Daily Archive: May 18, 2012


CEA: Blacks don’t access mental health services

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, African-Americans are 20 percent more likely to report having serious psychological distress than Non-Hispanic Whites. African-Americans living below the poverty level, as compared to those over twice the poverty level, are three times more likely to report psychological distress. T. RASHAD BYRDSONG Despite these statistics and the clear impact poverty and violence have had on the mental health of the Black community, African-Americans are less likely to seek out mental health services than other demographic groups. The May 12 meeting, “The Psychological & Emotional Impact of Trauma in the Black Community,” hosted by the Community Empowerment Association and The Commission on African American Affairs, brought together mental health professionals from the Pittsburgh area to discuss these disparities.


From 35 to 900…CAPA a shining star

In 1979, the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts opened its doors in Homewood with just 35 students who attended the school on a part-time basis. Thirty years later, CAPA now sits in the heart of the cultural district with more than 900 students in grades 6-12. CAPA STUDENTS—Front row, from left: Brana Hill, 11th grade; Sheryl Sesay, 11th grade; Felecia McFarlane, 12th grade; Amber Key, 12th grade, Kayla Key, 10th grade; Shanda Snyder 12th grade; and Marna Owens, 9th grade. Back row, from left: Davone Bonneau Jr., 12th grade; Teireik Williams, 12th grade; Terrell Williams, 11th grade; Sierra Porter 11th grade; and Rieko Copeland, 9th grade. (Photos by J.L. Martello) But CAPA’s true heart doesn’t come from its gleaming jewel of a building overlooking the Allegheny River. CAPA’s life comes from the spirit of its students; and the teachers and administrators who cultivate their talent and prepare them to enter the “real world.”



Abdul Akbar Muhammad: Black man who speaks up

The history of America is inclusive of untold numbers of strong, committed Black men who spoke up in the behalf of their people. There was always the potential danger of being confronted with the loss of their job, denied employment or promotion, possible imprisonment and even the risk of being killed. For the aforementioned reasons and the fact that some men were afforded the opportunity to move up and out to the suburbs with golf clubs, and other suburban necessities, they became extremely reluctant to voice an opinion on behalf of those they left behind. I hear them everyday saying, “I can’t afford to risk losing my house, job, car, children attending private schools and remember they have to go to college.”


Three Rivers Youth presents A Moroccan Experience

On April 27, at the Carnegie Museum, Three Rivers Youth took hundreds on another exciting journey to indulge in yet another culture far away from Pittsburgh. This year Peggy Harris, president and CEO of TRY, selected Morocco as the theme of their annual Nellie Leadership Award Gala. “Why Morocco?” Harris says, “Why not?” THE DANCERS—From left: Rebecca Nuttall, Sabrina Saunders, K. Chase Patterson, Joy Maxberry Woodruff and Lynn Hayes-Freeland As guests arrived, a Moroccan dancer welcomed them and everyone was invited to pose in a beautifully decorated setting for their souvenir picture of their Moroccan night. Guests dined on Chicken Tajne with prunes, Saffron Risotto cakes and couscous salad. The well-choreographed evening was hosted by Andrew Stockey, WTAE-TV news anchor, with Greg Peaslee, senior vice president, UPMC, as event chair.


How will gay marriage play on the ground?

by Pauline Arrillaga YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP)—On the upper eastern edge of Ohio lies a valley built on the sweat of the working class, where steel mills sit mostly shuttered but a once-struggling Chevy plant endures. It is a place filled with union halls and blue-collar families for whom the auto bailout meant survival, delivered by a president many here see as their savior. STILL SUPPORTS PRESIDENT—In this May 11 photo, Andre Allie, 54, gives his views on President Barack Obama’s declaration in support of gay marriage, in Youngstown, Ohio. Although Allie is opposed to same-sex marriage, he still supports Obama. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) The Mahoning Valley is, without question, Barack Obama country. And native Andre Allie is very much a Barack Obama man: An African-American who “went with history” by voting for him in 2008. A retired auto worker who made air-bag parts. A lifelong Democrat and union member whose wife, brothers, aunt, cousins are all Demo­crats and union folks, too.


Pardon the Wilmington Ten

(NNPA)—Of the seven years I was editor of Emerge: Black America’s Newsmagazine in the 1990s, I am proudest of our national campaign to win the release of Kemba Smith, a 24-year-old former Hampton University student who was sentenced to a mandatory 24 years in prison for her minor role in a drug ring. Our first story, written by Reginald Stuart in May 1996, featured a high school graduation photo of Kemba, decked in cap and gown, with the words: “Kemba’s Nighmare: A Model Student Becomes Prisoner #26370-083.” We published two additional stories on Kemba, both written by Stuart.


What law and order has wrought

(NNPA)—Don’t you think that it’s time to reform America’s criminal justice system? It is an unfair, racist and dishonest system in need of abandonment. In the last 40 years an insidious prison industrial complex has developed to the detriment of African-American males. It seems that politicians on both sides of legislative aisle are decidedly more interested in sending African-Americans to prison than to college. It’s time to sound the alarm on the harm the American prison industrial complex is perpetrating across Black America.


Republicans should be gay

Now that I have your attention, let’s talk. Say what you will about the gay community, but this one thing is clear, “they are masters at communications!” I make my living doing Public Relations, Crises Management, and Strategic Planning, so I know good public manipulation when I see it and the gay community, in this regards, should be emulated by the Republican Party.


Letter To The Editor…Visit the West End communities

Dear Editor: First, I would like to congratulate all the runners who participated in the 2012 Pittsburgh Marathon. What an incredible accomplishment. I would also like to commend The Marathon Committee, members of the Pittsburgh Police Department, City of Pittsburgh Public Works, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Pittsburgh Cares and everyone who was involved in making this year’s event simply TREMENDOUS!



Lifestyles Report…Going for the gold

What could this be about? Cashing in my old gold jewelry, buying gold coins or perhaps preparing for retirement, ding, ding, ding–it is preparing for retirement Golden Girls style. Now this is not really retirement we are talking about, we’re talking about avoiding the nursing home circuit when we are too old to live alone. This is something we have to plan for, people. If you have been in a nursing home you know this is not the place you want to be. But as you get older and we all want to live to be a ripe old age and we want to be in our right mind and still be able to get around. So if you are in good health and still know what day it is, chances are you can live where you want as long as you can pay for it. Yes paying for it is the issue.