Daily Archive: August 7, 2013



Let’s have an honest discussion about race

WILLIAM REED (NNPA)—If we talk about what ails us, that will make it better. When will Black Americans stop getting short shrift? After the Supreme Court’s invalidated Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., described it as “a central pillar of the civil rights laws that helped bring America’s ideals closer to reality for all.” Leahy said he “feared the ruling would jeopardize the rights of racial minorities.” A familiar activist chant of activists is. “Black life is valued less than White life.” And that has gained currency in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. Now, the national conversation is about “race in America.” What we really need across America is “a conversation on race” that helps Blacks to rearrange some priorities.



Eagles should suspend Cooper for using racial slur

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper has apologized for making a vile racist slur against African-Americans. Cooper said he was “ashamed and disgusted” with himself, Cooper apologized repeatedly for making the racial epithet at a recent Kenny Chesney concert in Philadelphia that was caught on video and led to him getting an undisclosed fine from the Eagles. The National Football League and Eagles team owner Jeffrey Lurie said Riley’s remarks are unacceptable, but they could send a stronger message if he was suspended a few games.



OVERTIME 8-7…A-Rod, Paula Patton, ‘Johnny Football’

BILL NEAL :10 Here’s when you know you got juice…A-Rod aka Alex Rodriguez, he of the New York Yankees and the owner of 647 home runs, No. 5 on the hit list and 2,901 hits soon to be 3,000, if he’s allowed to play…he told baseball what the deal is not, not the other way around…but Barry Bonds is the devil huh? (Oh this just in hot off the press. A-Rod just got 241 game suspension….but guess what he’s still playing!



Arts & Culture Calendar 8-7-13

Thursday 8 Savoy Live The Savoy Restaurant presents Savoy Live from 6-9 p.m. at 2623 Penn Ave., Strip District. Every Thursday night there will be a showcase of live music from some of the best Pittsburgh musicians. For more information, call 412-281-0060. 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.



Business Calendar 8-7-13

Small Business Basics AUG. 10—The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University and SCORE Pittsburgh will host its “Small Business Basics” Workshop from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the university, Mellon Board Room, Woodland Road, Pittsburgh. This informal workshop is for women who are interested in starting a business or expanding their current one. Experts will discuss business planning, financing, bookkeeping, legal issues pertaining to small businesses and more. Registration is required and a continental breakfast will be served. For more information, visit http://www.chatham.edu/cwe/events.



35th annual Sixth Mt. Zion music workshop

ROLAND CARTER UNITES THE CHOIR IN SONG (Photos by Rossano P. Stewart) Sixth Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church held its 35th Annual Music Workshop Sunday July 28. The event harmonically swooned the audience with mesmerizing and soul steering gospel hymnals, straight from the old south. The concert choir was lead by Dr. Roland Martin Carter, who recently retired from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga after 24 years of service. His accomplishments as a leading figure in the choral arts include lectures, workshops, master classes and concerts with major choruses and orchestras in prestigious venues nationwide. Also as an extra added treat for gospel lovers, the incredibly talented Omar J. Dickenson served as guest conductor, putting the concert choir through a glorious pace of highs and lows. Stunning solos by Gayle Ross, Henry Biggs, James Hall and Constance Terry, gratified the audience to shouts of the Holy Spirit. Special appreciation was given to Carvis Fisher, Minister of Music at Sixth Mt. Zion Baptist Church, for his untiring contributions to the ministry.



‘The Gift of Life’: CORE celebrates week of organ donation awareness

ORGAN DONOR ADVOCATE—Donated organ recipient Ron Gooden spends his time passionately speaking about being given a second chance at life through organ donation. (Photo Courtesy of CORE) Hampton High School coach Ron Gooden had always been active. He played football through his college career and even some professional. He knew he had a slightly enlarged heart (dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart with thick walls and a large pumping chamber), which doctors told him was no real concern, and a family history of heart disease, but never did he think there was a chance he would be out of the game of life so soon. But within a few years he went from coaching on the sidelines, to being sidelined and lying on his deathbed waiting for “the gift of life.”



How A-Rod let us down

Yankee’s star Alex Rodriguez spoke at a press conference after Major League Baseball suspended him for 211 regular-season games through the 2014 season August 5. (CNN Photo) (CNN) — “A-Rod is the future of baseball. He’s exactly what the game needs: a Dominican wonder kid with Hollywood looks, one of the best players in the game, the highest-paid deal in baseball at just 22 years-old. No question he’s our cover guy.” That was my argument as a young editor back in March of 1998 for putting A-Rod on the premiere cover of ESPN The Magazine, along with Kobe Bryant, Eric Lindros and Kordell “Slash” Stewart (oops).



Randolph, Slide Brothers introduce masses to slide guitar

Robert Randolph by Genea L. WebbFor New Pittsburgh Courier Robert Randolph has been on a crusade to bring the gospel rhythms of the pedal steel guitar to the world. So, together with co-producer John McDermott, Randolph has helped The Slide Brothers, the greatest living steel guitar band, to release its debut album, “Robert Randolph Presents: The Slide Brothers” in mid February on Concord Records.