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Re: “WWE robbed fans at Money in the Bank and rubbed it in on Smackdown

I really want Carmella to win now. After that Promo she needs to get it back, it was perfect. I also want Ellsworth to get involved again, just not unclip it. I want Ellsworth involved because I REALLY want to to see a Becky vs. Ellsworth at Summer Slam! It would be so satisfying to see her Blexplex his ass all over the ring!

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Posted by ChuckChuckerson on 06/22/2017 at 8:44 PM

Re: “Scenes from Sunday's Pride Festivities in Downtown Pittsburgh

you can take me off your email list , when you send crap like this, I cant believe Pgh has a queer paeade.

Posted by Kenneth R Calfo Sr on 06/14/2017 at 2:20 AM

Re: “Withdrawn painting at arts festival spurs discussion of race and representation

I think the critiques of this art piece on the basis of race are wrong. The artist has a right to his/her vision and how they represent that vision. In this case the critics are picking an easy target; someone who actually gives a fuck about the needless and grotesque death of young Tamir Rice, at the hands of the state, and, who has painted a telling image of this grotesque fact in a telling and grotesque artistic imagery. It is grotesque in the eyes of all, black, white or otherwise. These critiques are highly subjective, and do not form a standard for a critique on how to deal with the subject of inhumanity visited upon blacks by artists who are non-black. There can be no such standard, short of such standards of excellence elsewhere found. Just as there can be no standard for the human eye viewing and representing inhumanity short of that very artistic humanity itself. Such humanity does not yield to race though it is often informed by race. These critiques are barren. They search for easy targets and soft audiences. The artist, one black, one white, each views inhumanity and each makes an artistic representation. Ours is to like or dislike, not to ban. Cultural appropriation is when one dons the culture of the other and pretends authenticity. Authentic representatoon, in multidimensional formats, from multitudinous sources is precisely, art.
Stop censoring in bigger, more arcane, made-up terms.

Curtiss E. Porter, Ph.D.

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Posted by doccepski on 06/04/2017 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Withdrawn painting at arts festival spurs discussion of race and representation

I don't know enough about the artist but news flash, artists aren't always perfect. How can white people help? There's racism, and the police have shot innocent black people. A the thin blue line has lost people too. Police have been trained under a warrior mentality for years, and de-escalation in police departments is not popular, the FOP endorsed Trump. It scares me, and I don't know what to do. Anyone can be next on the list, as we saw in the Holocaust. Who is to judge the levels of prejudice from one person to another? It's important to talk about it, to try, even if we make mistakes towards one another - not violent ones, just living and learning with each other. It has to be done, it absolutely has to be done. It is naive to think that all white people are blind to their privilege, or that we all want the same kind of status quo world. This is a ripple, not a huge thing. If we don't resist more smartly we will have wasted years that could be vital!

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Posted by economy on 06/03/2017 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Withdrawn painting at arts festival spurs discussion of race and representation

I've known Mr. Megalis for many years and I'm more familiar with his video work than his painting work. His hyper concentration of the entire life of Tamir Rice into the visual depiction of his last moments is extremely brutal. I think if he as an artist was engaged in the Black community, had a history of working to dismantle white supremacy and social justice work, I think he might have painted this subject matter very differently. He has a right to paint anything he likes, of course, but he should recognize the fresh and painful wounds he's opening when he does work like this and be prepared to discuss it.

I think it's more telling that there were no jurors of color curating the event. I know the Arts Festival is working towards inclusion, I believe this is the first year they had a local hip hop showcase (I could be wrong on this, but I know they have a local showcase on June 8 and I don't recall seeing one in the past and I think that's definitely progress.) They just have further to go, and I think this piece and it's resultant controversy illuminates this truth.

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Posted by PhatManDee on 06/03/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Withdrawn painting at arts festival spurs discussion of race and representation

I feel that Black Femmes must stand together and reveal the true nature of Megalis'
He is so used to being dominant he could not withstand criticism from the very demographic he depicted in this "art". How many grieving black mamas has he engaged without asking for notoriety? He literally said that he spent 4 weeks on this and wanted people to see it. Vanity failed him. And this will never be seen to scale. As it should be, throw it in the ocean....
He somehow thought he was doing a favor to a community he admittedly never engaged or wanted to engage. He never sent the family even a note of condolence. This was a ploy to exploit black trauma. If it was not, he would come defend his work.....

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Posted by blackfemmesalwayswin on 06/02/2017 at 9:22 PM

Re: “Withdrawn painting at arts festival spurs discussion of race and representation

The word you're trying so hard to use is "riddance." Stay in school.

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Posted by CountFunkula on 06/02/2017 at 9:18 PM

Re: “Withdrawn painting at arts festival spurs discussion of race and representation

Megalis played himself. Good riddens. May the painting spontaneously combust. #BYE

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Posted by blackfemmesalwayswin on 06/02/2017 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Amazing Cafe in Pittsburgh permanently closed after workers participate in one-day strike

To me what does it matter how much the business owners house is worth or what he paid. The business owner has every right to close or do what they want with the business not the employees. Why is this even a news article?

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Posted by Wesley Smith on 05/27/2017 at 7:44 AM

Re: “Amazing Cafe in Pittsburgh permanently closed after workers participate in one-day strike

The real story here is that most of the other Amazing Cafe employees disagreed with the strike and that the employees who did strike did not have good reason to do so. Not only that, Mr. Reyes is an unreliable source (liar). He claimed in the Incline article that his wage was $14/hour (he was saying how it's unfair that other employees only make $9). In fact, Mr. Reyes' wage was $20/hour to make wraps and smoothies.

I hate to put myself out there with an opinion like this but I feel that these striking employees are an embarrassment to our society. They also undermine the campaigns of people with real labor issues in this country (and world).

If you get paid $20/hour to work at a cafe, and then you go on strike, you should have a trial with the maximum penalty being exile.

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Posted by Sam Leonard on 05/26/2017 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Amazing Cafe in Pittsburgh permanently closed after workers participate in one-day strike

Rediculois article. A waste of ink. Just ridiculous.

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Posted by Terri Weigand Tuma on 05/26/2017 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Amazing Cafe in Pittsburgh permanently closed after workers participate in one-day strike

The only thing more pathetic than this story is the weak ass journalist who thought they had story .

A service industry employee with over a decade of experience, who is still not even a manager or even union member "protested" his own decision to work at a poorly managed restaurant, then after rightfully losing his job, now claims the restaurant is actually highly successful and it's unfair that employees at a completely separate business get better benefits than he does.

Then, the writer drags the owners name through the mud by sensationalizing the value and location of their home...

This is some yinzer shit right here.

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Posted by Disco Dan on 05/26/2017 at 3:40 AM

Re: “Members of Pittsburgh LGBT community criticize EQT sponsorship of Pride Parade

A mainstream corporate sponsorship is not a good indicator of hearts and minds changing, nor is it a good indicator of whether queer peoples' actual life experiences are what they should be. It's extremely common nowadays for corporations to give lip service, and implement a mix of policies which may including things that benefit queer people in some ways, but also policies which sound good, but are largely very superficial, and whose genuine benefits tend to go more to queer people who are white, cisgender, and higher up in the corporate hierarchy, than to queer people who are black, trans, non-binary, and workers. And it's also very common for the same corporations to, at the same time, also be supporting anti-queer agendas, as in the case of EQT's support for Republicans in Pennsylvania with a history of opposition to LGBT+ friendly legislation, and fracking (which hurts everybody). These kinds of corporations put a lot of effort and money into promoting their own queer-friendly image, but don't do a good job of actually supporting queer people. I urge people to look skeptically at corporations. Don't be fooled or distracted by the bread. It may look tasty, but it doesn't change the fact that it's a *** sandwich.

I also think it's misguided to value organizations and people based on how much money they have, or how much money they spend. Queer people, especially queer people of color, and trans/non-binary people need people who are truly on their side, who truly have their back, much more than they need people with lots of money who don't give a **** about them. Which is why Ciora and organizations like sisTers are so important 'and worthy of support. Ciora's not holding progress back; she's getting it right. She's the one actually standing up for the most vulnerable, as she so eloquently described, and these accusations about her motives are outrageous. What, for example, do you think is more useful to transgender people struggling with unemployment and homelessness? Raising money for a homeless shelter for trans people? Or giving money to Bud Shuster? It's not how much money that matters, so much as where it's going. How is this even a question?? Transgender and non-binary people need people like Ciora and organizations like SisTers, and they absolutely need for them not be corrupted by money from EQT, who would surely in the long run divert them away from supporting the most vulnerable. I think it's absurd to assume that the people with the most money, the most people, and the most positivity are necessarily in the right or doing the most good. It's often the poorly funded, the unappreciated, and the negative (honestly critical) people who do the most work to make things more just.

And as for homelessness, poverty, and health having nothing to do with being LGBT, are you kidding me? LGBT people make up about 4% of the general population in this country, but LGBT youth make up 20-40% of people without homes, 10% transgender people have been evicted from their homes for their gender identity (vs. 0% for cisgender people), 1/5 transgender people have been discriminated against when seeking a home, transgender have higher poverty rates, higher risk for depression and suicide, are less likely to have health care access, more likely to be incarcerated and more likely be victims of police violence and other violence than the general population. And all of these are even more likely for transgender people of color. Consider the following facts:

"Black transgender people had an extremely high unemployment rate at 26 percent, two times the rate of the overall transgender sample and four times the rate of the general population.
A startling 41 percent of Black respondents said they had experienced homelessness at some point in their lives, more than five times the rate of the general U.S. population.

Black transgender people lived in extreme poverty with 34 percent reporting a household income of less than $10,000 per year. This is more than twice the rate for transgender people of all races (15 percent), four times the general Black population rate (9 percent), and eight times the general U.S. population rate (4 percent).

Black transgender people were affected by HIV in devastating numbers. More than one-fifth of respondents were living with HIV (20.23 percent), compared to a rate of 2.64 percent for transgender respondents of all races, 2.4 percent for the general Black population, and 0.60 percent of the general U.S. population."

(from Injustice at Every Turn: A Look at Black Respondents in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, by the National Black Justice Coalition and the National Center for Transgender Equality)

In many places in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the country, it's completely legal to discriminate against transgender people in hiring, firing and housing. Not to mention that in addition to being more likely to being homeless, transgender people face discrimination when it comes to homeless shelters themselves. Homelessness, poverty, and health have *everything* to do with being LGBT, and have *everything* to do with being LGBT and black. But it may not seem that way to some queer people who are white, cisgender, and affluent--- that's why it's so important to listen to people like Ciora who speak honestly about what it's like to live outside of those bubbles.

And no, it's not racist for a black person to honestly point out that black people are not treated equally. It's racist for black people to be treated unequally. Being honest about the very current racism in our county helps to solve it. Squashing honesty from black people about that is what holds things back. Ciora is not fostering an us or them mentality, nor is she creating a controversy. She's being honest about inequality that's already there. And it's not hate to point out problems. It's love to stand up for the people harmed by those problems. I respect Ciora for her toughness, her beauty, and her love.

TLDR: Listen up to what Ciora's saying.

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Posted by Timothy Bruce on 05/25/2017 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Wilkinsburg elementary students moving into previously closed high school building

Very informative. Thank you.

Posted by New Reader on 05/23/2017 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Members of Pittsburgh LGBT community criticize EQT sponsorship of Pride Parade

"I don't know who this Ciora person is," says "EnoughisEnough" ... well, at least Ciora is willing to stand behind her own comments and sign her name.

"Love or hate Delta, they put on an entertaining event every year consistently" says hatersgoneH8. By all means, that's the most important thing --- Delta Foundation throwing a big party for cisgender white people to enjoy themselves.

I don't know Ciora Thomas from a bar of soap, but the comments on this thread are like upper-class liberal privilege come to life, and frankly it sure seems to me like it's EXACTLY why she's speaking up.

Intersectionality is hard, huh? SMDH, as the kids say.

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Posted by P.M. on 05/22/2017 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Members of Pittsburgh LGBT community criticize EQT sponsorship of Pride Parade

Can we just pretend that Pride isn't political any more since we have gay marriage now? My life is comfortable and I don't like thinking about the intersections of oppression of race, class, queerness, etc. Corporations are benevolent overlords and should never be questioned.

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Posted by Skizzy on 05/20/2017 at 11:20 PM

Re: “Members of Pittsburgh LGBT community criticize EQT sponsorship of Pride Parade

@enoughisenough thank you!!!

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Posted by deedee on 05/20/2017 at 6:49 PM

Re: “Members of Pittsburgh LGBT community criticize EQT sponsorship of Pride Parade

The greatest threat to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community today is Mike Pence & Donald Trump. Can we please focus on the biggest threat? This is exactly what those clowns want us to do...divide us and conquer.

I don't know who this Ciora person is but as a proud black gender-fluid/pansexual person you do NOT speak for me.

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Posted by EnoughIsEnough on 05/20/2017 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Members of Pittsburgh LGBT community criticize EQT sponsorship of Pride Parade

Ciora, you can disrespect me all you want. The truth is, i believe in love over hate. I believe in working with others over slapping others. I believe in forgiveness. I am a gay, i am black, and i am proud. Calling myself "centrist" just means i will not be pigeonholed into any of your predetermined political holes. I am what i am, i believe what i believe, and i do not believe in hate. Hate does not change hearts, it only hardens them. If it makes you feel better confronting and hating, by all means have at it. I prefer to go the route of love. Peace out.

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Posted by centrist on 05/20/2017 at 6:00 PM

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