Daily Archive: October 10, 2012



‘The Tuskegee Airmen’ vs. ‘Red Tails’

I finally got to see the movie “Red Tails” as it’s now available on cable, for rent and purchase. Much like so many others I compared it to “The Tuskegee Airmen” an exclusive HBO movie released in 1995 with an all-star cast headed by Laurence Fishburne. When “Red Tails” was first released by George Lucas last year many complained it didn’t go into enough detail about the struggle of the Black pilots to get the opportunity to fight and die for their country. Lucas’ decision not to simply duplicate “The Tuskegee Airmen” movie was a great decision. He decided to start his movie pretty much where the first left off.


Steelers face faltering Titans in short week

The Steelers held on to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles 16-14 evening their record at 2-2. Now they must keep that momentum going in a short week when they face the Tennessee Titans, 1-4, Thursday on the NFL Network. The return of Rashard Mendenhall was a key factor in the win as he carried the ball 14 times for 81 yards, doubling the Steelers yards per carry average. The Steelers had been 30th in the league in rushing and 32nd in yards per carry going into the game. BIG GAME—Running back Rashard Mendenhall (34) breaks through a host of Eagle defenders for a big gain in the Steelers 16-14 win over Philadelphia Oct. 7. (Courier Photo/Thomas Sabol) The offense was not as impressive as it had been in previous games but did not die in the second half as it usually does, thus mounting a come from behind drive in the fourth quarter that set up a last second field goal that won the game.


Street vigils to return with new PIRC provider

Pittsburgh Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess has introduced a resolution authorizing the mayor and the director of public safety to contract with Youth Opportunities Development to renew the street-level engagement and outreach component of the Pittsburgh Initiative to Reduce Crime, left vacant by the closing of One Vision One Life this summer. The resolution would allocate $75,000 to YOD and another $125,000 to Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania for programming outreach and coordination. Council held the resolution in committee with several other public safety proposals, but Rev. Burgess’ Chief of Staff Shawn Carter said he expected it to be released and approved during the Oct. 10 post-agenda meeting.


CCAC grant to aid low-income

Forty percent of all African-American undergraduate students are enrolled in community colleges. However, according to a report released by the American Association of Community Colleges, only 26 percent of Black students and 30 percent of low-income community college students have completed either a degree or a certificate within six years. In Pittsburgh, the Community College of Allegheny County is working to improve graduation rates with the help of a grant awarded from the U.S. Department of Education. The $1.59 million grant will enable CCAC to expand its capacity to serve low-income students with the goal of improving academic achievement.


Community Calendar

Infinite Scholarship Fair OCT. 10—The Infinite Scholars Program and the United States Army ROTC will host the Infinite Scholarship Fair from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Petra International Ministries, 235 East Gate Dr., East Hills. There will be representatives from colleges and universities on-site accepting eligible students and providing full and partial scholarships. Students should bring transcripts, scores, letters of recommendations and essays on the Importance of Higher Education. For more information, call Thomas Ousley at 314-570-6613 or visit http://www.infinitescholar.org.


This Week In Black History

Week of October 10-16 October 10 1778—What is believed to be the first formal school for Blacks—the Africa Free School—opens in New York City. 1899—Black inventor Isaac Johnson patents the bicycle frame. THEOLONIUS MONK 1901—Frederick Douglass Patterson is born. He grows up to become President of Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn. From there he would later launch an effort that leads to the 1944 founding of the United Negro College Fund. 1917—Famed Jazz pianist Theolonius Monk is born in Rocky Mount, N.C.


Unemployment reaches lowest point under Obama

by Freddie Allen WASHINGTON (NNPA)—After receiving poor marks for his performance in his nationally-televised debate with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, President Obama received a much-needed boost from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ report showing that unemployment fell to 7.8 percent in September, the lowest it has been in nearly four years. MOVING FORWARD—President Barack Obama takes the stage during a campaign event at George Mason University, Friday, Oct. 5, in Fairfax, Va. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) The September report released last week is significant because, unlike in previous months, the rate did not drop because “discouraged workers” dropped out of the labor force.


Republicans out of touch with reality

(NNPA)—I saw this astounding figure that approximately 70 percent of Republicans believe that the poll numbers on the presidential race are biased towards President Obama. In other words, they are asserting that because President Obama has been—at least at the time of this column—ahead in most polls, this cannot be correct and the media must be mucking around. It is important to put this sentiment in context. This is the same Republican Party where more than 60 percent of its members believe that President Obama was not born in the U.S. Despite the incontrovertible evidence, most Republican voters wish to believe otherwise. I would love to think that this was a comedy routine but it is reality.


A listless Obama is still better than Romney

(NNPA)—Somehow, the body snatchers came last Wednesday and took the fire (as in fired up, ready to go) out of President Obama, leaving a rather listless shell of a man who never truly engaged the audience or his opponent. He looked down at his notes, fidgeted and let Mitt Romney get away with multiple lies. The body snatchers didn’t stop there. They also took Mitt Romney, the greedy venture capitalist who likes to fire people, and turned him into a facsimile of a human being. Of course, with Romney’s disrespect for both President Obama (interrupting him several times) and moderator Jim Lehrer (who he simply ignored), the faux human being turned out to be one that was rude, arrogant, overbearing and clearly rehearsed.