Daily Archive: October 25, 2013

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International

Dutch push back against “Black Pete” criticism

In this Nov. 18, 2012 file photo a child dressed as “Zwarte Piet” or “Black Pete”, right, watches a parade after St. Nicholas, or Sinterklaas, arrived by boat in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (AP Photo/ Margriet Faber, File) by Toby SterlingAssociated Press Writer AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Facebook page seeking to preserve the “Black Pete” clowns in blackface who accompany St. Nicholas to the Netherlands during the holidays has become the fastest-growing Dutch-language page ever, receiving 1 million “likes” in a single day. The mushrooming popularity of the “Pete-ition” page reflects the depth of emotional attachment most Dutch people — 90 percent of whom have European ancestry — feel to a figure that helped launch the tradition of Santa Claus.

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Business

Tax Tips for small businesses

There are 23 million small businesses in America, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. Although each is unique, you can be sure that they have a common desire to minimize their taxes and make the most of the deductions for which they qualify. The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) offers these tips on how to achieve those goals.

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Opinion

A slave to slavery comparison

JULIANNE MALVEAUX (NNPA)—The brilliant surgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson is out of order and out of control when he compares the Affordable Care Act to slavery. As a physician, he must know how many people lack health care, and how much work this administration had done to right that wrong. As a health advocate, he must have seen those men and women who decide to forego pain medication in favor of something to eat for their children. As a distinguished medical leader, he must have read the Institute of Medicine (IOM) reports that talk about the differential ways in which health care is delivered in emergency rooms, with Black and Brown men less likely than others to receive medication for their pain, even when it involves a broken bone.

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People

Ebony magazine, Jacksons to honor Berry Gordy

This photo provided by EBONY shows the December 2013/January 2014 cover of EBONY magazine featuring Chiwetel Ejiofor on How Black Men Took Over Hollywood. (AP Photo/EBONY, Peter Hapak) NEW YORK (AP) — Ebony magazine’s celebration of its “Power 100″ list will have a Motown vibe — Berry Gordy is being honored with a lifetime achievement award, the Jacksons will perform in his honor, and the cast of “Motown The Musical” is due to appear, as well.

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Business

1963 CSU Alumnus Joshua Smith donates $50,000 to WCSU.FM

1963 CSU Alumnus Joshua I. Smith(First row, far right) presented WCSU-FM with a check for $50,000 during homecoming festivities toensure resources are available for the only minority-owned and operated non-commercial, Ohio public radio station broadcasting in the state. WILBERFORCE, OH –During a recent visit to his alma mater, Joshua Smith, a 1963 graduate, made a generous contribution of $50,000 to WCSU FM, the country’s oldest continually operating HBCU radio station. Dedicated to empowering young professionals, he spoke with students who were mass communication, business, and political science majors about the importance of focus and diligence as they complete their college education. Recalling and reflecting on his family’s legacy at Central State, (over 15 members of his family are CSU alumni) he reminded the students that “to whom much is given, much is required.”

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Opinion

The shutdown hurt the economy

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says that repealing the Affordable Care Act would never again be used by Republicans to shut down the government.“One of my favorite old Kentucky sayings is there’s no education in the second kick of a mule,” McConnell told The Hill newspaper. “The first kick of a mule was when we shut the government down in the mid-1990s—and the second kick was over the last 16 days.” We certainly hope McConnell is right, but we have reasons to remain skeptical.

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Lifestyle

NAACP annual Freedom Sunday Pics

FREEDOM SUNDAY—The NAACP Pittsburgh Unit hosted its 11th Annual Freedom Sunday event at St. James AME Church, located at 444 Lincoln Ave., in Lincoln-Larimer. The guest preacher was Rev. Dr. Randall Bush, of East Liberty Presbyterian Church, and the Minister of the Year was Rev. Darryl T. Canady from Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church. Pictured above, Rev. Maureen Cross Bolden presents the NAACP award to Rev. Dr. Canady. (Photos by J.L. Martello)

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Sports

Washington football team should drop the ‘R’ word

MARC H. MORIAL (NNPA)—“At a moment when President Obama and Republican leaders remain deeply divided, this week saw them come to a bipartisan agreement on one thing: It is time for Washington’s NFL team to stop using a racial slur and to finally change its name.”–Oneida Indian Nation radio ad Less than two week ago, as Dallas and Washington revived their annual NFL football rivalry, they also found themselves in the middle of an escalating fight over the name of the Washington football team. In fact, as part of its “Change the Mascot” campaign; the Oneida Indian Nation is running radio ads in Dallas and the other cities where the Washington football team is playing this year calling for D.C.’s team to drop the “R” word from its name.