Monthly Archive: May 2013



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.



Protecting your most important asset

DAMON CARR What is your number one asset? (A) Home, (B) Car, (C) Another valuable possession (D) None of the above. The answer may surprise. Drum roll…if you guessed (D) None of the above, you guessed right. Your most valuable asset is your ability to earn an income. In order to provide food, clothing, shelter, transportation and other necessities and luxuries for you and your family, you need an income to pay for it. By the way, your income is your most powerful wealth-building tool–but that’s another topic.



Harmony Club presents A Woman’s Touch

HARMONY CLUB MEMBERS—Pat Pugh Mitchell, Marlene Murphy, Cynthia McEnheimer, and Alzera Harris On May 4, at the Westwood Golf Club in West Mifflin, PA The Harmony Club of Homestead hosted their annual Dorothy Lance/Vivian Weems Annual Scholarship Luncheon with the theme “A Woman’s Touch.” Event co-chairs Bea Barnett, Kathleen Randolph, Cheryl Edmonds and Jewel Garrison thought this was the perfect theme for the afternoon. The fashions were from a Woman’s Touch (soon to reopen in Swissvale). The club consists of all women and the mayor of Homestead is a woman.



9-year-old activist sees victory as fight against school closings rages on

ASEAN JOHNSON Last week 9-year-old Asean Johnson became the latest YouTube sensation when he criticized Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for his decision to close 54 Chicago public schools. With more than 100,000 views, the video, uploaded May 21, was taken at a Chicago rally where Johnson led the crowd in chanting, “Rahm, let’s face it, your policies are racist.”



Wife: I’m sorry for trusting Pa. abortion doctor

Pearl Gosnell, wife of Kermit Gosnell, walks to the center for criminal justice, May 29, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The wife of a Philadelphia abortion doctor, a cosmetologist who admitted helping him perform very late-term abortions at his corrupt, grimy clinic, said Wednesday that she was sorry for trusting her husband and was sentenced seven to 23 months in prison.



North Carolina lawmakers shame state

REV. DR. WILLIAM J. BARBER II (CNN) — In the face of injustice, the Book of Isaiah tells us to “cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet.” North Carolina’s State Constitution says the people have a right to assemble and petition their lawmakers for the redress of grievances. It is in this spirit that a growing coalition of North Carolinians is exercising its moral calling and constitutional right by challenging the shameful leadership of our state government — even if it means going to jail.