Daily Archive: December 7, 2011


My 80th birthday party was tremendously surprising

I was born Nov. 26, 1931 and celebrated my 80th birthday Nov. 26, 2011. It was a celebration that my three daughters, Toni, Kim and Jerri put together with the assistance of my granddaughter, Tamarae, who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. Upon walking into the facility you could have knocked me down with a feather. It was almost like a family reunion because all of my cousins, nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were in attendance. They came from Pittsburgh, Ohio, New Jersey, Detroit and Tennessee and we had never been together before—even at a funeral. In fact, my niece from Jackson, Tenn., reminded me that in one of my previous columns, where I had written about how proud my father—her great-grandfather—would have been if he had lived to see how many of the family had adhered to his mandate “go to college,” I had mentioned every family member’s name who graduated but hers. I will correct that oversight in this week’s column by adding Justine Dugger, who graduated from the University of Memphis.


Some signs of hope on jobs

There are some encouraging signs of hope on the U.S. economy and job creation.The unemployment rate, which has held steady at 9 percent or above for two and a half years, suddenly dropped in November to 8.6 percent according to the Labor Department.The nation added 12,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department reported last Friday.“Something good is stirring in the U.S. economy,” Ian Shepherdson, an economist at High Frequency Economics, wrote in a note to clients.


Occupy the Hood…now!

(NNPA)—“I just want to help somebody’s child go to college” Oseola McCarty, recipient of 1995 Presidential Citizens Medal The Black “Twittersphere” and “blogosphere” are abuzz with talk about ways to engage more African-Americans in the “Occupy” movement. There are even social networks forming under the banner: “Occupy the Hood.” From Zuccotti Park in Manhattan to Westlake Park in Seattle, the participants in Occupy events tend to be overwhelmingly young, White, and middle-class. This is the case even though the ills the Occupy Movement have identified—income inequality and the corrupt and predatory actions of big banks—are hitting communities of color the hardest.


FAMU is obviously different from Penn State

by Lucius Gantt (NNPA)—As a 19-year-old Georgia State University student, I became a member of my fraternity’s pledge club. As a pledge, I was beaten unmercifully, ridiculed, taunted and more as was the tradition in a variety of campus groups. Once I crossed “the burning sands,” so to speak, and became a founding member of the GSU chapter of the fraternity, I was elected founding president by my founding brothers.


‘FashionAFRICANA’ celebrates Black Beauty

Demeatria Boccella is on a mission to broaden the standard of fashion and beauty in as many ways as she can. With her FashionAFRICANA initiative, she is able to keep on her journey. “I wanted to showcase our talent and our beauty,” said Boccella who grew up in Hazelwood. “I always wanted to be a model or work in the industry in some capacity and what I knew as a standard of beauty I didn’t see. I had to learn to appreciate who I am. We have some healing to do but we’ve come a long way.”


Black network debuts in Philly

PHILADELPHIA (AP)—The nation’s first free broadcast network aimed at African-American audiences is now on the air in Philadelphia, the nation’s fourth-largest media market. Atlanta-based Bounce TV is an over-the-air free channel supported by sponsors and geared toward Black viewers ages 25 to 54. Unlike cable channels, Bounce is carried on the broadcast digital signals of local television stations. ANDREW YOUNG


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited Young Brother’s Bar on the North Side, Shadow Lounge in East Liberty, CJ’s in the Strip District, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland and the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood. My first stop was at Young Brother’s Bar on the North Side where “The Teresa Hawthorne Band” performed for a lot of people who came out to get their party on and listen to great music. Everyone came to party at CJ’s in the Strip District.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 8 Harris Exhibition The Carnegie Museum of Art presents “Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story” at the museum’s Heinz Galleries, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. This is an exhibit about famous photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris and features thousands of his classic and historic photos. There will also be life size projections combined with a newly commissioned jazz soundtrack. The exhibit will run through April 7, 2012. For more information, visit http://www.cmoa.org.


Museum director keynotes Chamber luncheon

African American Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Doris Carson Williams welcomed members and partners to its annual business luncheon at the Westin William Penn by thanking them for an exciting year filled with new connections and initiatives that have helped increase membership and sponsorship. “Our theme—The Next Connections, recognizes our changing membership, and our direction to connect on broadening services to the larger business community,” Williams said. MOVING FORWARD—John Wetenhall, president of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, addresses building new audiences and partnerships and aligning the museums’ missions during his keynote address at the African American Chamber of Commerce annual business luncheon. “One example is our highly successful and well-attended series of diabetes workshops with West Penn Allegheny Health Systems. They included young and old, African-Americans and others whom we might not have met through the course of normal business.