Daily Archive: November 10, 2010


Rev. Ragin challenges Moss for NAACP head

The past few elections for the Pittsburgh Branch of the NAACP have been relatively quiet. The key reason for this is that members of the executive committee frequently run unopposed, but another major contributing factor is that members are only made aware of election candidates at a nominating meeting and do not receive a list of candidates by mail. REV. REGINA RAGIN However, adding a spark of excitement to this year’s election Nov. 9, NAACP President M. Gayle Moss is being opposed by Rev. Regina Ragin, an NAACP committee member. Ironically, if elected president, Ragin said one of the most important changes she would make is improving the organization’s communication. “We need to open up better communications with the powers that be. Right now they kind of see us negatively,” Ragin said. “We need to talk to the agencies that are funding services that are servicing our communities to make sure they do what they say they’re going to do in our community.”


Anti-violence summit inspires youth to dream

Despite the brief appearance of snow flurries Nov. 6, south Pittsburgh children took to the streets of their community as part of the “Dare to Dream” Youth Summit. The march hosted by the South Pittsburgh Coalition for Peace wound around Pittsburgh’s Mt. Oliver, Beltzhoover, Allentown and Knoxville neighborhoods, drawing more youth to its ranks as it went. DARE TO DREAM—Children, joined by parents and community leaders, brave the cold to march for their dreams. (Photo by J.L. Martello) “We want you to be the most wonderful adults you can be,” said Stacey Randolph, project manager for SPCP, in her opening remarks to the children. “We want you to be prosperous.” Dressed in the attire of their aspired profession, the children participated in a day-long summit that also included inspiring and shocking speeches, musical performances and spiritual upliftment. The goal of the program, put on at Lighthouse Cathedral, was to guide the children away from a life involved in street violence.


Poor Black turnout helps GOP…What are ramifications for communities?

Though Republican gains in the U.S. House of Representatives were the largest since 1938, GOP gains made Nov. 2 in state legislatures were even more dramatic. Winning 680 seats across the country, Republicans took control of 14 state Houses, giving them control of both legislative chambers in 26 states. Pennsylvania’s was one of them. REP. JAKE WHEATLEY Statewide, though still poor, Black voter turnout actually rose to 9 percent from 8 percent in the 2006 mid-term, however it was still extremely low compared to the 40 percent overall turnout throughout the state. For state Reps. Joseph Preston, D-East Liberty, and Jake Wheatley, D-Hill District, it means a loss of authority, and legislative initiatives when the new House members are seated in January.


Bush talks about Kanye West’s Katrina comment

by Dorothy Rowley (NNPA)—Former President George W. Bush said in a recent NBC interview that the lowest point of his life was when rapper Kanye West made statements in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina that painted Bush as a racist. PROMOTING NEW BOOK—Oprah Winfrey interviews former President George W. Bush during taping of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in Chicago. The show aired nationally Nov. 9. (AP Photo/Harpo Productions Inc., George Burns) West’s statement, from five years ago, that “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people,” hit a sore spot with the then-president. During the televised interview in which Bush promoted his memoir, “Decision Points,” set for release in November, he said he didn’t deserve to be labeled as a racist. “I didn’t appreciate it then. I don’t appreciate it now,” Bush told reporter Matt Lauer. “It’s one thing to say, ‘I don’t appreciate the way he’s handled his business.’ It’s another thing to say, ‘This man’s a racist.’ I resent it, it’s not true and it was one of the most disgusting moments in my presidency.”


Blacks struggle with 72 percent unwed mothers rate

by Jesse Washington HOUSTON (AP)—One recent day at Dr. Natalie Carroll’s OB-GYN practice, located inside a low-income apartment complex tucked between a gas station and a freeway, 12 pregnant Black women come for consultations. Some bring their children or their mothers and only one brings a husband. NO WEDDING NO WOMB—Christelyn Karazin holds her 15-month-old daughter, Emma, while her husband, Mike, sits with son Zachary, 5; daughter, Chloe, 7; and Kayla Higgins, 12, Christelyn’s daughter; at their home in Temecula, Calif., Oct. 30. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) Things move slowly here. Women sit shoulder-to-shoulder in the narrow waiting room, sometimes for more than an hour. Carroll does not rush her mothers in and out. She wants her babies born as healthy as possible, so Carroll spends time talking to the mothers about how they should care for themselves, what she expects them to do—and why they need to get married.


$650,000 funding to Black arts

{jcomments on}The Pittsburgh Foundation and the Heinz Endowments have joined forces to provide $650,000 in grant funding for Black Artists and Black Art Organizations. The Advancing Black Art in Pittsburgh initiative was formally announced during a Nov. 10 press conference at the Homewood Library. “Black artists have been and continue to be enormously important contributors to Pittsburgh’s cultural vitality,” said Endowments President Robert Vagt. “Our two foundations are pleased to continue a long-term commitment with the goal of ensuring that these artists thrive in Pittsburgh and contribute to build our region’s reputation as a place that celebrates diversity.”


Community Calendar

Collaborate luncheon NOV. 12—The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation will host the Collaborate Luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association, 4215 Fifth Ave., Oakland. The luncheon is in recognition of the growing collaboration among Pittsburgh’s East End organizations toward the goal of neighborhood revitalization. The keynote speaker will be Grant Oliphant, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Foundation and there will also be a presentation of the Distinguished Public Service Award to Mary Lou Tenenbaum. For more information, call 412-441-6950 ext. 15.



This Week In Black History

Week of Nov. 12-18 November 12 1775—General George Washington, first president and “father of the country” issues an order barring free Blacks from serving in the army as the U.S. struggled for independence from England. Washington was also a slave owner. The slave owning aristocracy felt if free Blacks fought for America’s liberation they would demand freedom for their enslaved brothers and sisters. Despite Washington’s order, hundreds of Blacks did fight in the Revolutionary War. HENRY OSSAWA TANNER 1900—Henry Ossawa Tanner becomes an internationally acclaimed artist as he takes a silver medal for his art displayed at the Paris Exposition. Nearly 7,000 artists had entered their works. The Pittsburgh-born Tanner had numerous major works including his painting called “The Banjo Lesson.”



We truly need a revival

You may question who needs a revival—it is all of us: Christians, Muslims, preachers, Elders, Imam, Bishops, and other churchgoers. The concern about a revival emanated from my home church, New Destiny, which is located at 1018 Bidwell St., North Side. The members a few weeks ago had a church meeting and it was decided that there was a need for the membership to have a revival, but after a lengthy discussion it became apparent that there was an overwhelming need that across Allegheny County we needed a revival. There will be some readers of this column who will say, “I don’t need revival,” but remember the Bible states very clearly there is none perfect. No not one, and goes on to state “let it begin with me.”



What President Barack Obama should do next

(NNPA)—For Republicans, the Nov. 2 midterm elections were about 2012, not 2010. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made that clear in a speech to the Heritage Foundation. He said, “…The fact is, if our primary legislative goals are to repeal and replace the health spending bill, to end the bailouts, cut spending and shrink the size and scope of government, the only way to do all these things is to put someone else in the White House.” Welcome to the 2012 slugfest. And with more than twice as many Democrats than Republicans up for re-election in two years, emboldened Republicans have their sights set on controlling the House, the Senate and the White House. In order to stay in the White House, the President should adopt my 12-step recovery program: