Daily Archive: June 1, 2012


School choice prominent in Philly area

Philadelphia’s “school choice” movement gained statewide and national attention recently. Whether it was Oprah’s recent donation of $1 million to Philadelphia based Mastery Charter Schools, or the cases of several charter school operators who have landed in jail, “school choice” has featured prominently in coverage of Philadelphia’s unstable school system. STUDENTS FROM PHILLY AREA At the National Education Writers Association’s 65th National Seminar, hosted in Philadelphia, “school choice” and the city’s own public school district issues were examined. As the district faces a $218 million deficit next year, “school choice” will factor heavily into the district’s transformation plan.


Smooth Manhattans still making ladies swoon

Ladies and gents alike enjoyed taking a wonderful stroll down memory lane with legendary soul crooners The Manhattans when the group returned to Pittsburgh after an eight-year hiatus. “We are so glad to be invited back to Pittsburgh,” said lead singer Gerald Alston to the adoring crowd of fans at the concert. “We are thankful to Joyce Meggerson-Moore for asking us to come back and perform.” THE MANHATTANS The group was on hand to headline the annual black tie event to celebrate New Horizon Theater’s 20th anniversary season. The evening began with an excerpt from “Hi Hat Hattie,” New Horizon Theater’s last play of the 2012 season, which featured powerhouse vocalist Shaunyce Omar who told the story of actress and singer Hattie McDaniel.



Ain’t we also veterans?

It is Memorial Day again and we celebrate the legacy and exploits of military personnel living and deceased. Yes, flags fly, active military people and veterans from World War I, World War II, Korean Conflict, Viet Nam, Iraq and Afghanistan march arm in arm. War buddies reminisce about events that transpired during their time together and remember those that failed to return.


Nielsen promotes Crystal Barnes

NEW YORK—Crystal Barnes, formerly Director of Industry Relations, was named Vice President of Industry Relations for Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and insights, effective immediately. In her role, Barnes is responsible for expanding the reach of Nielsen’s thought leadership efforts across the media and consumer industries, focusing on the increasingly diverse and connected consumer. CRYSTAL BARNES Barnes began at Nielsen in 2004 as part of the company’s Emerging Leaders Program. As an Emerging Leader Associate, she was exposed to various industries and expertise across the company. Upon completion of the program, Barnes worked in public affairs and was instrumental in the expansion of Nielsen’s multicultural outreach efforts, strengthening the company’s communications and public affairs program.


No progress in PAT budget fix

With just over a month until the Port Authority of Allegheny County institutes a fare increase that will raise one-zone fares $.25 and two-zone fares $.50, and just over another three months until it cuts 35 percent of its current service, there has been no movement at the state level to fill the projected $64 million budget deficit. The fare increase will happen even if the service cut is averted. If it is not, 40 routes will cease service on Sept. 2, most of them zone two routes. Gone will be service to Ambridge, Coraopolis, Robinson, Penn Hills and job centers including Monroeville, Robinson, Cranberry, Homestead and the Waterfront.


Astrologers gaze into the future in New Orleans

by Stacy PlaisanceAssociated Press Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP)—Will President Barack Obama win re-election? Will the world end Dec. 21, as some say the Mayan calendar predicts? Will the economy ever improve? If you ask the 1,500 astrologers contemplating planetary alignments this week in New Orleans, the answers are yes, no and yes.


Racist ‘talk’ with White children

(NNPA)—In the wake of the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., stories appeared in newspapers, on broadcast outlets and on the Internet about “the talk,” a candid conversation Black parents have at some point with their Black sons about surviving in a society that devalues them as humans.


Underpublicized Black success stories

(NNPA)—Judging from most of the media coverage about the state of Black America, some could reasonably conclude that Blacks are on the verge of extinction. The world knows about all the baby mama drama, heated debates over the “N” word, and what Beyonce and Jay-Z named their baby.


Time to stop ‘Stop and Frisk’

(NNPA)—This Father’s Day, June 17, the Children’s Defense Fund-New York and I will be joining George Gresham, president of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and the Children’s Defense Fund national board member; Ben Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP; Rev. Al Sharpton, founder and president of the National Action Network and other advocates, elected officials, union leaders, and citizens to mount a silent march down Fifth Avenue to protest the New York City Police Department’s harsh stop and frisk policy.


Cover To Cover…‘Just as Good’

Everybody loves being first. You know how great it is to be the kid at the head of the line. You like being first to speak up, first to finish your assignments, and it’s even fun to be the first kid on the playground or ball field because you get first choice for the equipment. But not everybody can be first. Somebody has to be second and, as you’ll see in the new book “Just as Good” by Chris Crowe and illustrated by Mike Benny, coming next in line can be pretty awesome, too.