Daily Archive: September 17, 2010


Are young Black men doing the work of the Ku Klux Klan?

by Phillip Jackson This is not an article to demonize young Black men. This is an article to help stop the carnage in Black communities across America, to begin the process of rebuilding these communities and to re-engineer the lives of young Black men. Many young Black men feel angry and are desperate because Black communities and America have failed them. While some of this hopelessness is understandable because of their extreme negative circumstances, it does not give any young Black man the right to hurt others.


Vigil for fallen young man

On Sept. 9 on a side street off Grant Avenue to Seward Street in Du­quesne, family and friends gathered to honor Charles Corey Gibson. Corey, as he was known, was murdered Aug. 22 on the same small street. Ironically, this day was to have been his 25th birthday. It was instead, a tragic end to such a beloved member of this community. MOURNING A LOSS—The victim’s girlfriend, Corletta Woods, holds their three-year-old daughter, Destiny Gibson. Gibson, a young father of three-year-old daughter, Destiny, made a name for himself as a high school athlete at Duquesne High School. He graduated in 2004.


Jones RADical for cultural support

In an age where municipalities are defunding classical and performing arts, and even closing parks due to the economic downturn, Allegheny County is not doing so because it has something unique—the Regional Asset District. RAD MAN—Robert D. Jones, chairman of the Allegheny County Regional Asset District, says more cultural entities should seek RAD funding and more residents should support those that do. Enacted under the administration of then County Commissioner Tom Foerster, and funded through an additional 1 percent county sales tax, RAD disperses millions each year to keep parks, museum, art and music schools and concert and theater venues viable. And it is currently led by an African-American—board chairman Robert D. Jones.


Carnegie Mellon honors African-American historians

For the past 15 years, Carnegie Mellon University has hosted the Center for African American Urban Studies and the Economy Speaker Series. This year at the opening reception on Sept. 10, local historians received recognition for their dedication to uncovering the history of Black Pittsburgh. HISTORICAL HONOR—From left: Jared Day, Rob Ruch, John Brewer, Patricia Pew Mitchell, Larry Glasco, Ralph Proctor and Joe Trotter. “The real reason we’re here tonight is to present awards of appreciation to historians of the African-American experience,” said Joe Trotter, director and Giant Eagle professor of history and social justice. “Today is a good time to come together in fellowship.”


‘Baby billionaire’ gives back to community

by Suritia Taylor WASHINGTON (NNPA)—Lonnie McNeill has never been the type that needed to be in the spotlight or one to indulge in glamorous things like many of her Howard University classmates. Her mantra has always been minimalism, an attitude that she doesn’t need everything. In fact, she doesn’t even Facebook or tweet! INVESTMENT SUCCESS—At 21, McNeill’s net worth in stock investments is over $5 million. This 21-year-old Howard graduate isn’t on anyone’s list of millionaires, but she is a savvy investor who has been in the stock market since she was eight years old. Even with the near collapse of the market last year, McNeill reveals that her net worth is “currently enough for her to retire with over $5 million without saving another dime,” that is with the assumption that she maintains a 13 percent annual rate of return on her present investment.


Wheatley unites neighborhood with community day

As the common stereotype goes, Pittsburgh is a city of many bridges, but Pittsburghers are not very quick to cross them. Those in the North Side won’t travel across the river to the Hill District and those in Beltzhoover won’t venture into Oakland. WE THE PEOPLE—Residents of the 19th District enjoy music provided by deejay X-man. For the past eight years that State House Rep. Jake Wheatley has been in office, he has tried to change that stereotype. As the representative for the 19th District composed of the Hill District, North Side, South Side, Allentown, Hazelwood, Downtown, the Bluff, Knoxville, Beltzhoover, Manchester, Arlington, Arlington Heights, and West, South and North Oakland, Wheatley throws a yearly celebration in hopes of uniting his constituents.


Moseley Braun considering run for mayor of Chicago

by Kathy Chaney CHICAGO (REAL TIMES NEWS SERVICE)—Carol Moseley Braun may put her hat in the ring to succeed outgoing Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, sources said. The former U.S. senator was flooded with calls on Sept. 7––the day Daley made the surprise announcement that he would not seek a seventh term in office––encouraging her to mull a run for the mayoral post. CAROL MOSELEY BRAUN Braun, who made history in 1993 as the first African-American female U.S. senator, told the Chicago Defender on Friday she is “seriously considering it.”


Our responsibility to vote didn’t end with the Obama election

(NNPA)—Nearly two years ago, we as a nation witnessed an unparalleled moment in our own history. Exhausted, frustrated and simply fed up with destructive policies that only benefited a few elite, citizens in every single state achieved the unimaginable. It wasn’t simply that we elected the first African-American president to office—which itself was an undoubtedly remarkable moment. But it was primarily the push that took place prior to hitting the voting booth; the momentum that literally changed the course of this country that truly transformed us. It was, after all, the people that organized and mobilized for change. It was the record-breaking number of voters that turned out on Election Day ’08 and stood in line for hours in order to exercise one of their most basic rights as Americans that resulted in this change.



Why we are marching on October 2nd

(NNPA)—The past two years have been marked by major progress despite massive challenges, and a worrying resurgence of far-right activity, urging massive resistance to our momentum. We must keep pushing forward. We have come too far to let ourselves be turned back now. Together with our allies in the civil and human rights community, the NAACP and our allies have advanced an agenda that has successfully increased rights for women at work, expanded health care coverage to tens of millions of Americans, cut the sentencing disparity between crack and powder by more than 80 percent, saved more that 150,000 teacher’s jobs, and created more than 3 million more jobs throughout the economy.