NEW YORK (AP)—The National Association of Black Journalists says it is disappointed in the lack of ethnic diversity among the people chosen to moderate the presidential debates. NABJ said Friday that the Commission on Presidential Debates needed to stop treating Black reporters as if they were unqualified, invisible or both. The group said diversity was important in a year in which as much as a quarter of the electorate is expected to be non-White. JIM LEHRER, of PBS, will moderate the first debate Oct. 3 in Denver between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, focused on domestic topics. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File) Candy Crowley, of CNN; Jim Lehrer, of PBS; and Bob Schieffer, of CBS News, were selected to moderate the three debates between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney this fall. Martha Raddatz of ABC News will moderate the debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican candidate Paul Ryan.
Daily Archive: August 22, 2012
by Eric Mayes Editor’s note: The Philadelphia Tribune is examining the impact of the state’s new voter identification law, how it will affect different segments of Philadelphia’s population and what’s needed to obtain the required identification. This article examines how it might impact people who aren’t eligible for a PennDOT ID. (NNPA)—State estimates suggest that about 85,000 people across Pennsylvania will be unable to provide the documentation needed to get a state ID through PennDOT—leaving them with only one other option, an ID dispensed by the state Department of State.
There were two very critical court decisions made last week that we must reverse. One was the Jordan Miles verdict in which the jury found the three officers not guilty of malicious prosecution. However, the more critical decision was the decision they couldn’t make, the two claims of false arrest and excessive force. OK I agree with the false arrest. They would have to arrest him because they said he resisted, no matter the reason for resisting. But excessive force is a no brainer. This was the whole issue in the first place, and the fact that the foreman said it was 6-2 against charging the cops with excessive force is a mystery to me. Six people could not comprehend that three highly trained officers could not subdue one small teenager without beating him. Did they see the photos of this kid?
(NNPA)—Every time I see a march or rally, I think of the rally of all rallies—the 1963 March on Washington. Forty-nine years later, there is nothing that equals that march in results. These days folks march to make a point, but back in the day, we marched to get legislative action. Shortly after the March on Washington, both the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act were passed. I challenge anyone to tell me what other marches or rallies have yielded. They’ve made a point, and galvanized people, yet they had no direct or immediate results.
(NNPA)—In employment law, they speak about a termination or firing as being the “capital punishment” of employment relations. This may sound dramatic—unless you have been fired. And, truth be told, if you do not have a labor union, you are really up the creek if you are terminated.
by Daryl Gale By refusing to block Pennsylvania’s callous and draconian voter ID law, Commonwealth Court Judge Robert E. Simpson has left the door open to voter suppression tactics that haven’t been used since the 1960s, when White southerners were finally shamed into doing the right thing after a horrified America watched footage of the police dogs and fire hoses used to keep Blacks and other undesirables away from the polls.
by Kevin Amos Dwayne Dolphin our “ace of bass,” has produced another excellent release highlighting talent from international stars and artists on the horizon. As executive producer, Dolphin has enlisted the help of keyboardist/ arranger, Brett “the kid” Williams in the studio. The result is a 10-cut foray covering funk, fusion and inspirational as well as R&B. Dolphin is a veteran player of multiple basses: the acoustic, electric, and piccolo bass, and has performed all over the world with the legendary masters of Jazz and Funk music. DWAYNE DOLPHIN
Deborah Starling Pollard is proud to be playing a bar owner in the hilarious Steven-Mitchell penned, “Date Me, Do Me, Dump Me.” The 90-minute tongue-in-cheek musical comedy, which is debuting in Pittsburgh, tells true stories of actual dating situations. “Date Me, Do Me, Dump Me” takes audiences through all the lows and highs of dating, ending on an empowering note. It takes place in a bar and centers on four regular American women who are nightly customers in the bar and lament their dating tales of woe at the bar.
Thursday 23 Art in the Park The Borough of Wilkinsburg and the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation presents Wilkinsburg’s 2012 Art in the Park from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Penn Avenue Parklet, 743 Penn Ave., Wilkinsburg, Every Thursday there will be food, music vendors and fun for the whole family. There will also be live entertainment.
This week I visited Ammons Recreational Center in the Hill District; the 8th Annual Arts in the Park at Point State Park, Downtown; Operation Better Block Inc. in Homewood,; Tim’s Bar in the Hill District; and the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty. Kahlil and Chanda representin’ at the celebration for the Junior Green Corps members at Operation Better Block Inc. in Homewood.