Daily Archive: April 6, 2012


Derricotte elected to Poets’ Board

Cave Canem Foundation, North America’s premier home for Black poetry, congratulates co-founder Toi Derricotte on her 2012 election to the Academy of American Poets’ Board of Chancellors. Along with poets Jane Hirshfield and Arthur Sze, also inducted this year, Derricotte joins an illustrious Board of 15 whose members advocate for the programmatic work of the Academy, elect the recipients of some of the Academy’s awards, and serve as ambassadors of poetry to the world at large.


Oprah still bullish on her cable network

NEW YORK (AP)—Oprah Winfrey says she still has faith in her troubled cable network. Appearing Monday on “CBS This Morning,” Winfrey told the show’s co-host—and her best friend—Gayle King that she believes the Oprah Winfrey Network will fulfill its mission of transforming viewers’ lives. But if viewers don’t respond, Winfrey says: “I will move on to the next thing.” STILL BULLISH—In this image released by CBS, Oprah Winfrey, left, appears on “CBS This Morning,” with co-hosts Gayle King and Charlie Rose, right, April 2, in New York. Winfrey says she still has faith in her troubled cable network. (AP Photo/CBS, Heather Wines) OWN has struggled to build an audience since its launch in January 2011.



What age do you want to retire?

“Thank God it’s Friday!” “Oh, God it’s Monday!” These are expressions I hear quite often from working people. We all dream of the glorious day when we’ll clock out for the very last time. Imagine waking up when you’re good and ready. Imagine, vacationing when you’re good and ready. Imagine staying up to the crack of dawn just because you wanted to watch the sun rise. Imagine spending quality time with your loved ones and not being distracted by work-related proposals, deadlines, quotas, customer complaints and office politics. Have you dreamed of the life of leisure during your retirement days? At what age have you determined that you’ll hang up your working shoes?


Tragic travesty in trade and transactions

by Ron Busby (NNPA)—The positive demonstrations of support for the family of Trayvon Martin following his tragic death, and the nationwide evidence of unified response (hoodies everywhere!) in the call for justice are inspiring signs of a renewed spirit among African-Americans and others committed to correcting the obvious inequities exposed in the wake of this travesty. Clearly, nothing we encounter in the world of business can be equated to the senseless slaying of this young man, but as Dr. King taught us in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, “… injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere…”



:10 Lets be real clear right here and right now. I am writing this story with my Black hoodie…hoody…hood-dee on and when I am done, I am going wherever I want and I wish somebody would say something to me about it! Ya’ll know me, but you don’t know the other me…the get ugly me. Nuff said!!! BILL NEAL


Pittsburgh Council of Men holds Spring Party

The calendar still said winter but the weather cooperated with the Pittsburgh Council of Men’s theme of a spring party at the Comfort Inn in Harmarville. On a warm March 11, more than 300 attended the party and enjoyed a great meal and great fellowship. Dawn Williams, Diamond Hinton and Shaquayla Bowers served as hostesses and directed guests to their tables. Also on this evening, PCM presented scholarships valued at $1,000 each to Dimitri Brown and Brianna Ware. Both are Westinghouse Academy students. BIG CHECKS—Checks were presented to Dimitri Brown and Brianna Ware by Michael James and Daniel Brown


Fabulous Diamond Models showcase Spring Gala

By now you’ve seen the upstairs at the magnificent Savoy Restaurant and Lord knows I’ve told you about it. But I guarantee you’ve never seen the Savoy like this. The Fabulous Diamond Models introduced their new Fashion Troupe and presented their Spring Fashion Gala in conjunction with Rising Star Fashion Designer Rashida Brown of “Sheda’s Closet.” THE FABULOUS DIAMOND MODELS The event kicked off with a welcome from Five Star Corporation Executive Director Dennis Briggs and a powerful speech by Ed Gainey, candidate for state representative.