Monthly Archive: March 2011


Anti-violence group recruiting mentors

Mentoring has long been recognized as an effective method for breaking the cycle of violence in the African-American community. However, despite the proven benefits of this solution, many organizations find it difficult to recruit mentors to work with youth in some of Pittsburgh’s most violent communities. POSITIVE PEER CONNECTION—James Drew Moorefield welcomes guests. (Photos by J.L. Martello) New Birth Project, a start-up organization that has been in development for three years, is looking to change that. With their mission of ending violence, especially among young adults, they are actively working to recruit positive role models from across the city, even those who previously led lives of crime. “In the past few years we’ve been working to help young adults with the struggles they face,” said James Drew Moorefield. “The idea is to get young adults, who despite their struggles, are trying to do something with their life.”


Nonprofits unite over common funds

With $1,937,357,000 in cuts looming in Gov. Tom Corbett’s 2011-2012 budget proposal, Pittsburgh’s nonprofits might soon find themselves fighting over the same small pot. At the first session in the Pennsylvania Budgetwatch Series, approximately 500 representatives from across the city and Allegheny County were present to hear how their organizations would be impacted by the cuts and what they could do to fight for their piece of the remaining pie. BOB NELKIN (Photos by J.L. Martello) “We, as nonprofit leaders, need a plan to rebalance the budget equation to support critical programs that will be at risk with budget cuts. One of the goals of the series is to help nonprofit leaders learn to more effectively describe the benefits of their services to the public and policy makers,” said United Way President and CEO Bob Nelkin. “While there will certainly be cuts because of reduced tax revenue, we need to help state officials identify, sustain and build upon effective prevention programs that both help people in need and also save taxpayer dollars overtime.”


Educators address funding, job placement

Access to higher education and providing culturally sensitive services to their clients is how a state wide and a local organization plan to tackle the economic challenges facing them in the coming days, months and years. It is a crucial time for the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education and Addison Behavioral Care and social service organizations country wide. In President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union Address he proposed cuts in community action programs which will cause Community Service Block Grant funding being cut in half and the standoff between the President and Congress has resulted in the 111th Congress extending FY2011 Continuing Resolution until March 4, 2011 which essentially continues funding for most programs at the FY2010 level. WELCOME—PBCOHE Western Regional Director, Erroline Williams shares her excitement about the conference with over 150 attendees.


NAACP responds to Black Press' criticism of Image Awards campaign

(NNPA)—The NAACP issued a statement March 24 responding to criticism from Black newspaper publishers about being excluded from the marketing campaign for its televised Image Awards. Ben Jealous, president and CEO of the organization, said in the statement that the newspaper inserts for the Image Awards were produced and distributed by an outside firm which acquired a license to do so. The NAACP, he said, was told that Black papers would be included, but none ultimately were included in the distribution. BENJAMIN JEALOUS


When the federal government embraces gangster corporation

(NNPA)—The Construction Industry has a bad reputation. That reputation is well earned as we are constantly being informed of fraud, cost overruns, and safety violations related to big and small construction projects at a relentless and never ending rate. So, it was apropos when the federal government along with the State of New York decided to come up with a crime busting taskforce aimed at the construction activity within the region. They knew they were going after the five Mafia families but they also ended up with a big catch outside the typical organized crime membership. They took the “scalp” of the gigantic firm known as Tutor Perini.


U.S. switches back and forth on Gaddafi

(NNPA)—The United States’ relationship with Moammar Gaddafi has vacillated over the years, at one time viewing him as a mad dog leader, then accepting him into the international community as a member in good standing and more recently, depicting him as an outcast while participating in coordinated multi-national air strikes on Libya. In a recent speech to the nation on Monday night, President Obama defended his decision to join France, the United Nations and now NATO in launching air strikes on the African country to protect civilians.


Viva la (shopping) difference

Who wears the (shopping) pants in your house? Ok, I know that was a really old school kind of question, but it got your attention, right? Unless you’ve lived under a rock, we all know that the definition of families and households is ever-evolving (Note the success of ABC’s uber-popular, multiple award-winning “Modern Family,” which features the gamut of non-traditional.) My employer, The Nielsen Company, which measures consumer trends and behaviors in almost every area of consumption around the globe, recently honed in on some major differences in the shopping “habits” of men and women. Fact is, in the United States, men are actually doing the food and household shopping more than ever before. (Now, this is really good news for someone like me who has done the grocery shopping as the head of my household for more than 20 years now. I keep hoping I’ll meet a nice, eligible man in the produce section of my local grocery store. Hope springs eternal.)


‘Bob Marley and the Golden Age’

You’ve had enough of winter. You and a few million neighbors are sick of snow, ice, cold, and more snow. No doubt you could use a hint of summer or, at the very least, a whiff of the tropics to get you through until warm weather. So here’s the antidote to antifreeze: “Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae 1975-1976: The Photographs of Kim Gottlieb-Walker.” This book, which includes commentary by Cameron Crowe, Roger Steffens and Jeff Walker, drops the feel of summer right into your lap.


Festival offers diversity in film

Encouraging tolerance and cultural diversity is the ongoing goal for the JFilm: Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum. Held from March 24 to April 10, the festival, now in its 18th year, will feature more than 20 films over an 18-day period. Films are shown at several venues throughout Pittsburgh and Westmoreland County including Southside Works, Carnegie Mellon University, and Point Park University. The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum is a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. “WHO DO YOU LOVE” stars David Oyelowo as Muddy Waters, and Alessandro Nivola as Leonard Chess.


Babyface offers rare live performance

by Timothy CoxFor New Pittsburgh Courier COLUMBIA, S.C.—An evening with R&B legend Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, proved to be the rare treat so many concert attendees expected. Nearly 5,000 people witnessed a sold-out, rare performance by one of the supremely talented American composer/producers of the post Vietnam War Era. During his 90-minute performance at the majestic and classic Koger Center on the University of South Carolina campus, Babyface offered the smooth crooning love messages that made him the ladies’ favorite R&B performer throughout the 1990s. BABYFACE