Daily Archive: October 31, 2013

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People

Scandalous! Kerry Washington Is Preggers!

by Ruth Manuel-Logan Actress and fashionista Kerry Washington (pictured), who surprised her adoring fans with a hushed June wedding to NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha, has another secret she’s been baking in her oven for a few months now…she’s pregnant! And according to an unnamed source who reportedly spoke to US Weekly, the “Scandal” star is 4 months along.

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Metro

AG intervenes in August Wilson Center debt case

Buildings in downtown Pittsburgh are reflected in the windows of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture on Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The state attorney general’s office is intervening in a foreclosure case involving the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburgh.

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Metro

Hill community taking stand against ‘boosters’

TAKING A STAND—Bartender Latika Pamplin and Pittsburgh police officer Brenda Tate pose with signs on the Black Beauty Lounge’s windows, warning shoplifters never to come inside. (Photos by J.L. Martello) Within hours of the Hicks family opening their SHOP ‘n SAVE in the Hill District in the 1980s, boosters were selling cartloads of merchandise two blocks away. Add to that the employees “giving away” huge quantities of inventory and the store failed in short order; killing any chance of revitalizing the Hill for 30 years. The term “booster,” said Pittsburgh Police Spokes­person Diane Rich­ard, is a professional shoplifter, as opposed to, say, a teenager taking a pack of gum.

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National

GOP blocks Obama nominees, Dems weigh response

In this May 1, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama’s nominee for the Federal Housing Finance Authority director Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., waves during the announcement of his nomination in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) by Alan Fram Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked President Barack Obama’s picks for a powerful federal court and a housing regulatory agency, prompting Democrats to threaten curtailing the GOP’s ability to derail nominations. “Something has to change, and I hope we can make the changes necessary through cooperation,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said after the votes.

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Entertainment

Out & About 10-30-13

Former Pittsburgh Steeler Lynn Swann and the crew had a great time at the NEED event featuring DJ Grandmaster Flash at the August Wilson Center. This week I visited the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Downtown Pittsburgh, Galaxy Lounge and Entertainment Center in Homewood, CJ’s in the Strip District and Kenny’s Place in Uptown Pittsburgh. My first stop was at Kenny’s Place in Uptown where everyone came out for the Pittsburgh Steelers Party and visitors from Cleveland, Ohio had a party on the run and they were also in attendance. My next stop was at CJ’s in the Strip District where DJ Tee Jay was on the 1’s and 2’s doing his thing for the crowd all night long.

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Entertainment

12 Years a Slave: The realest slavery account in a movie ever

This image released by Fox Searchlight shows Michael Fassbender, left, Lupita Nyong’o and Chiwetel Ejiofor, right, in a scene from “12 Years A Slave.” (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Francois Duhamel) I’ll never know what it means to be a slave, producing forced, free labor, in the United States prior to the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. More definitively, I could not imagine what it would mean to be a legally free person and still be held captive for little over a decade.