Monthly Archive: September 2009


Will Edwards end radio ‘Black out’? Cites plans to bring new station to Pittsburgh

Before his friend Harvey Adams died, media mogul Eddie Edwards spoke with him about about finding a way to replace the loss of WAMO, the city’s last Black radio station. And at Adams’ funeral, Edwards said he promised he would do it. EDDIE EDWARDS Now it appears, Edwards is just days away from fulfilling that promise. He told the New Pittsburgh Courier he is still nailing down some loose ends, but plans to hold a press conference making a formal announcement early next week.


Without warning WAMO fades to black

On Sept. 8, WAMO 106.7FM and AM 860 faded to black without any notice to the radio listening audience. Around 6 p.m. DJ Boogie, the program director and on-air deejay for WAMO 106.7FM, played “It’s so hard to say goodbye” by R&B group Boyz II Men. At 6:10 p.m. the radio station that began 61 years ago, was nothing but static. The community is outraged and no one has stepped up to the plate to bring in another urban radio so far. BLAKK STEEL There is hope for us who go online or will buy satellite radio, but for the rest of the community, it is over.


A Golden Opportunity: Organizers say summit is an international showcase for city

Four of those tasked with making the Sept. 24-25 G-20 meeting an international showcase for Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas told members of the African American Chamber of Commerce that the Pittsburgh summit would do exactly that. Allegheny County Councilman Bill Robinson, Pittsburgh Council President Doug Shields, VisitPittsburgh President and CEO Joe McGrath, and Allegheny Conference on Community Development Vice President for Corporate Relations Bill Flanagan joined Chamber President and CEO Doris Carson Williams for an interactive discussion on G-20 at the chamber’s Sept. 18 Power Breakfast. PROMOTING PITTSBURGH—Doris Carson Williams, African American Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, introduces, from left to right: Bill Flanagan, Doug Shields, Joe McGrath and Bill Robinson, who helped ready the city for the dignitaries, press and protesters coming to the G-20 Summit.


Getting around the G-20…Where you can and cannot go

With the final G-20 summit security restrictions on traffic in place, it is still possible to get there from here, but with many businesses and organizations closing for the Sept. 24-25 meetings, there may be no there, there. Still, for those who have to go Downtown, or around town, there are ways to do so. First, drivers cannot use any of the Downtown exits from the parkway. These restrictions will go into effect Sept. 24, at 12:01 a.m. through at least 8 p.m. Sept. 25.


August Wilson Center adds feather to cap of Cultural District

Close to 800 people came out to witness the world premiere of The August Wilson Center for African American Culture on Sept. 17. The $39.5 million multi-faceted facility is dedicated to the memory of playwright August Wilson, who grew up in the Hill District, a mere mile from where the center now stands. GRAND OPENING—Delroy Lindo and Anna Marie Horsford open the World Premiere Tribute Ceremony in the August Wilson Center Theater. “It was indeed a labor of love for me and it was one that gave birth to a community asset that builds upon the legacy of excellence that is art, culture and history, that is African-American culture, that is American culture,” said Neil Barclay, who served as the center’s president and CEO from 2003 to 2009. “I hope that if you don’t appreciate it on this day, that you will come to appreciate how extraordinary a gift this kind of facility is to the community and the region of Pittsburgh.”


March for jobs kicks off G-20 protests

Led by banners and speakers blasting “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” from the back of a pickup truck, nearly 400 protesters chanted and sang as they marched from Monumental Baptist Church in the Hill District to Freedom Corner to demand jobs and to call attention to international monetary policies they say support banks but not people. ROLLING THUNDER— Anti-capitalist activists join job, peace and single-payer health insurance advocates in the initial protest march leading up to the Sept. 24-25 G-20 Leadership Summit at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Most of the marchers and organizers were from out of town, several staying in a tent city erected next to the church. And while the demand that government do more to create jobs was the main theme of those who spoke before and after the march, protesters also called for an end to global warming and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, housing for the homeless, single-payer health insurance and even the release of Mumia Abu Jamal.


Oldest Community Day brings Clairton together

Reconnecting with old friends was the theme for the 22nd annual Clairton Reunion. Held during Labor Day weekend, the event drew about 1,000 present and former city of Clairton residents from around the country. “I come for the weekend because as we grow older, there are fewer and fewer picnics to come to and I want to get in as many as I can and I enjoy seeing friends,” said Ronald Scurry, from Raeford, N.C. but was born and raised in Clairton. He has attended the annual event for as long as he can remember. ORGANIZERS—Some of the organizers were Lamont Lewis, Juanita Horne and Emanuel Lewis.


Speak Out…Do you think the Steelers can repeat as Super Bowl champs?

The Steelers won the Super Bowl last season and one of the favorites this season. We asked Pittsburghers what they thought. Here’s what you said. “The odds are against it. They have some new players and all have to find that cohesiveness. This might just be their growing time to become that championship caliber team again.”Velva MathisWilkinsburgAdministrative assistant


Community Calendar

Summit SEPT. 23—The National Council on Urban Peace, Justice & Empowerment will host the International Peace, Justice & Empowerment Summit from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Hosanna House, 807 Wallace Ave., Wilkinsburg. This is an action alert town hall forum that will discuss globalization, economic justice, prison industrial complex, urban and international policy, health care and reparations. The keynote speakers will be Ron Walters and John A. Powell. The co-conveners will be T. Rashad Byrdsong and Amir Khalid Sammad. For more information, visit


Jamaican playwright Trevor Rhone dies at 69

images/stories/_national/2009/09_2009/9-23-09/trevor.jpg KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP)—Trevor Rhone, a prominent Jamaican playwright and screenwriter who co-wrote “The Harder They Come,” a film classic that helped introduce the island’s pop culture to a global audience, has died. He was 69. TREVOR RHONE His brother Neville says the filmmaker died of the consequences of a heart attack at a hospital in Jamaica’s capital of Kingston.