Daily Archive: October 8, 2010



55 of 74 homicides Black lives

Last year at this time, Allegheny County had an end of September count of 64 homicides and only six for the month, but this year there has been a significant increase. This year September brings a number of 74 total homicides for the year and 11 for the month. That is almost twice as many as last year, plus every person this month was Black. What also adds to the sadness of knowing that each person on this list did not have to die, but that exactly half of the lives lost were young Black people under the age of 30.


Urban League celebrates 100 years with open house

After two years in their new location, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh threw an open house to show off their facilities and remind the public of the services they offer. The event on Sept. 29 also commemorated the 100th anniversary of the national Urban League. HISTORY THROUGH ART—Artist Leslie Ansley reflects on her mural with Esther Bush. (Photo by J.L. Martello) “We are celebrating 100 years of the national Urban League movement and for Pittsburgh 92 years of being an affiliate,” said Urban League President and CEO, Esther Bush. “It’s 100 years of a beautiful, long legacy. A legacy that has tried to help the African-American community develop into its own as Americans. As we look back at the past 100 years, through the Civil Rights Movement, I am very proud.”


Soul legend Williams talks about his future

by Ashley G. WoodsonFor New Pittsburgh Courier Legendary R&B singer Chris Williams, born Troy Christopher Williams, came on the scene in the late ’80s with major hits. He released his Chris Williams debut in 1987. Four years later, he acted in “New Jack City.” His single from the soundtrack, “Dreamin,’” turned gold and reached number one. His 1993 album “Changes” featured the hits “Every Little Thing” and “Come Go With Me.” “Not a Perfect Man” brought a new direction for Williams. His first album as sole executive producer uses elements of reggae, R&B, hip-hop and country. Williams’ next album will drop soon, and includes tracks with Anthony Ham­ilton and Damian Marley. CHRIS WILLIAMS


Ground breaking celebration for LeMoyne Center expansion

by Armon GilliamFor New Pittsburgh Courier (Washington, Pa.)—The LeMoyne Center has provided much needed community services to the people of Washington, Pa., since 1956. However, after being shut down for a brief period, they are celebrating the ground breaking for the expansion of the center. Through a multi-faceted approach to learning, people of all ages are being taught valuable knowledge, learning life lessons and developing professional skills at the LeMoyne Center. Although many who use the services offered at the center are from very trying circumstances, they are learning how to live productive lives. GROUND BREAKING—From left: Former Steeler Delton Hall, Giant Eagle; Commissioner Larry Maggi; Carmelle Nickens Phillips, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh; Jim DeNova, Benedum Foundation; Joyce Ellis, LeMoyne Center; Commissioner Bracken Burns; Commissioner Diana L. Irey; Armon Gilliam and Darlene Bigler, Community Action Southwest.


What do you think should happen to the site of the Civic/Mellon arena?

There was a recent vote by the SEA board to demolish the old Civic/Mellon Arena. Some are fighting this so we asked Hill District residents what they thought should be at this location. Here’s what you said. “It should be preserved. It’s a local landmark and has been there since the ’50s. They should figure out another use and not tear it down. Whatever happens with it, the city will probably make money without any benefit to the community.”Jacques DavisRetired Jacques Davis, Jamie Hughes, Richard Johnson


Census shows lingering racial income gap

As reported in last week’s Courier, there are more African-American families living in poverty than at any time since the U.S. Census Bureau began gathering such statistics. Though the poverty rate increased for all ethnic groups, the increase was greatest among Blacks. While it is not surprising to see poverty increase during a prolonged recession, the report also showed that despite anti-poverty programs dating back to the 1960s, since 1987, median annual income for African-Americans has consistently lagged behind non-Hispanic Whites. The difference in 2009 was almost $22,000.


Agree to our terms or go, Zimbabwe tells investors

by Angus Shaw HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP)—Zimbabwe’s president on Sept. 30 told foreign investors that they must accept Black Zimbabweans as the major shareholders in their projects—or stay away from the southern African nation. FIERY SPEECH—Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe delivers his speech at the National Heroes Acre in Harare, Sept. 30. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi) Strict empowerment laws scheduled for phased enforcement over the next five years require Black Zimbabweans to control 51 percent of each business.


Holiday hiring picture gets a bit merrier

NEW YORK (AP)—The holiday hiring picture looks a bit merrier this year. Macy’s, Toys R Us, Pier 1, American Eagle Outfitters and Borders all plan to hire more temporary holiday workers this year than last, emboldened by several months of sales gains and a slowly improving economy. The jobs probably won’t be enough to be a dent in the nation’s nearly 10 percent unemployment rate, but for Americans desperate for some work, they’re far more than an early Christmas present.


Mid-term elections more important for Blacks

(NNPA)—The upcoming midterm elections have been the focus of all the political pundits. With control of the U.S. House of Representatives in question, there is a rising concern that the lack of voter turnout among Democrats will undermine the new policies that have been instituted in the past couple of years and undo measures like “The Affordable Healthcare Act,” “The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act” and “The Credit Card Holders’ Bill of Rights.” All of which are reforms that protect working, middle-class Americans.


After the march

(NNPA)—According to the news media “tens of thousands” of people attended the One Nation Working Together Rally, or the 10.2.10 March, that was held at the Lincoln Memorial Oct. 2. I would have liked to been there, but Bennett College for Women held our own mobilization, a weekend that celebrated new buildings, new energy, our Friends and Family Weekend, a phenomenal play, a magnificent donation of art to our Steele Hall Gallery, and so many other moments of celebration. Still, there were more than a dozen Bennett students and faculty, including professor Karla McLucas, and senior star Erica Harris, on the bus from Greensboro present at the march.