Monthly Archive: December 2011


FashionAfricana Marks a Decade

Yes, fabulous events do take place in Pittsburgh. On Dec. 9, at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater hundreds witnessed “A Global Celebration of Design, Dance & Music: FashionAfricana.” Dancer and choreographer, Dwana Smallwood served as honorary co-chair. Not only did she co-chair, she performed. Smallwood was formerly with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and currently she is the Director of Student Affairs for the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa. ADORNMENTS BY VANESSA GERMAN


Fighting to increase Black doctors

While the number of diseases disproportionately affecting African-Americans continues to increase, the number of African-Americans providing treatment for them is far lower compared to their White counterparts. PROMOTED—7th grade Journey to Medicine program participants show off their new scrubs as a display of their promotion to the next level of the program at their promotion ceremony, Dec. 17 at the Allegheny County Medical Society in the North Side. (Photo by Gail Manker)


13 percent decrease in bullying

In a 2001 study of 15,000 students across the United States, 17 percent of students in grades six to ten reported having been bullied “sometimes” or more, with 8 percent being bullied once a week. In the 10 years since the study, bullying incidents have continued to rise. BULLYING PREVENTION—From left: Matthew Masiello, Evan Frazier and Yvonne Cook discuss the results of Highmark’s 2011 report. (Photo by Gail Manker)


The conservative attack on voting

The Philadelphia Tribune reported in its Dec. 13 edition that a Black conservative group is criticizing the NAACP’s voting rights awareness campaign as “demeaning to African-Americans,” and accuses the civil rights organization of “crying wolf.”


Obama goes Christmas shopping

by Erica WernerAssociated Press Writer ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP)—Home alone at the White House, President Barack Obama headed on an impromptu Christmas shopping trip Dec. 21 with first dog Bo, searching for some holiday cheer despite the latest stalemate with Congress. SHOPPING TRIP—President Barack Obama and his dog Bo shop at PetSmart, Dec. 21, in Alexandria, Va. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


Community Calendar

Christmas Party DEC. 30—Schenley High School Alumni will host its 40th Annual All Class Reunion Christmas Party from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. at the New Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum, 7310 Frankstown Ave., Homewood. The cost of tickets is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, call Arval Lewis at 412-512-3239 or Larry Powell at 412-247-7399.


This Week In Black History

Dec. 31 to Jan. 6 December 31 1862—This day has become known as “Watch Night”—the eve of the Emancipation Proclamation going into effect and nominally freeing slaves in the Confederacy. Thousands of free Blacks gathered in various locations throughout the nation to “watch” for midnight when the Emancipation of slaves became the law of the land. A focal point for celebration was the home of abolitionist Frederick Douglas in Rochester, N.Y. TOUSSAINT L’OUVERTURE


Mobile, Ala. mayor apprehends intruder at home

MOBILE, Ala. (AP)—Mobile police say a man has been charged with burglary after Mayor Sam Jones found him in his garage and held him at gunpoint until officers arrived. Jones’ spokeswoman Barbara Drummond says the mayor went to a grocery store Tuesday evening and returned to find his nativity scene was lit up, his truck had been tampered with and his garage door had been opened. MAYOR SAM JONES