Monthly Archive: October 2013



Marvin Gaye’s children sue Robin Thicke over ‘Blurred Lines’

This file photo shows singer-actress Nona Gaye by Anthony McCartneyAP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two of Marvin Gaye’s children sued Robin Thicke and his collaborators on the hit song “Blurred Lines” on Wednesday, accusing them of copyright infringement and alleging music company EMI failed to protect their father’s legacy. Nona Marvisa Gaye and Frankie Christian Gaye’s suit is the latest salvo in a dispute over Thicke’s hit and whether it copies elements of Gaye’s song “Got to Give It Up.” Their lawsuit seeks to block Thicke and collaborators Pharrell and T.I. from using elements of their father’s music in “Blurred Lines” or other songs.



Smith didn’t need any Halloween tricks to outcoach Gateway

MASTERMIND—McKeesport Head Coach George Smith, the mastermind of the Tigers Flex-Bone offense guided the Tigers to a 49-12 win over Gateway and will lead them into the WPIAL playoffs with a 9-0 record. As the kickoff drew near Thursday night between Gateway (7-2) and McKeesport Area High School (9-0), there was almost a basketball-like atmosphere. The Gateway student section, dressed in black and gold, was cheering loudly and the McKeesport section was aiding in the pregame revelry. Then, the Gators went out on the field, holding hands marching 2-by-2 to the beat of its own drum.



Celebrity-store partnership runs risks

In this Nov. 11, 2007, file photo, recording artist Jay-Z performs at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. (AP Photo/Gary He, File) by Anne D’InnocenzioAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — When big-name celebrities pair up with big businesses, customers often believe the adage: You are the company you keep. Rap artist Jay-Z is learning that firsthand. He has complained this week that he’s been unfairly “demonized” because he hasn’t backed out of his collaboration with Barneys New York after the luxury retailer was accused of racially profiling two Black customers.



Is poor financial planning behind AWC’s current situation?

ULISH CARTER What good is a goal or vision or a dream without the capital to support it? The August Wilson for African American Culture was a beautiful dream. It was a great idea. It was a magnificent vision. But did anyone even think about how much capital, funding, money it was going to take to build this beautiful building, as well as run it after it was built. Did they have any business people, accountants or just someone with some common sense as a part of the decision makers?



Up, Up and Away with legendary Marilyn McCoo-Davis

UP, UP AND AWAY—Marilyn McCoo-Davis Up, Up and Away was the theme and the sound track for the Workforce Development Global Alliance’s (WDGA) Eighth Annual 2STEPS2WORK Benefit Mini-Concert & Festival. On Oct. 2, at the LeMont Restaurant guests enjoyed an African extravaganza, dinner and entertainment by the legendary, Grammy award winner Marilyn McCoo-Davis. WDGA was founded in 2006 and their mission is to promote economic self-sufficiency through peace and employability of disadvantaged youth. The 2STEPS2WORK program equips youth to resolve conflict (get along)—Step 1 and provide the career development skills to become employable (Get Ahead)—Step 2.



Important relevant colors: Blue, greenness and blackness

LOUIS ‘HOP’ KENDRICK Too many Black, White, males and females present a general response when an act of criminality occurs, “call the police,” the men in BLUE. It is the responsibility of the police to solve a crime but I have spoken and written for a number of years that men in BLUE are not the preventers; the preventers are those politicians who we have given our votes to for a number of years.



Accident leaves 2 Pittsburgh teens dead, 2 injured

Many friends and family came out for the vigil for Mysharri and Kahdejah. (Photo by J.L. Martello) Pittsburgh Bureau of Police are still investigating whether alcohol, along with speed contributed to the fatal crash that left two Pittsburgh teens dead and two others injured in the early hours of Oct. 27 in the 1000 block of Saw Mill Run Boulevard and Crane Avenue in Beechview. Police haven’t released the names of two males, ages 17 and 19, who were reportedly critically injured and remained hospitalized Monday.