Daily Archive: June 2, 2010


Alicia Keys pregnant with first child, to marry

by Nekesa Mumbi MoodyAP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP)—Alicia Keys is in a motherhood state of mind: She’s pregnant with her first child. The Grammy Award-winning R&B singer has been dating producer Swizz Beatz, who has written hits for Beyonce, Jay-Z and others. They’re engaged to be married at a private ceremony later this year. ENGAGED—In this March 15 photo, recording artist Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz attend Niche Media’s annual Gotham Gala in New York.


FEMA trailers: Environmental time bombs?

by Jesse Muhammad For New Pittsburgh Courier WASHINGTON (NNPA)—A congressional hearing took place on Capitol Hill to explore the “Public Sales of Hurricane Katrina/Rita FEMA Trailers: Are they Safe or Environmental Time Bombs?” featuring the testimony of award-winning filmmaker Gabe Chasnoff and pediatrician Dr. Corey Hebert. In the wake of Katrina and Rita in 2005, Chasnoff and his production crew stumbled upon the largest FEMA trailer park based in Baker, La., which turned out to be a formaldehyde nightmare for hurricane survivors. This gave birth to his documentary, “Renaissance Village,” which was named after that particular trailer park. DR. COREY HEBERT


Michelle Obama promotes mentoring in Motown

by Mike HouseholderAssociated Press Writer DETROIT (AP)—The nation’s mentor-in-chief landed in Detroit on May 26 for a rousing, campaign-style rally at a college football stadium where she exhorted thousands of students to study hard, get plugged into their communities and become the leaders of their generation. “Look, young folks, there is so much in life that you can’t control,” first lady Michelle Obama said. “But these are the things you can.” MENTOR-IN-CHIEF—First lady Michelle Obama speaks at a White House youth leadership and mentoring event at Wayne State University in Detroit, May 26.


This Week in Black History

Week of June 4-10 June 4 1922—Samuel L. Gravely is born. Gravely became the first African-American admiral in the United States Navy and the first African-American to command a U.S. warship. The Richmond, Va. native died in 2004 at the age of 82. 1972—College professor and Black activist Angela Davis is acquitted by a jury of charges that she assisted and conspired with the young men involved in a deadly 1970 shootout at the Marin County courthouse in California. The assault on the courthouse was an attempt to free imprisoned Black activist George Jackson. At least three people were killed during the escape attempt. Davis, a Birmingham, Ala. native who became a member of the Communist Party, spent 16 months in prison but on this day in 1972 she was found not guilty of all charges by an all-White San Jose jury. ANGELA DAVIS


NYPD recordings confirm racial injustices

by Cyril Josh BarkerFor New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)—An article published in The Village Voice concerning operations by the NYPD in Brooklyn has many outraged, but also confirms speculation regarding how police handle communities of color. Earlier this month, the Voice obtained hours of taped recordings from NYPD Officer Adrian Schoolcraft of Brooklyn’s 81st Precinct. The officer secretly recorded his colleagues for hundreds of hours discussing things including street confrontations and roll calls and other conversations at the precinct.


Letter To The Editor…Support for WDUQ 90.5 FM

Dear Editor: It has been most troubling to me as an annual contributor, and to the many avid fans of WDUQ Radio (DUQ 90.5 FM), that this great station may be leaving the airways, at least in its present form. TIM STEVENS I listen to this station literally every morning, and usually at various times throughout the day. The blend of news and jazz has had tremendous appeal to me, and apparently to close to about 270,000 other fans of this media gem. I really can’t imagine not hearing the melodic voices of Tony Mowod and Bob Studebaker, as well the other excellent hosts such as Helen Wigger, bringing this community the sounds of this nation’s original art form, jazz!



Is Rashad Byrdsong under attack?

Throughout Allegheny County T. Rashad Byrdsong can mobilize more people than any other person. There has to be a reason for it. Allow me to expound on why I believe he has that capability. First he has a sense of commitment, which will not allow him to be intimidated by those in the community who deem themselves to be powerbrokers, and based on principle he is willing to challenge even those with the purse strings. He also is one of those who took incarceration and made it positive. It provided him with a sense of compassion, caring and understanding that too many of us lack. We all understand the unemployment statistics among Blacks who have no police record, and also the fact that unemployment among those who have run afoul of the system is staggering. Byrdsong has taken this tragedy head on.



Death of Newsweek and ’80s’ memory

REAL TIMES MEDIA)—If you were a kid in the late ’80s or early ’90s who spent their summer watching television, there are few things you remember. Hours of game shows, soap operas and Donovan Freberg. Trust me, you know who Donovan Freberg was. He was the blonde-haired kid with glasses who did all of those commercials for encyclopedia Britannica from ’89 to ’93 where he talked to the narrator about having to do a book report on “space.”



Campbell Brown’s exit leaves CNN in a crossfire

(NNPA)—Campbell Brown’s decision to quit hosting her weeknight program on CNN because of poor ratings has left a void that some network officials are considering filling by hiring former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, possibly using him in an old “Crossfire” format. Yes, that’s the same Eliot Spitzer who had to resign two years ago after patronizing prostitutes. Spitzer was forced to step down after arranging for a New York prostitute contracted by Emperors Club VIP to meet him at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., on St.Valentine eve. According to authorities, Spitzer paid the 22-year-old prostitute $4,300 in cash, which included a $1,100 deposit toward future services. The former New York attorney general and governor was said to have paid the agency more than $15,000 over six months, which was part of the $80,000 he was said to have spent on prostitutes over several years.


When will we finally stop burying our children

(NNPA)—People often ask me to deliver words of comfort and strength during some of their most challenging moments in life. Throughout the decades, I have stood side by side with family members of those that have been wrongfully killed in acts of violence—whether those acts were committed by police or from within the community itself. I have witnessed the unbearable heartache of countless grandmothers, grandfathers, parents and children who may very well never recover from their loss. Each and every time, I feel the pain—their pain—at so senselessly losing a human life in what is often a matter of minutes or even seconds. But nothing is more difficult or more disconcerting then when I receive a phone call regarding the shooting death of a mere child. A little over a week ago, I got that ill-fated call.