Daily Archive: October 28, 2011



Small Seeds celebrates family service

In just 11 years, Small Seeds Development Inc. has grown from a mustard seed to a great oak tree, its branches reaching far and wide supporting families. Small Seeds celebrated these achievements with its second annual Signature Event at the LeMont Restaurant. Taking on the dual role of honorary chairs and mistress and master of ceremonies, Brenda J. Waters, reporter and anchor for KDKA/WPCW-TV, and Chuck Saunders, owner of Savoy Restaurant and president of Urban Settlement Services Inc., facilitated the evening’s events. AWARDEES—From left: William E. Strickland Jr., Leadership and Community Service Award; Evan Frazier, Outstanding Corporate Award; Melita Terry, accepting for Elbert Hartley, her father, The Outstanding Service Award; Doris Carson Williams, Pioneer Award; Mel Blount, Chairman Award; Malik G. Bankston, Pioneer Award. (Photos by Rossano P. Stewart) Small Seeds honored those who have contributed significantly to the community and provided special support and assistance to the organization with an awards ceremony. Honorees included: Mel Blount, Malik Bankston, Doris Carson Williams, Bill Strickland, Albert Hatley and Highmark received the outstanding corporation award.


Wecht goes for Superior Court

Common Pleas Judge David Wecht is making his second run for the Pennsylvania Superior Court, and has a far better chance of success than he had in 2001. “I wasn’t a judge then, and it was a huge field. All seven Democratic candidates all lost, but I was closest,” he told the New Pittsburgh Courier editorial board on Oct. 19. “This time I am a judge, I have only one opponent, and he is not.” DAVID WECHT


Madame C.J. Walker legacy lives

When Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, was a gleam in her parent’s eye, Madame C.J. Walker had already made her fortune. A child of freed slaves, Walker is role model extraordinaire, not just for women and Blacks, but for anyone who desires to rise above their circumstances to achieve their dream. A’LELIA BUNDLESKeynote Speaker


Five men who made a difference

While the New Pittsburgh Courier honors 50 of today’s men who are making great strides in the various aspects of the community at the Men of Excellence awards reception on Oct. 27, there are five men who will also be recognized for the legacy they left behind through the work they accomplished during their lives. The late John Adams, Nate Smith, Armon Gilliam, Dave Epperson and El Gray will be honored during a special memoriam presentation during the reception. Each of these men dedicated their lives to giving back and making a better way for future generations. NATE SMITH


Teen draws two-to-six-year jail term over 7-cent robbery

(NNPA)—A 15-year-old Onondago County, N.Y. youth was labeled a felon and sentenced Aug. 29 to two to six years of incarceration for an armed robbery that netted him and an accomplice seven cents. County Court Judge William Walsh refused to treat Anthony Stewart of Syracuse as a youthful offender during sentencing, noting the boy pleaded not guilty “despite a mountain of evidence,” according to nydailynews.com.


Media treats Obama much worse than GOP contenders

(NNPA)—News media coverage of President Obama is much more negative than stories about each of his Republican challengers, netting him almost four negative stories for every positive one. That’s the conclusion of an extensive study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. According to the report, titled “The Media Primary,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry received the most coverage and was subject to the most favorable coverage until several weeks ago, when he was overtaken in that category by Herman Cain.



The Patriot Act turns 10: Do you feel any safer?

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—On Oct. 26, 2001 President George Bush signed the USA Patriot Act into law with overwhelming approval from the United States House and Senate. The multi-faceted law, which was in response to the terrorist attacks of 9-11 was rumored to have only been read by a few members of Congress and the rest just passed it due to the political consequences of saying no. With 10 years on the books and President Obama extending certain parts of the legislation we have to ask the question, are we any safer today than we were 10 years ago?


Honoring Dr. King

(NNPA)—“This really means making the movement powerful enough, dramatic enough, morally appealing enough, so that people of goodwill, the churches, labor, liberals, intellectuals, students, poor people themselves begin to put pressure on congressmen to the point that they can no longer elude our demands.”—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was resurrected this past weekend in Washington, D.C. The new Martin Luther King Memorial, a powerful, granite symbol of Dr. King’s dream of equal opportunity and racial reconciliation, was officially dedicated on Sunday before a crowd of thousands on the National Mall. In his keynote speech, President Obama reminded the audience and the nation that even though, “We have a right to savor the slow but certain progress” Dr. King made possible, “Our work, Dr. King’s work is not complete.” The President called upon the nation to “draw from the strength of those earlier struggles,” to confront the crises of unemployment, poverty, inequality and division that still plague us today.


Growing a boy into manhood

My wife, Cheryl and I recently watched the re-release of Disney’s The Lion King on Blu-ray. The film first came out in 1994 when our oldest child, Wynton was just a year old. Over the past 17 years we have watched it countless times with our three children, but the last time I watched it I saw it again for the first time. Cheryl uncovered an essential thematic element of the film that I had never realized before, but that she had known since 1988, six years before it was released. That was the year we met and became engaged.


End America’s two longest wars

We need to call for an end to Americas’ two longest wars. Two wars that have dragged on for several years: wasted billions of U. S. taxpayer dollars and contributed to thousands of deaths. The social alienation, loss of family and deterioration of community life has been astronomical. No, I am not writing about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, although both are certainly worthy of consideration. I am describing the several decades’ long policy debacles known as the ‘War on Drugs’ and the even more politically charged efforts to substantially reduce ‘youth and gang violence.’ The latter has basically become a ‘War on Youth.’