Monthly Archive: April 2012



A focus on positive events

The daily media saturates readers, listeners and viewers with a focus on negativity. A perfect example is the focus on drug raids on the Hill, Homewood, North Side and East Hills. There are photos of weapons, cash, drugs, and Black persons handcuffed. And they should be arrested for selling poison and disrupting our communities. My real concern is that drug raids are also orchestrated to get maximum public relations for political purposes. Secondly the portrayal of those on the news accidently or intentionally mislead many into believing that the majority of Black men are involved in some negative acts. The truth of the matter is that 90 percent of Black men have no criminal record.


Key to beating obesity: diet and exercise

In 2009, a report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health found Black Americans were 1.5 times as likely to be obese as White Americans. Whether as a result of a poor diet or lack of exercise, these high obesity rates put African-Americans at a greater risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. REGGIE DULANEY “I think in general for African-Americans our diet isn’t very good. Culturally the food we eat has a lot of fat in it; we eat a lot of fried food. This is compounded by the fact we don’t exercise,” said fitness expert Reggie Dulaney. “We’ve been seeing a lot of people dying too early and it’s because of stress. Our diet isn’t getting better; it’s getting easier to eat poorly, because of our busy schedules.”


Jennifer Hudson breaks down during murder trial

by Michael Tarm CHICAGO (AP)—Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson broke down in tears Monday while testifying at the trial of the man accused of killing her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew in a jealous rage four years ago. Hudson was the first witness called after prosecutors and attorneys for William Balfour finished their opening statements. During her brief but emotional testimony, she told jurors her family didn’t want her sister to marry Balfour and she spoke about the last time she saw her family members. HUDSON TESTIFIES—In this courtroom sketch, singer and actress Jennifer Hudson testifies April 23, in Chicago at the murder trial of William Balfour, charged in the October 2008 killings of her mother, brother and nephew. Looking on is Cook County Judge Charles Burns.


Best, brightest shine at monologue competition

Michael Curry was shocked when he was chosen as the winner of the fourth annual Pittsburgh August Wilson Center for African American Culture Monologue Competition finals. “I didn’t expect first place, but I did expect to place in the competition,” explained Curry, a 17-year-old Winchester Thurston senior who resides in East Liberty. “I entered the competition because August Wilson was strong and he lived vicariously through his characters and he conveyed his message through his arts.” MICHAEL CURRY


Addressing the four most common post-retirement challenges

(ARA)—There are plenty of reasons to rejoice about retirement—more time to spend with your family, the ability to travel more and the opportunity to pursue your true passions. And today’s retirees can also appreciate the fact that on average, people continue to outlive previous generations. Most people enjoy retirement even more than they expect. A recent study by The Hartford and the MIT AgeLab confirmed that 64 percent of people less than 10 years away from retirement said they expected to feel happier in retirement. And when those who were already retired were surveyed, 77 percent said they were happier in retirement than they were when they were working.


Tax funds approved for Hill, Homewood

Funding that will allow for construction to begin on a transit-focused housing and retail project in Homewood and for the replacement of Addison Terrace in the Hill District has been approved by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. Brian Hudson, PHEA Executive Director and CEO called local officials including state Rep. Joseph Preston, Pittsburgh Councilman Rev. Rickey Burgess and Mayor Luke Ravenstahl with the news April 12 that the board had approved $2.4 million in low-income credits.


Out of jail, Zimmerman fades from sight

by Kyle Hightower SANFORD, Fla. (AP)— George Zimmerman, who slipped out of jail on $150,000 bail in the early morning darkness, went back into hiding Monday and likely fled to another state to avoid threats as he awaits his second-degree murder trial for the killing of Trayvon Martin. RELEASED—George Zimmerman, left, walks out of the intake building at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility with a bondsman, April 22 in Sanford, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco) Later Monday, the Sanford City Commission rejected by a 3-2 vote the resignation of Police Chief Bill Lee, who was roundly criticized for not initially charging Zimmerman and had stepped down temporarily in March he said to let emotions cool.


Acura issues an apology for ‘not too dark’ reference in casting call description

Carmaker Acura had some explaining to do when the Internet exploded with some background information about its Super Bowl commercial. The spot which stars comedian Jerry Seinfeld was handled by a casting company that put out a call for an African-American man that was “nice looking, not too dark” to fill the role of salesman. ACURA SUPER BOWL SPOT A Black actor who saw the casting call sheet and was none too pleased with the description photo­graphed it and passed it on to the entertainment news show, TMZ, which broke the story. Acura officials said they were unaware of the reference made by the Cathi Carlton Casting agency and they were not responsible for the reference. Nonetheless, the auto company issued an apology:


Idaho’s lone Black lawmaker receives KKK mailing

BOISE, Idaho (AP)—Idaho’s only Black lawmaker said she received a direct mailing from the Ku Klux Klan that has bolstered her resolve to fight prejudice. Childhood memories of a cross burning on her lawn on Boise’s north end were rekindled for Rep. Cherie Buckner-Webb, D-Boise, when she opened a hand-addressed application last week to join the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. “It conjured up a lot of things for me that weren’t very comfortable—not fear, but sometimes we get to thinking things are settled,” she said.