Daily Archive: June 22, 2012

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Opinion

Rodney King symbolizes police brutality

(NNPA)—Rodney King would be the first to tell you that he was no Martin Luther King Jr. or Malcolm X. His lifelong bout with alcohol and drugs—battles that he always seemed to lose—and frequent run-ins with police did not qualify him for icon status. Yet, that’s what he achieved in 1991 at the age of 27 because of one video clip. It was graphic footage filmed by a bystander showing at least four Los Angeles policemen savagely kicking and beating King with police batons, landing at least 50 blows as the unarmed King was sprawled on the ground or struggling to stand up.

Opinion

Juneteenth commemorates our history

(NNPA)—What did you do to celebrate Juneteenth? Although the majority of African-Americans aren’t enthusiastic participants, Juneteenth is worthy of contemplation and memorial. Juneteenth comes from a portmanteau of the words “June” and “teenth” and represents the legacy of injustices done Blacks in this country. It honors African-American heritage by commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865.

Opinion

Detours on the road from slavery to freedom

(NNPA)—On Saturday, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati hosted a Juneteenth celebration commemorating the jubilant day in 1865 when the last Black slaves got word they were free more than two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Labor, civil rights, education, and community leaders, child advocates, and citizens conducted a silent march Sunday in New York City to protest the New York Police Department’s “stop and frisk” policing tactics. These two events, at very different places and times, are connected as part of the slow, hard and unfinished journey towards freedom and racial justice in our nation. Although we have come a very long way on the arduous road from slavery to freedom, we still have a long way to go.

Entertainment

Cover To Cover…Life and Music of James Brown

No matter what you do, you couldn’t seem to sit still. First, your foot started bouncing and your head joined it. Wasn’t long before your shoulders were wiggling like they weren’t attached to your spine and then you were on your feet, shaking your back-end in time with the music. The tunes you grew up with can do that to you. But you can blame it on the beat, as you’ll see in the new book “The One: The Life and Music of James Brown” by RJ Smith. James Brown was never supposed to live.

Business

Fed contracting with Blacks has declined

(NNPA)—The timing could not have been more perfect. While we were in the middle of finalizing plans for our second annual United States Black Chamber School of Chamber Management, Bloomberg News reported that federal contracting with African-American and Hispanic-owned businesses declined in fiscal Year 2011 for the first time in a decade. According to the Federal Procurement Data System, compared to fiscal year 2010, contracts to Black-owned firms dropped 8 percent to $7.12 billion and decreased 7 percent to $7.89 billion for Hispanic-owned businesses. RON BUSBY

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Business

Too much MONTH at the end of your MONEY

Does this sound familiar? Payday is two weeks away and I only have $50 left. I have to pay for parking, get gas, give the kids money, and get food for the house. Perhaps something unexpected came up this month that had an impact on your finances. It is important to build an emergency fund for situations like this. As sure as you and I are breathing, we will be faced with some unexpected emergencies from time to time. It is recommended to save 3-6 months worth of living expenses for emergency purposes.

Business

Upward mobility

Any rom-com fans out there? I am talking about romantic comedies. So, who remembers, “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” which starred Julia Roberts? It was on the other day while I was channel-surfing and I found myself cracking up when Julia’s character—the hip, successful NYC food critic and best-selling author—whipped out her cool cell phone in a restaurant scene. It was a gigantic flip model (almost the size of a quart bottle of milk), and featured a nifty retractable antenna. Wow. And this was just 15 years ago, in 1997. This could very well be pre-historic to you, depending on your age and perspective.

Sports

Mayweather Jr. tops Forbes list of money makers

(AP)—The world’s highest-paid athlete is in jail. The guy in second place just lost a title fight, and the man who held the distinction for a decade is now third. Forbes has released its list of the 100 highest paid athletes, and boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., nicknamed “Money,” is No. 1. HIGHEST PAID—This Sept. 17, 2011 photo shows Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, punching Victor Ortiz during their WBC welterweight title fight in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Sports

OVERTIME

:10 Remembering “Giss”…Darryl Gissendanner by now you are fully aware of the passing of Darryl Gissendanner one of the area’s all time greatest athletes and one of the world’s best guys. Here’s some things you may not know. Daryl was one of Pitt’s most talented guards, “Giss” was a Tim Girgirich guy and continued his playing career with Roy Chipman. A starter on any other Big East team, Giss came off the bench as sixth man for Chipman and immediately changed the tempo of the game. BILL NEAL His running, conditioning, jumping, shooting and ball handling skills were second to none.