Daily Archive: August 19, 2011


Letter To The Editor…Outrage over KDKA-TV’s ­disregard for diversity

Dear Editor: Being a lifelong resident of the greater Pittsburgh area, but more importantly being an African-American male in the Pittsburgh media market, I find myself disappointed and frankly outraged that in 2011; KDKA-TV appears to have adopted a policy of total disregard for diversity, and the proper and reasonable use of its current ­African-American staff/talent/ ­personnel. The departure of Patrice King Brown (this market’s No. 1 anchor) exposed some significant and glaring deficiencies in KDKA’s commitment to diversity. That fact has not gone unnoticed and is becoming increasingly apparent and discussed on the streets in our community.


Cover To Cover…‘The Chicken Chronicles’

People call you a “Dog Person” and you kind of like that. It’s no reflection on you, personally, of course. That moniker just says to the world that you have a love for anything canine, that you probably have a few pups of your own, and that you’ve never known a dog you didn’t like. You probably also know a lot of other Dog People and maybe a few Cat People and Horse People, too. Author Alice Walker would never cotton to anything so commonplace. No, Walker is a Chicken Person, and in her new memoir “The Chicken Chronicles,” she writes about her newfound friends and what they taught her about life. Alice Walker had never seen a chicken before.


My cousins make fun of my accent!

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: Each summer my mother sends me to visit my relatives on the West Coast. My mother also has a brother who lives in New York. Therefore, mom sends me to visit my uncle there as well. This is the problem: My cousins in the West constantly make fun of my southern accent. I hate going there and my mother insists that I ignore their laughter. I try to explain to her that I feel they are no better than me. I may talk southern, but I talk correct. Their English is poor-poor-poor. Even when I visit my uncle in New York, he spends precious time drilling me to talk like New Yorkers.


Go in the right direction with seat belt fastened

(NNPA)—If you want success, you must plan for success rather than failure. You don’t set out for Los Angeles from New York by walking eastward, do you? Of course not! You have to be walking in the right direction to get where you’re going. Grasping the reality of this current hard-hitting full-blown economic downturn, and all-out crisis in your life is not an easy task. How you deal with it will determine your ultimate success.


Social Security questions and answers

GENERAL Question: What should I do if an employee gives me a Social Security number but cannot produce the card? Answer: Seeing the card is not as important as putting the correct information on the worker’s Form W-2. You can verify employee Social Security numbers by using the Social Security Number Verification Service. Just go to http://www.socialsecurity.gov/bso. This online service allows registered employers to verify employee Social Security numbers against Social Security records for wage reporting purposes. If the employee recently applied for a Social Security number but does not yet have a card when you must file the paper Form W-2, enter the words “Applied for” on the Form W-2. If you are filing electronically, enter all zeros (e.g., 000-00-0000) in the Social Security number field. When the employee receives the card, file Copy A of Form W-2C, Corrected Wage and Tax Statement with Social Security to show the employee’s number.


Imani Christian Academy captures Connie Hawkins Summer League Crown

by Anthony J. SchererFor New Pittsburgh Courier It was championship week for the Connie Hawkins Youth Summer League. The semifinals took place at the Penn Hills YMCA where the four top teams would face off to see who the best was. In the first game number one seed Imani went up against the four seed Rise High. Imani was led by Daylon Harris who had 18 points and Aidan Howard who added another 11 points. The combination of Harris and Howard was too much for Rise High. With only five players available, Rise High needed a boost and got it from Alex Kasardo, who scored 13 of the teams 29 points. But with Harris and Howard leading the way, Imani breezed into the finals by the score of 50-29. CHAMPS—IMANI CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


Slaughter and Kimbrow inducted into Penn Hills Hall of Fame

by Anthony Scherer For New Pittsburgh Courier The Penn Hills Hall of Fame recently inducted two more men who contributed on the field, but have contributed more off the field. Howard R. Slaughter Jr., PhD and Darnell Kimbrew were inducted earlier this year at the Churchill Valley Country Club. “The ceremony was very humbling,” said Slaughter. “It really shows that hard work pays off.” HOWARD R. SLAUGHTER JR. and DARNELL KIMBREW



:10 Now listen to me Pittsburgh. I don’t ask much of you but I really need you on this one. I need everybody to put their collective prayers together for your friend and mine Eddie “E.J.” Jefferies. The best of the best good guys, former Pittsburgh Courier sports editor and the all time leader in wins in the Connie Hawkins Summer Basketball League as a coach. Get well soon E.J. we’re pulling for ya… “South of the border down Mexico way!!” BILL NEAL


Savoy, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

In the movie “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” the dinner guest was a surprise, but at the Pittsburgh reincarnation of the movie, “Savoy, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” the first dinner guest/guest bartenders were announced well in advance. On Aug. 11 at the Savoy Restaurant, Savoy owners Chuck Sanders and his wife, Elisa, partnered with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for the first Savoy Serving the Future Initiative. SAVOY SERVING THE FUTURE—Sheryl Lee Ralph, Janice Burley Wilson, Yolanda Rodgers Howsie, Tracy Edmunds and Sean Jones. (Photos by Debbie Norrell) Dozens enjoyed the elegant atmosphere and fine cuisine with celebrity hosts, actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, the original Broadway Dream Girl, and award-winning trumpeter Sean Jones. Jones and Ralph paired up behind the bar and served the signature drinks of the evening, the Divatini and the Mantini.