Daily Archive: August 12, 2011


ONYX Woman celebrates 20 years

On Aug. 18, OWN: The Onyx Woman Network will honor 20 distinguished business owners and business advocates in Pittsburgh’s African-American community. “It’s important because I don’t think we’ve really shown our appreciation to so many people, not just those that are in business, but those who are advocates of minority business,” said Ola Jackson, OWN founder. OLA JACKSON The event at the Hill House Kaufmann Center’s Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium will celebrate leaders in the business community and those who have supported minority business ownership over the years. The celebration will also commemorate the 20th anniversary of OWN. The communications group encompasses a business magazine and a television talk show that focuses on financial empowerment, career advancement, entrepreneurial development and wellness.


PBMF Workshop goes on without Moore

by Malik Vincent The students arrived to Point Park University July 30—the site of the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation’s Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop and didn’t see one of its most recognizable faces. Program co-director and founder Chris Moore was urged by doctors to have surgery on a leg that he’d injured while on vacation a week prior. It kept him out of the weeklong residential program for the first time in 28 years. NEWSROOM—Students in the PBMF Urban Journalism Workshop work diligently to complete stories for the program’s publication The Urban Agenda. (Photo by J.L. Martello) “It was disappointing to me that I wasn’t there to give the students both life and journalistic skills,” Moore said. “I found out the day before the workshop. It wasn’t my choosing. The doctors told me if I went through with attending the Workshop, I’d be playing with my health.”


B-PEP summit seeks youth empowerment

Though most of the day was, like most educational forums, devoted to workshops, and spreading information, the Youth Empowerment Summit showed it was unlike typical forums by kicking off with a rally of music, dance and camaraderie that saw even weary motorists smiling and bopping their heads as they passed Freedom Corner in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. That’s because the July 5 event really was a youth summit. WATER OF LIFE—Jacquea Mae, of Sankofa, performs a West African libation ceremony at Freedom Corner with participants from the Aug. 5 Youth Empowerment Summit. (Photo by Rossano P. Stewart) “This is their event. It’s about them having a say in their empowerment because grown-up ‘solutions’ didn’t solve anything,” said advisor Paradise Gray. “Everyone always tells them, ‘say no to this, say no to that.’ We wanted to help them have something to say ‘yes’ to.”


Gibson Gala

The Josh Gibson Centennial Negro League Gala, presented by PNC Bank, will be held Aug. 13 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh in Downtown. Pittsburgh Steelers’ Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris, is serving as an honorary co-chair of the event along with his wife, Dana Harris. Josh Gibson, the star catcher and prolific home run hitter for the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords during the 1930s, was born on Dec. 21, 1911 in Buena Vista, Ga. He moved to Pittsburgh in 1923 when his father found work in the steel industry. JOSH GIBSON Gibson, who is often called “the Black Babe Ruth,” is believed to have hit nearly 800 home runs during his 17-year career. He died at the age of 35 in 1947 and was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1972. The Josh Gibson Centennial Negro League Gala will be the signature event of this year’s celebration of his achievements.


Black ­Theatre Holy Ground

The National Black Theatre Festival has been happening every odd year in Winston Salem, N.C., since 1989 and this “marvtastic” (a word coined by the late founder Leon Hamlin that means there is nothing greater or better than) biennial event brings more than 65,000 theatre enthusiasts to Winston Salem for six days of the best in professional Black theatre. There aren’t too many places that you can go where a touch of Pittsburgh isn’t found and Pittsburgh theater royalty was well represented throughout the National Black Theatre Festival, Aug. 1-6. THE TURMANS AND FRIEND—Melinda Turman, Glynn Turman, Stephanie Turman (Glynn Turman’s daughter and Pittsburgh resident) and Lou Myers (actor “A Different World”). (Photos by Debbie Norrell) The festival is produced by the North Carolina Black Repertory Co. Eileen J. Morris, currently the artistic director for the Ensemble Theatre in Houston Texas and the former managing director of the Kuntu Repertory Theatre received the Larry Leon Hamlin Producer Award. Her acceptance of the award was a performance in itself. For many years Pittsburgh claimed Morris as a resident and you can still see her from time to time in Pittsburgh directing plays.


Democrats need a Hot Chocolate Party

(NNPA)—It is becoming increasingly clear that President Obama and Democrats need pressure from within the party to force them to stand their ground against the Tea Party insurrection in Congress. As was evident in the recent debt ceiling fiasco, conservative House Republicans have gravitated even farther to the right because of pressure from the Tea Party movement. Democrats are being towed along kicking and screaming. Well, screaming. That’s why there is an urgent need to form a Hot Chocolate Party to force Democrats to start acting like Democrats.



This fall Ohio is Obama’s 2012 referendum

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—I know a lot of Americans are so sick and tired of partisan fights from the debt ceiling debate that they just can’t wait to watch some football and forget about politics until Iowa next year. Unfortunately, unlike football politics is always in season and the kickoff to the 2012 shenanigans begins with a blood and guts in the trenches battle in Ohio that will in fact be a bellwether for Obama’s success in his re-election bid next year.


Re-thinking Black leadership, Part II

We have numerous groups and organizations throughout the country that claim to speak for and represent the interest of the Black community, locally and nationally. Why such ineffectiveness and ineptitude? Too many of our groups and Black “leaders” are not independent themselves, so they are unable to forcefully advocate ideas, strategies and programs that are really in the best interest of Black people.


Basketball wife Roman sets the record straight

by Elzena Rankins For New Pittsburgh Courier Basketball wife Tami Roman sets the record straight on who she really is. Despite what people may think of the reality star by watching her character on VH1’s Basketball Wives, Tami claims that the real her, is open and honest and that she really does have a loving heart. TAMI ROMAN


A church member stole my cookware!

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: I am sure you do not receive many complaints as this: Two months ago we celebrated our pastor’s anniversary. I was in charge of the activities, which included the weekly services and the banquet on the final night. I felt we could save the expense of a caterer and renting of a conference or hotel facility. Therefore, I suggested we have the event at the church. I wanted all the money to go to our pastor. I love my pastor.