Monthly Archive: June 2011


Business Calendar

Diabetes workshop JUNE 29—The African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania Business Institute will host “Diabetes: The Silent Killer-Self Management of a Chronic Disease” from 3-5 p.m. at Allegheny General Hospital, Magovern Conference Center, 320 E. North Ave., North Side. The workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Lenore Coleman, the author of “Healing Our Village: A Self Guide to Diabetes Control.” There will be free diabetes and high blood pressure screenings. Registration is required by June 24 and it is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-392-0610 or e-mail


Inside Conditions…Bucket list

Here are some of the primary reasons that there shouldn’t be any work stoppage in the NFL this or any other year. Can we talk about the domino crash and burn effect on suppliers of the game and the fans? How many hot dogs does the NFL purchase yearly? How many sales of hot dog buns, hamburgers, beer, pretzels, etc. will fall by the wayside if this work interruption continues? A report entitled; ‘Fourth and Long’ by Preston Traverse and Joseph R. Duffy points out serious repercussions of a NFL work stoppage. The report says that, “President Barack Obama famously referred to a potential NFL lockout as being a fight between billionaires and millionaires; however the impending impact could reach far beyond the players and owners. One could equate the NFL situation to the near dissolution of General Motors; which would have not only affected GM employees, but countless organizations spread across its vast supply chain. The major difference is that many firmly believed that GM could disappear, while no one actually expects professional football will not remain an integral part of American culture. Moreover, there is simply too much revenue at stake for this issue to remain unresolved for a lengthy period of time.”


Williams sisters lose at Wimbledon

by Stephen Wilson WIMBLEDON, England (AP)—Venus and Serena Williams were eliminated in the fourth round of Wimbledon on Monday, the first time in five years that neither sister will play in the quarterfinals at the All England Club. Defending champion and four-time winner Serena was the first to go, beaten 6-3, 7-6 (6) by Marion Bartoli of France, cutting short the American’s return to Grand Slam tennis after nearly a year out with serious health problems. DEFENDING CHAMP ELIMINATED—Serena Williams returns a shot to France’s Marion Bartoli during their match at at Wimbledon, June 27. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) Older sister and five-time champion Venus was ousted 6-2, 6-3 by Tsvetana Pironkova—the exact same score of the Bulgarian’s win in last year’s quarterfinals. “Definitely not our best day,” Venus said. “I think we both envisioned seeing this day going a little bit different.”


Church Circuit

Singles Day JULY 2—The Singles Café will host its Singles Café Day at Kennywood from 12-9 p.m. at 4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin. All single men and women are invited to attend. Tickets are $25. For more information, call Tonya Smith at 412-628-0100.


Gospel Queen coming to Pittsburgh

Pastor Shirley Caesar promises a jubilant performance when she graces the stage of the Carnegie Library in Homestead, Friday, June 29. “Get ready to hear the Word of God,” said Caesar. “I don’t know what the Lord is going to tell me to say, but I want the people to know, no matter what’s going on, I know a God who can pick you up and put you where he wants you to be. I’ll be singing two or three songs, too.” Caesar will be in town on July 1 to help celebrate Pastor Keith Edmonds’ fourth anniversary. PASTOR SHIRLEY CEASAR


Fire tragedy turned into home ownership

This past November, a single mother with two children was forced out of her row house in Rankin by a devastating fire. Her home was one of 10 on Mound Street that was damaged by flames and smoke. Frantic for assistance, she contacted long-time member of the Rankin Community Development Corporation, Bill Pfoff, who suggested she call the Mon Valley Initiative. NEW HOME OWNER—Deirdre Stanley and her daughters Jayla, 14, and Mya, 9, in front of their new Mon Valley Initiative house in North Braddock. “At the time, I was living with relatives and was looking for just a rental property or anything to get a roof over my family’s head,” said Deirdre Stanley, who works as a customer service team leader for UPMC Presbyterian in Shadyside. “I wasn’t thinking about buying a new house. I didn’t see that as part of my future.” Now for Stanley, homeownership is more than just something to wonder about. Since April 15, she and her family have been living in their own home.


Black males come together for youth

The Community Empowerment Association’s Black Male Day of Solidarity brought together a cadre of African-American men from all corners of the community. Some were staples of CEA events and other were newcomers, looking for a way to give back. ROBERT HILL “It is time to reclaim our historical Black manhood and move collectively to confront the ills that plague our families and communities,” said Rashad Byrdsong, president and CEO of CEA. “The time is now for all Black men to embrace the ‘Brother to Brother movement’ to form a united front, to become change agents and to begin building a collective voice and in unity develop an agenda for investing in Black men and boys. We know the problems; we have the solutions. It is up to us.” The fifth annual event on June 18 was themed around “Moving Towards an Urban Agenda—Investing in Black Men and Boys.” The day began with workshops and roundtable discussions and concluded with a classic car and motorcycle show and basketball tournament.


X-offenders fight barriers to employment

Last year Gov. Ed Rendell’s office received nearly 600 clemency requests. Of those requests, the pardon board reviewed half and of those 358 requests reviewed, nearly 140 people received public hearings. Ultimately, in the year 2010, 119 pardons were recommended. However, under the new administration, the pardon board will only hold three public hearings per year and at these hearings only 33 individuals will have the chance to plead their case before the pardon board. Regardless of the number of request for clemency, this means less than 100 people will have the chance to receive a pardon each year. X-OFFENDERS—From left: Dean Williams and Wayne Jacobs take participants through the process of applying for a pardon. (Photo by J.L. Martello) “We’re going to continue to do what we do and hopefully at some point we’ll do some organizing around it. There needs to be some direct action on the pardon board to go back to the old system,” said Wayne Jacobs, co-founder and executive director of X-offenders for Community Empowerment in Philadelphia. “This process, when the prior administration was in office, we had eight public hearings a year. Now that this administration is in we have four a year and only 33 will be heard (at each hearing).”


Ending War on Drugs, unemployment

Ending the “War on Drugs” and unemployment are the keys to stopping the violence in Black communities throughout the country, speakers said at the “Reducing Youth Violence; Models for Success” symposium. Psychiatrists, social workers, artists, ex-gang members, physicians and researchers from across the country brought their expertise to the Manchester Craftsman’s Guild recently to share their experiences about what works in the struggle to reduce youth violence. BILL STRICKLAND It is fitting they came to Manchester, said Manchester Bidwell Corp. CEO Bill Strickland in his welcoming remarks, because in his experience the center itself is one of the things that works.


Voucher advocate makes case ahead of state vote

Perhaps as soon as this week the legislature in Harrisburg could vote on legislation that would allow poor children in chronically failing schools to go to another school, including private, charter or religious schools via a voucher program, and Dawn Chavous wants to make sure poor Black families know about it. Chavous, chair of the Students First Political Action Committee, is a Philadelphia mother who says poor children shouldn’t be forced to get a sub-standard education just because of where they live. DAWN CHAVOUS She stopped by the New Pittsburgh Courier to explain her efforts June 17, along with former Pittsburgh School Board Member Randall Taylor amid a whirlwind of press appearances organized by publisher Luther Sewell.