Daily Archive: May 23, 2012


Obama keeps up with Kardashians, Avengers, more

WASHINGTON (AP)—President Barack Obama can hold his own when it comes to pop culture: He’s up on “The Avengers” superheroes, has a handle on the Kardashians and says he catches up with TV hits during long flights on Air Force One. But the president punted to wife Michelle when he was asked about the erotic fiction book “Fifty Shades of Grey.” HOLDING HIS OWN—President Barack Obama, center, appears on ABC’s television show “The View” in New York, May 14. From left: Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters, the president, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Obama, who took a quick pop culture quiz during an appearance Tuesday on ABC’s “The View,” drew a blank when asked to name “the controversial sex book that’s on millions of women’s bedside tables.” “I’ll ask Michelle when I get home,” he promised, to hoots of laughter from the audience.


Philly jazz lovers seek to repair Coltrane house

PHILADELPHIA (AP)— Jazz lovers and cultural officials in Philadelphia are promoting a fundraising effort to save the run-down John Coltrane House. Preserving the national historic landmark is part of a broader mission to reclaim the city’s jazz heritage and celebrate the current music scene.



‘War on drugs’ is war on Black males

National activists Ron Daniels, president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century and George Curry, editor and chief of the NNPA News Service, were in town recently to discuss ending the “War on Drugs” which is better stated as the war on Black males.The War on Drugs is another effort by right wing conservatives to legislate morality. God gave man free will, which may have been his only mistake, which means he never meant for men, politicians, to dictate, or legislate right and wrong, that is something that comes from the heart. That should be left up to God.


Misuse of Bible in gay right debate

(NNPA)—In the aftermath of President Obama’s statement in support of gay marriage there was a lengthy article in the Washington Post regarding the potential impact that this might have on his base. The article included interviews with two African-Americans, both of who had been Obama supporters in 2008. As a result of this announcement, one of them said that he is going to vote for Romney in order to be true to God.


Shameful truth about Blacks, Mormonism

CNN’s Roland Martin said on Thursday that a plan by right-wing operatives to bring up President Barack Obama’s past association with Rev. Jeremiah Wright could lead to others putting Mormonism on the table. Martin warned Obama supporters might be inclined to bring up the issue of Romney’s faith.


Same sex marriage is a big issue with little relevance

by Wilmer J. Leon III (NNPA)—According to President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden got “a little bit over his skis” when Biden said he is “absolutely comfortable” with gay marriage. That’s fine. Biden is one of the few remaining politicians in this age of political correctness who says what he means and usually means what he says.


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District, CJ’s in the Strip District, Tim’s Bar in the Hill District, the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood, Shadow Lounge in East Liberty and Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland. Chuck Sanders, Christina Milian, Gary Owens and John Bettis doing it big at Savoy Restaurant’s one year anniversary.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 24 DUETS Sean Jones presents DUETS featuring Sean Jones and Paolo Schianchi at 7 p.m. at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. Jones is a world-renowned trumpeter and Schianchi is one of the best Italian musicians of his generation, playing all variations of the guitar. Join these distinct artists for an informal, intimate setting, one of a kind show. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 412-258-2700 or visit http://www.augustwilsoncenter.org.


White’s business is about being nebby

Oprah Winfrey often says that we all have a story to tell. That certainly holds true for Bernard “Bernie” White. The former Hill District native has gone from homeless to Hall of Famer to entrepreneur. As a result of his life situations, he knows and has a strong belief that he and anyone can overcome anything. “I know from experience,” he professes. Nebby Beauty Care, which White says is the only full service beauty supply store in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, is one of his latest challenges. ALL ABOUT THE PRODUCTS—Nebby Beauty Care, owned by Bernard “Bernie” White, caters to the 70 per cent of women going natural. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels)