Daily Archive: October 8, 2009


Violence epidemic takes young lives: $5,000 reward for information in 5-year-old’s death

For every two American soldiers killed so far this year in the Iraq war, one person has been killed in Pittsburgh. It’s no secret that a large number of these local homicide victims have been African-Americans, accounting for 45 of the 64 deaths. LOOKING FOR ANSWERS—Moné Parker tells the crowd about the loss of her grandson. One Vision One Life, an organization working to curb these numbers, has been a pillar in the community after every homicide in recent years. After the death of 5-year-old Jaylon Johnson-Floyd, the youngest of all the 2009 victims, they took the lead at attempting to wake up the city to the violence in the Black community.



45 of 64 homicides Black lives: Enough is enough, not one more life

The loss of a life to senseless acts of violence is hard to cope with, but it is exceptionally hard when it is an innocent 5-year-old child who is asleep in his own home, like Jaylon Johnson-Floyd. There has to be a point where the community says enough is enough, not one more life. But what will it take to get to that point? It is a shame, when we, as a community, are holding vigils at what seems to be every other day due to these horrific acts that continue unabated.


Women’s Walk message is hard to swallow

On Oct. 3, more than 300 people gathered at the Northview Heights Bridge to begin the second Annual Women’s Walk for Peace. By the time they reached their destination in West Park, two miles later, their numbers had doubled. “No one is killing us, but us. These are our children. You have mothers whose children are in all kinds of trouble and they’re running around talking about, ‘my baby didn’t do that.’ Your baby did that and some and your baby did it because you let your baby do it.” BEV SMITH Meeting them head on in the park later that day was national radio personality Bev Smith with a tough message. She told the women to take responsibility for the violence in their community and to take a stand against it.


Edwards radio station buy to prevent ‘Black out’, Plans January air date

True to his word, formerly retired media mogul Eddie Edwards Sr. has bought a radio station and hopes to begin broadcasting in January. Edwards announced the purchase during an Oct. 5 press conference at the law offices of Burns, White & Hickton, which assisted with the purchase and where his son practices. He was also joined by his friend Harvey Adams III, whose father inspired Edwards to make this move. MAKING A STAND —Flanked by Harvey Adams III, left, and his son and attorney, Eddie Edwards Jr., media mogul Eddie Edwards announces the purchase of WPYT 660 AM which will provide a news/talk format on issues of concern to the area’s African-American community.



Blame it on the Internet?

Somebody has to take the blame so why not blame it on the Internet? Stores are dropping like flies, newspapers are folding and for the first time in 51 years Ebony Fashion Fair has been cancelled. What is the world coming to? I’ve been trying to analyze the whole thing for a while now. When it comes to stores closing I’m not surprised. So many stores are duplicates of the one across the street or a mile away. We can only shop so many places and I think the Internet has had an impact on much of the retail world. We shop online for everything these days. You can shop in your pajamas, order the merchandise and it shows up on your porch.


Sestak stumps against Specter

Outside his southeastern Pennsylvania district, or the U.S. Navy, Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak admits he is not well known. So, he’s not surprised to be trailing Sen. Arlen Specter by 44 percent to 25 percent in the latest Quinnipiac poll. But the primary election is still seven months away, and the first-term congressman and retired rear admiral plans to continue crisscrossing the state in the interim. JOE SESTAK


Women urged to make changes at YWCA symposium

YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh marked its 140th anniversary with a symposium at the Westin Hotel Oct. 2. With the theme “Women Who Dare: Do They Make a Difference?,” the symposium featured a series of sessions and speeches from nationally renowned women and many of Pittsburgh’s own trailblazers. One of the afternoon’s keynote speakers was political commentator Donna Brazile who chairs the Democratic National Committee’s Voting Rights Institute. Brazile addressed the role of women in politics, especially in last year’s presidential election.


Jackson named POISE VP

The POISE Foundation recently announced the appointment of Karris M. Jackson to the position of vice president of programs effective Oct. 1. In this position,…


Speak Out: Does African-American Heritage Day Parade generate cultural pride?

The African-American Heritage Parade was held Oct. 3, so we asked Pittsburghers their view of it. Here’s what you said:“The parade has great potential. It seems that the representation of our culture is growing more and more each year with participation from multiple African and African-American segments of our community. Sometimes the mere presence can mean so much.” LaKeisha WolfWilkinsburg EnjoyourSelf, owner


Community Calendar

Justice service OCT. 8—The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania Greater Pittsburgh Chapter will host a Juvenile Justice Series at 7 p.m. at the Amani International Coffee House, 507 Foreland St., North Side. Every month the organization will examine the impact the criminal justice system has on the region’s youths. This month’s topic is “The School-to-Prison Pipeline.” This is about the growing national trend of criminalizing, rather than educating youths. Entrepreneur and activist Jasiri-X will lead the discussion. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-681-7736 or e-mail info@aclupgh.org.