those sky blue, tight pants? Whoever it was fire them right now! C’mon man. And #2…Jordan, Magic, Byrd and others with three MVP’s but Kareem Abdul Jabbar won six. We forget how great the big fella was.



FAME scholars prepare for college

Every year the Fund for Advancement of Minorities through Education graduates a group of Pittsburgh area high school students bound for some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country. This year’s group of 2011-2012 FAME scholars was no different. SENIOR WINNERS—The seniors, from left: Valiha Jones, Kylie Harris, Victoria Peatross, Michael Sutton, Dayna Johnson. Seated are: Simone Coleman and Torri Orr. (Photos by Rossano P. Stewart) “If it wasn’t for FAME, I’d be stuck in a less reputable school district,” said Michael Sutton, a senior at Sewickley Academy, who lives in Aliquippa. “I’ve gained experience I wouldn’t have been able to get elsewhere.”


Neighborhood Academy hosts international Atmospheric scientists

The Neighborhood Academy hosted internationally renowned Climatologist Warren M. Washington, PhD, chief scientist of the Climate and Global Dynamics Division of the National Center for Atmosphere Research. Before an audience of 60 high school students, Washington spoke about his outstanding career in the atmospheric sciences, including his recent achievement as the first African-American to receive the National Medal of Science, the nation’s most prestigious scientific award. TOP SCIENTIST—Warren Washington speaks to the students at Neighborhood Academy about what it’s like to be a top scientist. (Photos by Gail Manker)