Daily Archive: February 29, 2012


State of Black America Town Hall—March 7

(NNPA)—“To demonstrate that this Congress is both morally and fiscally responsible, the time to act on job creation is now.”—Members of the Congressional Black Caucus Mark your calendars. Wednesday, March 7 is the date for one of the most important pre-election events of the year—the release of the National Urban League’s 2012 State of Black America Report. We are urging everyone who can to join us at 7 p.m. EST on March 7 for our State of Black America free town hall at Howard University in Washington, D.C. If you can’t be there in person, you can view the LIVE WEBCAST at http://www.iamempowered.com. You can also be a part of the national conversation on Facebook and Twitter (#SOBA 12, #OccupyTheVote).


Does Obama owe Black America?

by Stacy Swimp When our Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution, it was for all people. The Preamble reads:We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…


Global salute to Nelson Mandela

(NNPA)—All of humanity continues to be irreversibly uplifted by the indefatigable leadership and irrepressible spirit of Nelson Mandela. South Africa, the African National Congress, as well as all people throughout the world should pause with the greatest of respect while “Madiba” is still alive to express the highest tribute to him for a lifetime of achievement and commitment to worldwide freedom, justice, equality, empowerment and human dignity.


Congratulations to the Fab 40 honorees

With the country gradually coming out of a recession, the education system and curriculum going backward instead of forward, all the drugs and alcohol in the streets and in most homes, and the cost of college skyrocketing, it would have been very easy for them to just throw their hands in the air like so many Black brothers and sisters and give up, drop out of school and either just do nothing or go out on the streets selling drugs.


Court should defend affirmative action

The Supreme Court has agreed to take up the controversial issue of affirmative action once again by looking at the use of race in college admissions. The court announced Tuesday that it would hear the case of Fisher v. University of Texas in its next term.


Opening doors to the future

Girl Power has made its way to the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. The center recently announced its 2011-2012 Fellows who will receive support to advance their perspective projects. AWC FELLOWS— From left: Staycee R. Pearl, Erika Beras, Maryam Abdul-Qawiyy and Kelli Stevens Kane. (Photo by Gail Manker)


Audience wins in Jazz intrastate rivalry

With a double-bill headlining two Grammy winning jazz musicians, it goes without saying that in this rivalry, the winner would be those who had enough sense to be in the audience. Fresh off of his Grammy Award for Big Band Jazz Performance, Christian McBride continued his winning ways by performing songs of his award-winning release, “The Good Feeling” and yes, that good feeling (and good music) wafted through the near capacity house at the August Wilson Center for another performance featuring the swinging Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra. JEFF ‘TAIN’ WATTS (Photo by Gail Manker)


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited CJ’s in the Strip District, Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District, Tim’s Bar in the Hill District, North Side Elks in the Hill District, Kenny’s Place in Uptown, Shadow Lounge in East Liberty and the Red Onion in the Hill District. The ladies came out to Savoy Restaurant in the Strip to get their party on.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Friday 2 Gammage Docudrama Pitt Repertory Theater presents The Gammage Project at 8 p.m. at the Henry Heymann Theatre, Pitt’s Stephen Foster Memorial, Forbes Ave., Oakland. The play is based on actual events from the 1995 death of Jonny Gammage, who died at the scene during a traffic stop by Brentwood Police. The cause of death is listed as asphyxiation caused by pressure applied to the chest and neck. The play will run today and March 4. Following the performance, Attilio Favorini or a guest will moderate talkback sessions between the audience, one or two of the cast members, and individuals who have a connection to the Gammage case. For more information, call 412-624-7529.


Businesses with 50 years plus saluted

In celebration of Black History Month, Classic Events saluted businesses that have operated within the city of Pittsburgh for more than 50 years. Businesses included the New Pittsburgh Courier, Pryor Furs, Strong’s Dry Cleaners, Dorsey’s Records, Jones Printing, Bob Watson Plumbing and LJS Publishing. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE—Luther and Roxanne Sewell representing LJS Marketing, William Pryor, III representing Pryor Furs, Pamela Pennywell representing Bernard Jones, Carol Adams representing Harvey Adams, Gerrie Caldwell Pitts representing the Honorable Robert Pitts and Diane I. Daniels representing the New Pittsburgh Courier surround Ralph P. Watson of Classic Events during the Celebrating Black History Month Business Networking Mixer.