Daily Archive: December 7, 2011


Anti-violence advocates react to gun trafficking

Coalition Against Violence co-founder Tim Stevens said the organization is updating its documents on addressing illegal guns, but as to whether he agrees with a recent report on the nature of gun trafficking in Pittsburgh, he said he had no definitive answers. “There has been an ongoing intrigue put forth saying, ‘if we have no Black gun manufacturers in the community, how are these guns getting here,’” he said. “But we don’t have any farmers either and we still get lettuce. I’m sure theft and straw purchases are part of it, but how much—I don’t know. But I know they are putting themselves and the community in danger.” TIM STEVENS


Hip-Hop Awards founder mourned

For several years, Dwayne Muhammad dedicated himself not only through his love of promoting local and national artists, but also through his work as an activist to bring about progress for his community and its people as a whole. But unexpectedly, that same community has now said goodbye to a man who was known as a mentor and a friend. Muhammad, 40, passed away on Dec. 3 of a sudden heart attack. DWAYNE MUHAMMAD “I did not know how much of an impact my son had on artists around the world until I looked at his Facebook page. I’m getting over 100 phone calls and texts messages a day,” said Shirley Muhammad, Dwayne’s mother. “I am doing okay and he is not going to be missed because we will keep his legacy going. It (his legacy) did not end, it’s just beginning.”



51 of 64 homicides Black lives…Only one ­homicide in November

With only one homicide in the month of November and a total of 64 total homicides, 51 of them Black, 2011 is proving to be a less deadly year than the previous. At the end of 2010, Allegheny County had seen 100 homicides, 77 of them Black. The last couple months have shown a decrease in homicides, unlike the previous years, but while the homicides are getting fewer and fewer, the shootings still remain to be occurring at alarming rates. No dirty look, material object, illegal substance or amount of money can equal the value of a life, which is priceless.


Clayton: School for ‘problem’ kids showcases strengths

When the students of Clayton Academy greet you during a guided tour of their school, introducing themselves and shaking your hand, you’d never know you’re in an alternative education school for students who have been removed from their home school for issues including academics, behavior and attendance. You might also be surprised to learn that in October, a student stabbed one of Clayton’s teachers with a pencil and a loaded gun was found in a student’s backpack. STUDENT OF THE MONTH—Student Chaylece Montel greets Jake Wheatley. (Photo by Gail Manker) “You could come and say, these were problem kids, but you could be going into a private school here in terms of the atmosphere I felt,” said Tim Stevens, chairman of the Black Political Empowerment Project and co-convener of the Coalition Against Violence. “We always hear negative things about young Black males, but what we have seen today is possibility.”


Corporate America turns out for Urban League

Two blocks down the street from the Westin Convention Center Hotel, an Occupy Pittsburgh encampment has found a home in front of BNY Mellon’s local offices. The protestors there say they represent the 99 percent of Americans who have been ignored and mistreated by the wealthiest one percent in Corporate America. RONALD H. BROWN LEADERSHIP GALA—Front, from left: Lionel Harris, Bev Smith, Sister Marie Immaculee, Larry Davis and David Cohen with Urban League representatives in back. (Photo by J.L. Martello) But inside the hotel, at the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh’s Ronald H. Brown Leadership Gala, Corporate America did appear to be listening as they came out in droves to support the annual awards program.


Community Calendar

Soul Food Social DEC. 9—The Black Student Union of Point Park University will host its Soul Food Social from 7-10 p.m. at Lawrence Hall, Wood…


S. Africa: 1st class graduates from Winfrey’s school

by Donna Bryson HENLEY-ON-KLIP, South Africa (AP)—Mpumi Nobiva was raised by her grandmother in a neighborhood beset by poverty and crime after her mother died of AIDS. Now one of the first to graduate from Oprah Winfrey’s school, she is headed to college in North Carolina. FIRST CLASS—Student Mpumi Nobiva, front, attends a gathering with classmates in their last week at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy at Henley-On-Klip, South Africa, Nov. 30. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell) Winfrey spent $40 million to give her girls a campus with computer and science labs, a library and a wellness center. None paid tuition. The students are high-achievers, often from communities where schools are struggling to overcome the legacy of apartheid.


This Week in Black History

Week of Dec. 10-16 December 10 1846—Norbert Rillieux invents the “multiple effect pan evaporator” which revolutionizes the sugar industry and makes the work much less hazardous for the workers. Rillieux was born “quadroon libre” in New Orleans, La. His father was a wealthy French plantation owner and his mother a former slave. He was sent to Paris, France, to be educated in engineering. He also researched Egyptian hieroglyphics. There is no record that he ever returned to the U.S. after the 1850s. He died in Paris in 1894. NORBERT RILLIEUX


Eddie Long taking time off from Ga. megachurch

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP)— Megachurch leader Bishop Eddie Long announced Sunday he’s taking time off to focus on his family after his wife filed for divorce. Long’s spokesman, Art Franklin, said the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church leader told his congregation during church services that he will continue to serve as senior pastor at the church in Lithonia just outside Atlanta. But Long said he needs a sabbatical. 21-YEAR MARRIAGE ENDING—Bishop Eddie Long walks to the pulpit with his wife, Vanessa Long, at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta Sept. 26, 2010. (AP Photo/John Amis, Pool, File)


After uproar, Ky. church revisits interracial ban

by Dylan LovanAssociated Press Writer LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP)—When Stella Harville brought her Black boyfriend to her family’s all-White church in rural Kentucky, she thought nothing of it. She and Ticha Chikuni worshipped there whenever they were in town, and he even sang before the congregation during one service. BETRAYED BY THE CHURCH—In this photo provided by Stella Harville and taken in Nov. 2010, Stella Harville and her fiancé, Ticha Chikuni, pose for a picture in Richmond, Ky. (AP Photo/Stella Harville, File)