Daily Archive: October 19, 2011



Cooper heads $3M Hill fund

Former Urban Redevelopment Authority attorney Carl Cooper has been lured out of retirement and named chairman of the Greater Hill District Growth Development Fund Advisory Committee and will manage the distribution of $3 million earmarked to revitalize the Hill District. The committee, which includes representatives from several community organizations including William Generett, Pittsburgh Central Keystone Innovation Zone; Bonnie Young Laing, Hill District Consensus Group; Richard Witherspoon, Hill District Federal Credit Union; Jules Matthews, Hill House Economic Development Corp.; Marimba Milliones, Hill Community Development Corp.; Kimberly Ellis, Historic Hill Institute; Rev. Johnny Monroe, Schenley Heights Development Program; and Rev. Glenn R. Grayson, Wesley Center AMEZ Church., named Cooper director Oct. 13. CARL COOPER


Monument fit for a King

John Ayers from the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. held a bus trip for more than 100 people from the Pittsburgh area for a sold out trip to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Dedication in Washington, D.C. “It was important for me to put this trip together because of his legacy. When I found out that there were no buses leaving from Pittsburgh, I didn’t want that to happen. I put this trip together and it turned out to be a major success. Everything about the struggle and everything that Dr. King has been through made this trip worthwhile,” Ayers said. LIFETIME EXPERIENCE—Pittsburgh residents in front of the new Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. monument. They traveled to Washington, D.C., to see for its unveiling ceremony Oct. 16. (Photo by Ashley G. Woodson) Harry E. Johnson Sr. is the president and CEO of the Washington, D.C., Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. He said it is important for everyone to know, that the memorial that was unveiled to the world Oct. 16, was built with the faith of so many people from so many different walks of life, united in the unyielding belief that it is time for a permanent tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to his message of justice, hope, democracy and love.


Pgh Promise gets $100,000

Though afternoon rain threatened to cancel the scheduled softball game, it did not dampen the spirits of the Pittsburgh Promise staffer at PNC Park. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl threw out the first pitch, the Pirate Parrot made faces, the game went on—and Direct Energy gave $100,000 to the Promise. The company, North America’s largest supplier of electricity, natural gas and energy related services, recently began operations in the area. And, with its support of the Pittsburgh Promise, it quickly lived up to its reputation for commitment to community involvement. HOME RUN—Joined by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and the Pirate Parrot, Direct Energy Vice President and General Manager Cory Byzewski presents Pittsburgh Promise Executive Director Saleem Ghubril with $100,000 prior to their celebratory softball game at PNC Park Oct. 13. (Photo by J.L. Martello.) “This is a huge deal because those funds have already been partially matched with an additional $67,000 by UPMC,” said Promise Executive Director Saleem Ghubril. “Direct Energy seems to be interested in a long term relationship, and to see a company that’s a relative newcomer, and of that size, taking an interest in the Promise is particularly gratifying.”


Pa. bill could reduce access to abortion

The Pennsylvania Senate is currently considering legislation that pro-choice advocates fear will limit women’s access to abortion. Senate bill 732, which will increase regulations on abortion clinics, could be voted on as early as this week or the next. “It is a bill that really emerged out of a case in Philadelphia where an abortion provider was operating illegally; this person is an extreme exception,” said La’Tasha Mayes, founder and executive director of New Voice Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice. “The bill came up last session, but they didn’t let it out of committee, so it was reintroduced this session.”


Pink Ribbon Luncheon and Fashion Show

On Oct. 1 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel hundreds of ladies and a few gents enjoyed the 12th annual Pink Ribbon Luncheon and Fashion Show. It was a great afternoon of shopping with vendors, lunching with friends and checking out a sampling of fashions from Designer Days Boutique. This year’s models included: Timyka Artist, Debbie Dilliplaine, Rita Gregory Sheard, Kathy Jones, Margaret Harper, Sequoia Green, Jackie Simon, Shelli Lewis and yours truly as emcee and commentator. Deneen Joyner, owner of Makeup by Beauty on Point, did a fabulous job enhancing the beauty of the models. OSCAR DE LA RENTA DDB, located on Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside, is a consignment shop owned by the National Council of Jewish Women, and this show gave the audience a preview of what they will see at the upcoming NCJW Designer Days sale scheduled for the end of October. The survivor models showcased fashions by Armani, Michael Kors, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta and Carmen Marc Valvo.


Community Calendar

Grand Opening OCT. 20—Pittsburgh CONNECTS will host its Grand Opening at 11 a.m. at 5321 Penn Ave., Garfield. This is a project of the Neighborhood Learning Alliance. There will be four computer centers opening around the Pittsburgh area. Registration for the event is requested. For more information, call 724-313-6487.


Namibian skulls ignite anger, not peace

by Michelle PaulAssociated Press Writer WINDHOEK, Namibia (AP)—Human skulls taken from Namibia by German colonizers returned home Oct. 4 after more than 100 years, but the reconciliatory gesture instead has ignited anger and renewed demands that Germany pay for its sins in this corner of Africa where more than 60,000 people were killed. Tuesday’s return of 20 skulls taken to Germany more than a century ago for racist experiments also has fueled anger about current injustices by a people decimated when they rebelled against German colonizers. HOLOCAUST REMINDER—A skull from Germany on display in the city of Windhoek, Namibia, Oct 4. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)


This Week In Black History

Week of October 22-28October 221906—Three thousand Blacks demonstrated and rioted in Philadelphia to protest a theatrical production of Thomas Dixon’s racist play—“The Clansman.” The play essentially praised the Ku Klux Klan while demeaning Blacks.1936—Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale is born in Dallas, Texas. BOBBY SEALE


Will America buy Cain in 2012?

by Dorothy Bracy AlstonFor New Pittsburgh Courier MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Real Times News Service)—Could it happen again, an African-American man as a presidential nominee of a major political party? With the trail-blazing Barack Obama seeking a second term from the Democratic Party side, is it possible the Republican Party could tap its first African-American as a presidential nominee? GOP HOPEFULS—Republican presidential candidates from left facing camera, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman; Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.; Texas Gov. Rick Perry; businessman Herman Cain; former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum participate in a presidential debate at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., Oct. 11. (AP Photo/Daniel Acker, Pool)


BET founder urges corporate America to adopt NFL’s Rooney Rule

by Suzanne GamboaAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP)—Now that the National Football League has a record number of head coaches who are Black and Hispanic, can Fortune 500 companies borrow from the league’s diversity playbook and see similar results among corporate executives? Robert L. Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television, thinks so. He is urging corporate America to adopt a version of the NFL’s Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate when filling head coach and general manager positions. BOB JOHNSON