Daily Archive: October 1, 2009


‘Ebony’ for sale? Buyer or partner sought for iconic magazine

The nation’s number one African-American magazine is reported to be in financial trouble, stated Newsweek magazine. Johnson Publishing, which publishes Ebony and Jet magazines, is seeking a buyer or investor for its flagship publication, Ebony, to ensure that it survives, the report said. THE END?— Ebony’s latest issue features an interview with music legend Whitney Houston and coverage of President Barack Obama in Ghana. CEO Linda Johnson Rice, daughter of legendary founder John H. Johnson, has approached, among others, the report says, Time Inc., Viacom, as well as private investors.


African American Heritage Day Parade to honor founder Harvey Adams Jr.

For more than 20 years African-Americans have been coming together and marching as one in the city of Pittsburgh. And it is that time of year again. On Oct. 3, the African American Heritage Day Parade will take place. It will begin at 11 a.m. at Mellon Arena and end at the newly opened August Wilson Center. HARVEY ADAMS JR. AND DORIS CARSON WILLIAMS With the recent passing of Harvey Adams Jr., parade founder and community activist, it is sure to be an emotional event.


Westinghouse girls basketball Coach Phyllis Jones is reinstated

Westinghouse High School girls’ basketball coach Phyllis Jones has been reinstated after receiving a one-year suspension in February for allegedly recruiting a Langley High School player. “I feel great. This should’ve been taken care of a long time ago and I’m ready to put this behind me and move forward,” Jones said. HONOREE— Phyllis Jones was named Coach of the Year at the Courier’s All City Awards Banquet.


G-20 Pittsburgh Summit vague on plans, symbolic of unity

At the G-20 Summit Sept. 25, international leaders met in Pittsburgh to draft a set of coordinated efforts to secure the recovery of global economy. The proposed resolutions from the summit were somewhat abstract, but ultimately the leaders resolved to continue recovery efforts that were jumpstarted at the London G-20 Summit in April. GET TO WORK—From left: French President Nicolas Sarkozy, President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown open the second day of the G-20 Summit. “Six months ago, I said that the London summit marked a turning point in the G-20’s effort to prevent economic catastrophe. And here in Pittsburgh, we’ve taken several significant steps forward to secure our recovery and transition to strong, sustainable and balanced economic growth,” President Barack Obama said at a press briefing after the meeting. “We brought the global economy back from the brink. We laid the groundwork today for long-term prosperity, as well.”


G-20 spouses tour CAPA, Warhol Museum

by Darlene Superville PITTSBURGH (AP)—First lady Michelle Obama, a supporter of arts education, says the arts are a form of diplomacy that challenges assumptions and helps people learn from and inspire each other. Underscoring her point, she spoke at the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School. Its students are like those depicted in the movie, “Fame,” majoring in dance, music, theater and other creative arts. First ladies of G-20 heads of state pose for a family photo at the CAPA School during the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh, Sept. 25.


The G-20 ghost town

If there had been tumbleweeds, they would have been blowing through the streets of Downtown Pittsburgh. With horse-mounted state troopers, the illusion was nearly complete. Pittsburgh, on the second morning of the G-20 Leadership Summit when President Obama spoke, was a ghost town. NOT A CAR IN SIGHT—The normally busy Boulevard of the Allies was empty of any signs of traffic and people. City, county, state offices—closed. The United Way, Urban League—closed. Saks Fifth Avenue and Brooks Brothers, stores that might have attracted foreign dignitaries—closed. Most Downtown churches were also closed, some, like the Lutheran church on Grant Street, had their windows boarded up.


“Enhancing Our Third Age” Grandparents Day Dinner

As a part of national Grandparent Month, Your Sisters Project sponsored “Enhancing Our Third Age” Grandparents Day Dinner at the Senator John Heinz History Center where several people were honored for their leadership in the community as grandparents. Community activist Louis Hop Kendrick was the emcee. Activist and comedian Dick Gregory was suppose to be the keynote speaker but he canceled, no reason was given. Shirley Muhammad is the head of Your Sisters Project. FOUNDERS—The founders of the Your Sister’s Project. From left:; Jeanette Williams, Shirley Muhammad and Lisa Gray.


Speak Out…Was G-20 Summit good or bad for the city?

Pittsburgh recently hosted the G-20 Summit, so we asked Pittsburghers their reaction to it. Here’s what you said. “I think that it was good for the city. It went over without having the violence that many people were expecting and it showed that people in the city are not wild and barbarian. The people who did attend were well-behaved, considering the circumstances.”Turhan ShabazzEast SidePoet Turhan Shabazz


Community Calendar

Race series Oct.1—Duquesne University will host its Critical Race Theory Speaker Series from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Duquesne Union, 4th Floor Ballroom, 600 Forbes Ave.,…