Daily Archive: November 10, 2011



Pitt Summit: Black male stereotyping by media

Disparities in mainstream media depictions of Black males pile on to an already bleak scenario that impedes the potential of progress. A day-long invitation-only summit presented by the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Public Affairs reviewed results of a study commissioned by the Heinz Endowments to research the content of local news coverage of young Black males in the media. The findings underscored and gave credence to the perception and prevalence of stereotypical views of Black males. In many instances it serves to reinforce negative images. LARRY E. DAVIS Keynote speaker Mark Lamont Hill, PhD., an English professor at Columbia University, activist and media commentator, referenced a notion of remembrance based a historical context that fits a preferred narrative of stereotypical images that contribute to public policies.


Doctors push education as key to success

According to the 2004 Census, African-American doctors make up only 2.3 percent of all doctors in the United States. Though the number had been steadily rising for three decades since the 1960s, it became stagnant in the 21st century. This year’s Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh State of Black Pittsburgh on Oct. 29 featured three African-American male doctors who use their success to motivate Black youth. Their organization, The Three Doctors Foundation aims to improve the quality of life among inner city youth and families by promoting the importance of education. DR. SAMPSON DAVIS, DR. GEORGE JENKINS and DR. RAMECK HUNT (Photos by J.L. Martello) “If you don’t get your education you will struggle for the rest of your life. It’s simple,” said Dr. Rameck Hunt, a board certified internist at University Medical Center at Princeton and assistant professor of medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. “We have to nurture our young people. We are in blighted communities; our houses are broken. We have to nurture these seeds because if you just let them lay on the ground, they’re going to die. We have to raise the bar.”


Patterson leaves Doyle to bring more diversity to region

After more than four years of working as an aide to Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Doyle, K. Chase Patterson has resigned from his position to begin a new business venture that will offer services to assist corporations in their efforts to diversify their companies and bring new talent to the region. K. CHASE PATTERSON Patterson, Doyle’s former liaison to the Departments of Homeland Security, Immigration, State and Education, has left his position and partnered with Chuck Sanders, to become the CEO and president of Corporate Diversity Associates, LLC, a cost effective and innovative talent acquisition service that supports corporations and institutions in their diversity and inclusion efforts of recruiting, retaining and relocating top minority talent to the Pittsburgh area and surrounding region. Sanders will also serve as the chief advisor.


Experts look at ‘root causes’ of violence

At a two-day conference hosted by the Community Empowerment Association Oct. 26-27, a series of workshops, sessions, and speeches aimed at addressing issues in the African-American community, revealed the interconnected nature of education, mental health, the economy and the criminal justice system in relation to Black-on-Black violence. DEBORAH PROTHROW-STITH


Duncan says Penn State case makes him angry

by Kimberly Hefling WASHINGTON (AP)—Education Secretary Arne Duncan said allegations of sexual abuse involving Penn State University are heartbreaking and make him “extraordinarily angry.” If the allegations are proven true, it’s “mind boggling” that it was allowed to go on for so long, Duncan told The Associated Press in an interview on Monday. He said educators have an “absolute moral, ethical and legal responsibility” to protect kids. “If a blind eye was turned towards it, or if the allegations were somewhat buried or not taken seriously, well, you’re actually perpetuating the problem,” Duncan said. “You’re giving the abuser more opportunities to hurt more kids. I just can’t fathom that.”


6 tips for getting in the group gift-giving spirit

by Sarah SkidmoreAP Business Reporter PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)—The holiday season can mean lots of work and spending, but new ways to share the cost of giving gifts may bring a smile to everyone’s face. Splitting a gift for any occasion from a wedding to Christmas can save time and money, and it can mean bigger and better presents for recipients.


Former CEO accused of targeting churchgoers

by Greg BluesteinAssociated Press Writer ATLANTA (AP)—With confidence and zeal, Ephren Taylor riveted audiences at mostly Black churches with a list of his impressive accomplishments and an uncanny business sense. He had the blessing of top clergy as he gave financial seminars from the pulpit on Sundays, promising rock-solid investments—only many of the churchgoers said they haven’t seen a dime. Two lawsuits filed this month claim the 29-year-old Taylor was a con artist who targeted worshippers throughout at least five states on the East Coast since 2004, swindling tens of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme. LOST LIFE SAVINGS—Lillian Wells, 60, faces foreclosure as she sits in her home Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 in Covington, Ga. Wells lost $122,000 in her life savings that was given to Ephren Taylor’s company after hearing him speak at an Atlanta church. (AP Photo/David Goldman)


Broker sentenced in fraud scheme

AUSTIN, Texas (AP)—The former CEO of a Texas-based investment firm was sentenced to 17 years in prison Friday for a scheme that used former NFL players to bilk hundreds of investors out of more than $50 million. Several of his victims watched as Kurt Branham Barton, the former head of Triton Financial, gave a tearful apology at the hearing in Austin.


Cain isn’t able to keep his lies straight

(NNPA)—And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.—Genesis 4:8 In Biblical times, Cain slew Abel. Today, another Cain—Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain—can’t put to death the allegations by at least three women that he sexually harassed them in the late 1990s during his tenure as president of the National Restaurant Association.


The Cain Mutiny

By all accounts, Herman Cain is a smart man. He is an accomplished business executive, restaurant expert, motivational speaker and, now, top contender for the Republican nomination for president in 2012. Cain is now embroiled in a controversy about some sexual harassment claims made by at least three women who were employees of the National Restaurant Association while he was the chief executive officer. I don’t know if their claims are true (he says they are not) but somebody thought they might have some credibility, because they paid a settlement to make them go away.