Daily Archive: June 13, 2012


Innovative blues, jazz guitarist Pete Cosey dies

CHICAGO (AP)—Pete Cosey, an innovative guitarist who brought his distinctive distorted sound to recordings with Miles Davis, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters, has died, his daughter said. He was 68. Cosey died May 30 of complications from surgery at Vanguard Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago, said his daughter Mariama Cosey. Pete Cosey’s musical journey began early, his daughter said, noting that Cosey’s father died when he was 9 years old.



Adding justice to the justice system

Past, present and future. Our top two stories last week, one dealt with the past and the other the present and future. “Howsie shakes up public defender’s office,” deals with the present and future, while “Tuskegee Airmen celebrates 70 years” with the past. First the past. The Tuskegee Airmen are a symbol of what we as Black people had to go through in this country to be treated as equals. We had to fight to go on the front lines to be killed in World War II and previous wars. Blacks were not considered to be intelligent enough to be able to fight in the war. Also many Whites didn’t like the idea of Blacks being trained to handle a gun and fight, for the fear that they would use that newfound knowledge on them. So instead they were the cooks, they dug the trenches and all the other brainless labor jobs.


Florida is again at the center of voter suppression

(NNPA)—“We must fight voter suppression, we must educate citizens so that new laws won’t catch them unaware on Election Day, and we must empower them to get to the polls.” National Urban League 2012 State of Black America—Occupy the Vote Recent attempts to prevent voters of color in Florida from fully exercising their constitutional right to vote suffered twin blows last week. First, on Thursday, the Federal District Court in Miami granted a preliminary injunction effectively blocking several key provisions of Florida’s new and restrictive voter registration laws. Calling the new registration requirements “onerous,” the judge sided with the National Urban League, our Florida affiliates and a coalition of civil rights and voting rights groups who believe that these illegitimate and burdensome restrictions have only one purpose—to suppress the votes of millions of Floridians.


Maligning federal employees

(NNPA)—Congress is on fire to balance the federal budget, and they don’t care who they take as prisoners in the process. There are at least two proposals to freeze federal salaries for yet another year (they have been frozen since 2011), and to continue to demonize federal workers as do-nothing folks who don’t need raises. Meanwhile, President Obama has asked for a minimal half percent a year increase while many in the private sector are seeing wages rise. Of course, everyone is struggling with unemployment rates rising to 8.2 percent. Still, it is onerous that federal employees seem to be bearing the brunt of this budget crisis.


Guest editorial…Pennsylvania schools facing budget crisis

Protesters statewide took to the streets May 28, and a total of 25 people were arrested during massive demonstrations in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. In Pittsburgh, Superintendent of Schools Linda Lane’s recently announced that the district would be cutting 1/6, 300 to 400 teachers, of its teaching staff as part of its efforts to address a budget shortfall. Fifty-five of those are special education teachers, while another 14 paraprofessionals and nine administrators will also be laid off.


Silk still making waves in the music game

“We’re still in the music game. We want to make sure that we balance out the history of the music and still have it sound current. We still manage to make music that feels good to the audience,” said Gary “Big G” Glenn of the sultry soul group Silk. Silk gave a high-energy performance during the Women’s Walk for Peace annual fundraising event on May 12 at the Homewood Coliseum. SILK The concert was co-sponsored by the Savoy Restaurant and The North Side Coalition for Fair Housing. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Women’s Walk for Peace.


New Moves Festival puts Pittsburgh dance scene on map

Now in its fourth year, Kelly-Strayhorn’s New Moves Dance Festival strives to bring out the best and brightest in dance and introduce them to the burgeoning dance culture in Pittsburgh. The annual contemporary dance festival features new dance pieces by emerging choreographers. NEW MOVES DANCE—Dancers Junatatu Poe, and Patricia Dominguez during part of their dance piece. (Photos by J.L. Martello) “Each year we try a diverse mix of dance styles. The thing that was new this year was the symposium. We invited a group of people who could help us get some prospective on what’s happening nationally on the dance scene,” explained Janera Solomon, executive director of East Liberty’s Kelly-Strayhorn Theater.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 14 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. There will also be a Jazz Jam Session from 5:30-8 p.m. on June 16. Must be 25-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.


Oxford adds to Downtown development

Oxford Development has announced it will begin building a massive new office complex at 350 Fifth Avenue that will also contain restaurant and upscale retail space that will add to the renovation of the Fifth/Forbes Corridor Downtown. The announcement comes as demolition and site preparation for of PNC’s new Tower project has already begun, and on the heels of a Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership report that says Pittsburgh is booming. SKY HIGH DEVELOPMENT—Artist’s rendering of the view from the top of Oxford Development’s planned $238 million, 33-story office complex that would rise at 350 Fifth Avenue, Downtown. In announcing the new development at a May 24 press conference, Oxford President and CEO Steve Guy even noted the PNC project.