Daily Archive: December 23, 2011


Students speak out at Civics Fair

The 2011 Civics Fair at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture on Dec. 9 gave Pittsburgh area students the chance to speak out on issues important to today’s youth. While some addressed traditional student concerns such as poor lunches and too much homework, others addressed greater issues such as the recent budget cuts in the Pittsburgh Public School District. “Our issues is, the board of education is trying to cut our funding for school and cutting our funding for school is like cutting our future,” said Arthur King, a student from Pittsburgh Obama. CIVICS FAIR—Front: Obama student Caleb Pridgen accepts first and third place awards on behalf of his school in the Youth Media Advocacy Project category with seconds place winners from Wilkinsburg High School. (Photo by J.L. Martello) Obama was one of eleven schools competing in the Civics Fair organized by the Youth Media Advocacy Project, a collaboration between Carlow University and Greater Pittsburgh Student Voices, a civic engagement initiative for high school students and their teachers.



Lifestyles Report…Gift giving made ­simple

If you have been looking for my gift guide you are reading it right now. This gift giving and buying thing is really simple. Buy the person what they want and don’t be afraid to ask or please don’t be afraid to tell someone what you would really like to have—big emphasis on the really. Take me for instance, I don’t need anything but I want a lot of things. The list of things I want is huge and the majority of them I would not ask someone to give to me. So I am asking people who know me well and really want to buy me a gift to give me gift cards to stores where I can buy building and remodeling materials, you know the ones, Lowes and Home Depot. I have a big project planned for 2012 and it will feel good to take the gift cards to the store and buy the things I need.


Etta James health fading

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) —“At Last” and “Tell Mama” blues singer Etta James, whose health has been fading in recent years, is now terminally ill, and her live-in doctor is asking for prayers. Dr. Elaine James, who isn’t related to the 73-year-old entertainer, tells the Riverside Press-Enterprise that the singer’s chronic leukemia was declared incurable two weeks ago. ETTA JAMES


Is New Year’s Eve a date night for singles today?

by Leanne ItaleAssociated Press NEW YORK (AP)—The bubbly, the ball, the midnight kiss. Not all single ladies want a ring on it, but do they want a date for New Year’s Eve? Yes, it’s almost here, that milestone of love and romance. This year, the holiday has its own movie (of the same name) filled with intertwining couples and a cast dripping with Zac Efron, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jon Bon Jovi, Halle Berry and oh so many more of Hollywood’s sexiest. RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR—Fireworks erupt to signal the New Year, 2011, in Times Square. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)


Fab40 spotlights positive young adults …Nominations extended

At a time when many are focusing on the trouble with young African-Americans, the New Pittsburgh Courier is doing its part to shed light, uplift and celebrate those young African-American men and women who opt to be a part of the solutions instead of the problem, through their annual Fab 40 reception. The Fab 40, which is scheduled to be held Feb. 24 at the Fairmont Hotel, Downtown, honors 40 of the region’s top African-American men and women under the age of 40 from various career disciplines, who are not only using their talents in their professions, but who are also giving back to their communities to shape the character of the city.


IUP goal to increase Black male teachers

Across the country, approximately 9 percent of the nation’s 6.5 million teachers are African-American. For African-American males, this rate falls to less than two percent. At Indiana University of Pennsylvania and other Pennsylvania colleges and universities, the story is no different. IUP’s education college has an African-American male enrollment of only one percent.


Win prizes, fill out Courier survey

Mace Pavelek, owner of American Research Surveys, said readers of the New Pittsburgh Courier can earn a chance at a $250 shopping spree and other prizes by responding to the paper’s 2011 Readership Survey, but they can also earn much more. “Readers get to know on a comparative basis, how they and their peers are spending money,” he said. “Of course, some of these people are in business and may benefit from taking the data back to their companies. Then there are the prizes.” Pavalek, who designed the Courier’s 1990, 2003, 2005, and 2009 surveys, said the questionnaire only takes about 15 minutes to complete.


Occupy the dream

(NNPA)—The issue of income inequality in the United States demands our attention and social action. In particular in the African-American community, the economic inequities are so real and institutionalized; we are more and more aware of how the devastating impact of income inequality continues cause a downward spiral of the quality of life African-Americans and others who are entrapped in the deep mire of poverty, pain and hopelessness. The dream of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is just as relevant today as we move into 2012 as it was back in 1963 at the March on Washington.


Remembering Ron Walters at Christmas

(NNPA)—Around this time every year, shortly before I leave to visit my mother in Augusta, Ga. for Christmas, I attend a party at the home of Pat and Ron Walters in Silver Spring, Md. I attended the annual party Saturday night with one noticeable difference—it was held without Ron, an enormously talented strategist and political scientist.