Daily Archive: September 16, 2011


Job Corps fights high unemployment with free education

Education and employment are two critical issues, especially within the Black community, where African-American students are ranking lower than their counterparts in education and have the highest unemployment rate nationwide. While many are dropping out and others are struggling to go onto college, the Pittsburgh Job Corps program offers low-income youth an alternative to turning to “street life” to survive. The Job Corps program, which has served young people ages 16-24 for more than 45 years, is a free education and technical career training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor to low-income, underserved youth. There are currently 124 Job Corps programs nationwide. I SHALL SUCCEED—Job Corps program participant Tanisha Jean read a poem she wrote in honor of her success in the program at the National Commencement Day celebration Aug. 30. (Photo by Kenneth Vaughan) “We work very carefully to make sure that (our students are trained) in areas where they can get employment. That is the bottom line for us,” said Molly Taleb, Pittsburgh Job Corps deputy center and career development services director. She added that their job is not completed until students have received training certificates or completed a degree and, most importantly, find a job.


Move to save Urban Youth Action? Maybe

Though the reaction of many to the announced closing of Urban Youth Action after 45 years of serving Black youth throughout Allegheny County is one of regret and loss, others say the reactions should be action. C. Richard Gillcrese, who was with founder Bernard Jones when he started the organization and served as its executive director from 1972-1995, said he would like to see an effort by the program’s graduates to keep it from shutting its doors Oct. 31. TEAMWORK—Urban Youth Action former Executive Director C. Richard Gillcrese, second from right, with 1980 team members, from left: Paula C. Williams, Katherine Ellis, Byron Foster and Toni l. Davis. “It actually helped shape and mold part of this generation to be ready to work towards bettering themselves and their community,” he said. “I’m optimistic that some of these alumni want to see it stay alive, and that the community can rise above this and do what it takes to keep UYA going, using creativity, and cooperation to do so.”


African American Heritage Day Parade marks 24 years

Almost a quarter century after her mother and Harvey Adams organized the inaugural African American Heritage Day Parade, African American Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Doris Carson Williams will join Pentecostal Temple Bishop Loran Mann as this year’s Parade commentators. “We look forward to celebrating our 24th year and I am delighted that Bishop Loren Mann will once again be narrating the parade with me,” she said. “We have a host of guests and groups that will be participating, and look forward to reestablishing the pride, and bringing people out to celebrate African-American history.” DORIS CARSON WILLIAMS Though the complete list of participating schools bands, dance and musical groups was not available by Courier deadline, this year’s event boasts an impressive list of sponsors, as well as a number of performers and activities slated for the post-parade celebration at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture.


Omega Boat Ride Weekend 2011

For years Labor Day weekend in Pittsburgh has been known as Omega Psi Phi, Inc. boat ride weekend. This year the brothers did it big with four days of events; after all they are celebrating 100 years of service. The weekend kicked off Sept. 1 at Young Brothers Bar where the party went on to the break of dawn. Friday the party moved to the east side of town to Phase III for an “Old Gold Happy Hour,” later that night the party eased on down the road to Savoy for the Royal Purple Party. PRETTY IN WHITE—Terrell Lewis and Ivory Smith. You can’t have a Labor Day weekend without a picnic. On Saturday the grill was fired up in Highland Park and there was food, fun and games for the entire family. Saturday was the “All White Party” at the PAA Club (Pittsburgh Athletic Association) sponsored by Ciroc and Hennessy and featuring DJ Selecta. The club level of the PAA was draped in white complete with a white carpet and took on the personality of an upscale East Hampton nightclub. Kudos to the decorating team.


Walter Fauntroy, feared dead in Libya, returns home—guess who he saw doing the killing? It wasn’t the Libyans

by Valencia Mohammed (NNPA)—Former U.S. Congressman Walter Fauntroy, who recently returned from a self-sanctioned peace mission to Libya, said he went into hiding for about a month in Libya after witnessing horrifying events in Libya’s bloody civil war—a war that Fauntroy claims is backed by European forces. WALTER FAUNTROY Fauntroy’s sudden disappearance prompted rumors and news reports that he had been killed. In an interview inside his Northwest D.C. home last week, the noted civil rights leader, told the Afro that he watched French and Danish troops storm small villages late at night beheading, maiming and killing rebels and loyalists to show them who was in control. “‘What the hell’ I’m thinking to myself. I’m getting out of here. So I went in hiding,” Fauntroy said.


Obama’s jobs speech to Congress: Get it done right away!

by C Stone Brown WASHINGTON (NNPA)—In a joint session to congress Sept. 8, President Barack Obama gave his much anticipated speech on his prescription to resuscitate the ailing American economy. The president’s plan is an ambitious $447 billion stimulus package that would include small business payroll tax cuts, tax credits for businesses that hire new workers, and new construction jobs to repair bridges, build public schools, roads and highways. President Barack Obama addresses joint session of Congress Sept. 8. (NNPA Photo/Fred Watkins) If there was a theme in the president’s address last night it was the urgency of getting his bill passed “right away,” which he repeated eight times.


Music legends, family, friends say goodbye to Motown matriarch Esther Gordy Edwards

(NNPA)—Hundreds of mourners packed Bethel AME Church in Detroit, Mich., Aug. 31 to pay their final respects to Esther Gordy Edwards, older sister of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy and the label’s matriarch. According to the Detroit Free Press, the ceremony was attended by family members, Motown artists and local politicians who all wished their final goodbyes to Edwards, who died on Aug. 25 of natural causes. She was 91. ESTHER GORDY EDWARDS Among the entertainers at the ceremony were singer Smokey Robinson, members of the Four Tops and Stevie Wonder, who performed “His Eye is on the Sparrow” and “Isn’t She Lovely.” During Motown’s heyday in the 1960s, Edwards served as the label’s vice president and chief financial officer. When the company was sold in the ‘80s, she collected and organized the items left behind at their famed Hitsville headquarters. Shortly thereafter, she transformed the establishment into the Motown Historical Museum.


You Mad, Bro?

(NNPA)—A high school football game in Painesville, Ohio caused tension when students and supporters of the winning team held up a banner that some thought was racially offensive. According to Fox News’ Cleveland affiliate WJW-TV, after Kirtland High School defeated Painsville Harvey High during a football game on Sept. 2, Kirtland students celebrated their victory by raising a sign that read, “You Mad, Bro?” enraging some Black attendees. “At the conclusion of the game, some of their students put up a sign that we believe was racial intimidation, ethnic intimidation,” Roderick Coffee, president of the Lake County chapter of the NAACP told WJW.


President Obama treated like Rodney Dangerfield

(NNPA)—Like the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield, President Obama does not get any respect. In fact, no modern United States commander-in-chief has been disrespected more than the nation’s first African-American president. The most recent example was House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to deny the president’s request to address a joint session of Congress on Sept. 7. It so happens that one of 20 Republican debates was scheduled that evening, prompting Boehner to suggest moving the address to the next night.



Oh no, he Mittn’t: Romney finds his backbone too late

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—Last week’s debate amongst the Republican hopefuls was a spectacle for many reasons. First, it was (fingers crossed) the first of the Republican debates where everyone who actually wants to run for the nomination was actually in attendance. Nearly half the debates for the GOP nom so far have had glaring absences of major players in the campaign. Now the field is set. The debate also featured another interesting discovery that theretofore had been missing during the entire campaign season: Mitt Romney’s spine. Unfortunately though he may have found it too late to make any difference in campaign 2012.