Daily Archive: July 8, 2011


Rev. Grayson gives 7 scholarships to final Schenley grads

Schenley High School held its final graduation June 12, 2011 amidst joy from the current grads, but sadness among previous grads who were sorry to see the school close down. Reverend Glenn Grayson of Wesley Center AMEZ Church located in the Hill District gave away seven scholarships from the Jeron Grayson Scholarship Fund. This was given to students by staff, students and the Grayson family. Jeron Grayson was a former Schenley student, who was shot to death in October of 2010. A scholarship fund was named in his honor shortly after his untimely death. A combination of staff and other students along with the Grayson family picked who would receive the scholarships. HAPPY SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS—Rev. Glenn Grayson, center, stands with the seven Schenley scholarship winners. (Photo by Ashley Woodson.)


Parents may outlive child

In previous years, when it came to our children, especially in the Black community, parents’ top concerns were providing for their children, making sure they were getting a good education and making sure they were staying off the streets. But now that list has been amended and steadily climbing to the top is childhood obesity. Like in many other health instances, African-Americans are at higher risk than any other ethnicity for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other health issue resulting from being overweight. And it’s now affecting our children. ALL IN THE FAMILY—From left: Keylen Kenney, 7; Shamara Hodges, mom; Ari Martin, 10; and in front Azure Martin, 5, spend the evening learning about being a healthy family at the AHA Healthy Family Training Camp. (Photos by J.L. Martello)


Pittsburgh Community Services Inc. cuts could hurt county

For the past 28 years, Pittsburgh Community Services Inc has been working behind the scenes of the social services community. In 2009 alone, they served 10,334 individuals and 5,630 families in Allegheny County. Now with funding cuts coming down from the state and federal level, PSCI worries how they will continue to help low-income residents in the city and across the region. “We’ve lost some funding from the state. We guess we’re going to lose about $100,000 just from that,” Cecelia Jenkins, executive director, said. “So the question is, how are we going to continue to change lifestyles when we’re being cut.” CECELIA JENKINS


Census: Fewer Black children in biggest U.S. cities

by David B. CarusoAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP)—A catastrophic flood emptied New Orleans of much of its Black youth. Powerful social forces may be doing a similar thing to places like Harlem and Chicago’s South Side. Over the past decade, the inner-city neighborhoods that have served for generations as citadels of African-American life and culture have been steadily draining of Black children. DECLINING?CHILD?POPULATION—Michelle Black, left, and James Patterson watch their son James, 4, center, play during a visit to Renaissance Park in Harlem, N.Y., on June 28. The park sits in an area where census tract 232 data has noted a 38 percent drop in the population of Black children over the past 10 years. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)


Michele Bachmann: The John Wayne of political lies

(NNPA)—Whether making the round of Sunday morning talk shows, giving the Tea Party response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, or announcing her own presidential candidacy, Michele Bachmann does one thing consistently—lie. The Republican congresswoman from Minnesota, who has been described as Sarah Palin with a brain, has enjoyed a dramatic rise in public opinion polls following the latest debate among GOP candidates seeking the party’s presidential nomination. But Bachmann’s comments are a reminder of the adage: Figures can lie and liars can figure. Here are some of the most egregious examples:


Why many African-Americans have no interest in becoming Pittsburgh Police Officers

by Blair Robertson-Fisher “Get down! Put your hands up!” Pittsburgh Police officers shouted to my husband as I went to open up our back gate to let him in from walking the dog. My husband put his hands up and several police officers pushed him to the ground to handcuff him. I kept asking them, “What happened? Why are you doing that to him?” and not one answered. A female police officer asked me to come inside the house to explain what had happened. As soon as I approached my living room, more police officers were at my front door. They asked my 5-year-old daughter to open the door so they could come in. Why did they need to come inside my house when only my children were inside?


Whatever happened to Armstrong Williams?

“It’s been so long since I have heard his name, I thought since “ole massuh Bush” left the White House, Armstrong had retired close to his beloved cotton on the plantation singing his favorite song, ‘ole massuh, I is heah’”—A Williams critic’s Internet comments. Back in the day, Armstrong Williams proved to be “one of the most recognizable conservative voices in America.” He possessed a pugnacious and provocative style, and stayed Williams was “on point” when expressing his viewpoints. Most importantly, he provided conservatives and Christians with what they longed to hear. In the 1990s, Williams’ colloquies regarding Black Americans, received national attention by pointing out that high percentages of African-Americans actually hold conservative views. Williams also noted that “political leaders dupe Blacks and persuade high numbers of them to swap their votes for Democratic handouts.”


Re-inventing the Oprah Winfrey Network

by Gail Choice For New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)—What do champions do when they discover that things are not going as planned or hoped? They regroup and come out fighting. Oprah Winfrey is just that kind of champion. Winfrey has acknowledged that launching her own cable channel has been more difficult than she expected. And she plans to devote herself to overhauling OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, and spending more time in Los Angeles where the headquarters of OWN is located. OPRAH WINFREY


Diddy settles civil suits with victims in 1999 nightclub shooting

(NNPA)—More than a decade after Sean “Diddy” Combs’ legal woes surfaced after a shooting at a New York nightclub, the hip-hop mogul has settled all civil actions filed against him. The New York Post recently reported that Diddy, his former artist Jamal “Shyne” Barrow and the now-defunct nightclub struck a deal with the three club-goers who were harmed in the bar fight in 1999, according to court records. P. DIDDY


Steve Harvey prepares boys to be men

by J.H. Muhammad For New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)—At a glance, people may look at Steve Harvey and his accomplishments and possibly only see him as an entertainer. On television, he is the host of one of the longest airing game shows of all time, Family Feud, and also The Steve Harvey Project. On the radio, his syndicated show, The Steve Harvey Morning Show, reaches millions of listeners daily. On the road, he recently started a comedy and gospel tour with local Grammy award winning gospel artist, Kirk Franklin. He is also a best-selling author and comedy icon. STEVE HARVEY