Daily Archive: September 12, 2012


DNC delegates: Obama has helped Blacks

As of the most recent quarterly report, President Barack Obama’s approval rating among African-Americans is at 90 percent. While it is six percent lower than when the president first took office, vocal disapproval of the president by several Black leaders has led many to believe the president’s approval rating among Black voters is far lower. However, at the Democratic National Convention last week, Black delegates said they saw evidence of all the president has done to help African-Americans. FOUR MORE YEARS—President Barack Obama was nominated at the 2012 Democratic National Convention for four more years in office. He will face Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the Nov. 6 presidential election. “The takeaway for African-American voters is to realize the president has worked on behalf of our community. I think there are some misconceptions that he hasn’t done enough for our community and he has,” said District 13 County Council Representative Amanda Green Hawkins, a delegate at the convention. “I think it’s important to remember he hasn’t forsaken or forgotten people.”


Benefit for slain blues great Wofford

Leroy Wofford, the blues and jazz singer known for the easy manner that contrasted with his often flashy clothes, was shot in his Larimer home Sept. 8. He died the next day from his wounds. Police are continuing to investigate, but have little to go on. When they arrived on the scene, Wofford was conscious and told them two men walked onto his porch around 1:30 a.m. One pulled a gun and when he tried to close the door they fired through it, striking him in the chest. He was taken to UPMC Presbyterian where he died around 12:30 p.m. the next day. He was 59. LEROY WOFFORD Though many in Pittsburgh’s musical fraternity are shocked that such a beloved entertainer could die this way, they are equally determined that his life and talent will be remembered.


Chief Harper 1-on-1 with Homewood residents

by A.J. Ross Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper made himself available to questions from Homewood residents at the YMCA Monday night in an effort to improve the lines of communication between police and community members. The town hall meeting was sponsored by several organizations including the Black Political Empowerment Project, Alliance for Police Accountability, Black & White Reunion, and Western PA Black Political Assembly. CHIEF NATE HARPER Chief Harper wasted no time after a short introduction, immediately addressing the recent rash of violent shootings across the city.


Imani backers show support at gala

Despite the recent controversy surrounding the leadership of Imani Christian Academy, hundreds came out to show their support for the school at the Tenth Annual Benefit Gala held at Heinz Field on Sept. 8. Imani is a religious-affiliated K-12 school serving African-American students from the inner city. Proceeds from the annual gala are put toward the school’s annual $2 million operating budget and ensuring tuition rates are kept low for parents and families. In the past, funds raised at the gala have enabled Imani to achieve goals such as a new library, increased teacher salaries, field trips, and scholarships for students. IMANI SCHOLARS—Not in order: Barrington Ratliff, Onyah Sheely, Leonard McAllister and Naim Baskin. (Photo by Erin Perry) Earlier this year the academy’s leadership was fractured when members of its board of directors, including the school’s founder Bishop Donald Clay of Petra International Ministries and Headmaster Milton Raiford were ousted.


Women’s Walk empowers women

In 1998, a group of women in the Northside Associates Properties joined together to fight the potential mass eviction of over 300 families. In an effort to gain control of the properties, the women formed the Northside Coalition for Fair Housing. Now, more than a decade later, NCFH has grown into a certified community housing development organization with the capacity to create housing and economic development opportunities for low-wealth individuals and families. The organization also engages in a number of advocacy efforts including their landmark event, the Women’s Walk for a Peaceful Community, which was held Sept. 8 in West Park. WALK FOR PEACE—250 women venture out into the rain for a two-mile walk. (Photo by J.L. Martello) “When we first acquired the (Northside Associates Properties), the attitude and the spirit of the neighborhood was so down,” said Ronell Guy, executive director of NCFH. “So I try to use these events to give women an opportunity to come out and connect to something that’s going on in the community.”


Community Calendar

Anniversary Celebration SEPT. 14—The Children’s Sickle Cell Foundation Inc. will host its 10th Anniversary Celebration from 6-9 p.m. at FunFest Entertainment Center, 2525 Freeport Rd., Hamarville. This is a celebration of the accomplishments made by the foundation over the 10 years. The evening will include unlimited cosmic bowling, laser tag, video games, food and more. The cost is $20 per person. For more information, call 412-488-2723.


Terror takes back seat; Americans safer now

by Lolita C. Baldor WASHINGTON (AP)—As Americans debate whether they are better off now than they were four years ago, there is a similar question with a somewhat easier answer: Are you safer now than you were when President Barack Obama took office? By most measures, the answer is yes. HALLOWED GROUND—One World Trade Center, center, rises above the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center, Sept. 6, in New York. Tuesday marked the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The World Financial Center is on the left, and Four World Trade Center is at right. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) More than a decade after terrorists slammed planes into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania countryside, Americans have stopped fretting daily about a possible attack or stockpiling duct tape and water. Getting through airport security has become a routine irritation, not a grim foreboding.


Despite pleas, missing SC boy falls by wayside

by Meg KinnardAssociated Press Writer COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP)—Despite detectives’ pleas to national media, the disappearance of an 18-month-old Black boy with the wide smile has yet to grab the widespread attention given to other missing children’s cases. Some advocates say the reason why may be as simple as the toddler’s gender—and his race. STILL MISSING—In this Nov. 25, 2011 photo provided by the Columbia S.C., Police Dept., 18-month-old Amir Jennings is shown near Columbia, S.C. Amir disappeared on December 2011 while in custody of his mother. (AP Photo/Columbia S.C., Police Dept.)



This Week in Black History

September 12 1913—Track and field athletic legend Jesse Owens is born on this day in Oakville, Ala. Owens would achieve international fame when he won four gold medals at the 1936 summer Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany. His feat helped undermine Adolph Hitler’s myth of Aryan or White superiority. JESSE OWENS



There’s a big difference between Obama, Romney

After watching most of the Democratic Convention and some of the Republican Convention I’m convinced more than ever that we as Americans and especially as Black people must get out and vote in masses to make sure President Barack Obama gets four more years, because if Mitt Romney wins this country is in big trouble. Depression type of trouble, and if the country is in trouble we all know what that means for Blacks and Latinos.