Daily Archive: July 17, 2013



Community Calendar 7-17-13

Class ReunionJULY 19—The Peabody High School 30th Class Reunion Committee will host the 30th Class Reunion at 5:30 p.m. at Savoy Restaurant, 2623 Penn Ave., Strip District. There will be a red carpet event, along with a weekend full of other events. For more information, call Terina Hicks at 412-532-6728.



Understanding financial aid award letters

by Cary Yates (NNPA)—According to the College Board, the average cost of college tuition and fees in 2012 ranged from $8,655 a year for in-state students attending a public, four-year college, to $29,056 a year for students attending a private, nonprofit four-year institution. Yet, a September 2012 survey showed that a school’s cost was the student’s fifth most important consideration when deciding where to attend college. Students also indicated a need for support from a variety of funding sources; more than half of students surveyed borrow from the federal government or a private lender to cover their costs.



Zimmerman trial protesters aim to keep up momentum

DON’T SHOOT—Abdul Kebbeh, 6, holds a sign at Westlake Park on Sunday, July 14, 2013 in downtown Seattle. Hundreds of people gathered at Westlake and marched to the United States Court House to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the Florida man that shot and killed Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo) by Verena DobnikAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP)—Thousands of demonstrators from across the country—chanting, praying and fighting tears—protested a jury’s decision to clear neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting death of an unarmed Black teenager, and organizers say they’ll try to maintain the momentum with vigils next weekend.



Looking beyond George Zimmerman

JULIANNE MALVEAUX (NNPA)—Trayvon Martin might not be dead except for the fact that George Zimmerman carried a gun and acted as a wanna-be policeman. Rev. Al Sharpton and others deserve props for rallying people and insisting that Zimmerman be brought to trial. Anytime a gun goes off, I think somebody has to go to trial, simply to ensure that their actions be accounted for. Zimmerman was found not guilty, but least he has been made somewhat accountable for his actions.



Business Calendar 7-17-13

First StepJULY 17—Duquesne University’s Small Business Development Center will host the “First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials” workshop at Duquesne University, Rockwell Hall, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. This free seminar is for individuals without previous experience. Topics that will be discussed are employee issues, business structure and formation, government procurement, major components of a business plan and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with a consultant at a later time. Registration is required. For more information, call 412-396-1633.



It is past time to confront the Obama Administration

BILL FLETCHER JR. (NNPA)—Alright, team, enough is enough. During the entire first term of the Obama administration, Black America—for the most part—gave the administration a pass. Many of us felt that the first Black president of the United States should have a little breathing room. While we gave him breathing room, the political Right, through organizations such as the Republicans in Congress and the Tea Party, did exactly the opposite.



Inside Conditions…And the band ‘wagon’ played on

AUBREY BRUCE “People movin out, people movin in why, why because of the color of their skin. Run, Run, run but you sure can’t hide. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Vote for me and I’ll set you free. Rap on brother, rap on. The only person talkin bout love thy brother is the preacher; and it seems nobody’s interested in learning but the teacher. Fear in the air, tension everywhere, unemployment risin fast the Beatles new record’s a gas; and the only safe place to live is on an Indian reservation. And the band played on” (from the Temptations 1970 smash hit. ‘Ball of Confusion).



New voting laws show need to act

When the Supreme Court weakened the Voting Rights Act last month, Chief Justice John Roberts argued that it was wrong to penalize states today for what happened in the past. Roberts’ opinion effectively freed all or parts of 15 states with a history of racial discrimination from having to get advanced federal approval for any election procedure.



Arts & Culture Calendar 7-17-13

Thursday 18 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.




BILL NEAL :10 I am sure by now you all know THAT I AM A LIFETIME MEMBER OF THE “KNOW-IT-ALL-CLUB”… Paid in full. Founded in who knows when, by our esteemed, fearless and still kickin’ leader Eddie “E.J.” Jeffries. That being said, we have a creedo… (we being me, Eddie, Dwight Law, Zik, Mike Booker and my dad. A small, but powerful group to be sure)…Anyway, the creedo is this, “We know everything about everything and what we don’t know, we make up!” But here’s one thing I do know and this ladies and gentlemen you can take to the bank. STAY-YOUR-ASS-OUT-OF-FLORIDA-CAUSE-THEY-ARE-ALLOWED-TO-KILL-BLACK-PEOPLE-THERE-AND-NOT-HAVE-TO-GO-TO-JAIL!! No really, it’s true and it’s the law.