Daily Archive: November 15, 2012


First all-boys, faith-based school coming to city

In August 2013, the city’s first all-boys faith-based K-12 school, Destiny Leadership Academy, will open its doors in the East End. The new school, to be housed in the former Lemington Elementary building, will be headed by Pastors Michael Smith and Donna Smith of Destiny International Ministries. Pastors Michael and Donna Smith (Courier Photos/J.L. Martello) “I know what the power of a faith based education can do. As an educator for 19 years, having been on both sides, I just want to give children the chance I didn’t have,” Michael Smith said. “Statistics show when you have single gender schools they work better, so our mindset was in order to educate at the level we believe these students should be educated, we have to have a single gender school.”


Obama should thank Jesse Jackson for winning formula

(NNPA)—President Obama’s campaign strategists are receiving a lot of richly deserved praise in the wake of the president’s victory over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Nov. 6. Obama, who lost the majority of the White vote for the second time, won the election by assembling a progressive Democratic coalition pioneered by Jesse Jackson in 1984 and 1988. I covered Jackson’s 1984 campaign for the Chicago Tribune and witnessed Jackson laying the groundwork for what would become two Obama victories.



Dock Fielder Jr. greatly missed

Many years ago at the age of 17, I went to the election polls, curious about how the political process worked. It was shocking when I came to the realization that the process worked to benefit the Democratic Party and the White voters, but failed the Black voters.


Black voters would not be denied

(NNPA)—Most of the misinformed pundits who were unaware of the readiness and enthusiasm of millions of Black Americans to go to the voting polls Nov. 6, are not acting as if they are shocked by another record voter turnout of the Black American community. We are not surprised at all by the historic contributions of Black American voters to help determine the victory for the re-election of President Barack Obama.



The numbers don’t add up

Some time ago, I’d read an article in “O” The Oprah Magazine entitled “Debt Diet.” You’d have to be living in a cave under a rock if you’re not familiar with “The Debt Diet” given the fact that an entire week of “The Oprah Show” was centered on this very subject. It comes as no surprise to me that most Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, hand to mouth struggling to make ends meet.


Consider buying your office space

It’s not a question of if, but when most business owners should think about owning commercial property, says financial expert and small-business advocate, Chris Hurn. Owning your workplace is a path toward long-term wealth—one that doesn’t rely on constantly bringing in new income, says Hurn, author of “The Entrepreneur’s Secret to Creating Wealth: How the Smartest Business Owners Build Their Fortunes,” (www.TheEntrepreneursSecretBook.com).



:10 Wait…Wait…Wait… Just wait a minute, wait a minute man. Will you please just hold on a minute and let me get this straight! I’m trying to get a real good understanding here. You mean to tell me that General David Petraeus, the same guy that won the wars in the Middle East…the same guy that’s the head of the CIA…that guy was busted having an affair with another woman. WILL—YOU—PLEASE—TELL—ME—HOW—THE —HEAD—OF—THE—CIA—CAN’T– KEEP—HIS—AFFAIR—A—SECRET!?!? The CIA is in the keep a secret business. I mean, that’s what they do. No wonder we can’t rule the world. C’mon man! BILL NEAL


The Girl Friends Inc. celebrate 65 years

The beautiful LeMont Restaurant, on Grandview Avenue, was the perfect venue for the 65th Anniversary Celebration of The Girl Friends Inc. On Oct. 27 more than 200 gathered for mingling, dining and dancing. Pre-dinner activities included a silent auction benefiting the Pittsburgh Chapter Girl Friends Scholarship Fund. PITTSBURGH GIRL FRIENDS (Photos by Debbie Norrell) Winifred Torbert, Pittsburgh Chapter president, welcomed visiting Girl Friends, while Darlene Jeffries presented a scholarship to Nija Johnson who is currently studying biology at Fisk University. Johnson will receive $5,000 over the next four years. Sylvia Wallace and The Dynasty Arts Band provided the soundtrack for the evening.



Just like being there

November 6 was a wonderful day. I began my day on Facebook where Facebook friends encouraged each other to get out and vote with phrases like “let’s do it.” Throughout the day people displayed pictures of their ballot stubs proving that the deed was done. If you voted early you probably encountered large crowds at your polling place. I got to mine right after 7 a.m. and this was one of the first times that I had to stand in a long line and wait. I didn’t mind waiting, I was on a mission. After casting my vote it was on to the Eat n’ Park for my free coffee. Yes I’m still on the free tip, if you took your voting stub to the restaurant they gave you a free coffee.


Study: Vouchers have positive effect on college enrollment for Blacks

by Donna Krache (CNN)—A recently released study by the Brookings Institution at Harvard has stirred up the debate over school choice and vouchers. CHARTER SCHOOL ENROLLMENT RISING—More students are attending charter schools across the country than ever before, according to a report from The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Over 2 million students are enrolled in charters today. These students are studying American History at Coney Island Prep, a successful charter school in Brooklyn, New York. (Credit: Steve Kastenbaum/CNN) In some districts and states, parents can get vouchers to pay for their children’s education. Parents may choose to send their children to religious or private schools using the vouchers as payment for tuition. Much of the research surrounding the effectiveness of vouchers centers on more immediate outcomes, such as test scores.