Daily Archive: February 3, 2012


Freedom Rider: Challenges students to get involved

by M. Abdul-Qawiyy Known for her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement and Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee, Diane Nash spoke of her experiences as a young woman and challenged the students to get involved in change as the keynote speaker for the Pitt Black Action Society, Jan. 17 at the William Pitt Assembly room. DIANE NASH “Every individual and generation has challenges. Step up to meet your challenges and identify the problem,” Nash said. “Study. Take action. Remember that what you’re doing is important. This is for the generations to come. Because back in the 1960s, even though we didn’t meet you, we loved you. The future generations will depend on you to do the same.”



$80M bond to benefit low-income neighborhoods

In the broadest sense, Pittsburgh Council’s priorities for 2012 are the same as always: seeing that city services and infrastructure are maintained for the benefit of city residents and businesses. This year, however, the first priority involved seeing how those infrastructure improvements and services are paid for. After weeks of meetings and amendments, council was scheduled Jan. 31 to approve an $80 million bond sale that was finalized the day before. The city will use the proceeds to fund capital improvements in 2012 and 2013. REV. RICKY BURGESS In a joint statement following the sale, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Council Finance Chair Rev. Rickey Burgess, and Council President Darlene Harris said they worked together to improve the city’s financial rating, making the sale possible.


Etta James remembered as triumphant trailblazer

by Anthony McCartneyAP Entertainment Writer GARDENA, Calif. (AP)—Etta James was remembered at a service Saturday attended by hundreds of friends, family and fans as a woman who triumphed against all odds to break down cultural and musical barriers in a style that was unfailingly honest. INSPIRED PERFORMANCE—Christina Aguilera performs at the funeral of Etta James. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)



The way we were

How many of you remember when Saks Fifth Avenue opened in the former W.T. Grants? If you are a Pittsburgher you know what I’m talking about. What should I talk about first, Grants or Saks? Both have Pittsburgh stories that go way back. In the old Grants they made hot dogs right in the front of the store, it seems like it was practically in the window, they were good and tasty. Grants was a step up from a five and ten cent store. At this time in shopping history SFA was on the sixth floor of Gimbels (the building that now houses Burlington) and it was a small store with a boutique feel.


Our House salutes Westinghouse, Homewood achievers

In spite of all the changes and challenges occurring at Westinghouse High School, officials of Our House Development Inc. continue to acknowledge and say thank you to the local greats that have graduated from the iconic building or who have an affiliation with it or the Homewood community. THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE— Dawn Webb-Turner, right, is surrounded by her award recipients Jamil Brookins, Captain Vangerl Dupigny and Jasiri X, during Our House Development’s Community Appreciation Benefit and Economic Awareness event. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels)


St. Louis hosts 1st big parade on Iraq War’s end

ST. LOUIS (AP)—Looking around at the tens of thousands of people waving American flags and cheering, Army Maj. Rich Radford was moved that so many braved a cold January wind Saturday in St. Louis to honor people like him: Iraq War veterans. The parade, borne out of a simple conversation between two St. Louis friends a month ago, was the nation’s first big welcome-home for veterans of the war since the last troops were withdrawn from Iraq in December. PROUD VET—Gayla Gibson, a 38-year-old Air Force master sergeant, waits in a staging area before the start of a parade to honor Iraq War veterans Jan. 28, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) “It’s not necessarily overdue, it’s just the right thing,” said Radford, a 23-year Army veteran who walked in the parade alongside his 8-year-old daughter, Aimee, and 12-year-old son, Warren.



We over-focus on them when it’s on us

How often do you hear the expression, “They won’t allow us,” and it is spoken by educated and uneducated men and women. If they had had a father like mine, they would understand that “can’t” should never be a part of your life or vocabulary. The truth of the matter should be, we have the potential to become whatever we aspire to become. The Black community must put everything into perspective, for example, the most positive occurrence as the result of segregation was it compelled us to become entrepreneurs and patronize Black-owned businesses.


Lies pollute Republican presidential debates

(NNPA)—How can you tell when politicians are lying? Answer: When they move their lips. Until now, that had been considered a joke. Today, however, that seems especially true when listening to Republicans seeking their party’s presidential nomination. Thanks to FactCheck.org, sponsored by the Annenberg Public Policy Center the University of Pennsylvania; PolitiFact, the Pulitzer-Prize winning site operated by the Tampa Bay Times and the Washington Post’s The Fact Checker blog, it’s easier to catch politicians in lies. Here are some notable examples: “We’re only inches away from no longer being a free economy.”—Mitt Romney, Republican debate Jan. 7 in Manchester, N.H.


Letter To The Editor..Red Tails ­almost made me cry

Dear Editor: The movie “Red Tails” almost made me cry… The major studios should be applauded for having the decency to pass on this movie. To belittle and dishonor the heroic accomplishments of The Tuskegee Airmen by using them as an excuse to make a sloppy, comic-book aviation movie was unconscionable. The movie is a disgrace to filmmaking and to Black people. I’m 74 years old. When I was a kid, the Tuskegee Airmen were one of the few (very few) heroes that we had. They still are and always should be.


Letter To The Editor…No ‘history’ at Southside Works Cinema

Dear Editor: Friday, Jan. 20, was a much-anticipated date for me. There would be a piece of African-American history, my history, brought to the big screen in nearly 3,000 theaters across America in the form of a two-hour movie called “Red Tails.” Pittsburgh’s many multi-screen theaters would also be showing the movie about the famed Tuskegee Airmen: A group of African-American pilots who fought in World War II and boasted one of the most successful bomber escort records in the military. This, at a time when the American military was racially segregated and not accepting of African-American soldiers whom they deemed “not fit to fight.”