Daily Archive: September 12, 2012

Opinion

Women uplift our families and communities

(NNPA)—“If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again!”—Sojourner Truth At the start of a new school year, millions of women and mothers are working overtime to prepare their children to return to the classroom. I thought this would be a good time to remind ourselves of the many simultaneous roles that women, and especially women of color, play in uplifting our families, our communities and our nation.

Opinion

Now, the real work begins

(NNPA)—The 2012 Democratic National Convention was an exuberant celebration of President Obama, his accomplishments, and the many ways his presidency has made us better off than we were four years ago. Between a stirring and incandescent speech by First Lady Michelle Obama, and an impassioned charge by former President Bill Clinton, the delegates were roused and the pressure was high for President Obama to deliver an inspiring charge to those who have already spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars to participate in the convention.

Opinion

Dems stood up for principles

Last week the Democrats fought back. Speaker after speaker at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., made a passionate case to voters on why President Barack Obama deserves re-election. Speakers also made a case for Democratic Party policies and principles. Until the convention, Democrats had mostly put forward a weak defense of the president and his achievements in office. They allowed Republicans to attack without strong opposition the Affordable Care Act, the president’s landmark health-care reform law.

Entertainment

‘Jersey Boys’ sweeps country

Curtis Wiley is glad to be a part of the genius piece of theater known as “Jersey Boys.” “Its an incredible story. We all know the music and when I first went to see it, I was floored at how people related to it. Audiences loved it. You know how Black people feel about ‘Dreamgirls?’ That’s the same way people feel about ‘Jersey Boys,’” explained Wiley, the lone African-American in the production. The versatile actor plays a myriad of characters throughout “Jersey Boys” including Hal Miller and Barry Belson. CURTIS WILEY STARS IN ‘JERSEY BOYS’

Entertainment

Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 13 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 Kennard Field in the Hill District, Stacey Barnett-Germany’s Birthday Bash in the Hill District, Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District and Tim’s Bar in the Hill District, CJ’s in the Strip District. My first stop was at Stacey Barnett-Germany’s Birthday Bash in the Hill District where everyone came out to celebrate her big day in more ways than one. It was also her and husband’s wedding anniversary, so congratulations to you and Hank. Congratulations to Stacey and Hank Germany who have been married for five years and we wish you both many more to come.

Business

Area ripe for grocery market, job opportunities

ALDI, Bottom Dollar, Giant Eagle, Save-A-Lot, Shop ‘n Save and Walmart all claim to provide their customers with low prices and high quality food products. But according to Brent Laubaugh, vice president of ALDI stores his company offers a 20 to 25 percent saving compared to some of the other area food chains. “ALDI was founded on the belief that people, wherever they live, should have the opportunity to buy everyday groceries of the highest quality at the lowest possible prices,” he said. HIRING EVENTS—ALDI recently hosted a series of hiring events to fill 30 positions at its Pittsburgh-area stores. Available positions include cashiers, shift managers and store manager trainees. Shown filling out applications are, Front row, from left: Javanna Gethers of Highland Park and Kayla Young of the East Side. Back row, from left: Kevelle Caldwell of the South Side and Kyara Thrasher of Lincoln Larimer. (Photos by J. L. Martello) Excited about the progress his company is making, Laubaugh said he is pleased that two more ALDI stores will be opened in the Pittsburgh market within the next six months. East Carson Street in the South Side and Baum Boulevard in Shady Side are on target to open in late October 2012 and early 2013. This will total close to 25 ALDI stores within the region.

Business

The back-end of D.C. minority ‘fronting’

(NNPA)—Sometimes the best intentions can be shattered by unforeseen consequences. Such is the case with the Washington, D.C.’s Department of Small and Local Business Development. One of its missions is to increase the participation of D.C.-based business, particularly small and minority-owned firms. It has become popular for this department to encourage minority/majority joint venture construction contracts. This sounds noble but it often becomes a disaster when all of the parties are not genuine and noble in their motivation.

Business

Ford to add 1200 jobs at Detroit area plant

by Dee-Ann Durbin FLAT ROCK, Mich. (AP)—Ford is adding 1,200 workers to a suburban Detroit factory to build the Fusion, a sign of confidence that the revamped sedan will be a big hit when it goes on sale this fall. The Fusion is already Ford’s best-selling vehicle after the F-Series pickup. Ford hopes to grab even more buyers with the 2013 Fusion, which has improved fuel economy and a sharper, more chiseled design.

Business

Business Calendar

Diversity, Leadership Conference SEPT. 13—The National Diversity Council will host its 3rd Annual Diversity and Leadership Conference 2012 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. The theme is “From Awareness to Action.” The conference is to give participants an opportunity to share the tools necessary to build a diverse talent pool that can accomplish organizational goals. The keynote speaker will be Soledad O’Brian, of CNN. Registration is requested. For more information, visit http://www.padiversityconference.com/Pittsburgh.