Daily Archive: September 28, 2012


Companies ­continue to insult Black consumers

(NNPA)—When I was in the process of reading and writing about Nielsen and the NNPA’s report on African-American buying power for this week’s Black newspapers, I was reminded of how many top companies continue to take advantage of Black consumers while providing little, if anything, in return. They are not the only ones at fault—so are we. People treat you the way you allow them to treat you. The same can be said of corporations, though they are not, as Mitt Romney contends, people. The Nielsen report notes that Black spending power, which totals $695 billion a year, is expected to soar to $1.1 trillion by 2015. And very few of those dollars are reinvested by advertising in the Black media.


Blount leads kids to success by changing environment

For 13 years Melvin C. Blount played on the field as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the 25 years since, he has been making plays off the field through his Mel Blount Youth Home located in Claysville, Pa., in Washington County, in an effort to work with today’s youth to lead them on a path to success. A REAL COWBOY—Mel Blount rides a horse and works with the cattle on his farm at the Mel Blount Youth Home, which reminds him of the land he grew up on where he learned his values. (Photos by William Mc Bride) Blount, a native of Vidalia, Ga., grew up on a farm with a stable family as the youngest of 11 children. His parents instilled in him the importance of hard work and giving back to the community.


Entrepreneur sets pace for the future through Vueture Media

by Diane I. DanielsFor New Pittsburgh Courier Many people classify themselves as a serial entrepreneur, a person who continuously comes up with new ideas and starts and operates new businesses. Keenan D. Holmes of Suite-360 fits that description and is excited to accept the description. “I’m enjoying the journey,” he said. SETTING A PACE FOR THE FUTURE—Keenan Holmes of Vueture Media serves as an information source during the Mylan Golf Classic. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels)


Does Obama deserve an encore?

(NNPA)—African-Americans will cast their votes for President Barack Obama again despite what his presidency continues to cost us. As President Obama seeks a second term there is no expectation of any change in Blacks’ voting patterns. Though Blacks are no better off under Obama than during either of the Bush presidencies, Blacks will certainly give Obama strong support on Nov. 6. The Republicans’ nominee, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has little history with African-Americans. Anti-African-American segments within the GOP make Republican office-seekers’ outreach appeals to Blacks difficult, if not impossible. Romney’s Mormon faith puts many African-Americans off because for much of their history, Mormons considered Blacks to be inferior to Whites.


U.S. consumer confidence jumps to 7-month high

by Anne D’InnocenzioAP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP)—U.S. consumer confidence jumped this month to the highest level since February, bolstered by a brighter hiring outlook. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its Consumer Confidence Index rose to 70.3. That’s up from 61.3 in August, which was revised higher. And it’s the highest reading since February, when the economy added 259,000 jobs.


Lesser-known Emancipation document gets spotlight

by Brett ZongkerAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP)—Issued 150 years ago this week, President Abraham Lincoln’s initial proclamation that he would free the South’s slaves is enjoying a public showcase to match its increased profile among scholars. Lincoln released his lesser-known preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on Sept. 22, 1862—100 days before the final version. The first of the two documents has gained importance among historians as a turning point in the Civil War because of a change in thinking over the past 50 years.



The deterioration of the big three

A number of people do not remember when we said, “no ma’am, yes ma’am, no sir, yes sir.” There was a time when our parents or grandparents reached a certain age there was no thought of a nursing home. All around us were aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives, not biological, but it made no difference. If you were out of order any adult could reprimand you verbally or physically. Teachers were almost regarded as saints and good grades and conduct were required. Daddy was frequently unemployed or generally underemployed and momma was truly Wonder Woman, because she had to be a genius with the short money, excel in the kitchen, needle and thread and make whatever she had to work with stretch. If there was a person in the neighborhood who drank to excess we were required to call him mister and help him home. Daddy overwhelmingly was an example of responsibility, strength and love. Everybody was in church; it was mandatory. We had no choice then, but it began to change; children were allowed to make the decision about going to church.