Daily Archive: August 13, 2010


Is violent Rihanna-Eminem song a teaching tool?

by Jocelyn NoveckAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP)—It’s hard to forget the haunting photo that leaked out early last year: Pop star Rihanna, her elegant face bruised and battered after a violent assault by her then-boyfriend, R&B singer Chris Brown. Now, she’s appearing in something else shocking, though thankfully fictional: Rapper Eminem’s chart-topping “Love the Way You Lie,” a song (and now video) that graphically depicts a physically abusive relationship. And the debate has begun: Is the song a treatise against (or apology for) domestic violence or an irresponsible glorification of it? Or is it something uncomfortable in between? And how exactly to explain the role of Rihanna, who has said she aims to help young people learn the lessons of her ordeal? RIHANNA, EMINEM


Untangling the juvenile court system

Allegheny County judges can hear as many as 300 juvenile cases in a year. With the high number of juveniles coming into the courtroom every year, many families are left wondering about the court system and how they should prepare their children. “I like the parents to be involved from the beginning. Sometimes we recommend things like family therapy because it’s obvious there are issues in the home as well as issues in their child’s behavior,” said Judge Kimberly Clark. “Sometimes parents are reluctant. Part of what I need to see parents do is demonstrate they have insight in their kids and they have the ability to properly supervise their child.” JUDGE KEVIN COOPER, JUDGE DWAYNE WOODRUFF, JUDGE KIMBERLY CLARK, JUDGE OSCAR PETITE



Blacks were builders, we must now ressurect

We have built pyramids, nations, Black Wall Street, schools, churches, universities and families. The pyramids show signs of the centuries, nations are in disarray, bigots destroyed Black Wall Street, churches have become more business-oriented than Christ-like, schools no longer provide a quality education, many Black universities are bordering on bankruptcy, families are deteriorating, and Black businesses are no longer supported by Blacks because we have become a race of consumers. Blacks must become “a people who ressurect.” The definition is to bring back to life.


Celebration of life for Bishop Thorpe

Bishop Eugene M. Thorpe passed away Aug. 7 after several years of health issues, his age was not given by the family. He was the founder of the North Side Institutional COGIC. “He passed of natural causes, quietly with his family at his side,” said James Vaughn, husband of Bishop Thorpe’s daughter, Lisa Thorpe-Vaughn. BISHOP EUGENE THORPE


Peters leaves for top spot in Atlanta

A title and position may mean a lot to some, but to Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Peters, a prestigious appointment merely gives him the right to make challenging inroads on a larger scale; thereby impacting a world where God is always in control. The man who leaves an indelible mark on Pittsburgh’s theological community is moving his knowledge and expertise to the city of Atlanta as the eighth president of The Interdenominational Theological Center. Since 1958, the ITC has been training men and women for Christian leadership and service, both within the church and the surrounding global community. Located adjacent to the Atlanta University complex, the ecumenical consortium encompasses six various denominational seminaries, including the Baptist, United Methodist, African Methodist Episcopal, Christian Methodist Episcopal, Presbyterian USA and the Church of God in Christ. The ITC, providing theological education, also includes a Lutheran center and is the country’s largest joint cooperative of African-Americans in higher education. REV. RON PETERS


Prisoners graduate from entrepreneur school, ready to start new businesses

A graduation ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh’s pilot prison reentry program, which provides counseling and training for individuals with a criminal record in developing a business idea and turning it into a new venture. There was over seven months of classes, educational forums and one-on-one counseling sessions in which the participants developed the knowledge and essentials business skills needed to either run a successful business or succeed in today’s job market. THE GRADUATES—The graduates from the program are men standing behind the couch, from left: Kunta Bradford, Raheem Allen, Terry Neal, Dominic Soloman and Christopher Lyons. Sitting, from left: Toni Schley, Haneefah Abdullah, Natalie Tomasic and Shelley Hart. Not in photo is Gerald McKinney.


At Pasadena school, ‘chasers’ dog chronic dropouts

by Christina HoagAssociated Press Writer PASADENA, Calif. (AP)—School has long since started for the day when Jose Ramirez pulls up to a small bungalow and yells out to a tardy student. Anthony Gonzalez limps to the door, shirtless with a head of bed-tousled hair. “It’s after nine, man, you got to be in school,” Ramirez tells the 19-year-old, who dropped out of school after a gang shooting four years ago left him paralyzed on one side. Ramirez helps pull a T-shirt over Gonzale’s frozen arm and playfully scolds him. TOUGH LOVE—Anthony Morris, 27, top, a chaser and security guard at the Learning Works! Charter School, and Edgar Rodriguez, 17-year-old high school dropout, joke around during their lunch break in Pasadena, Calif., July 21.


Institutional racism in Congress

(NNPA)—The sensational exposes about Rep. Maxine Waters have failed to relay an important fact to the public about why she arranged meetings between herself, a bank, and former Treasury Secretary Paulson. It had to do with trying to support the survival of the Black economic infrastructure, which had been hit hard by the financial crisis the country faced. Waters has for a long time been an advocate for Black businesses in the Congress, essentially because they had been marginalized and excluded routinely. Here, she took over the role of Parren Mitchell of Baltimore who was their champion, but who left the Congress with an illness.


Let’s reclaim the dream on Aug. 28

(NNPA)—Forty-seven years ago, our nation was in the midst of uncertainty, trepidation, fear, frustration, anger and unrest. Forty-seven years ago, we were simultaneously hopeful, dedicated, ambitious, determined and resilient. Forty-seven years ago, people of all races gathered at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to urge their federal government to live up to the standards and ethos embodied in our Constitution. Forty-seven years ago, we demanded equal access to education, voting rights, desegregation across the board, just employment opportunities and equanimity in society.


Obama makes strong case for education reform

(NNPA)—President Barack Obama delivered an important speech on education at the National Urban League’s Centennial Conference in Washington, D.C. The president began by honoring the National Urban League for “opening up opportunity, rolling back inequality, and making our union just a little more perfect” during our first century of service. He then used the bulk of his time to address one of the most important and controversial issues of his presidency—improving American education, increasing graduation rates, lifting up failing schools and closing the achievement gap that is leaving too many students of color behind.