Daily Archive: March 14, 2012


Black clergy vow to register 1 million voters on Easter

(NNPA)—A coalition of African-American clergymen have launched The Empowerment Movement, a faith based voting initiative with the goal of registering 1 million voters on Easter Sunday. Designed to bring together leaders of the faith-based community of all denominations, The Empowerment Movement’s mission is to move the African- American community forward in politics, education and economics with the use of Christian principles.


Why I left my college

(NNPA)—When I went to Bennett College for Women in 2007, I declared that I was “on fire” for the institution. I still am. And I also yield to the biblical verse that says for everything there is a season, a time for everything unto heaven. I had a season to build four buildings in four years, to increase enrollment, to influence curriculum shifts, and to assemble an awesome senior team, to engage with most of my students, and to influence young lives. I also managed the development of a new strategic plan, and I’ve been privileged to be a national Bennett brand advocate. I’ve maintained a speaking schedule partly because it enhances Bennett’s visibility, and wherever I go, I meet potential students, parents, and others, that want to engage me in Bennett matters.


GOP’s circle of clowns ­playing with fire

(NNPA)—It is difficult to watch the spectacle of the Republican primaries and not agree with whoever it was that originated the description of those candidacies as nothing more or less than a ‘circle of clowns.’ At each moment one or the other candidate seems to go deeper into the swamp, whether through denigrating science, attacking women or attempting to ridicule President Obama for supporting college education. With this evolution of the campaign it feels as if we are going deeper and deeper into a new ‘dark age’ with mysticism, fear, militarism, racism and misogynism as the defining characteristics.


Editorial…Time for change in Public Defender’s office

The first Black head of the Allegheny County Public Defender’s office was recently appointed by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and his first statement was a promise to move that office in a new direction. We say it’s about time. First we congratulate Elliot Howsie on his new position, second we commend Fitzgerald for his vision in this appointment. The criminal court system has been labeled “Just Us” for years. Comedian Richard Pryor had a very popular comic skit based on the title “Just Us” when talking about the criminal court system nationwide.


Letter To The Editor…A threat to democracy

Dear Editor: Republican initiatives requiring voters to have state approved photo IDs are not simply aimed at disenfranchising a predictable class of voters, they are aimed at fixing the upcoming election by disenfranchising voters. The catalyst for the movement comes from the right wing Koch Brothers, who’ve vowed to remove President Obama from the White House by any means necessary. The Koch funded American Legislative Exchange Council drafted the model legislation that many states are using to restrict pro-Obama voter turnout.


Dynamic Women of Dance at AWC

“To have all Black and all female choreographers makes a powerful statement to what’s happening in dance now,” said Kiesha Lalama, one of four Black female choreographers chosen to present work in the August Wilson Center’s for African American Culture’s first Dynamic Women of Dance event, which celebrated the contributions of African-American women choreographers in commemoration of Women’s History Month, which falls in March.


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the Senior Center in Homewood, Kelly’s Bar in East Liberty, Pittsburgh Municipal District Court in Downtown Pittsburgh, Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District, CJ’s in the Strip District, Art’s Tavern in the Strip District and the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood. My first stop was at the Senior Center in Homewood where Operation Better Block, Inc. held an event called the “Ice Cream Social” for senior citizens in the Homewood area. Newlyweds Will Denton and Nikki Coffee with Judge Oscar Petite Jr. at the Pittsburgh Municipal District Court in Downtown Pittsburgh. Congrats to both of you and welcome to our family Nikki.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 15 Jazz jam CJ’s Restaurant & Lounge presents “The Roger Humphries & RH Factor Jazz Jam Session” at 8 p.m. at 2901-2911 Penn Ave., Strip District. There will be live jazz and fun every Thursday night. Must be 25-30 years or older and there is a dress code that will be enforced. No tennis shoes, sweats, or athletic gear. For more information, call 412-642-2377.



Economic outlook topic of conference

For more than a decade the MWDBE Governmental Committee has been creating effective methods that strengthen economic opportunities for minority, women and disadvantaged business enterprises. Their recent conference titled, “Business Survival 2012 and Beyond,” focused on the emerging business opportunities within the region, contracting opportunities in the Housing Authority City of Pittsburgh and the economic outlook of the United States. READY FOR BUSINESS—Cutting the ribbon to kick off the 11th Annual Conference for MWDBEs is event co-chair Kim Evans; Section 3/MWDBE Coordinator, Allegheny County Housing Authority and chairman James T. Johnson; Assistant Manager, Business Development Allegheny County Economic Development. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels) One week prior to Forbes Magazine identifying Pittsburgh as one of ten “American Comeback Cities,” Bill Flanagan, executive vice-president corporate relations for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development painted Pittsburgh and the region with a positive brush.


Atlanta Daily World newspaper joins Real Times Media

DETROIT, Mich.—Real Times Media, a Detroit, Mich.-based multimedia company, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a strategic alliance with the Atlanta Daily World newspaper in Atlanta, Ga. Under the terms of the agreement, RTM will assume full operational responsibility for the 84-year-old African-American publication this month. ANNOUNCEMENT—Members of the Scott Family join members of Real Times Media March 5 to announce the merger of the Atlanta Daily World with the national media company. Standing at the ADW office on N. Desert Drive are, from left: Real Times Media CEO Hiram Jackson, ADW Vice President Operations Wendell S. Scott; ADW Publisher M. Alexis Scott; ADW Controller William A. Scott IV; ADW Acting Managing Editor Portia A. Scott; Real Times Board member Bill Picard and ADW Board Secretary Mary E. Odum. (Photo By Willie E. Tucker/WET Media Inc.) “Real Times Media is delighted to enter into this strategic alliance with the Atlanta Daily World,” says Hiram E. Jackson, CEO, Real Times Media. “The Atlanta Daily World is one of the most storied and legendary newspaper franchises in America and Atlanta is one of the most important markets in the country. “We believe that building a strong multi-media presence in Atlanta is key to the continued growth of our company,” Jackson said.