Daily Archive: August 3, 2012


Colleges see uptick in street-like incidents of Black-on-Black violence

by Jessika Morgan (NNPA)—In Tallahassee, Florida A & M University board members accepted the resignation of university President James Ammons on July 11 as they pondered how to quell a scandal that had tarnished the school’s reputation in the aftermath of the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion, allegedly by other band members. CHARGED—Alexis Simpson, 19, is scheduled to stand trial in August in the September 2011 stabbing death of her Bowie State University roommate Dominque Frazier. (Courtesy Photo) The Auburn ( Ala.) University campus community is still reeling from the shooting deaths of three men, including two former Auburn football players, and the wounding of three more, including a current Auburn player, at a pool party near campus in June. A judge on July 11 ruled that the case against Desmonte Leonard, 22, who faces three counts of capital murder in the case, can be presented to a grand jury.


From prison to pastor… Germany leads souls to Christ

Much like Jesus and his disciples, Pastor Glenn Germany’s goal in life is to put the Word of God out there for people without any fluff and teach them that they can have a vibrant life. With the opening of Jesus’ Dwelling Place, a non-denominational church located in North Braddock in 2010, the passionate preacher is on the way to fulfilling that goal. LEADING HIS FOLK—Rev. Glenn Germany, center, with Rev. Bobby Fulton, left, and Gary Germany during the video shooting of his group “The Levites.” (Photos by J. L. Martello) “I’m in the beginning stages right now, but I want the church to be a place that isn’t dependent on the people, but the people are dependent on it. I don’t want it to be one of those churches where the preacher is the only one living large. We give money for school grants and we try to help people who has fallen behind on their electric bills,” said Germany, who serves as senior pastor of Jesus’ Dwelling Place.


Meeting at Soul Station…defining our musical legacy

by Kevin Amos Former members of Black Musicians Union 471 gathered with colleagues from Buffalo and Philadelphia to celebrate a historical marker placement for one of the most influential Black music collectives in the world. THE BAND’S ALL HERE—Members of the Black Musicians Union 471. (Photo by Rossano P. Stewart) The organization spawned the careers of George Benson and Jimmy Ponder as young musicians and joined the legacy of Pittsburgh’s contribution to jazz and other genres of what some people call Great Black Music. This happened at a time before separate was equal from the early part of the 20th century until integration in the early 60’s supposedly leveled the playing field.


Crucifying Chick-Fil-A owner for his beliefs

(NNPA)—In an attempt to drum up more business, Chick-fil-A has ads and billboards featuring black and white spotted cows—acting in what the company calls their “enlightened self-interest”—urging people to “Eat Mor Chikin.” But that’s not what gay rights advocates want in the aftermath of the president of Chick-fil-A expressing his opposition to same-sex marriage. They don’t want the public to eat less chicken at Chick-fil-A—they don’t want consumers to eat any chicken served by the Atlanta-based chain.


Reed blazes unique trail… Pittsburgh native making his mark at ESPN the Magazine

by Malik Vincent Pittsburgh has its fair share of natives that have made a name for themselves in the fields of media and journalism with Sharon Epperson from CNBC; Bev Smith, formerly of American Urban Radio Networks; and the late Dennis Schatzman, author, former Courier city editor and Los Angeles Sentinel columnist. KEITH REED Keith Reed, originally from Lincoln-Larimer, is moving on a similar path. As a sports and business journalist, Reed’s itinerant journey has landed him in four different states. He has had jobs with publications such as the Boston Globe, Cincinnati Inquirer, and Catalyst-Cleveland magazine where he was the editor-in-chief.


Permit fee shocks North Side sports teams

When the Steelers of the Northside Youth Athletic Association began preparing for their afternoon midget football season, they didn’t prepare for the price the Pittsburgh Public Schools wanted for the team to use the Oliver High School field. It was $15,000, more than 20 times the fee they paid last year and 60 times the fee they had paid before that. School Director Mark Brentley said the charge was an outrage. “I tried to schedule a meeting on this policy change, but my suggestion was refused,” he said. “I understand, and so do these teams, that they have to pay something, but this is ridiculous.”


Greece expels Olympic athlete over racist tweets

(NNPA)—Greek female triple jumper Voula Papachristou was kicked off the Olympic team July 25 after she tweeted a racist remark about African immigrants in the Mediterranean nation. Papachristou, who has shown support for Greek’s far right Golden Dawn political party, tweeted a remark about the influx of mos­quitoes in the country carrying the West Nile Virus. KICKED OFF TEAM—Greece’s Voula Papachristou lands in the sand after her jump at the Women’s Triple Jump final at the European Athletics Championships in Helsinki, Finland, June 29. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, file) “With so many Africans in Greece…At least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat home made food!!!” she tweeted.


Rev. Jesse Jackson: No timetable on son’s recovery

CHICAGO (AP)—Rev. Jesse Jackson said there is “no timetable” as his son, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., recovers from depression and gastrointestinal issues at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. The elder Jackson spoke to reporters Saturday outside a downtown Chicago movie theater. The civil rights leader was with protesters in support of a ban on assault weapons. RECOVERING— U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., thanks supporters at his primary election night party, March 20 in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File) “There is no timetable on his recovery,” Jackson said. “We hope he will fully recover.”


Black couple says racism forced wedding relocation

JACKSON, Miss. (AP)—A Mississippi couple says the church where they planned to get married turned them away because they are Black. Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson say they had set the date and mailed invitations, but the day before their wedding they say they got bad news from the pastor of predominantly-White First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs: Some members of the church complained about the Black couple having a wedding there. TURNED AWAY—This image taken from video and provided by WLBT TV, shows Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson in their home in Crystal Springs, Miss. (AP Photo/WLBT TV) The Wilsons, who live in nearby Jackson, said they attend the church regularly although they are not members.