Daily Archive: August 10, 2012


En Vogue still providing beautiful music

En Vogue proved they were “Born To Sing” last month when the trio graced the Heinz Hall Stage to perform along with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as part of the 9th annual Community Partners Concert. “We were so excited and thankful when we were asked to perform for this concert with your awesome Symphony Orchestra” said En Vogue member Terry Ellis. The Community Partners Program is a yearly collaboration with Pittsburgh area non-profit organizations as a way to fundraise and cultivate partnerships between the symphony and these groups. EN VOGUE Up to 25 non-profit organizations in Pittsburgh sign up as “partners” in the program and are required to sell a minimum of 50 tickets. Concertgoers allocate the cost of their ticket to benefit the non-profit group of their choice. All ticket revenue from the Community Partners Concert is distributed to the appropriate non-profit group after the concert.


Renewing your commitment to fitness? September is the new January

(ARA)—No matter how long it’s been since you set foot in a classroom, September can still bring a sense of starting over, which makes it the perfect time of year to take stock of where you are and where you want to be with your general health and level of fitness. You can go “back to school” by enrolling in an exercise class or get a new “teacher” by hiring a personal trainer. “There is a sense of new beginnings on all fronts when school starts,” says Jenna Murphy, a 42-year-old mom from Maple Grove, Minn. “This fall I want to improve my flexibility through yoga. I also plan on trying ballet bar fitness as well as kettle bells.”


Anti-poverty programs have been successful

(NNPA)—Conservatives continue to assert that anti-poverty programs have failed when, in fact, they have saved millions of people from plunging into poverty. Fox News, the house organ for right-wingers, has led this disinformation campaign. Let’s examine what two network contributors said on the same day (July 23): Mary Katherine in an appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor,” said: “Well, here’s the other thing. Like you noted, Bill, that we’ve spent $17 trillion on the war on poverty since it began, originally the plan was to be able to lift people out of poverty. It does not feel to people like we’re getting there, and [Obama’s] out there doing other things and making the pitch that that is what’s going to solve the problem. More spending. We’re on track to spend over a trillion dollars per year on welfare programs. We’ve spent 2 trillion, I believe, over the last two fiscal years. And people are looking at that and it’s not helping.”


Could tougher voting laws squelch the youth vote?

by Martha IrvineAP National Writer CHICAGO (AP)—Gone are the days when young voters weren’t taken seriously. In 2008, they helped propel Barack Obama into the Oval Office, supporting him by a 2-1 margin. REGISTERING THEIR PEERS—In this July 31 photo, Jordan Allen helps student Casey Eirhstaedt, right, register to vote at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)


Venus and Serena win gold again in Olympic doubles

by Janie McCauleyAP Sports Writer WIMBLEDON, England (AP)—Serena Williams relishes her role as copycat little sister. Even if it takes her 12 years. COMMAND PERFORMANCE—Serena Williams, left, and Venus Williams of the United States smile and wave from the podium after receiving their gold medals in women’s doubles at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, London at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)


Advancements in HIV/AIDS treatment

One week before the 19th International AIDS Conference descended on Washington, D.C., the Federal Drug Administration approved the first drug approved to reduce the risk of HIV infection. “Today’s approval marks an important milestone in our fight against HIV,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg. “Every year, about 50,000 U.S. adults and adolescents are diagnosed with HIV infection, despite the availability of prevention methods and strategies to educate, test and care for people living with the disease. New treatments, as well as prevention methods are needed to fight the HIV epidemic in this country.”


More than gay marriage driving Chick-fil-A flap

by Bill Barrow ATLANTA (AP)—When President Barack Obama said same-sex couples should have the right to marry, it was national news for a few days before the presidential campaign and the country went back to business as usual. DEBATE RAGES ON—Gay rights groups and others protest and hold a “kiss-in” outside the Decatur, Ga., Chick-fil-A restaurant Aug. 3, as a public response to a company official who was quoted as supporting the traditional family unit. (AP Photo/David Tulis) Yet weeks after a fast-food executive doubled down on his opposition to gay marriage, debate rages on about equality, religious values and free speech. “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” on Aug. 1, with supporters flooding the chain’s franchises around the country, was countered with “kiss-ins” by same-sex couples at assorted locations Aug. 3, long after Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s initial comments to a religious publication touched off the clash.



Open letter to the Fred Browns

This week’s column is the result of a conversation that took place with a young, well-educated, committed Black man. His views about people of my generation were not original, because I have heard them numerous times, and it has never upset me or deterred me from what I know is my mission in life. This is not a letter of rebuke or criticism, but rather an explanation and hopefully it will lead to a better understanding.


Gabby Douglas’ golden performance

(NNPA)—Former British Prime Minister during WW II, Winston Churchill, said, “To every man there comes a time in his life when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and asked to do a great and mighty work; unique to him and fitted to his talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for the moment that could be his finest hour.” Well, Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas was tapped on the shoulder and was asked to do a great and mighty work that was truly unique to her and fitted to her talents. She became the first Black woman to win the gold medal in the individual all-around competition. This is on the heels of her being part of the gold medal winning team that won in the team all-around.


NUL Conference, a return home

(NNPA)—“Support the strong, give courage to the timid, remind the indifferent, and warn the opposed.” National Urban League legend, Whitney M. Young, Jr. Last week, New Orleans was in the public policy and intellectual capital of America as host city for the National Urban League’s 2012 Annual Conference. I was personally thrilled to return to my hometown and the city I once served as mayor for this year’s conference. And I am honored and proud that President Barack Obama delivered the opening address at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. As a non-partisan organization, the National Urban League has traditionally invited presidents and major party candidates to address the convention, not only to share their agenda for the nation, but also to hear ours. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was also invited, but did not attend.