Daily Archive: December 8, 2010


CEA: More Target jobs for East End residents

Joined by about 30 of his employees, Community Empowerment Association founder Rashad Byrdsong stopped cars, blocked intersections and called for more Black jobs during a vocal protest at the Target store construction site in East Liberty. “We demand Target immediately begin to invest in workforce development and training for community residents by partnering with those community-based agencies that have experience and rapport with the community that it serves,” he shouted through a megaphone. MAKING OUR VOICES HEARD—Community Empowerment Association founder Rashad Byrdsong, right, calls on Target for more employment and training while union carpenters note there could be more African-Americans on the Target job site if unions got all the contracts. (Photo by J.L. Martello) “We also demand first-source hiring with community residents as the first priority, also partnered with a community-based organization with experience and expertise in job training.”


70 of 93 homicides Black lives …Time for concerned groups to unite (Part 2)

SEPTEMBER HOMICIDES (11) SEPT. 8—Victoria Davis, a 53-year-old Black female from the North Side, was found fatally stabbed on the front porch of a home in the 100 block of Richey Street in the North Side. There was also another victim and children in the house. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Joseph Davis, her husband, has been charged with one count of criminal homicide, one count of criminal attempted homicide; one count of aggravated assault and one count of endangering the welfare of children. He is awaiting trial.


Manchester Bidwell COO Fife passes

Manchester Bidwell Corp CEO Bill Strickland was the artist and visionary who turned a bankrupt entity into the arts and workforce training center it is today, but it was Jesse Fife Jr. who realized that vision. Fife died December 6 after a two-year battle with an undisclosed illness. He was 60. “We were together for 42 years, both from the North Side. We Were at Pitt together, and when he graduated, I asked him to help me rebuild the Manchester Craftsman’s Guild, and we did. He made it work,” said Strickland. “He was sick for more than two years, but you’d never know. He didn’t talk about it. He just went to work and did his job.” JESSE FIFE


Education, mentoring key to Black males success

In the most recent election, job growth and unemployment were hot-button topics used by both parties to discredit their opponents. While many Americans continue to protest America’s high unemployment rate, the current crisis pales in comparison to statistics in the Black community where 53 percent of African-American males are unemployed. BLACK MEN AND BOYS COVENANT—Black men and boys from across the city gather in the Pitt Student Union. (Photo by J.L. Martello) However, the unemployment crisis for Black males isn’t anything new. More than thirty years ago, Jawanza Kunjufu, Ph.D., an author and guest lecturer, began trying to break what he sees as a self-perpetuating cycle of failure for African-American males. On Nov. 17, thousands of lectures and more than 30 books later, Kunjufu brought his crusade to Pittsburgh.


City League Boys Basketball Preview…Allderdice should three-peat

by Malik Vincent For New Pittsburgh Courier Allderdice basketball coach Andre McDonald says he is confident that his team will be a solid contender for its third consecutive City League championship this season. However, he also believes that there will be a surprise team in the League this season. “I think Carrick is going to shock some people this year,” McDonald said. “They’ll have some good athletes and will hang in there from what I’ve seen out of certain players of theirs over the summer.” BEN MICKENS (William McBride/File Photos)


Community Calendar

Santa photos DEC. 8—Tax Services by Karen will host Photos with Santa from 3-8 p.m. at 749 E. Warrington Ave., Allentown. Pictures will be taken through Dec. 11. There will also be a “How to be Money Smart” Checking and Savings Account Seminar on Dec. 9-10 from 3-5 p.m. with Yolanda Wells of Dollar Bank. For more information, call 412-628-7236.


Kenya calls U.S. ‘swamp of graft’ cable ‘malicious’

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP)—Kenya’s government spokesman said Nov. 30 that a U.S. characterization of the country as a “swamp” of corruption in reports of leaked diplomatic memos is “malicious” if true. Alfred Mutua also said that the top U.S. diplomat for Africa called Kenya’s prime minister to apologize for the leaked memos. U.S. Embassy spokesman John Haynes said senior State Department officials have called senior Kenyan government officials to inform them and to discuss their concerns. The Obama administration has undertaken a worldwide effort to contain damage done by the release of more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables by online clearinghouse WikiLeaks. OUTRAGED—Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga speaks at a conference to review reforms Kenya is making, in Nairobi, Kenya, Dec. 2. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)


This Week in Black History

Week of Dec. 10-16 December 10 1846—Norbert Rillieux invents the “multiple effect pan evaporator” which revolutionizes the sugar industry and makes the work much less hazardous for the workers. Rillieux was born “quadroon libre” in New Orleans, La. His father was a wealthy French plantation owner and his mother a former slave. He was sent to Paris, France to be educated in engineering. He also researched Egyptian hieroglyphics. There is no record that he ever returned to the U.S. after the 1850’s. He died in Paris in 1894. JOE ‘KING’ OLIVER