Monthly Archive: June 2012


CEA hopes to heal Black community

Community Empowerment Association has an ambitious goal: to heal the African-American community. With this objective in mind, the organization recently brought in experimental social psychologist Wade Nobles for a two-day brainstorming session on education, criminal justice, mental health and economic justice. WADE NOBLES


Courier’s Morrow captures third A. Philip Randolph Messenger Award

ATLANTA (NNPA)—Winners in five categories of the A. Philip Randolph Messenger Awards were announced June 21 during the national convention of the NNPA. MillerCoors, sponsor of the event, donated $30,000 to journalists who produced outstanding work in 2012. The winners in each category received $5,000 and runner-ups were awarded $500. AWARDS CEREMONY—Pictured above are, from left: Karl Rodney, NNPA Foundation; Natalie Cole, Our Weekly; Thelma Sardin, The Chicago Citizen Group; Bernie Foster, The Skanner; James Washington, The Dallas Weekly; Kenya Vaughn, St. Louis American; Larry Waters, MillerCoors; Janis Ware, The Atlanta Voice; Rod Doss, New Pittsburgh Courier; David Miller, Our Weekly; Larissa Tyler; The Chicago Citizen; Sonny Jiles; The Houston Defender; and Jeffrey Boney, Houston Forward Times. (Flowers Communications Group Photo/Waylan Phillips)


St. Louis American dominates NNPA Merit Awards in Atlanta

ATLANTA (NNPA)—The St. Louis American Newspaper was awarded the highly coveted John B. Russwurm Trophy at The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Annual Merit Awards ceremony June 22 at the NNPA 2012 Annual Convention in Atlanta. With the award comes the title “Nation’s Best Black Newspaper.” The St. Louis American has captured the distinguished honor seven of the past 14 years. DR. DONALD SUGGSPublisher, St. Louis American


Faison sees turnaround as school year closes

Homewood’s struggling Faison Elementary School has been restructured by a number of reform initiatives over the years. Despite these efforts, data from the 2008 Pennsylvania System of State Assessment tests, showed scores in reading, math, and writing among 5th grade students at Faison were the lowest in western Pennsylvania. Throughout the 2011-2012 school year, the long troubled school underwent perhaps its most successful wave of reform yet, this time led by the school’s teachers. While some await the results of this year’s PSSA tests to determine the initiative’s success, a trip to the school and conversations with Faison’s teachers, students and administrators tells the real story. ROAR—Third grade classes with teachers, from left: Janice Motley, Ayesha Thomas-Tunstalle and Stacey Burg. (Photo by J.L. Martello) “The changes I’ve seen is that last year there were many students running in the hallways,” said Dao Owens, a fifth grade student, a few weeks before the school year ended. “This year people are prepared; they stay in class and they don’t skip.”



Police release disciplinary annual report

In the wake of the Jordan Miles’ beating during a 2010 arrest, Pittsburgh city council passed legislation forwarded by Councilman Rev. Rickey Burgess requiring police to document complaints of excessive force made against officers and any action taken. The Bureau’s 2011 annual report is the first to contain that data. POLICE CHIEF NATE HARPER The report details federal and state civil court actions filed and resolved against officers during the year as well as those pending or resolved from previous years. Among these were 15 cases charging excessive use of force.


Singer Bobby Brown marries manager Alicia Etheredge

by Alexis Taylor (NNPA)—Singer Bobby Brown remarried June 18, just four months after the death of ex-wife Whitney Houston, who accidently drowned in a Beverly Hills, Calif., hotel bathtub. Brown and his new wife, Alicia Etheredge, who also is his manager, were wed in Hawaii with New Edition colleagues, family and friends in attendance, according to Reuters. BOBBY BROWN Photos posted on Twitter show the blended family with the bride in white and the groom in a red suit and Adidas sneakers, according to


‘Moesha’ co-star Yvette Wilson passes at 48

(AP)—Yvette Wilson, a comedian and actress best known for her work on the popular 1990s sitcom “Moesha” and its equally popular spinoff, “The Parkers,” died June 14. She was 48. The cause was cervical cancer, said her manager, Holly Carter. YVETTE WILSON Ms. Wilson, who lived in Los Angeles, where she was born in 1964, began her career as a stand-up comic. She was seen on the sketch show “In Living Color” and the sitcom “Thea” and in movies including “Friday,” “Poetic Justice” and “House Party III.” She achieved her greatest fame on “Moesha,” which starred the singer Brandy and ran on the UPN network from 1996 to 2001.



They made a difference, what about you?

At least once a year the majority of us pay tribute to deserving Black men and women, deceased, living, local, nationwide and even worldwide. Every one of these individuals has made a difference. Nationwide there was Sojourner Truth, Madame C.J. Walker, Harriett Tubman, Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks and Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, all deceased. Nationwide two living persons stand out Oprah Winfrey and Bill Cosby.


Mitt Romney gets a free pass

(NNPA)—One of the most remarkable things about Mitt Romney’s run for the White House is that the presumptive Republican nominee is allowed to attack President Obama on everything from saving the automobile industry to immigration. Yet, the news media rarely point out that Romney is against many things, especially if proposed by President Obama, but is usually evasive on what he is for.