Daily Archive: November 3, 2010


Shutting revolving prison doors…Partnership revealed at Freedom Corner

Despite the bitter wind that blew through the Freedom Corner monument, a dedicated group that included police, prison officials, clergy, anti-violence and offender advocates announced a new partnership to stem violence and reduce recidivism. Perhaps none more dedicated than Rev. Glenn Grayson and his wife Marsha, whose 18-year-old son Jeron was fatally shot while at a party just 12 days earlier on Oct. 17. DIVINE GUIDANCE—As Rev. Glenn Grayson and his wife, Marsha, who recently lost their son to gun violence look on, Building Bridges Program Manager Jonathan Backers and Divine Intervention Ministries Founder Debra Germany announce a partnership to reintegrate offenders to society. (Photo by J.L. Martello). “My wife and family and I find answers and strength in prayer,” he said. “We lost a son to a man who had been incarcerated. He’s going to have to atone, but everyone like Keith Jones (the shooter) deserves a second chance.”



Time to stop ­making excuses…61 of 83 homicides Black lives

With 83 homicides thus far in the year, we are only five away from surpassing that of 2009’s count of 87 for the whole year. Again the list was dominated by killings of Black males and they were all under the age of 30. The life expectancy for Black males is rapidly falling. What message are we sending to our young people? When asking various community leaders, politicians and residents within the Black community what the reason and solutions for the senseless violence, many say, the troubled economy, the lack of quality education, just to name a few. But no longer can we use that as an excuse.


Dress For Success builds women’s confidence

Ten years ago Denise Zellous had just been released from jail after being homeless for 10 years. Finally ready to turn her life around after years struggling with drug addiction, she knew the first step would be to find a job. That’s where Dress for Success came in. Formerly a non-profit known as Corporate Collections, the organization put Zellous on the path to gaining employment and retaining employment. ON THEIR WAY—From left: Dress for Success clients Sada Carpenter, Gabriella Cavanugh, Tanella McCullum and Iesha Bradshaw. (Photo by Rossano P. Stewart.) “I’ve been going to them for 10 years. I started going to them when I was in a homeless shelter and they’ve followed me throughout my career in my job seeking. I wanted to go on a job interview, but of course I didn’t have anything to wear,” Zellous said. “I can remember for the first time being really really proud of my outfit and feeling a sense of worth when I got a job because I haven’t had one in a long time.”


Former Schenley, NBA great Maurice Lucas dead at 58

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)—Former Schenley great and Hill District native Maurice Lucas, the fierce power forward known as “The Enforcer” who helped lead the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA title, has died after a long fight with bladder cancer. He was 58. Lucas, who in later years was an assistant coach with the Blazers, died Sunday at his home in Portland, the team said. BATTLE OF THE BIG MEN—This May 29, 1977 file photo shows Maurice Lucas of the Trail Blazers hauling down a rebound as Philadelphia’s Darryl Dawkins battles for position during their NBA championship game in Portland. (AP Photo/JV, File) The 1971 Schenley team with Lucas, Rickey Coleman, and Jeep Kelly is widely regarded as one of the best high school teams to play in Pennsylvania basketball history. That team, representing District 8 and the City League, defeated Norristown for the AAA Championship 77-60.


‘Lion King’ actress dies from leukemia

by Ula IlnytzkyAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP)—Shannon Tavarez, the 11-year-old who starred on Broadway in “The Lion King” and whose battle with leukemia won the hearts of many, including Alicia Keys, Rihanna and 50 Cent, has died. Tavarez died Monday afternoon at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, on Long Island, said Katharina Harf, co-founder of the bone marrow donor center DKMS. LOSES BATTLE —This July 16, 2010 file photo shows actress Shannon Tavarez at her home in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Rick Maiman, File)


Community Calendar

Woman symposium NOV. 6—The Softer Side Seminars Inc. will host the 3rd Annual Woman to Woman Empowerment Symposium from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Blakey Program Center, 1908 Wylie Ave., Hill District. The theme is “Streaming Self Esteem from One Woman to the Other.” There will be workshops, music, prizes, entertainment, meals and pampering. The cost is $20 and registration is required. For more information, call 412-414-6611 or email reneea@softersideseminars.com.


Talented teen cut from X Factor debut, hit with deportation order

(NNPA)—Zimbabwe teen and songbird Gamu Nhengu, who gave a standout performance for the British “X Factor” reality show, is bearing up under trying times. After getting cut by one vote by the Factor’s panel of four White judges, she is now threatened with deportation by order of the United Kingdom Border Agency. GAMU NHENGU After her recent showstopping performance on X Factor, judge Cheryl Cole gushed: “I thought you were adorable, I got you. I love your style of song and how you perform.” “But I’m sorry Gamu,” the judge told the 18-year Zimbabwean student who lives in Scotland before delivering the bad news.


This Week In Black History

Week of Nov. 5-11 November 5 1867—The first Reconstruction Constitutional Convention takes place in Montgomery, Ala. In attendance were 90 Whites and 18 Blacks. Reconstruction would bring forth a period of tremendous political and educational advancement for ex-slaves after the Civil War. But Reconstruction was significantly undermined by the Hayes-Tilden of 1877 and the beginning of the anti-Black Jim Crow period. CARTER G. WOODSON 1902—Etta Moten (Barnett) is born in San Antonio, Texas. She would become one of the first major African-American Broadway stars. She starred in “Porgy and Bess” and had a successful Broadway career.


First Black female Harvard Med grad and leading pro-life activist dies

by Peter J. Smith BOSTON (NNPA)—Dr. Mildred Jefferson, a civil rights pioneer who aggressively dedicated her life and talents to defending the rights of unborn children, has died at age 84. Anne Fox, the president of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, said Jefferson died Oct. 15 in Cambridge. She says Jefferson recently became ill. DR. MILDRED JEFFERSON Jefferson was an important figure for her accomplishments both as a Black American and as a woman during the civil rights era. She broke barriers when in 1951 she became the first Black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School and then the first female surgical intern at Boston City Hospital. She later became the first female doctor at Boston University Medical Center.


Actress Janet MacLachlan dies at 77 in LA

by Brian W. Carter LOS ANGELES (NNPA)—Janet MacLachlan, star of the stage and small screen, passed on October 11, at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Los Angeles. She had suffered cardiovascular issues recently at her Silver Lake home according to media sources. MacLachlan was 77. JANET MACLACHLAN Her life was a successful one filled with roles both on and off the stage. MacLachlan had worked with numerous actors and actresses, including Bill Cosby, Jim Brown, James Earl Jones and Maya Angelou. MacLachlan’s story began on Aug. 8, 1933 in Harlem, New York. She was born to Iris South (MacLachlan) and James MacLachlan. She attended P.S. 170 and schools in the 1950s and later earned her B.S. degree in psychology from Hunter College in 1955.