Daily Archive: September 5, 2012

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Opinion

Larimer plan: Many concerns must be addressed

The Larimer Plan is a development project for one of, if not the most blighted areas in Pittsburgh. The big question is after 30 to 40 years of decay will it ever be done, and if so how and how long will it take? In other words, will it get done in our lifetime? There are actually three areas of concern debating how it should be done, low-income, middle-income and upper-income. That is the problem. There’s always been dissension on how and what should be done, which is one of the reasons it has taken so long.

Opinion

Time to knock down unfair voting obstacles

(NNPA)—Millions of Black Americans and millions of other Americans who know the essential power and responsibility of voting are welcoming the decision just made by the United States District Court in Washington, D.C. A three-judge federal panel overturned the Texas voter suppression law, known as Texas Senate Bill 14, that unjustly required voters in the state of Texas to present government-issued photo identification or to acquire special photo voter ID cards before having the right to cast a vote in state and federal elections across the state. This is a victory for voting rights and for the Civil Rights Movement.

Opinion

Favoritism in the workplace

(NNPA)—I have many discussions with people who claim that they do not need the help of a labor union in their workplace. These individuals will even go so far as to suggest that they can get ahead on their own and that a union will get in their way. It is difficult to argue with someone who is intent on believing a myth. It is sort of like those people who continue to believe that the world is flat or that the Iraqis had weapons of mass destruction at the time of the 2003 U.S. invasion. No matter what sort of proof you put up, they have an “answer.”

Opinion

Guest editorial…Labor Day finds too many jobless

Labor Day will find millions of American workers without jobs. While Americans celebrate the federal holiday that pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of workers, for many who are either unemployed or underemployed, stuck in part-time or low-wage jobs, Labor Day will be bittersweet. Polls show that the economy is the top concern of American voters. They are right to be concerned.

Opinion

Guest editorial…The murder of Officer Walker

While all life is precious, it sometimes takes the killing of an innocent child, a prominent person or a police officer to shake the public’s consciousness. When a police officer, whose sworn duty it is to serve and protect the community, is gunned down it sparks an outpouring of public anger and outrage. Public anger grow deeper still when that same officer is a beloved member of the community and someone with a reputation of being devoted to his church and family.

Entertainment

‘Sparkle’ shines as Whitney’s last bow

by Kevin Amos The decision to remake the classic 1976 “Sparkle” that launched the career of Irene Cara, Philip Michael Thomas, and others was an excellent choice by the producers TD Jakes, Whitney Houston and the director Salim Akil along with writer Mara Brock Akil. It gives the audience a glance of how the music industry worked at the height of the civil rights movement before the days of the crossover artist. SPARKLE CAST While those who are under 40 probably don’t know about the original film let’s review for a minute. Of the people who appeared in the movie, Cara became the film’s breakout star. She went on to record many chart topping singles. Lonette McKee went on to other TV and film appearances, as did Mary Alice, Dorian Harewood and Philip Michael Thomas who went on to star in Miami Vice and more TV and film appearances.

Entertainment

Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 6 Richmond Barthe The August Wilson Center for African American Culture presents “Richmond Barthe: His Life in Art” at 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. This is a collection of 30 sculptures by Barthe, the first modern African-American sculptor to achieve national and international success. He created classically influenced bronze sculptures featuring African-American and African subjects. The exhibit will be shown through Sept. 15. For more information, call 412-258-2700.

Entertainment

Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the Consol Energy Center in Uptown Pittsburgh, August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Downtown Pittsburgh, Tim’s Bar in the Hill District, Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood and Mitchell’s Bar in Oakland. ACH Clear Pathways and friends were holding it down at the “Women of Jazz” event held at the Consol Energy Center’s Lexus Club.

Business

Student loan reforms to benefit 1.6 million borrowers

(NNPA)—As many as 1.6 million responsible student loan borrowers could benefit from a new order that ties loan repayment to income and family size. Beginning September 30, an expanded option called Income Based Repayment (IBR) can reduce monthly loan payments. Coordinated with the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and the Secretary of Education, an online application enables borrowers to apply for the program directly instead of going through a loan servicer.

Business

Who cares about least among us?

(NNPA)—Although there is still a debate between those who say “Happy Median” and “Happy Medium,” despite the latter being in the overwhelming majority, there is no doubt that in today’s parlance “median” is the topic of conversation; but, it is definitely not a happy median. To the contrary, the topic on the minds of many in this country is the decrease in median income and net worth, and that’s making a lot of people very unhappy.