Daily Archive: April 4, 2012


How our nation can protect children, not guns

(NNPA)—When the Children’s Defense Fund released its new report, Protect Children, Not Guns 2012 in March, we dedicated it to the memory of Trayvon Martin and the thousands of other children and teenagers killed by guns in America, including the 5,740 killed in 2008 and 2009 according to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fight to uncover the truth of what happened the night Trayvon Martin died hasn’t ended but basic facts that have never been in dispute are starkly clear.


We are all Trayvon Martin

(NNPA)—I have two nephews that I love with an amazing passion. Anyi, 28, is a Los Angeles based comedian, who kinda looks like me and acts like me. He is my absolute escort of choice when I am in Southern California. Armand, 25, is an Oakland-based aspiring writer, and a 2008 graduate of University of California, Santa Cruz. Both of these young men are well over 6’3,” but neither carries any extra weight. Both of them wear hoodies. And both of them have had unfortunate run-ins with so-called law enforcement officers that have tainted the way that they see law and order. Whenever they share their stories with me I am sickened by their experiences and our nation’s myopia about the way young Black men are treated because of a series of sick stereotypes gone amuck.


Editorial…Lies, distortions on health care law

The U.S. Supreme Court last week heard arguments on President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, which would extend health insurance to 30 million Americans. The question is whether the high court will strike down the core provision that mandates all Americans have health insurance. The court’s decision is expected in June. The court’s decision is expected to be decided mainly along partisan lines.


Terrence Howard calls students at Pitt ‘Jewels of Creation, Children of God’

by M. Abdul-QawiyyFor New Pittsburgh Courier As Black History month came to a close, on Feb. 29, one of Hollywood’s leading African-American actors spoke to students at the University of Pittsburgh in the Alumni Hall. Arranged by the Black Action Society, the actor was not only welcomed, but caused a ripple effect of shrieking when he walked in the room. As he entered and sauntered onto the stage, a constant murmur buzzed among the students—mainly among the female students. They were ogling at the graceful stature of Terrence Howard. TERRENCE HOWARD IN ‘RED TAILS’



Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Shadyside, Melange Bistro Bar in downtown Pittsburgh, Buffalo Blues in Shadyside, CJ’s in the Strip District, Art’s in the Strip District, Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District, Ava Lounge in East Liberty and Tim’s Bar in the Hill District. The staff of Savoy Restaurant representin’ at Savoy in the Strip District.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 5 D. L. Hughley The Pittsburgh Improv presents D.L. Hughley at 8 p.m. at 166 E. Bridge St., Homestead. This special event will feature Hughley, one of the Original Kings of Comedy. He has appeared in several movies; television shows, especially his own, “The Hughleys;” and several stand up comedy shows. Hughley will perform through April 7 and this is a 21 and over event. For more information, call 412-462-5233 or visit http://www.improv.com.


Forum introduces all levels of government to local entrepreneurs

More than 250 people attended the Economics of Entrepreneurialism Wealth and Globalization event held March 30 at the Hosanna House in Wilkinsburg. Classifying the event as a success, moving forward, Rufus Idris said it is time for all the participating partners and businesses to begin working together to strengthen and prepare their selves to do better business. HOSTING THE EVENT—Dr. Howard B. Slaughter, CEO of Christian Management Enterprises, served as MC of the successful Economics of Entrepreneurialism, Wealth and Globalization event. (Photo by Diane I. Daniels) “Our next steps are to communicate and work with the partners to assure that they are ready to service the businesses and meet their needs,” committed Idris, the executive director of the Christian Evangelistic Economic Development Organization.


Affordable housing out of reach

(NNPA)—Late last year America’s homeownership rate dropped to 66 percent, the lowest since 1998. Amid continuing foreclosures and short sales, millions of former proud homeowners now find the cost of their American Dream financially out of reach. For many displaced by foreclosures, rental housing has become a long-term housing alternative. But new research finds that the huge growth in America’s renters has worsened an already troubling problem: an inadequate supply of affordable housing.


Business Calendar

Candidate forum APRIL 11—The African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania will host a Candidate Forum from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Rivers Club, One Oxford Centre, Downtown. This will be an opportunity to hear from candidates running for Pennsylvania State Representative District-24 about how they will impact small businesses in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Rod Doss, editor & publisher of the New Pittsburgh Courier, will be the facilitator. This is open to the public and light refreshments will be served. Registration is requested by April 10. For more information, call 412-392-0610 or email information@aaccwp.com.



‘Student-athletes’ in name only

by Jim Litke It’s time to bury the term “student-athlete.” It died at 11:42 p.m. Monday, just about the time the confetti falling from the roof of the Superdome landed on coach John Calipari’s hair and the players from Kentucky’s NBA development academy gathered at a far corner of the court to collect a trophy many of them will need a campus map just to find next year. CHAMPIONS—Kentucky head coach John Calipari hugs forward Anthony Davis after the NCAA college basketball championship game April 2. The real joke is on college basketball, or at least the college part of it. The Kansas team the Wildcats beat handily 67-59 never had more than a puncher’s chance. “They did a great job,” Jayhawks coach Bill Self said afterward. “They’re playing with pros. That didn’t hurt.”