Monthly Archive: June 2013



Objectified…Misogyny in hip-hop music continues

Lil’ Wayne (shown with fellow rapper Nikki Minaj) is among hip-hop artists cited by many for lyrics that some feel are disrespectful to women. by Jessica R. Key “Black girl sippin’ white wine/put my fist in her like a civil rights sign.” “Your bi*** ride me like a go-kart, I play that pu**y like Mozart. I Mozart these hoes’ hearts then after that they worthless.” “Should I call somebody else, cause girl it’s almost 12 and this d**k won’t suck itself.” As Black Music Month comes to a close, many believe hip-hop is far from its humble roots and includes misogynistic lyrics that are incredibly degrading to women.



Cover-To-Cover: ‘Where Did Our Love Go’

GIL L. ROBERTSON IV The song always pops up when you least expect it. There you are, minding your own business, you hear a few notes, and you’re pulled back to a wonderful-horrible time, starry dreams, laughter, bitterness, love lost. That old love song might be just a “precious melody,” but it almost brings you to your knees. Love is such a complicated thing: easy to fall into and easy to fall out. And in the new anthology “Where Did Our Love Go,” edited by Gil L. Robertson IV, you’ll see that you’re not alone in being alone. The statistics are quite sobering.



Dave Koz and Friends bring ‘Summer Horns’ to Robert Morris stage

THE SAXAPHONE—Dave Koz, second from left, with friends Richard Elliot, Mindi Abair, and Gerald Albright. Saxophone greats Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Mindi Adair and Richard Elliot are taking listeners back to a time when music was known for its tight horn sections and people like James Brown, Kool and the Gang, Stevie Wonder and Tower of Power ruled the airwaves with their ‘Summer Horns” collaboration album and subsequent tour which is set to hit Robert Morris University’s Sewall Center Arena on July 12.



Obama’s ties to Mandela loom over S. Africa visit

This two-picture combination of file photos shows Nelson Mandela on Aug. 8, 2012, left, and President Barack Obama on May 31, 2013. It was as a college student that President Barack Obama began to find his political voice. (AP Photo/File) by Julie Pace AP White House Correspondent JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Inspired by Nelson Mandela’s struggles in South Africa, a young Barack Obama joined campus protests in the U.S. against the racist rule that kept Mandela locked away in prison for nearly three decades.



5 ways students changed in the last 40 years

by Jamie Gumbrecht (CNN) — Every couple of years, the National Assessment of Educational Progress releases a short-term snapshot of how students fare in science, civics or other subjects. But it doesn’t quite answer the big question: How are students really doing?



Friend: Trayvon Martin encounter racially charged

Witness Rachel Jeantel continues her testimony during George Zimmerman’s trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. June 27. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Jacob Langston, Pool) by Kyle Hightower SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman’s defense attorney insisted during several testy exchanges with an important prosecution witness Thursday that Trayvon Martin injected race into a confrontation with the neighborhood watch volunteer and insinuated the young woman was not believable because of inconsistencies in her story. However, 19-year-old Rachel Jeantel stood firm in her testimony about the night Zimmerman shot the unarmed Black 17-year-old after a fight that Jeantel said she overheard while on the phone with Martin. Jeantel has said Martin told her he was being followed by a “creepy-ass cracker” — implying Martin was being followed by a White man because of his race.



Commentary…Homewood at the crossroads

C. MATTHEW HAWKINS On Monday, June 24, Councilman Ricky Burgess convened a Homewood community discussion about how to deal with vacant or abandoned properties. The discussion was held at the neighborhood branch of Carnegie Library. Homewood Renaissance Association CEO Rev. Eugene Blackwell, Operation Better Block Executive Director Jerome Jackson, Rosedale Block Cluster Executive Director Diane Swann, and Community Empowerment Association CEO Rashad Byrdsong, were among the 50 community and non-community participants in the meeting.