Daily Archive: April 6, 2012


Highmark: Health a priority for minorities

The Highmark Foundation recently released the results of their $100 million 5-year Healthy High Five initiative. Among the report’s many findings, announced at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture on March 22, was the revelation that minority parents were more concerned with health than the general population surveyed throughout the initiative. “We have this knowledge, but we have to make it actionable,” said Yvonne Cook, president of the Highmark Foundation. “We often think that people just aren’t that interested in these subjects, but as it turns out, our minority parents are extremely interested. There’s really an interest in, how do I get information for my child.” YVONNE COOK The Healthy High Five initiative looked at children’s health in five areas: nutrition, physical activity, bullying prevention, self-esteem, and grieving. Through a series of programs, Highmark was able to increase parent awareness in these key areas by 35 percent.


Mentoring group strives to help Clairton students

A group of Clairton High School graduates who have gained success in their chosen professions and life have banned together to help current Clairton High School students do the same thing through the Clairton High School Mentorship Program. “We want to provide a positive atmosphere for the kids. Our main goal is to get them through high school. We are trying to reach the unreachables,” said Terrance Fort, one of the founding members of the initiative, which currently has about 117 people. About 95 percent of those involved are graduates of Clairton High School. MENTORS—Front row, from left: James Washington, Pauline Long, Toni Schley, Louise Walker, Rev. Jonathan Robinson and Stewart Schley. Back row, from left: Ted Kay, Terrance Fort and Sean Thomas. Professional adults in the program volunteer their personal time, usually through giving presentations at Clairton High School to the junior and senior classes. The presentations focus on such topics as career building resources, academics and personal development.


MSNBC’s Sharpton remains an activist

by David Bauder NEW YORK (AP)—Al Sharpton’s activism on the Trayvon Martin case has given him a unique role—some would say unique conflict—on MSNBC. The news network host is in the middle of a story he’s been featuring every evening on the air. Half of Sharpton’s “PoliticsNation” program on MSNBC last Monday was about the Feb. 26 shooting of Martin, an unarmed Black teenager in Sanford, Fla., leading with an interview with Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. Sharpton’s only reference to his own involvement in the case was a remark that “we did the press conference” earlier in the day. VOICE FOR JUSTICE—Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at a rally as thousands gathered in downtown Miami, April 1, demanding justice for Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter) The veteran civil rights activist has spoken at rallies in support of Martin. Last Monday before the Sanford city commission, Sharpton testified that Martin’s parents had endured “insults and lies” over reports that their son attacked George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who shot him.


Gray hair’s in fashion, but what about at work?

by Leanne Italie NEW YORK (AP)—Dana King, 53, started going gray in her 20s, began dyeing in her 30s and went to work for San Francisco’s KPIX in 1997, rising to news anchor. In January 2010, she first approached her general manager, a man whom she had known for a decade, about her giving up the dye. “He didn’t like the idea at all and he asked me not to do it,” King said. Soon after, she did it anyway, with the comfort of a no-cut contract good to May 2013. DANA KING “It got down to the point where I was dyeing it every two to three weeks. I just decided, ‘I’m not doing this anymore.’ I felt like I had sold my soul and betrayed myself,” she said.


Clairton Bears mark unprecedented WPIAL, PIAA wins with Day of Celebration

Winning his fifth championship ring is bittersweet for Clairton Bears defensive end Remondo Williams, 18. “I feel blessed to be a part of this. The players are great and I have learned a lot from them like hard work and how to be a champion. It’s also sad for me because I’ll be graduating,” said Williams who served as manager for the Bears for three years in addition to playing on the field as a player. Upon graduating, Williams will be attending Tennessee State where he will study psychology and physical therapy. THE CLAIRTON BEARS



Dropping out of school same as quitting on life

One of the biggest problems if not the greatest problem in the country confronting the Black community as a whole—but Black males in particular—is the extremely high rate of school dropouts. An alarming number of Black males are dropping out of schools across the country, and if something is not done to head off this tragedy the Black community is in big trouble. Dropping out of school is like putting a gun to one’s head and pulling the trigger. At least the gun is final, there’s the funeral and it’s over. But with the drop out, it’s a long slow process.


Trayvon Martin’s cry for life

(NNPA)—The new forensic voice analysis of the desperate sound of the pleading cry for help captured on the 911 tape recording on that tragic night of the murder of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., back on Feb. 26, is just the latest piece of evidence of the horrible and tragic last moments of a precious life that was ruthlessly and viciously taken away. Every time we hear that tape, it serves to reveal and remind us of the deadly consequences of racial hatred, prejudice and violence.


Lining up for Jim Crow

by Calvin K. Clinton Sr. It is a historical and present day fact, that White led construction craft unions in Pittsburgh either don’t want Blacks in their unions or barely tolerate having a token few. Since 1968 when Mr. Nate Smith and others pressed this city and its unions to stop the discriminatory hiring practices in construction, the problem has persisted until this day. At that time, with taxpayer money, this city was building the Civic Arena, Three Rivers Stadium and the United States Steel building. That was called Renaissance 1.


Editorial …Health care and Supreme Court…how will it rule?

by Shannon Williams When President Barack Obama initially implemented the health care law in 2010, I knew there would be challenges in the future and even a possible bid to overturn it. I took for granted however, the fever in which something that was devised to help people, would cause such contention from political opponents and even the country’s highest court. The U.S. Supreme Court held a series of hearings last week in reference to the health care reform law. Their largest complaint seems to be the law’s mandate for all Americans to have health insurance, or pay a tax penalty fine.


MAC seek to expose more to ballet

Now in its second performance year, the Mid-Atlantic Ballet will perform its spring program, “Now See Hear,” Thursday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m., at the Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks. This year, MAC Ballet collaborates with Anime BOP! (Bassoon, Oboe, Piano) blending their neo-classical, electric sound with the contemporary dance movements. The Anime BOP! is a trio comprised of three Pittsburgh Symphony musicians who aim to bring attention to reed instrument sounds. BALLET ANYONE?—Gerald Holt with dancer Liz Doyle (Photo by Nikki Coffee Denton)