Daily Archive: October 10, 2012


Guest editorial…Hopeful signs for the economy

A new Labor Department report showed some encouraging signs for the economy and should give some hope for the jobless. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years. The new jobs report should give a potential boost to President Barack Obama with the election just a month away. The unemployment rate dropped from 8.1 percent because the number of people who said they were employed increased by 870,000. This is an encouraging sign for an economy that’s been struggling to create jobs.


Jazz/Poetry concert for persecuted writers

by Kevin Amos “I wish you could know what it means to be me and then you’d see and agree that every man should be free.”—Dr. Billy Taylor JAZZ/POETRY BAND—Oliver Lake (on overhead screen) with his Steel Quartet featuring Lyndon Achee on steel pan. The quest for freedom is a never ending quest. While we have freedom of expression here in the US, organizations like City of Asylum/Pittsburgh remind us that some of our brothers and sisters around the world don’t have that luxury. Tsering Woeser is a Beijing-based Tibetan freelance writer and blogger. Her actions are severely restricted by Chinese authorities. Saleban Abdi Ali is a journalist for the Waheen newspaper in Somalia. Last year he was attacked by Somaliland police. He was made “an example” by the Special Protection Unit to fellow journalists. Ali is one of the 888 writers persecuted in the past year.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 11 Jazz Jam CJ’s Restaurant & Lounge presents “The Roger Humphries & RH Factor Jazz Jam Session” at 8 p.m. at 2901-2911 Penn Ave., Strip District. There will be live jazz and fun every Thursday night. Must be 30 years or older and there is a dress code that will be enforced. No tennis shoes, sweats, or athletic gear. For more information, call 412-642-2377.


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the African American Music Institute of Pittsburgh in Homewood, St. Benedict the Moor Church Hall in the Hill District, Shadow Lounge in East Liberty, Tim’s Bar in the Hill District and Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District. Aunt Brenda celebrated her birthday in grand style with her son “D.C.” at Tim’s Bar in the Hill District.


CBC opposes plan to enable predatory lending

(NNPA)—At the urging of veteran Congressman John H. Conyers (D-Mich.), a growing number of Congressional Black Caucus colleagues are actively opposing a bill that would negatively impact consumers of color and others who lack a personal bank account. Moreover, the bill, HR 6139, would also remove the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from its current enforcement authority over non-bank lenders and additionally preempt state laws enacted to protect consumers.


Business Calendar

African American/Latino Roundtable OCT. 11—The LJS Group/Talk Magazine will host the African American/Latino Roundtable at the Harrisburg Hilton Hotel, 1 N. Second St., Harrisburg, Pa. This two-day event is meant to foster dialogue and develop relationships between Latinos and African-Americans from across the state of Pennsylvania, addressing issue of diversity, business ownership, housing, employment and health. There will also be an opportunity to meet private executives who will participate as panelists and speakers. Registration is required and there will be a free bus from Pittsburgh to Harrisburg. For more information, call 412-823-4009 or email talk.events@ljspublishing.com.



Last Sunday the Steelers hosted a trash talking party and invited the Philadelphia Eagles and hey a football game broke out. Now according to the scoreboard the Steelers won the by a score of 16-14 but according to the “pollsters” Philly won the on field debate and ya know what? The Eagles might get a “post game bounce” relative to the constant jibber jabber and verbal jousts that were taking place on the field before, during and after play. I was told that a certain Philly defensive player whose name is very difficult to enunciate, told Ben Roethlisberger in his best John “the Duke” Wayne tough guy impression voice that for all intents and purposes Roethlisberger was “yeller.”


City League Roundup: Perry, USO remain undefeated in league play

Traditionally known for having run-dominant offenses, the City League rarely features a team as pass-happy as this year’s U.S.O. (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama) squad. Senior quarterback Akil Young’s 266 yards on 12 of 31 passing with three scores was a big reason that U.S.O. (3-0, 3-0) rallied to knock off East Side foe Allderdice (1-2, 2-4), 35-15, on Oct. 5. PATRICK FERGUSON from Allderdice is hit for a loss by USO’s Neondre Harbour (50) as teammates Virgil McClendon (43) and Jermaine Brown (55) close in to assist, The USO defense held Ferguson to 52 yards rushing. In his first year as a starter, Young has shown gratitude for his new role after platooning with former four-year starter Dontae Forte throughout last year’s playoffs.



:10 Right out the gate! Listen to me and please try to get this. YOU MUST VOTE…We, you, cannot afford to assume anything about the upcoming election, and don’t do it for me do it for the thousands of people who gave their lives for your right to vote. Some of them were part of your family. C’mon man!!! BILL NEAL :09 I don’t know if you know this, but Charles Buddy “Allie” set another world record in the Masters track division…that makes four (4) count-em 1,2,3,4! And at age 65 he “ain’t” done yet. More on this local legend to come. Just keep reading.



It can wait

Texting while driving isn’t the only problem. Texting while walking is a close second, followed by texting while eating, texting in the elevator and texting while doing anything else. I was practically run over by a pedestrian on the sidewalk who was texting while they were walking. They weren’t looking where they were going, what could have been so important? Now that is what I really don’t get, you are merely walking down the street—do you have to let someone know about your every step? What are you going to talk to the person about when you actually see them? Or are you going to be in the same room and just text them?