Daily Archive: October 18, 2013

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Opinion

Black Democrats miss the big picture

RAYNARD JACKSON (NNPA)—I was having a discussion with this friend about the latest goings on in D.C. This person is a very prominent White political operative and he was asking me to help him understand what he called “the peculiarity of Black leadership.”

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Generation Y

Environmental groups seek strength in diversity

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins by Kevin BegosAssociated Press Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Thousands of young environmentalists from around the country are heading to Pittsburgh, planning to strengthen the green movement by involving more people of different races and backgrounds. The four-day Power Shift conference beginning Friday takes on some traditional issues in a new way. Organizers are fighting coal mining, fracking for oil and gas, and climate change, but doing it through sessions such as “Racism and the Climate Movement,” ”Sex and Sustainability,” ”Young Leaders from Puerto Rico’s Frontlines,” and “Lessons from Transgender Activism.”

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International

Norway rocker in French court for alleged racism

Norwegian heavy metal rocker Kristian Vikernes, 40, arrives at the Paris courthouse to answer charges of allegedly inciting racial hatred and other charges linked to his alleged anti-Semitic and xenophobic messages, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) PARIS (AP) — A Norwegian heavy metal rocker on trial in France on charges of inciting racial hatred has had his case adjourned until June 3.

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Opinion

Dr. Boyce: Kenan’s comments about Black women give us excuse NOT to watch SNL

Kenan Thompson I’ve been a fan of Saturday Night Live since I was a child. I enjoyed watching the likes of Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock and many of the other amazing comedians who’ve come through the show over the years. Also, non-Black comedians, like Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers, Chevy Chase and others have set the standard in their genre. In fact, I haven’t even touched the surface when it comes to the long list of talented people who got their start on SNL.

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National

As government re-opens Obama warns: “The American people are completely fed up with Washington”

BACK IN BUSINESS–President Barack Obama speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington on Oct. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) by Andrew TaylorAssociated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) — The government unlocked its doors Thursday after 16 days, with President Barack Obama saluting the resolution of Congress’ bitter standoff but lambasting Republicans for the partial shutdown that he said had damaged the U.S. economy and America’s credibility around the world.

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Sports

Duke named preseason favorite in new-look ACC, Pitt 6th

Pittsburgh basketball player Lamar Patterson, right, answers a question as teammate Talib Zanna listens at a press conference during the NCAA college basketball Atlantic Coast Conference media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond) Aaron BeardAP Basketball Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski is again coaching the team picked to win the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Hall of Famer knows it’s going to be a lot tougher to live up to the preseason prediction with the addition of Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame to the ACC.

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Lifestyle

The Tipping Point: Changing demographics influencing taste buds

Tortillas and other items are seen in the International food aisle of a grocery store Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 in Washington. These days, tortillas outsell burger and hot dog buns; sales of tortilla chips trump potato chips; and tacos and burritos have become so ubiquitously “American,” most people don’t even consider them ethnic. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) by Suzette Laboy and J.M. HirschAssociated Press Writers MIAMI (AP) — Salsa overtaking ketchup as America’s No. 1 condiment was just the start. These days, tortillas outsell burger and hot dog buns; sales of tortilla chips trump potato chips; and tacos and burritos have become so ubiquitously “American,” most people don’t even consider them ethnic. Welcome to the taste of American food in 2013.

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Health

Macedonia FACE joins fight against HIV/AIDS in Black community

TRISHA GADSON There remains an epidemic going on in the African-American community in southwestern Pennsylvania, and it is one which there is a “new silence.” There is not enough dialogue and/or conversation happening around the barriers that keep a certain subgroup of individuals who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS from following through for treatment. At Macedonia Family And Community Enrichment (FACE) these people are the target population for a program they have been conducting since March 2013; the Minority AIDS Initiative.