Daily Archive: May 30, 2013



Five Stairsteps singer Clarence Burke Jr. dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clarence Burke Jr., lead singer of the group the Five Stairsteps that sang the 1970 hit “O-o-h Child,” has died. He was 64. Burke died on Sunday — a day after his birthday — in Marietta, Ga., where he lived, said Joe Marno, his friend and manager. The cause of his death was not disclosed.



In jobs, we’re in a race to the bottom

Julianne Malveaux (NNPA)—On May 21, I had the opportunity to testify before a Congressional Progressive Caucus meeting on how federal dollars drive inequality by paying contractors who pay too many of their workers too little. The hearing was driven by a study from Amy Traub and her colleagues at Demos, a New York based think tank, that issued a report exposing the many ways that federal contracting often adds to the burden of the low income, especially those who earn less than $12 an hour, or less than $25,000 a year.



Surprise: Some of my best friends are White

LOUIS ‘HOP’ KENDRICK Long before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., my father had instilled in our family that context of character was more important than color of skin. Over the course of my life I have been fortunate to name at least five White people—I will think of someone else later—who demonstrated to me that they were in that inclusive group of people I constantly refer to as compassionate, courageous, concerned and possessing a sense of commitment.



Cover To Cover…‘Dave Bing: A Life of Challenge’

No problem. That’s been your motto since forever because you’ve always loved a good challenge. Somebody put up a barrier, you’ll figure a way around it. If there are roadblocks, you find another path. You can make things happen, you’ve got friends where you need them, and Heaven help the person who tells you “no.”



Seoul music rivals soul for some Latins

In this May 11, 2013 photo, followers of Korean pop band Big Bang, imitate the band at the Ramon Castilla Park in Lima, Peru. While there’s little hard data, there’s no questioning the fervor of the fans who turn up at Ramon Castilla Park each Saturday and emulate the dances of K-pop bands. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)by Franklin BricenoLIMA, Peru (AP) — Teenagers throughout Latin America have long looked north for pop music inspiration. Now the East is rising, with a large and enthusiastic cult of fans in some countries following the K-pop music from Korea.



Little Richard gets honorary doctorate from Mercer University

GOOD GOLLY—Little Richard acknowledges the crowd while being wheeled onstage during Mercer University’s commencement ceremony. by Wayne Crenshaw MACON, Ga.–Not far from where he grew up decades ago in poverty and segregation, Mercer University bestowed music legend Little Richard with an honorary doctorate of humanities.



Demanding more from ourselves

JAMES CLINGMAN (NNPA)—Frederick Douglass’ words—“Power concedes nothing without a demand”—have been haunting me lately, because of the pressing issues we face in today’s political world, the dire economic straits in which many of our families find themselves, and the ever-present social problems Black people deal with every day. The key word in that admonishment is demand.