Daily Archive: February 1, 2012


‘Soul Train’ host Don Cornelius dead of suicide

by Jeff WilsonAssociated Press Writer LOS ANGELES (AP)—Don Cornelius, who with the creation of “Soul Train” helped break down racial barriers and broaden the reach of black culture with funky music, groovy dance steps and cutting edge style, died early Wednesday of an apparent suicide. He was 75. DON CORNELIUS


Fab 40… New list of young elite unveiled

Shootings, homicides and drug arrests are just a few of the times when many young African-Americans are highlighted and featured in the media, while there is a greater majority of positive stories and images often overshadowed by the negative. The New Pittsburgh Courier will honor some of those young individuals doing their part to make their communities better at the annual Fab 40 Reception. The reception, which honors 40 of Pittsburgh’s top African-American men and women under 40, will be held Feb. 24 at the luxurious Fairmont Hotel, Downtown. ALLYCE PINCHBACK “Once again, the New Pittsburgh Courier is pleased to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of 40 of Pittsburgh’s talented and aspiring leaders who are a counterpoint to the negative stereotypes that tarnish the community’s image,” said Rod Doss, editor & publisher of the Courier. “These Fab 40 are the embodiment of determination and dedication to succeed in their field of endeavor. They are today’s promise of a brighter tomorrow.”


Hazing in fraternities not so common

Historically, Black fraternities and sororities have been said to haze prospective pledges at a higher rate and more harshly than White fraternities and sororities. However, the secretive nature of fraternities and sororities makes it difficult to track hazing incidents. According to the website Insidehazing.com only five percent of college students report being hazed. For this reason, it is usually only in death that hazing incidents are discovered. “It was a rite of passage when I went through it, but was not a practice I was prone to practice,” said Mario Browne a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, one of the nations largest Black fraternities. “Yes, I went through it. I do not endorse physical hazing, but I have no problem with challenging a prospect’s mental toughness and resolve.”


Jewish Times publisher resigns after calling for ‘hit’ on Obama

ATLANTA (AP)—The owner of a small Jewish publication in Atlanta is resigning over a column he wrote suggesting Israel might consider a hit on President Barack Obama. Interim editor John McCurdy said Monday that Andrew Adler is relinquishing his day-to-day duties at The Atlanta Jewish Times. Adler wrote Jan. 13 that Obama’s assassination could be one of Israel’s options in preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons. He was roundly condemned by national and local Jewish groups after larger media outlets reported on his column.



Black leaders blast Chris Christie over civil rights comments

by Angela Delli Santi TRENTON, N.J. (AP)—Two of New Jersey’s most influential Black leaders blasted Gov. Chris Christie, Jan. 25, for proposing gay marriage be put to a popular vote in November, but the Republican governor insisted he’s offering a reasonable compromise amid his personal opposition to same-sex nuptials. UNDER FIRE—New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers a question in Trenton, N.J., Jan. 25, about his statement that he will veto a bill being considered by the legislature to legalize gay marriage. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver and Newark Mayor Cory Booker said in separate forums that civil rights are guaranteed by the Constitution and don’t belong on the ballot.


Rev. Jerome Stevenson mourned

The Allegheny Union Baptist Association of Pittsburgh, Clairton’s Morning Star Baptist Church, and the communities of Clairton and Braddock are mourning the loss of Rev. Dr. Jerome Stevenson. “He brought a great deal of enthusiasm, dedication and energy to the work of the AUBA,” said Rev. John Cook who has served as executive secretary of the AUBA for 10 years. “We lost a very committed and humble servant.” REV. JEROME STEVENSON Stevenson served as the Moderator of the Pittsburgh branch of the AUBA and was in the midst of his second term in office before his death in late January. He would have completed that second term July of this year.


Community Calendar

Coin Club FEB. 4—The South Hills Coin Club will host its 52nd Anniversary Coin Show from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh South Hills, 164 Fort Couch Rd., South Hills. The show will also be held Feb. 5 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be free admission and hourly door prizes. For more information, call Dale Abel at 412-854-4022.


Fear in Somali journalist community after killing

by Abdi Guled MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP)—Journalist Mohamed Bashir Hashi’s voice broke with emotion as he read a death threat sent to his mobile phone: “If God wills it, you will be the next apostate to be killed.” LIVING IN FEAR—Anchors at the Shabelle radio station broadcast a news bulletin in Mogadishu, Somalia Jan. 30. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh) After gunmen killed Somali journalist Hassan Osman Abdi on Saturday, colleagues and friends said they were too scared to attend his funeral that day, since militants in Somalia have targeted such gatherings in the past. Abdi, a 29-year-old director of a radio station, was a father of three.


This Week in Black History

Week of Feb. 4-10 February 4 1913—Civil rights heroine Rosa Parks is born on this day in Tuskegee, Ala. It was her refusal in December 1955 to give up her seat to a White man on a Montgomery, Ala., bus that sparked the modern Civil Rights Movement. For refusing to obey the laws of segregation, she was arrested and convicted. Montgomery Blacks responded with a boycott of city buses. A young minister named Martin Luther King Jr. was called upon to lead the boycott, which would last for nearly 13 months. The drama and accompanying legal challenge all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court captivated the nation and propelled Dr. King into the national international spotlight as the nation’s premier civil rights leader. Mrs. Parks died in 2005 at 92. ROSA PARKS


Civil rights icon enters NJ’s gay marriage fray

by Angela Della Santi TRENTON, N.J. (AP)—The verbal feud over gay marriage in New Jersey got more personal Monday with Gov. Chris Christie firing a slang term at a lawmaker, and a hero of the Civil Rights Movement chastising the governor for a separate remark. Christie called openly gay Assemblyman Reed Gusciora “numb nuts” during a Statehouse news conference—his response to the lawmaker comparing him to former segregationist governors in the South. TAKES CHRISTIE TO TASK—Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., center, is flanked by NJ Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, D-Essex, and U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, D-NJ, before speaking about a recent comment by N.J. Gov. Chris Christie on civil rights in the South, during a press conference at the Trenton Transit Station in Trenton, N.J., Jan. 30. The comment culminated more than a week of back and forth over gay marriage, which the Democratic majority in the Legislature is trying to achieve through legislation and Christie, a Republican who opposes same-sex nuptials, wants decided by a public vote.