Monthly Archive: September 2011


‘Our Father, Who Art Blakey’

Pittsburgh native, Art Blakey (1919-1990) emblazed a trail for jazz hopefuls by creating his own style of drumming that has become world renowned. Blakey, together with several other luminaries, became the inventors of the modern bebop style of drumming. For more than five decades Blakey and his band, the Jazz Messengers, included many young musicians who went on to become prominent names in jazz. His legacy has stood the test of time, adored by many for the exceptionally outstanding music he produced, as well as providing a proving ground for several generations of jazz musicians. THE LATE ART BLAKEY


Point Park creates urban accounting program

According to a report by the CPA Journal, African-Americans make up only 1 percent of all certified public accountants. African-Americans also make up only 7 percent of recent accounting graduates. Point Park University recently announced the receipt of a $1 million gift from longtime Point Park benefactors George White and Kathleen White. The grant, given to the Point Park School of Business, will be used to fund the Urban Accounting Initiative in an effort to increase diversity in the accounting and finance fields. “The labor department came out earlier this year indicating the two areas of greatest growth are in accounting and finance followed by (information technology),” said Angela Issac, dean of the School of Business. “A lot of young people select their career paths very early on. One of our intents is to get young people competent to feel comfortable moving into the accounting program when they get older. Our minorities are underrepresented in these fields.”


Sisters come together for healthy living

Heart disease and stroke are the number one and three killers of all Americans, but the risk is even greater in African-Americans, especially African-American women. In an effort to combat this disease, its risk factors and to make minority women aware of heart health, the American Heart Association Great Rivers Affiliate held their “Sister to Sister Seminar: Passport to Health” event Sept. 24 at the Wyndham Grand Hotel, Downtown. MEET THE EXPERTS—from left: Dr. Shailen Woods, Dr. Jonathan Scott Strenio, Dr. Joon Sup Lee and Debbie Norrell, discuss the benefits of healthy living and answer health and wellness questions. “It was a great event (and) it was a celebration of life and healthy living,” said Karen Colbert, director of communications for the association. “The people who attended and participated were interested in having and living a healthy lifestyle.” Nearly 300 individuals attended the seminar, which gave tips and focused on heart and stroke health and wellness for minority women who were looking to live a healthier life.


AP Interview: Troy Davis’ sister vows to carry on

by Russ BynumAssociated Press Writer SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP)—Troy Davis’ sister said Friday she’s not wasting time being angry as she presses to keep the 20-year legal fight her brother lost when he was executed. He used his final words in Georgia’s death chamber to insist he wasn’t a killer. “We’re going to keep moving forward,” Martina Correia told The Associated Press. “That’s what my brother would have wanted us to do, not be angry and wallow and those kinds of things.” CARRYING ON—In this Sept. 11, 2008 file photo, Troy Davis supporter Jessica Peifer, left, is comforted by Davis’ older sister Martina Correia, right, during an Amnesty International rally at the State Capitol in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Jenni Girtman)


Gateway letter causes some concern

On Sept. 28, President Barak Obama will speak to students all over the country during his third annual President’s Back to School Speech, an annual address broadcasted to students on the importance of education. To curb any backlash that could arise from having students watch or participate in any classroom learning activities regarding Obama’s Back to School speech, Gateway School District has given parents/guardians the option of having their children not participate. In a letter sent home, parents were given until Sept. 23 to notify teachers of their wish to have their child or children opt out from listening to the speech.


Hockey fan throws banana at Black player during preseason game

by Noah Trister DETROIT (AP)—Wayne Simmonds should have been able to talk about what a fine first impression he’s made on his new team. After scoring in the final minute of Philadelphia’s game in London, Ontario, on Thursday night, Simmonds found the net again in a shootout—but it was what happened while he was in the process of scoring that second goal that stole all the headlines. MOVING ON—Philadelphia Flyers’ Wayne Simmonds heads back to the bench after scoring on Detroit Red Wings goalie Jordan Pearce during the shootout of a preseason NHL hockey game in London, Ontario, Sept. 22. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Dave Chidley) A banana was thrown from the stands as Simmonds skated toward Detroit goalie Jordan Pearce, marring the end of an exhibition game that was played about 120 miles from Simmonds’ birthplace of Scarborough, Ontario. Simmonds, who is Black, issued a statement Friday, before the Flyers and Red Wings played again in Detroit.


Death penalty opponents regroup after Davis’ death

by Greg BluesteinAssociated Press ATLANTA (AP)—Capital punishment critics are regrouping after the execution of Georgia inmate Troy Davis, trying to figure out the best way to harness the anti-death penalty sentiment the case created. Among the goals: get new like-minded people registered to vote. “Tell them to get engaged in the political process because that’s where change is going to come,” said Helen Butler, executive director of the Atlanta-based Coalition For The Peoples’ Agenda. LOSES BATTLE —This Aug. 22, 1991 photo shows Troy Anthony Davis entering Chatham County Superior Court in Savannah, Ga., during his trial in the shooting death of off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail. (AP Photo/The Savannah Morning News, File)


Obama tells Blacks to ‘stop complainin’ and fight

by Mark SmithAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP)—In a fiery summons to an important voting bloc, President Barack Obama told Blacks on Saturday to quit crying and complaining and “put on your marching shoes” to follow him into battle for jobs and opportunity. And though he didn’t say it directly, for a second term, too. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)


Hugs for Kemba Smith and her family

(NNPA)—Whenever I see Kemba Smith or her parents, Gus and Odessa Smith, we embrace. Our hugs are long and say everything without either of us saying anything. In those deeply-personal moments, we celebrate what the family has overcome. And we mostly celebrate Kemba’s freedom and the long, bumpy road that led to it.