Daily Archive: July 18, 2012


Coming out of the closet on mental health

(NNPA)—Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., has been away from Congress on medical leave for so long that his colleagues have been clamoring to know what’s wrong, and NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reported that the congressman was receiving treatment for addiction. The truth, according to Rep. Jackson’s staff, is that the congressman is being treated in a residential facility for exhaustion and mood disorders. Why not say that in the first place?


Guest editorial…Lies fall away from Pa.’s Voter ID law

Months ago, when Pennsylvania’s Voter ID law was being bandied about in the legislature, members of Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration went out of their way to assure voters that the measure had the purest of intentions: eliminating voter fraud. (Never mind the fact that only a handful of cases of actual voter fraud have ever been documented.) Not only was Voter ID good for the election process, they argued, but also compliance with the law wouldn’t be much of an inconvenience to voters. Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele told lawmakers at the time that 99 percent of the state’s voters already had the necessary identification.


Guest editorial…Romney to NAACP: Empty generalities

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s speech before the NAACP was good at articulating some of the problems in the African-American community, but it was long on generalities when it came to actually offering any solutions. Romney doesn’t expect to win many African-American voters, 95 percent of whom backed President Barack Obama in 2008. His appearance at the NAACP convention was an attempt to show independent and swing voters that he is inclusive and willing to reach out to diverse audiences.


Sommore speaks on love of comedy

The trendsetting, highly-acclaimed veteran entertainer widely considered as one of America’s the top comedic female entertainers, the Queen of Comedy is coming to Pittsburgh. SOMMORE “I call myself a comedian because I love the art of stand-up comedy,” Sommore said. “I saw someone do stand-up comedy years ago and I was intrigued with it. After that I said to myself that in my wildest dreams, if I could do anything in life, it would be a standup comedian. I tried it and it worked out for me. I am such a fan of the art and I love different styles of comedy. I love comedians that tell one liners, quick witted and others that tell stories. I also love people that are very animated with their stand-up, but the comedian who I totally dig her style is Joan Rivers. I will do stand up forever.”


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 19 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 30-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.



Out & About

This week I visited the Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District, CJ’s in the Strip District, North Side Elks Lodge in the Hill District, Shadow Lounge in East Liberty and Black Beauty Lounge and Tim’s Bar both in the Hill District. My first stop was at Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District where everyone came out to enjoy fine dining and have a classy atmosphere. Dennis and John of Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District My next stop was at CJ’s in the Strip District where DJ Nick Nice celebrated his birthday with everyone in the city of Pittsburgh while spinning the hits on the 1’s and 2’s.


Wagner at chamber breakfast

Though he didn’t remind the audience of his run for governor until near the end of his remarks, state Auditor General Jack Wagner sounded more like a candidate than the holder of the state’s second oldest elected office. The former Pittsburgh councilman and state senator, gave the crowd at the July 13 African American Chamber of Commerce PowerBreakfast meeting more of his thoughts on policy, than on the ins and outs of running the office that acts as the state’s independent fiscal watchdog. ADDING IT UP—State Auditor General Jack Wagner fields questions during the July 13 African American Chamber of Commerce PowerBreakfast as President and CEO Doris Carson Williams looks on. (Photo by Christian Morrow) Wagner said, given the recession, Governor Corbett’s latest budget is balanced and responsible.


Newfound interest in Africa

(NNPA)—Have you noticed all the current efforts to promote business opportunities in Africa? I sure have. Have you wondered how now, all of a sudden, so much emphasis is being placed on Africa by politicians? I sure have. Have you seen and heard about conferences and initiatives taking place across this nation that stress the importance of business connections with the Motherland? I have, too. Why is this happening now? Why is Africa so vital to our economic interests now?


Business Calendar

What to Ask a Financial Advisor JULY 18—The Squirrel Hill Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host “What to Ask Your Financial Advisor to Earn More And Pay Less!” from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at 5801 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill. Jonathan Heller, of JG Heller Private Wealth Advisors Inc., will facilitate the seminar and discuss how to know if one’s financial advisor is paying attention to one’s portfolio, the common pitfalls of financial planning and the total expenses ones is paying for and more. This is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-422-9650 or email squirrelhill@carnegielibrary.org.


‘King Dragon’ heads South

by Malik Vincent DeJuan Blair, D.J. Kennedy, and DeAndre Kane—all Schenley alum—are some of the last players from the City League to receive a rare Division I scholarship for basketball. JUSTIN DOBBS (Courier Photo/William McBride/File) Former Allderdice star Justin Dobbs joins that elite company with his commitment to play at Grambling State University (GSU), a historically Black college/university (HBCU) in Louisiana.