Daily Archive: December 5, 2012


Community Calendar

Urban League Gala DEC. 7—The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh will host its Ronald H. Brown Leadership Awards Gala at 5:30 p.m. at the Westin Convention Center Hotel, 1000 Penn Ave., Downtown. The gala will feature a silent auction and reception, dinner, award presentations, a dessert reception, dancing and more. The honorees for the evening will be Doris Carson Williams and Dr. Jared Cohon for the Corporate Leadership Awards, and Tim Stevens for the Lifetime Achievement Award. This is a black tie attire event and reservations are requested by Nov. 27. For more information, call 412-227-4802 or visit http://www.ulpgh.org.


Coup era over, Ghana showcases African democracy

by Laura Burke GOVERNMENT COUP—In this Feb. 28, 1966 file photo, students of the Ghanian trades union congress heap communist and Pro-Kwame Nkrumah magazines and newspapers onto a bonfire outside Congress House in Accra, Ghana in the wake of the overthrow of Nkrumah’s government during the week of Feb. 20, 1966. (AP Photo) ACCRA, Ghana (AP)—The year was 1966 and a 7-year-old boy named John Dramani Mahama was standing by the door of his boarding school, wondering why his father wasn’t there to fetch him. The Easter holiday was approaching, classes were done, and everyone else had left.


This Week In Black History

For the week of Dec. 5-11 December 5 1775—A memorial is dedicated to Salem Poor in Cambridge, Mass. Poor was a slave who had bought his freedom and became a hero fighting in the American Revolutionary War for independence from England. He so distinguished himself in battle, including at Bunker Hill, that he won the praise of 14 officers.



Judge fighting for our kids

“We have to protect our kids because my colleagues and I consider them to be our kids.”—Judge Dwayne Woodruff Helping protect our juveniles, our kids, our youth, our children is critical to the survival of any group of people but it has become critical to the Black community with our kids gunning down each other, while the surviving members are filling the jails, or just hanging on the corner doing nothing constructive.


Black leaders convened in Washington

(NNPA)—President Obama’s decisive victory in this year’s presidential election signaled a shift in both demographics and attitude in America. While 93 percent of African-American voters supported Obama, his victory reflected a cross-section of America, including substantial numbers of Whites and a growing number of Hispanics and Asian Americans. African-Americans again made the difference in a number of key swing states. In fact, in hotly contested Ohio, the African-American share of the electorate rose from 11 percent four years ago to 15 percent this year, with 96 percent of African-Americans voting for Obama. Clearly, the president’s small margin of victory in Ohio was determined by an increase in the Black vote.



Kelly Strayhorn ‘Suite Life’ birthday bash celebrates life of composer Billy Strayhorn

Gregory Morris is sure his uncle, the incomparable Billy Strayhorn, would have been proud of the lineup the Kelly Strayhorn Theater put together to celebrate Strayhorn’s 97 birthday. SEAN JONES playing trumpet The fifth annual “Suite Life A Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash” was held at East Liberty’s Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, which is named for musicians Billy Strayhorn and Gene Kelly, both who lived in Pittsburgh.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 6 Good People Pittsburgh Public Theater presents “Good People” at 8 p.m. at the O’Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Ave., Cultural District. This play, which is part of the MADE IN AMERICA season, is a 2011 Tony-nominated production by David Lindsay-Abaire. The play is set in Boston and is about a single mother who has lost her job, while rent is due. She attends the party of an ex-boyfriend and his wife, looking for help with finding a job. This a hilarious yet heart wrenching play about what contemporary Americans will do to survive. The show will run through Dec. 9. For more information, call 412-316-1600 or visit http://www.ppt.org.


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall where Savoy Restaurant presented “The Thanksgiving Weekend Soul Jam” starring Keith Sweat, special guest Johnny Gill and featuring Pittsburgh’s own Dell Saunders. National recording artist Johnny Gill with Elisa Sanders at “The Thanksgiving Weekend Soul Jam” at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland.


We’re more connected everyday

(NNPA)—I love this time of the year. Oh, yes—the holidays, too—but, I am referring to the release of the newest Nielsen Cross-Platform Report. The latest edition is called A New Connected Community, analyzing the constant shifting in how and where consumers watch our content. I love the idea that through the marvels and growth of technology, “the community” of consumers is all of us, one people—multiple generations, all ethnicities and races, breaking down socio-economic boundaries. We are connected. To each other and to our content. And, boy do we consumers love our visual and informational content. Big time. 24/7. Let’s break it down.