Monthly Archive: February 2012


Did your family benefit from Homestead Act?

(NNPA)—Last week, I wrote about my grandfather’s experience with the Homestead Act of 1962. He applied and received 162 acres of free, fertile land from the United States government on March 20, 1916. Today, only 40 of those acres remain in the hands of his descendants. Too many times Blacks won this opportunity and then for various strange reasons we lost much of that land. In Louisiana alone (home of my roots) over 2.5 million acres were settled by nearly 23,000 applicants. Many of these applicants were Black.


Business Calendar

Business Series MARCH 1—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host their Business Program Series at 12:15 p.m. at the Downtown & Business branch, 612 Smithfield St., Downtown. The topic is “Buying Foreclosed, Bank-Owned or Short Sale Properties-Is it Right For You?” Mortgage Banker Diane Scabilloni and Realtor Tracy Janov will facilitate this session and explain how to analyze a property and identify the outstanding financial obligations. Attendees will also learn how to approach lenders to purchase bank-owned properties, deal with the limited disclosure of physical deficiencies in that type of sale and the important information one needs to gather before determining if purchasing a bank-owned property is right for them. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or e-mail


Draft dodgers

A long time ago the late great Daniel Webster fought against the military draft but there is a present day “draft” that is desired by most young men; a draft that young men dream about, prepare for and pray to be included in almost from birth. Athletes do not try to avoid this draft. As a matter of fact, their parents, guardians or anyone else associated with them insist on promoting their skills with zeal and passion so that they may be included in it.


Nyama takes honest approach to be the best

by Malik Vincent For New Pittsburgh Courier There are several things that make Brashear senior Nyama Godwin not your typical City League wrestler. When it’s all said and done, some could call him the best ever. TOP WRESTLER—Godwin Nyama of Brashear leaves the mat after winning a match against Wesley McCaskill of Perry on Jan 11. Nyama, a 120 LB senior, is the first City League wrestler to sign with Pitt. (Courier Photos/William McBride/File)


Frozen by Parkinson’s, still The Greatest

by Tim DahlbergAP Sports Columnist LAS VEGAS (AP)—They gathered in the bowels of the arena where most of the great fights of the last two decades have taken place, old men now all sharing one shining moment from years gone by. They had come to honor The Greatest, though whether Muhammad Ali remembered who they were or knew what it was all about was a matter of speculation that on this night would go unanswered. STILL PLAYFUL—Muhammad Ali displays his signature boxing pose after honoring outstanding surgeons and physicians at St. Joseph’s Hospital Barrow Neurological Institute, Feb. 22, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)


Roberson enjoys new home through Mon Valley Initiative

After a quarter century of being a renter, a mother of four children felt she’d had enough. As she knew from working at a bank, each dollar she paid to a landlord to keep a roof over her family’s head would never find its way back into her pocketbook. This would only change if she owned her own house. THE ROBERSON FAMILY—Ejetta Roberson and her family in the living room of their new Mon Valley Initiative house in Swissvale. Pictured with their mother are Arrison Roberson, 12, Ainsley Roberson, 10, and Matthew Roberson, age 6.


Black History program at Macedonia in Duquesne

In a community that has recently been rout by violence and grief, the citizens of the City of Duquesne, came together to pay tribute and honor to some of the greatest African-Americans in history. This event took place at Macedonia Baptist Church, 10 Cochran St., in Duquesne. ONE NATION Dancers (Photos by Rossano P. Stewart)


Church Circuit

World Day of Prayer MARCH 2—East End Churches will host the World Day of Prayer at 11 a.m. at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, 116 S.…


Whitney Houston’s voice soars at hometown funeral

by Nekesa Numbi MoodyAP Music Writer NEWARK, N.J. (AP)—After all the testimonials from relatives and friends, the songs from legends and pop stars, the preaching and even laughter, the raw emotion of Whitney Houston’s funeral came down to just one moment: The sound of her own voice. FANS SAY GOODBYE—Fans sing Whitney Houston’s songs as they gather a few blocks from the New Hope Baptist Church before the singer’s funeral in Newark, N.J., Feb. 18. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)