by Maryclaire DaleAssociated Press Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Federal officials wrested control Friday of the troubled Philadelphia Housing Authority, a move that followed the spectacular flameout of the agency’s long-acclaimed director. Embattled board members of the Philadelphia Housing Authority resigned and ceded control of the agency to the U.S. Housing and Urban Development agency amid investigations of secret sexual harassment payouts at the agency, purported slush funds and more than $33 million in outside legal fees since 2007. ADDRESSING MEDIA—Mayor Michael Nutter, accompanied by former board members of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, labor leader Patrick Eiding, left, Debra Brady, the wife of U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, Nellie Reynolds, and former Mayor John Street, right, makes remarks in Philadelphia, March 4. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Daily Archive: March 9, 2011
by Mike Glover DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)—Most Americans haven’t heard of Herman Cain, the former head of a chain of pizza restaurants who is considering seeking the Republican presidential nomination. But in Iowa, home to the nation’s first presidential caucuses, Cain has caught the attention of conservative activists influenced by the tea party movement who aren’t bothered by candidates who have succeeded in business but have never held a public office. CONSIDERS GOP RUN—In this Sept. 18, 2010 file photo, Georgia businessman Herman Cain, who is edging toward a run for the White House, addresses a gathering in Hoffman Estates, Ill. (AP Photo/The Arlington Heights Daily Herald, Mark Welsh) “He’s creating quite a buzz,” said former Iowa Republican Party Chairman Richard Schwarm. “He is someone Iowa caucus-goers are going to take very seriously.” Cain, 65, from suburban Atlanta, has visited Iowa several times recently and was scheduled to return to Des Moines on Monday for a conservative forum. Cain likely will express views similar to other speakers, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, but he’ll offer a vastly different resume.
There was a period of time when there were a limited number of Black men who were elected to the position of ward chairman and they had real genuine influence. In the fifth ward when the Republicans were in power, a Black man, Earl Sams was the man Downtown with influence. In 1936 when the Democrats came to power Robert “Pappy” Williams became the most powerful Black in the party and was the driving force to elect the first Black legislator from this part of Pennsylvania. The man was Homer S. Brown, who eventually, through the effort of Pappy Williams, became the first Black judge in Allegheny County.
by Jeffrey Finkelstein and David Ainsman We respect and support the efforts of African-Americans in Pittsburgh to address a serious and meaningful topic: “The Disappearance of the Black Community.” That is the title of a series of town hall meetings being held at the August Wilson Center and organized by radio talk-show host Bev Smith and the American Urban Radio Network. But we are gravely concerned that Min. Louis Farrakhan, a rabid anti-Semite, has been invited to speak at the next installment of this series, to be held March 11. We are appalled that some degree of respectability might be indirectly conferred upon Min. Farrakhan just by virtue of the fact that he will be sharing the stage with two esteemed leaders: Congressman James Clyburn and nonprofit leader Melanie Campbell.
Dear Editor: For years I’ve talked openly about having a series of town hall meetings aimed at the African-American community across the country. The goal is to reunite the African-American community, create an interest in volunteering inside the African-American community and strengthen the African-American family both biological and communal. Last Nov. 12 at the beautiful August Wilson Center, that dream was realized with the first in a four-part series of conversations titled “The Disappearing Black Community, and How Can We Get it Back.” At that meeting, an illustrious panel headlined by outspoken civil rights activist and comedian Dick Gregory, looked at the problems in the African-American community and outlined how we got to where we are today.
Dear Editor: I am disappointed that the apparent paranoid opinions of a pair of interlopers have touched off a divisive controversy that, quite frankly, takes the focus away from life and death issues that impact the day-to-day quality of life from one of the most disproportionately under-served, unemployed and at-risk Pittsburghers—the Black community. Self-help and community building have been the mantra of this new century, so when Blacks turn introspective and attempt self-empowerment, why do outsiders feel a need to insert themselves in a conversation when their input is not solicited?
No sane person will argue that the United States treasury, and by extension the treasuries of the majority of states, is overdrawn. That, not to mention the $14 trillion in arrears, has to be fixed. The problem, it seems, is our elected officials, both state and federal and in some places local, are having trouble putting reality ahead of habit. The reality is that the corporate establishment and the super-wealthy have raked in cash in the last 20-30 years at a rate unseen in recent history, and are delinquent in paying their fair share of taxes.
Joe William Trotter believes that African-American history cannot be fully understood without knowing the trials and triumphs that Black Pittsburghers endured. “When we looked across the country at Black history, Pittsburgh wasn’t one of the cities represented. How can we fully understand African-American history without Pittsburgh?” said Trotter, Giant Eagle Professor of History and Social Justice and head of the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University. Trotter, a West Virginia native, has authored numerous other books on history including, “The African American Experience and River Jordan: African American Urban Life in the Ohio Valley.” AUTHOR JOE WILLIAM TROTTER, JARED N. DAY
This week I visited the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood, St. Lawrence O’Toole Hall in Garfield, Ace and Deuces Lounge in the Hill District, Kenny‘s Place in the Hill District and the Galaxy Lounge and Entertainment Center in Homewood. My first stop was at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood where Ed held his annual Oldies Cabaret featuring DJ X-Man on the 1’s and 2’s. This event was packed and everyone came out to get their party on. People from all over the city jammed into the Coliseum and it was one of the best events of the year so far. I have to shout out Ed for knowing how to throw a party. Mike and Stacey having a great time at The Oldies Cabaret at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum.
Thursday 10 Jazz jam CJ’s Restaurant & Lounge presents “The Roger Humphries & RH Factor Jazz Jam Session” at 8 p.m. at 2901-2911 Penn Ave., Strip District. There will be live jazz and fun every Thursday night. Must be 30-years or older and there is a dress code that will be enforced. No tennis shoes, sweats, or athletic gear. For more information, call 412-642-2377.