Monthly Archive: August 2012


Has NUL’s Morial lost his mind?

(NNPA)—Has Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, lost his mind? He is one of the few media-appointed leaders of Black folk that I actually have some level of respect for. But his recent attack on Nike and basketball player LeBron James has greatly diminished my respect for him.Last week, Morial issued a press release criticizing Nike and James for introducing their latest LeBron tennis shoe, LeBron X at a cost of $ 315 (


Without a gun how many lives would have been saved?

(NNPA)—When news broke of the murders at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin on August 5, people of all faiths and backgrounds and the first responders who came to the scene to help were horrified by the ambush on men and women as they prepared for worship services. Leaders across the country quickly denounced the hate crime and the FBI immediately began investigating the attack as a possible case of domestic terrorism. But as easy as it was for all of us to be outraged by another senseless attack and heartbroken by the congregation’s stories, it was difficult to be surprised by how it took place again in a nation unwilling to curb guns designed just to kill lots of people in the hands of lawless people. Would this have happened without a semi-automatic gun and high-capacity clips of bullets?


Alumni Theater Company gears up for fifth season

Alumni Theater Company has been helping young artists find their voice through performance since 2008. “ATC members understand the value of their perspective and importance of their contribution to our community,” said Hallie Donner, theater founder and artistic director. “I hope that they continue to attack life with purpose and use their understanding of how to achieve success to their advantage in everything they do.” The theater’s unwavering support has helped Cherish Morgan get one step closer to her dream of becoming an actress. CAST FROM ‘RENT’ “I have learned to take as many risks as possible in theater thanks to the Alumni Theater and Mrs. Donner,” said Morgan, a 16-year-old Homewood resident who is now in her junior year as a musical theater major at CAPA. She has been a member of the Alumni Theater Company since its creation.


Cover To Cover…‘Freedom’

You’ll always remember the break-up. It started with a he-said, she-said moment forever burned in your mind. You remember where you stood, the words that were said (or not), the anger, and the queasy feeling that a mistake was about to be made but you didn’t know whose it was. Relationships come and go, but you never forget your first love or losing it. And yet, what if you were separated by something beyond your mutual control? Would it be easy to find that love together again? In the new novel “Freeman” by Leonard Pitts Jr., one man aims to find out.



Time to share the ‘truth’ about timeshares

Well over 10 years ago while vacationing in Florida, I was given an offer that I could not refuse. “Come to this free 2-hour seminar and you’ll get 2 free tickets to Disney World and 2 free tickets to Universal Studios.” Back then tickets to both Disney World and Universal Studios were approximately $60 per ticket. I’m a sucker for free stuff. I was one of the first people in line at the seminar. It turned out that this was no seminar. It was a high-pressure sales environment for timeshares. At the time, I had no earthly idea what a timeshare was. All I knew was that the sell representative wanted me to pay $15,000 for the right to have access to a condo for one week out of the year, every year. Even back then with absolutely no knowledge of timeshares, I thought this was one of the silliest concepts ever conceived. Today, I know it is.


Music makes the world go around

When you and I talk about technological leaps and bounds, frequently we’re focused on the way we communicate with each other. And, I write here a lot about what we watch and how we watch it. But, let me ask you this: What are you listening to today, and perhaps, even more interestingly—how are you listening to it? My assumption that you are indeed very likely to listen to music today is an educated one, as results from new Nielsen Entertainment and Nielsen 360 studies show that music is an everyday activity for most people in this country. Those comprehensive results report that 70 percent of people 13+ actively listen to music at least once a day. Ninety percent of people actively listen at least several times a week.


Brown, Big Ben lead Steelers’ 38-7 rout of Bills

by John WawrowAP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP)—Coach Mike Tomlin doesn’t blame quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for showing his frustrations after a penalty that backed the Pittsburgh Steelers to a yard from their goal line. Tomlin was just as upset with the penalty, and yet not surprised with how Roethlisberger responded. UNDER PRESSURE —Ben Roethlisberger throws under pressure from Buffalo Bills’ Nick Barnett (50) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Aug. 25. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)



:10 In case you missed it, “The Pittsburgh Pressure” defeated “K.C. Runners” in an at the buzzer thriller in the 37th annual Connie Hawkins Youth Development Summer Basketball League. The final score was 89-88 and that doesn’t begin to tell the story of how great the game was. Two well organized and coached teams, a capacity crowd…standing room only and all at the Penn Hills YMCA. Man, that’s basketball! A tip of the cap to winning coach “G” and runner up coach Bruce Schifino. BILL NEAL


Jazz on the patio

On July 28, guests attending the “South Beach Party in The Club” were instructed to wear their best South Beach look of whites, pastels and linens while partying all night long at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Shadyside. Mighty Man & N-Motion Entertainment, along with Panera Bread, sponsored a unique night of jazz and dance music all at the same venue. THE PROCLAMATION—James and Pam Johnson with City Councilman Bill Peduto The well planned evening began with jazz under beautiful pastel globes on the patio overlooking Fifth and Shady Avenues. Featured artists included: Eddie Baccus Jr., Roger Humphries Sr., Howie Alexander, Nelson Harrison, John C. Hall, William Banks, Robert Hubbard, Kevin Howard, Carolyn Perteete, Wayne Barber, Tony Campbell, George Heid III, DC Chandler and Freddie Pugh.