Daily Archive: June 13, 2012



City’s Equal Opportunity report raises questions

Even as Pittsburgh Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle and other Black community leaders like Rashad Byrdsong and Carl Redwood Jr. are working to increase contracting and employment opportunities for African-Americans, discrepancies in the Equal Opportunity Review Commission’s 2011 report appears to show, “The city and its authorities exceeded the established MBE/WBE participation goals.” PHIL PETITE But using this report as an indicator of actual participation would be erroneous. “The information in the report is not accurate,” said Architect Howard Graves. “At least as far as I am concerned.”


NEED head Pace, 58, mourned

His passion and dedication to unlocking the power of education for disadvantaged minority students seeking higher education, along with his overall commitment to helping the community and the youth within it, are just a few of the reasons why Sylvester Pace will be missed, but never forgotten. Pace, 58, of Penn Hills, died June 8 after a reported battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. SYLVESTER PACE Pace, a beacon in the community, spent more than 10 years as president and CEO of NEED, the oldest community-based, nonprofit, minority higher education program in Pennsylvania, which provides pathways for youth looking to further their education in college.


August Wilson Center CEO to exit

Two years ago, as the August Wilson Center for African American Culture was set to celebrate its one-year anniversary, many believed the ship in the heart of the Cultural District was sinking under the weight of construction cost debt and fundraising shortfalls. However, the following year, AWC President and CEO Andre Kimo Stone Guess announced the AWC had balanced their budget for the 2011 fiscal year and the center’s financial troubles began to fade into the background. ANDRE KIMO STONE GUESS Now, after two years with the center, Guess will be leaving to return to work with his own management-consulting firm. On June 8, AWC Board Chairman Aaron Walton announced Guess has chosen not to renew his contract set to expire on June 30.



Jealous: Racial profiling must be stopped

Violent crime rates around the country are the lowest they’ve been since President Eisenhower was in office in the late 50s. Despite this decrease in crime, the number of minorities being stopped by police due to racial profiling is on the rise. This issue of racial profiling was the crux of NAACP President Benjamin Jealous’ presentation June 7, when he visited the University of Pittsburgh to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Center on Race and Social Problems. BENJAMIN JEALOUS (Photo by J.L. Martello) “What do you replace racial profiling with—non-discrimination,” Jealous said to a packed house in Pitt’s Alumni Hall auditorium. “The problem of racism in our country is complex; you could fill libraries with books on it. The problems with law enforcement are complex; you could fill libraries with books on it. We have to have a conversation with our public officials and tell them if they continue to tolerate a system of racial profiling, we will not continue to tolerate them.”


Spring opening projected for Hill grocery

State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Hill District, Pittsburgh Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle and Hill House Association President and CEO Cheryl Hall-Russell said they all have one thing in common. Whenever they are walking through the Hill, they are bombarded by residents asking, “when will we have the grocery store?” HEARING IT STRAIGHT—Hill residents get information on all facets of the Centre Heldman Plaza and grocery project from all members of the development team June 7. (Photo by Gail Manker) So, all three met with members of the community June 7 at the Wesley Center AMEZ Church to provide some clarity on the status of the twice-delayed SHOP ‘n SAVE grocery project.


Community Calendar

Leadership Summit JUNE 14—The Pittsburgh African American Leadership Association will host the 4th Annual African American Leadership Summit from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 100 Lytton Ave., Oakland. The theme for the two-day summit is “Mission Possible with Leadership.” The keynote speaker will be Jacquie Hood Martin, a nationally recognized author and wife of CNN contributor, Roland Martin. There will also be a reception on June 13 from 6-8p.m. Registration is requested. For more information, call 412-295-1935 or email info@AALApgh.org.


Luxury dining on Somali beach as market matures

by Abdi Guled MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP)—Beachfront dining, fresh lobster, and a European clientele: Somalia’s restaurant scene is quickly changing for the better. NEW RESTAURANT—Ahmed Jama, right, walks in front of his restaurant in Mogadishu, Somalia. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh) Somali businessman Ahmed Jama recently returned to Somalia from London to open two Western-style restaurants in two hotels he owns, one on the beachfront and the other downtown Mogadishu. His beachfront property boasts stylish beach beds and flat-screen TVs.



This Week in Black History

For the week of June 13-19 June 13 1967—President Lyndon B. Johnson nominates former NAACP Chief Counsel Thurgood Marshall to be the first Black justice on the United States Supreme Court. He said of his decision, it “was the right thing to do, the right time to do it.” Marshall had been a towering figure in the legal battles against segregation including being lead counsel in the historic Brown v. Board of Education case. The Senate would confirm the nomination on Aug. 30. An aside: Marshall’s original name was Thoroughgood, but he shortened it to Thurgood. Thurgood Marshall


Pastor Creflo Dollar denies attacking daughter

by Kate Brumback COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP)—Megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar has taken to his pulpit to deny punching and choking his 15-year-old daughter, telling his congregation the allegations made in a police report are nothing but “exaggeration and sensationalism.” “I will say this emphatically: I should have never been arrested,” Dollar said Sunday in his first public appearance two days after police charged him with misdemeanor counts of simple battery and cruelty to children. MEGACHURCH PASTOR ARRESTED—In this Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007 photo, Rev. Creflo Dollar gives his Wednesday night service at World Changers Church International, in College Park, Ga. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Pouya Dianat) The pastor got an enthusiastic ovation from the packed church as he took the pulpit at the World Changers Church International in the Atlanta suburb of College Park. He addressed the criminal charges head-on for several minutes before moving on to his sermon.


Prince George’s County OKs gun-offender registry

(NNPA)—The Prince George’s County Council approved a measure June 5 that will allow police to operate a gun-offender registry requiring residents convicted of gun crimes to register with police, check in regularly and be subjected to random visits by police. Law enforcement officials said the policy was intended to reduce gun crime in the county. County Executive Rushern Baker has said he would sign the bill.