Daily Archive: November 6, 2013



This Week In Black History 11-6-13

ABRAHAM LINCOLN Week of November 6-12 November 61746—Absalom Jones is born into slavery in Sussex, Del. He becomes the first Black Episcopal Church priest. Along with African Methodist Episcopal Church founder Richard Allen, he also founds a Black self-help group called the Free African Society. Jones dies in 1818. 1858—Samuel E. Cornish dies. Along with John Russwurm, he established the first black owned and operated newspaper in America—“Freedom’s Journal.” The newspaper’s famous motto was “We wish to plead our cause.” 1860—Abraham Lincoln is elected the 16th president of the United States. His opposition to the expansion of slavery prompted slave-owning states to succeed from the union which brought about the Civil War. Lincoln’s opposition to slavery was more pragmatic than moral signified by his famous phrase—“A nation cannot exist half-slave and half-free.”



Ruthless cuts will hurt food stamp recipients

Food stamp recipients will see a major cut in their monthly benefits today when a temporary benefit from the 2009 stimulus that boosted food stamp dollars will expire. Beginning Nov. 1, a family of four receiving food stamps will receive $36 less a month, according to the Agriculture Department. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, U.S. food-stamp program now cost almost $80 billion a year. The automatic cuts scheduled for Friday will reduce about $5 billion from federal food stamp spending over the coming year. In addition to the cuts scheduled for Friday, more cuts are expected to follow.



Arts & Culture Calendar 11-6-13

Thursday 7 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.



Lil Mama surpasses Left Eye role expectations

TLC THE MOVIE VH1’s CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, the No. 1 trending topic on social sites during its premiere Monday night, reignited the buzz and fan-based admiration for the Grammy award winning trio. The movie covers a lot of the backstage occurrences that we never saw like Left Eye’s father’s murder, Chili’s chilling abortion, and T-Boz’s unexpected diagnosis of sickle cell anemia. For 150 minutes, viewers also enjoyed the great moments like when the girls heard their song on the radio for the first time or their very first tour with MC Hammer and Jodeci.


Inside Conditions: No love lost

AUBREY BRUCE When I heard all of the “disloyal” chatter spewing from the mouths of the present trash talking Steelers nation in regards to the present state I am reminded of the bright eyed bride or the gushing groom. They both treasure their marriage vows until the next door neighbor’s wife comes to borrow a cup of sugar or the next door neighbor’s husband changes a flat tire for the neighbor’s wife when he is next door. Eyes grow big and wide with anticipation just before the infidelity “gene” kicks in. Hey you “yinzers,” do you remember these “timeless vows that you took when the the Black and Gold was in their heyday? Where are you now “Franco’s Italian Army?” Have “Gerela’s Gorillas” been relocated to a “protected” animal reserve and designated as an “endangered” species? I will not be like United States Sen. Rand Paul and plagiarize Wikipedia? For all of you that may still have a bit of “cow juice” behind the ears; wikipedia says that; “Roy Gerela (born April 2, 1948, Sarrail, Alberta) is a former [NFL] placekicker best known for his years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, with whom he won three Super Bowl rings.



Overtime 11-6-13

BILL NEAL :10 For all you haters out there, and you know who you are, do you really think “Kobe” is not coming back like a man possessed? Do you actually think he’s just going about his day-to-day business as if the whole world is not watching? OK, OK, OK let me try one more time. Deep down in your jealous…“I could have been a star”…heart…you truly believe that one of the 10 greatest players of all time (that’s right I said it!) is just sitting around on his butt allowing history to somehow magically give him his greatness??? No – You – Do – Not! He will return, and mark my word, greater than you last saw him, and that my friend, “You can take to the bank!”



Business Calendar 11-6-13

Business Seminar NOV. 6—The University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence will host “Good Governance Makes Good Sense: Laying Out A Strong Foundation for the Future” from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the Duquesne Club, 325 Sixth Ave., Downtown. Dirk Surge, will lead this foundational program designed to help harness the power of strong leadership. Registration is required. For more information, email ieeregistration@katz.pitt.edu.



Peduto beats 2 opponents for Pittsburgh mayor

Democratic candidate for Mayor of Pittsburgh, City Councilman Bill Peduto, right, walks with his communications director Sonya Toler on his way to vote in the Pennsylvania primary election on May 21. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic/File) PITTSBURGH (AP) — Democrat Bill Peduto has defeated a pair of weak opponents in his bid for a four-year term as Pittsburgh’s next mayor.



Jacksons perform Gordy tribute at Ebony gala

From left, musicians Jackie Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson and Tito Jackson attend the Ebony Power 100 Gala, on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP) by Nekesa Mumbi MoodyAP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Motown founder Berry Gordy recalls that when he first signed The Jackson 5, he sent them to live in a house in California — and the rowdy kids ended up getting kicked out and had to move in with him. Joked Gordy: “Be careful what you wish for.” On Monday, Marlon Jackson thanked Gordy for “letting us come to your house and tear it up,” as well as for putting them on the path to a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career in a tribute to Gordy at the Ebony Power 100 gala.



NYU student wedged between buildings is recovering

Asher Vongtau (Facebook Photo) NEW YORK (AP) — A 19-year-old student who fell from the second floor of a New York University dormitory and spent a day and a half trapped in a narrow shaft between two buildings is in good spirits, despite suffering several broken bones, relatives said Monday.