Monthly Archive: August 2012


‘No Child’ highlights students, teachers struggles

“A love story between the students and teachers amidst the turmoil that happens everyday” is how performance poet, educator, spoken word artist, activist and author Reenah Golden describes the one-woman play “No Child” that she has slept, ate and breathed for the past three years. ONE-WOMAN PLAY—Reenah Golden plays 16 characters in the one-woman play “No Child.” (Photos by J.L. Martello) “No Child” is set in the tough Malcolm X high school in the Bronx and tells the efforts of a young, optimistic teacher who works hard to engage a group of the school’s most challenging and underachieving sophomore students to put on a play. It celebrates the positive difference that one passionate, patient and caring person can make in the lives of uninspired kids in a dark and troubling world.


Blacks missing profits on hair

Whether it is fried, dyed and laid or laid to the side; braided or loose; kinky, curly or straight; and even glued, sewn or bobby pinned, one’s hair is essential to every look. According to the Black Owned Beauty Supply Association, the Black hair care & cosmetic industry is a $9 billion industry and it serves millions of African-Americans. HAIRS THE MONEY—Nora Johnson, of Sisters Beauty Supply, poses with hair pieces, some of her largest moneymakers. (Photo by J.L. Martello)


City League Preview: Of the six schools left, four will battle for title

With the shutdown of Oliver and Langley this year, added to the previous closings of Schenley and Peabody, there are only six high schools left in the city. Of these six schools four, Allderdice, Brashear, Perry and USO, should be evenly balanced as threats for the City League title this year, with Allderdice being slight favorites, leaving Westinghouse and Carrick to bring up the rear. USO (U-Prep, Sci-Tech, Obama) coach Lewis Berry acknowledged that it’s not a guarantee that his Panthers will repeat this year. He lost many of the league’s best to graduation. Robert Willie, RB and Jermaine Herring, OL/DL–Perry “There are so many big shoes that we’re going to have to fill this year with our returning guys,” he said. “They’re going to have to step up and own that.”


Obama’s mixed record on appointing judges

(NNPA)—Many speakers at this week’s Republican convention in Tampa have focused on the economy and unemployment as they sought to contrast the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan GOP ticket with the record of President Barack Obama. But there is another battle underway that is receiving less attention but is at least equally import—the fight to appoint federal judges.


AP Interview: Obama on Romney’s ‘extreme’ views

by Ben Feller WASHINGTON (AP)—President Barack Obama said Mitt Romney has locked himself into “extreme positions” on economic and social issues and would surely impose them if elected, trying to discredit his Republican rival at the biggest political moment of his life. EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW—President Barack Obama speaks during an interview with Ben Feller, of The Associated Press at the White House, Aug. 23, in Washington. His comments come ahead of the GOP convention opening on Aug. 27, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) In an interview with The Associated Press, Obama said Romney lacks serious ideas, refuses to “own up” to the responsibilities of what it takes to be president, and deals in factually dishonest arguments that could soon haunt him in face-to-face debates.


Colleges comply to Voter ID law

One of the many issues arising from the new requirements of Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law is that, to be valid, photo IDs issued by colleges and universities now like state-issued drivers licenses must be current or expired less than one year. According to an April survey issued by the consumer advocacy group PennPIRG, 91 out of 110 colleges and universities in the state did not have photo IDs that comply with the new law. It found most colleges and universities across the state did not print expiration dates on their IDs for students, faculty or staff.


Deadly weekend in County

While the sun was blazing this weekend, so were the gunshots on the streets of Allegheny County. The last weekend in August brought four shootings leaving four deaths and many seriously wounded. The violence began late Friday night, Aug. 24, with the shooting of three in Wilkinsburg near Wallace Avenue and Coal Street, leaving a 15-year-old Emery Lamberto dead. As of production there have been no arrests in the case.


Douglas enjoys celebrity sparkle after gold

by Samantha Critchel NEW YORK (AP)—They’ve been on a whirlwind tour since the Olympics—from “Late Night With David Letterman” to the Empire State Building and the New York Stock Exchange—but gold-medal gymnasts Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber have one more stop to make before they can truly take a breath: the White House. GABBY DOUGLAS President Barack Obama made the invitation in a phone call. “We’ll definitely take him up on it,” Douglas said.


Sizing up the U.S. Presidents

by Julianne Malveaux (NNPA)—When I was 16 years old, I went to get a passport. Why? Richard Nixon had been elected president, and I was sure that he would impose such oppression that I might need to get out of the country. In retrospect, Nixon wasn’t that bad. He actually did a few things to jump start minority business development, including signing an executive order that spoke to economic justice.