Daily Archive: October 24, 2012

Opinion

What you talking ‘bout Willard?

(NNPA)—Halfway through the second presidential debate, I remembered the show where Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges played Arnold and Willis Jackson. Little Arnold was always asking, “What you talking ’bout Willis?” My question, exactly, only this time directed toward Republican nominee Willard Mitt Romney. What in the world was he talking about when he attempted to debate President Obama on Oct. 16?

Opinion

Commentary… President Obama deserves our vote

(NNPA)—In just a few days, millions of Americans will vote in the Nov. 6 national elections. In those states where there is early voting, millions have already voted. There is a clear choice between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. At the end of the day it is reduced to the question of “going forward” or “retreating backward” in clear terms of the social, economic, and political empowerment of people who historically have been marginalized and discriminated against because of race, ethnicity or class. It is about the politics of inclusion versus the politics of exclusion. This election is more than a political struggle between the 99 percent and the 1 percent on the quest for wealth and economic control. The consequential future of America and the world is at stake.

sean-jones.jpg

Entertainment

Playing for Child Literacy program

by Kevin Amos Jones x Two, the musical event to benefit Child Literacy programs at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library in Carnegie was an extraordinary evening with a thrilling blend of Jazz, Pop and Reggae. SEAN JONES Opening up the festivities was Caroline Jones. A New York City based singer songwriter, Jones did songs from her recently released CD, “Fallen Flowers” and her very popular version of “Moon River.” Jones, performing in Pittsburgh for the first time, thoroughly impressed the attendees with her musicianship.

Entertainment

Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 25 So You Think They Can’t Dance The August Wilson Center for African American Culture presents the 3rd Annual So You Think They Can’t Dance at 7 p.m. at 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. This year’s participants will be Holly Frazier, Dwayne Fulton, Saleem Ghubril, Jennifer Gold, David Hillman, Davie Huddleston, Aradhna Malhotra Oliphant, K. Chase Patterson and the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble. Voting ballots will be available. Tickets are $25. For more information, call 412-338-8742 or visit http://www.culturaldistrict.org.

Entertainment

Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited Wesley Center A.M.E. Zion Church in the Hill District, Tim’s Bar in the Hill District, Mitchell’s Bar in Oakland, Shadow Lounge in East Liberty and the Black Beauty Lounge in the Hill District. The ladies came out to celebrate Pitt’s Homecoming at the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty.

Business

Women entrepreneurs empower each other

There is an old adage that says “experience is the best teacher.” Alice Williams, the initiator of Women Empowered for Entrepreneurial Excellence can attest to that fact and as a result equips women entrepreneurs to assure their businesses are properly organized. A PROUD CREW—The Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People takes WEEE participants under their wing. Rev. Dr. Henk Bossers, Rev. Dr. Douglas Portz, second from left, and Rev. Maxine Jenkins, third from right, present Arlene Hicks, Alice Williams, Cheryl Weber and Carmen Miller with funding for their entrepreneur ventures. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels) Once the owner of Strategic Consulting Concepts, a nuclear staffing firm, Williams said because she did not have disclosure forms in place to protect her business, when she experienced a major emergency her staff person took her business concept to her largest competitor and the rest is history. “I learned a lot from that experience,” she said.

Business

Business Calendar

Seniorpreneur OCT. 24—The Duquesne University Small Business Development Center will host “New Career Options for Those Over Fifty: Become a Seniorpreneur” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Duquesne University, Rockwell Hall, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. This seminar will identify the choices and opportunities for the second career entrepreneurs, along with how to manage cost flow, how to price to make profit and more. There will also be a panel of successful business operators who have started business later in life, they will inspire and give solid advice. Registration is requested. For more information, call 412-396-1633.

Sports

Steelers back on track, now must face RGIII

Pittsburgh’s 24-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Baltimore Ravens, 43-13 thrashing at the hands of the Houston Texans put the Steelers back in the playoff hunt. Now they must face RGIII and the Redskins at Heinz Field this weekend. AGGRESSIVE PLAY—Steelers back-up strong safety Will Allen brings down Bengals 6’5”, 260 lb. tight end Jermaine Gresham at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Sunday, Oct. 21. (Courier Photo/ Thomas Sabol) The Steelers played one of their best all around games of the season, and their best ground game, to hand the Bengals their third straight loss while evening their record at 3-3 to move into second place, one game behind the 5-2 Ravens, in the AFC North.

Sports

City League Roundup

When he looks around the City League these days, Allderdice head coach Jerry Haslett sees an evenly distributed pool of talent. “Our guys know that they can match up with anyone right now,” he said. “I think that’s the case across the board with all of the teams in the league right now. We see each other like 20 times a year now (with the league shrinking to six teams) and we’re all pretty familiar with each other.” BIG GAIN—Perry quarterback Ahmed Turner (21) breaks thru the USO line for a big gain. Turner scored both of the Commodores touchdowns in their 12- 6 win over USO in the battle for 1st place in the City League.