Monthly Archive: September 2013



Survey: 15 percent of Americans don’t go online

Lynn Boyden, an information architect in web services at the University of Southern California, poses with a dating website on her computer at the USC information technology services center in Los Angeles.Boyden says she has developed two identities online: a public one for her professional life and a private one that only a few close friends can access. She tries to block advertising trackers when she can and limits what personal data might wind up on public sites. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) by Barbara OrtutayAP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The Internet has become so entwined in their lives that many Americans might have trouble coping without it. But a new survey found that some 15 percent of Americans — about 1 in 7 — don’t use the Internet at all. Most of them prefer it that way.



Why world religions should update views of women

Richard E. Kelly Since Sept. 11, 2001, the United States has become much more accustomed to the culture and religion of Middle Eastern and North African countries. One sharp difference is the role of half of that region’s population: girls and women. “Unfortunately for many Muslims, half of their human capital is repressed or completely silenced, and many academics and reporters who are knowledgeable about the region cite this one fact for lack of progress there,” says Richard E. Kelly, a self-described “survivor” of Jehovah’s Witness.



Santana, Hancock, 3 others to get Kennedy Center Honors

CARLOS SANTANA by Brett ZongkerFor New Pittsburgh CourierWASHINGTON (AP)—For Carlos Santana, music has always been a calling. He idolized his mariachi musician father as a boy in their remote hometown in Mexico and later grew up with the Woodstock generation after immigrating to San Francisco. Now the music legend will join the luminaries receiving this year’s highest national honors for influencing American culture through the arts. Santana is among five who will receive the Kennedy Center Honors.



NY school team calls it quits after football death

In this Sept. 20, 2013 photo, West Seneca East High School football players kneel during a moment of silence for Westfield-Brocton’s Damon Janes before a football game at Iroquois High School in Elma, N.Y. (AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Charles Lewis) by Carolyn ThompsonAssociated Press Writer BROCTON, N.Y. (AP) — It was a question with no right answer that tugged heavy at the hearts of Damon Janes’ teammates when the 16-year-old died after a hit in a high school football game: Should the season go on?



Will the Circle Be Unbroken…The Legacy of Tulsa Founder Tate Brady

by Jeffrey Myers WTB. The nearly-faded initials engraved on the gold pocket watch belong to one of the founders of Tulsa, Oklahoma. When Wyatt Tate Brady arrived in 1890, Tulsa had but a few hundred residents, all drawn by seemingly boundless opportunity. The pioneer Brady rolled up his sleeves and went to work, helping turn an untidy tangle of dirt streets and a handful of tents into what would one day be referred to as the “oil capital of the world”. Tate Brady was a hotel owner and an entrepreneur, a successful businessman and a civic leader. He was also my great-grandfather.



Philly mayor seeks 9/11-type effort on ‘domestic terrorism’

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu listens as Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, where they talked about their campaign to cut the nation’s murder rates, reduce gun violence and address other issues affecting the urban community. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is calling on the U.S. to find new ways to combat street violence because too many “Black men are getting slaughtered.”



The Bookworm Sez “Dirty Rotten Liar” is a book you’ll hate to miss

The haters are out in full-force tonight. They’re out, and they’re hating on you because you’re fly, fine, and fabulous. They can’t stand to see you just being you—because they want to be you, too. They want the clothes you’re rockin,’ the moves you’re bustin,’ and the attitude you’re carrying. Yep, haters gonna hate. And in the new novel “Dirty Rotten Liar” by Noire, they’re gonna hate because there’s a big-money oil inheritance at stake.


Cover To Cover: McMillan takes no prisoners examining grandparenting

TERRY McMILLAN September 17 was the release date for Terry McMillan’s latest tome and with an excerpt in the latest Essence magazine, “Who Asked You?’”’s debut in retail outlets should fly off the bookshelves. Just a few hours before an author appearance at an adjacent B&N, McMillan takes my pre-arranged phone to talk about the new release from her hotel in New York City.