Daily Archive: November 5, 2009


Community Calendar

Community forum NOV. 4—The National Council for Urban Peace and Justice will host the Campaign for Drug De-Criminalization & Amnesty from 6-8 p.m. at the Hill House, 1835 Centre Ave., Hill District. This is a community forum that’s part of an ongoing effort to end gang and drug-related violence and will discuss the decriminalization of drugs, the connection between drugs and community violence, the progress on the war on drugs and the responsibility of parents, educators and public officials. There will be a community discussion, input and panelists. For more information, call Khalid Raheem at 412-513-8838 or e-mail kraheem322@yahoo.com.


Sting: Obama best person to handle world’s ‘mess’

NEW YORK (AP)—Sting isn’t a religious man, but he says President Barack Obama might be a divine answer to the world’s problems. “In many ways, he’s sent from God,” he joked in an interview, “because the world’s a mess.” BELIEVES IN OBAMA—British recording artist Sting is photographed in New York Oct. 28. But Sting is serious in his belief that Obama is the best leader to navigate the world’s problems. In an interview Oct. 28, the former Police frontman said that he spent some time with Obama and “found him to be very genuine, very present, clearly super-smart, and exactly what we need in the world.”


Madonna promises light for Malawian village

MPHANDULA, Malawi (AP)—Madonna has promised electricity to a village in Malawi, the impoverished southern African country where she runs a charity organization and from which she has adopted two children. Speaking in Mphandula, some 30 miles from Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, the singer said Thursday: “I know you work in darkness. I will bring you electricity.” BREAKING NEW GROUND—Madonna, second from left, gestures before cutting the ribbon at the ground breaking ceremony for the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls in Malawi, Oct. 26.


Funeral for Detroit mosque leader Abdullah draws hundreds

by Ed WhiteAssociated Press Writer DETROIT (AP)—Hundreds of people offered hushed prayers Oct. 31 at the funeral for a slain Detroit mosque leader while authorities across the border in Canada made the final two arrests in a criminal case that is stirring some anger in the Muslim community. Luqman Ameen Abdullah was remembered as a caring man who followed the tenets of his Islam faith as an imam, or prayer leader, of a small mosque north of downtown. Fellow imams said he was generous and a good brother, and no one mentioned the FBI’s claim that he had a violent, anti-government ideology. IMAM BURIED—This undated photo shows Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah, imam of the Masjid Al-Haqq mosque in Detroit.


No trick: 2,000 kids knock on White House door

by Christine SimmonsAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP)—President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on Saturday doled out presidential M&Ms and dried fruit mixes to more than 2,000 trick-or-treaters, marking their Halloween at a White House event partly aimed at honoring military families. Dressed as superheroes, pirates, fairies and skeletons, the kids came in with their parents from Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C., and lined up on the orange-lit White House driveway. TRICK OR TREAT—President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hand out candy at the White House on Halloween.


Woman faces 15 years for cutting Walmart checkout line

(NNPA)—A former college student faces up to 15 years in prison for allegedly cutting the line at a Walmart, and the NAACP and ACLU have stepped in to generate support for her case. Heather Ellis, 24, is charged with two felony counts of assaulting a police officer, one count of disturbing the peace, and one count of resisting arrest in connection with a January 2007 incident at a Kennett, Mo., Walmart. HEATHER ELLIS


SCLC elects MLK’s daughter as its first female president

by Errin HainesAssociated Press Writer ATLANTA (AP)—Reverend Bernice King embraced the legacy and leadership of her parents Oct. 30 as she became the first woman to head the civil rights organization co-founded by her father. The youngest child of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King vowed to be a bridge between the civil rights generation and the hip-hop generation as the eighth president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. NEW SCLC PRESIDENT—In a Oct. 18, 2008 file photo, Rev. Bernice King speaks in Atlanta.


NNPA chairman confronts GM and Ford for lack of ads

WASHINGTON (NNPA)—It is estimated by the Chicago-based research firm, Target Market News, that African-American consumers will have spent $2.8 billion on new General Motors cars in this year alone. According to industry statistics, GM’s models, which include Chevys, Cadillacs, Saturns, Buicks, Pontiacs and GMC trucks, represented just above 18 percent of all the new cars purchased by African-Americans in just the first seven months of this year.



This Week in Black History

For the week of Nov. 5-11 November 5 1867—The first Reconstruction Constitutional Convention took place in Montgomery, Ala. In attendance were 90 Whites and 18 Blacks. Reconstruction would bring forth a period of tremendous political and educational advancement for ex-slaves after the Civil War. But Reconstruction was significantly undermined by the Hayes-Tilden of 1877 and the beginning of the anti-Black Jim Crow period. DOROTHY DANDRIDGE, NAT TURNER 1902—Etta Moten (Barnett) is born in San Antonio, Texas. She would become one of the first major African-American Broadway stars. She starred in “Porgy and Bess” and had a successful Broadway career.


Speak Out…Does the mother play a role in street violence?

At the Women’s March for Peace, Bev Smith challenged mothers to take more responsibility for their children. We asked Pittsburghers what they thought. Here’s what you said: Yes. I believe mothers, fathers, too, because there are so many absent fathers. I think mothers bear the responsibility because there are so many things these kids do today and they (mothers) condone some of the things they do. They say it takes a village to raise a child. Now it’s hard to say mothers because there are so many grandparents raising grandchildren, it’s hard to say when the mother’s absent. SANDRA SPELLS, JANET MINNI AND ELAINE LEE Sandra Spells North Side Retired