Daily Archive: October 16, 2013



This Week In Black History 10-16-13

Week of October 16-22 October 16 1849—The man considered the first Black historian in America is born. His name was George Washington Williams. He was also the first African-American to serve in the Ohio legislature. He died in Blackpool, England, in August 1891.



Shutdown is audacious, insensitive act by Congress

by Shannon Williams “I don’t know what I am going to do. The government shutdown makes it tough for people like me who try to make an honest living.” The above statement is from a gentleman who called the (Indianapolis) Recorder office last week. I have never met the man, nor do I know his real name. “I just wanted to talk with you,” he told me. “You seem to understand what people go through in their lives so I just wanted to unload.”



All Pittsburgh mayors from 1934-2013 were Democrats

LOUIS ‘HOP’ KENDRICK I was in a local super market and there was a sign posted that stated food vouchers were temporarily not being accepted. A couple of shoppers were livid and said, “Those damn Republicans stopped our food stamps.” I have stated for many years that Blacks, who have been the staunchest supporter of the Democratic Party, should open their minds and recognize that when it comes to improving the quality of life for Blacks there is little difference if any all between the two parties. The reality of the stoppage was not the fault of Republicans but a computer malfunction.



Don’t play politics with debt limit

MARC H. MORIAL (NNPA)—“In the event that a debt limit impasse were to lead to a default, it could have a catastrophic effect on not just financial markets but also on job creation, consumer spending and economic growth—with many private-sector analysts believing that it would lead to events of the magnitude of late 2008 or worse, and the result then was a recession more severe than any seen since the Great Depression.”—U.S. Treasury



Arts & Culture calendar 10-16-13

Thursday 17 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 10-16-13

Business series OCT. 17—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host its Business Series from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at the Downtown and Business Location, 612 Smithfield St., Downtown. The topic will be “Workplace Diversity with Vibrant Pittsburgh.” CEO of Vibrant Pittsburgh Melanie Harrington will discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and the region. She will reveal what Vibrant Pittsburgh does to support employers, recruiters, newcomers and others, and how one’s organization can benefit from creating a diverse talent pool in Pittsburgh. This is a free event, seating is limited and on a first-come basis. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or email business@carnegielibrary.org.



Finally… Steelers win a game

ANTONIO BROWN—Another big game Well, it finally happened. It had to happen eventually. The Steelers finally won their first game of the season with a 19-6 victory over the New York Jets, 3-3.