Daily Archive: March 9, 2012


Keeping men dapper

(NEW YORK CITY)—American designers are determined to keep men dapper next fall and winter, pushing the envelope on color while turning out more of the tailored look that has trended in recent years. But the more interesting story to emerge from the recent Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is the near-maximalist look, which is contrary to the minimalist dressing normally bought on by economic recession. NAUTICA LOOK Whether designers were serving up urban warrior princess or collections influenced heavily by the military and menswear—three major trends for next fall and winter—the overarching theme was head-turning spectacle.


For Blacks, mix of ‘Help’ emotions on Oscar night

by Jesse WashingtonAP National Writer Despite torrents of debate among African-Americans over the merits of the segregation-era movie “The Help,” most still hoped that Viola Davis, who plays a maid, would become just the second Black winner of the best actress Oscar. ACTRESSES CELEBRATE—Guests pose for a photo at the Grey Goose pre-Oscar dinner hosted by Alfre Woodard honoring African-American women in film on Thursday, Feb. 23, in Los Angeles. (Casey Rodgers/AP Images for Grey Goose)


Local initiative continues to help the needy

For more than 30 years Hank Commodore has dedicated his life to giving back to his community by helping those in need through his “Help the Needy, Not the Greedy” initiative, a non-profit that provides assistance by donating clothing, furniture and appliances to those in need in the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas, since 2007. JOY OF GIVING—Hank Commodore, founder of “Help the Needy, Not the Greedy,” donates clothing, furniture and appliances to needy families because he says he enjoys the feeling he gets from giving. It was in November 2010 when the New Pittsburgh Courier first spoke with Commodore about his organization that had already donated approximately $2 million worth, about 22 tractor-trailers full, of items. Since then, Commodore said he has given away $5 million worth of items to help individuals.



Lifestyles Report…Common sense

Everyone isn’t born with common sense. Here is a sad story I’m sure you heard about last week. A young man 22 years of age gets a decent job working for an armored car company. You know those trucks that move money around. I’m thinking that once he got the job and saw all that money they were hauling around, the wheels started turning in his head. How hard would it be to just take some of the money and run away with it? I’ve worked around lots of cash and this type of fantasy always crosses your mind. But common sense grabs a hold of you and you know that you cannot get away with it and even if you did you could not be comfortable with the money if you were always on the run.



$1M to Urban League for GED program

Corinthian Colleges Inc. recently donated $1 million to the National Urban League for a college bound program benefitting high school dropouts. Pittsburgh was selected as one of the sites for the Urban Empowered College Bound Program aimed at helping participants earn their general equivalency diploma. ESTHER BUSHPresident, CEO Pgh Urban League “We’ve been a partner with the National Urban League in a similar program for 18- to 24-year-olds. This program is specifically geared toward helping young people become college ready and a lot of the focus is on Corinthian Colleges, but for those who are not pursuing Corinthian, we can help them get their GED and pursue other post secondary education,” said Debra Tucker, vice president of programs and services for the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh.


Md. gay marriage could hinge on Black churches

by Sarah Breitenbach BELTSVILLE, Md. (AP) —Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed into law March 1 a bill to legalize gay marriage, although some conservative opponents and religious leaders are counting on members of their congregations, especially in Black churches, to upend the legislation in a referendum at the polls this fall. KEY VOTE—Rep. Tiffany Alston, D-Prince George’s, center, recites the pledge of allegiance before a debate on a gay marriage bill in Annapolis, Md., Feb. 17. Alston, who voted in favor of the bill after previously being opposed to it, offered an amendment that was accepted by the House, a move opponents suggested secured her vote. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) “Religious freedom was the very reason for our state’s founding and at the heart of religious freedom is the freedom of individual conscience,” Gov. Martin O’Malley said before signing the legislation that made Maryland the eighth state in the U.S. to legalize gay marriage. The law takes effect in 2013.


Judge who sent racist Obama email asks for appellate review

by Matt Gouras HELENA, Mont. (AP)—An appellate court will conduct a judicial misconduct review of Montana’s chief federal judge, who sent an email to friends that contained a racist joke involving bestiality and President Barack Obama’s mother. The joke he forwarded questioned the parentage of President Barack Obama, indicating his mother was so drunk at the time of conception, that Obama is fortunate his father was not a dog. UNDER FIRE—Chief Judge Richard F. Cebull makes a speech during a Naturalization Ceremony at the James F. Battin Federal Courthouse on June 23, 2011. Cebull is under fire for a racist email he forwarded to six friends from his work computer. (AP Photo/Billings Gazette, James Woodcock) Judge Richard Cebull also plans to send Obama a formal apology, but that has not stopped calls for the judge’s resignation. “If he has any respect for his office and for ideals of equality and human dignity on which our country was founded, Judge Cebull will step down today,” said Bob Edgar, the president and chief executive of Common Cause.


Woodard holds annual Black actress dinner

Year after year, Alfre Woodard brings together top Hollywood African-American actresses for an evening of French cuisine, cocktails and intimate conversation. On Thursday night, this exclusive dinner, held at a private home in Los Angeles, brought out the likes of Gabourey Sidibe, Aisha Tyler, Kerry Washington, Anika Noni Rose, Nia Long, Regina King, Chandra Wilson and Loretta Devine to toast 2012 Academy Award nominees Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer and honor Nicole Beharie, Adepero Oduye and Kim Wayans. PRE-OSCAR PARTY—Viola Davis, left, Alfre Woodard, center, and Octavia Spencer speak during the Grey Goose pre-Oscar dinner hosted by Woodard, honoring African-American women in film, Feb. 23, in Los Angeles. (Casey Rodgers/AP Images for Grey Goose)



Big churches, small churches are not biblical

It is impossible to count the number of times the expression is repeated “big church and small church.” These are descriptive adjectives that are man-made and are not found in the Bible, Old or New Testament. I am repeatedly asked, “How do you make a determination what you will write week to week?” My response generally is that people just say, “Hop, why don’t you write about a certain subject?” and I file it away.


Pursuing justice for the children and poor now

(NNPA)—I begin each year with a women’s spiritual retreat at CDF-Haley Farm’s leadership development center in prayer, silence, and song seeking God’s guidance for the year ahead. Our very thoughtful retreat leader, Shannon Daley-Harris, never fails to inspire and challenge us with her Bible study and stories—and this year was no exception. She reminded us of God’s non-negotiable demand through the prophets of Israel to pursue justice for the poor and to defend the orphan and widow at a time when the word poor barely enters our political leaders’ mouths and public discourse. She also reminded us that pursue is a word demanding effort and eagerness and not just respecting or following justice. Shannon then shared the story of Victor Perez, in the news in October 2010, to illustrate what pursuing justice means.