Daily Archive: June 8, 2012



Can you pass the test of life?

Our lifestyle has consisted of an assortment of tests, jobs, school, and college. The test generally required us to prepare ourselves. How did we do it? We went to the library, made on line calls to those whom we believed possessed certain knowledge, and if we knew someone who was on a particular job we were seeking, would call them. However, it is my personal belief that the multitude of problems that threatens to devour our communities across this nation is an overwhelming factor that too many of us fail the three most important tests.



White version of ‘The Talk’—Part II

(NNPA)—In last week’s column, I described an article by National Review contributor John Derbyshire in which he said, “There is a talk that nonblack Americans have with their kids, too.” In an article for Taki’s magazine, Derbyshire listed a litany of racist things he had told his children, including that in random interactions with Blacks, “the Black stranger will be less intelligent than the white” and “do not settle in a district or municipality run by Black politicians.” Derbyshire has since been fired by the National Review.


NAACP strays far away from mission

(NNPA)—Those who have followed my writings over the years know that I am not very fond of the modern-day NAACP. They have strayed very far from their original mission and have become a patsy for the Democratic Party. They are more concerned with having a photo taken at the White House than being the picture of equality and fairness for those with no voice. The group was founded in 1909 as a civil rights organization. Its charter stated their mission as: “To promote equality of rights and to eradicate caste or race prejudice among the citizens of the United States; to advance the interest of colored [Black] citizens; to secure for them impartial suffrage; and to increase their opportunities for securing justice in the courts, education for the children, employment according to their ability and complete equality before law.”


Street culture versus church power

by Bankole Thompson (NNPA)—Reverend Marvin Winans’ remark, “I refuse to be afraid of us,” in the wake of the robbery attack on him by four young Black men at a neighborhood gas station on Linwood and Davison, carries a moral truth. It is a statement deeply rooted in the belief that we cannot throw our children away or become prisoners in our own communities, afraid to go out because young Black males have become tigers in the hood, on the prowl for their next victims.


Cover To Cover…‘On the Flip Side’

images/stories/_entertainment/2012/06_2012/6-6-12/OnTheFlipSide In life, there are so many reasons to sing. You lift your voice to God at church, or to your teacher at school. With your friends, you can harmonize or improvise pretty much anywhere, singing along with your favorite music, adding words or background. Maybe you’ve figured out how to play the song on guitar or piano. So many songs and not enough time to sing them, right?


Kane reading, conversation series

Kelli Stevens Kane will conduct a reading and conversation series entitled “Big George’s Wylie Avenue: Wisdom of The Hill,” at four locations in the historic Hill District: MAY 30: Opening Reading and Light Refreshments, Trinity AME Church. Kelli Stevens Kane


Pgh science fiction writer tackles universal themes

by K. BynumFor New Pittsburgh Courier What happens when a person, after a few years out of the workplace, tries to re-enter the job marketplace? How does one handle obsolescence and start over? Do you start from scratch, or do you try to pick up whatever pieces are available and work with what you have? These are a few of the social issues addressed by science fiction writer C.M. Chakrabarti in her book entitled “The Planet Star: Unfolding Prophecy.” C.M. Chakrabarti



Competing goals + no plan = broken dreams

The first question I ask during a financial planning session is, “what are your short-term and long-term financial goals?” Instead of responding with concrete financial goals, the answers generally relate to a particular problem that they’re currently facing that’s preventing them from getting what they want. It has been said that the average person spends more time planning what they’re going to wear to work the next day then they do planning their financial future.