Daily Archive: August 20, 2010


African-American museum experts assemble in Pittsburgh

The August Wilson Center for African American Culture served as host to the Association of African American Museums annual conference, Aug. 4-7. Pleased with the results of the convention, Samuel W. Black, AAAM vice president and curator, African American Collection for the John Heinz History Center said over 200 people were in attendance. WOMAN TO WOMAN—Kathe Hambrick Jackson, newly elected president of AAAM, is up to the challenge to lead the organization. The theme for this year was “I’ve Known Rivers: Presenting African American Arts, Culture and History.” Group officials said the theme was inspired by renowned poet Langston Hughes. The poem, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” is labeled as one of his most famous. The subject matter of the conference was said to explore efforts by metropolitan museums and cultural institutions to preserve and present the ancient through contemporary African-American history and arts.


Is greed holding you back?

Michael Douglas, portraying the egomaniac stockbroker Gordon Gecko in the movie “Wall Street” boastfully stated, “…greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works.” And so it seems that in our capitalistic society, the endless quest for the almighty dollar, the single minded pursuit of self-interest and resulting conspicuous consumption are all considered to be part of the American way. But is the system causing us to become a slave to our greed? Is your greed holding you back?


Former Clairton basketball legend Gissendanner gives back with Kam’s Kamp

Kamela Gissendanner always wanted to hold a summer basketball camp for young girls in Clairton and surrounding areas. “I wanted to give back to my community,” said Gissendanner, 25, who hails from Clairton. “The mission is to develop, teach and educate young women and help them become successful athletes.” Her dream came true this summer when she held her first Kam’s Kamp at McKeesport Area High School Aug. 5-6. KAM’S CAMPERS—Back row, from left: Taylor Ohm from Elizabeth and Tish Hines from Clairton; second row from top: Charel Allen from Monessen, Kamela “Kam” Gissendanner and Joncelyn Peterkin from West Mifflin; third row: Jeanette Meacham and Velissa Vaughn from Clairton; front row: Kameron Townes and Deron Jackson from Clairton. Not pictured is Carele Smith of Clairton. About 60 girls between eight and 17 from Clairton, Norwin, Elizabeth and Monessen, learned such fundamentals as having a positive attitude, maintaining a strong work ethic and setting goals. The girls also worked on their shooting, passing, dribbling and free throws.



I’m not going to take it

Do you remember the 1976 movie “Network?” It had the famous line “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore.” Since last week everyone is talking about Steven Slater, the infamous JetBlue flight attendant who snapped and exited the plane via the emergency slide with two cans of beer in hand. In the words of Chris Rock, “I understand.” I’ve been on planes where the passengers are rude and downright ignorant. It drives me crazy when people attempt to bring all their bags on the plane when the bags will not fit in the overhead. I have witnessed this prior to the additional fees that are now charged. I would sit and watch the male or female flight attendant try to push the bag into a space too small for the bag because the passenger refuses to check the bag.


Symposium strives to create stronger leaders

Reverend Dr. Judith C. Moore, dean of the Institute of Ministerial Training, fore­casts a bright future for the leaders of the Black church. “We want to empower and equip all of God’s servants to become the leader that God has called you to be—a vessel that glorifies God and serves with gladness,” said Moore, pastor of First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Clairton where ministerial training is held. LAWRENCE HAYNES III plays the piano. Moore and the members of the board of examiners of the AME church put together a day-long leadership symposium at Clairton’s Morning Star Baptist Church to help current Black church leaders lead more effectively and ultimately tackle some of the problems that the Black Church faces today.


I wonder. Why do women gossip so much?

Dear Gwendolyn: I was at a restaurant two weeks ago and there was a lady sitting next to my booth talking on her cell phone. I did not purposely listen, but could not avoid it because she was talking loudly. The lady was on the phone when I was seated and she was still on the phone when I left which was about 45 minutes later. I don’t know who was on the other end of the call, but I do know the conversation was all gossip. Gwendolyn, it was obvious that someone she knew was on Facebook announcing his engagement.


PBMF workshop exposes youth to professional media

by Malik Vincent Students of the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation’s Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop cleared the competitive application process to begin a rigorous, weeklong program that gears them toward becoming the field’s professionals of the future. CLASS OF 2010—Members of the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation Workshop pose for their final photo before graduation. This year, the 28th annual workshop was held on the campus of Point Park University from July 31-Aug. 7. “I was very excited to see how, once again, the students have grown from day one (of the program) to the end of it, said PBMF President Tonita Davidson. They found their stories and developed them (independently). I can tell that most of the participants will go far.”


Pittsburgh Job Corps Center takes second in culinary competition

Food is more glorious than ever when you make it yourself! Today’s youth are being stereotyped as the microwave kids. But wait, there are some teenagers who like to cook, who feel that their calling is in the kitchen. These are the culinary arts students at the Pittsburgh Job Corps Center. CHEFS OF TOMORROW—The four-member team stands before the judges as instructors and others look on. Recently, they competed in the culinary arts competition called Iron Chef, “Eat Right, Cook Light.” The event took place in Atlantic City, New Jersey and pitted teams against each other for money prizes from the Philadelphia Region of Job Corps. Fifteen centers competed and the Pittsburgh Job Corps Center walked away with nine awards and came in second place overall.


Decorate your dorm room to express yourself

(ARA)—Freshmen heading off to college don’t have to over-think decorating dorm rooms. Save all that mental energy for your studies. Creating inexpensive and interesting living spaces is easier than your high school finals. It’s all about expressing yourself while working with your roommates. According to Keith McCleary, Academic Director of the interior design department at The Art Institute of York – Pennsylvania, “It’s best to have a sense of space before you arrive on campus with a carload of belongings that won’t fit or will look dreadful when combined with those of your roommates.” CREATIVE DECORATING—Yard sales, used furniture stores and vintage shops all have great finds for budget-conscious students.


AFS prepares for arrival of exchange students in Pittsburgh

As local high school students dread the end of summer and the ominous “first day of school,” over 2,000 AFS exchange students are anxiously pre­paring for the year of a lifetime. Students from over 50 countries, including Germany, Thailand and Turkey, will arrive throughout August to spend a year attending high schools in the U.S. and living with American host families. Pittsburgh high schools expecting AFS students this year include Fox Chapel, Keystone Oaks, Pittsburgh Obama, Taylor Allderdice, Mt. Lebanon, Plum Senior, Avonworth, Pittsburgh CAPA and St. Clairsville.