Daily Archive: December 14, 2012


Deaths of NFL players speak volumes about self-destructive culture

by Dr. Boyce WatkinsFor New Pittsburgh Courier (YourBlackWorld.com)—Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent has been charged with intoxication manslaughter after he was involved in an accident this weekend that killed his teammate, Jerry Brown. This is the second tragedy that has hit the NFL in recent days. Most of us know about the death of Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs, who killed his girlfriend and himself, also on a weekend rampage. DR. BOYCE WATKINS



:10 Yep you missed it alright, one of the greatest Willie Stargell Pittsburgh MVP Awards Banquets of all time. The great…The legendary Michael Moore…not one, not two, but three time heavyweight champion of the world…was there. Then you add to the mix former Pittsburgh Steeler Wes Lyons, Coach Terry Smith, Kevin Cameron, “Ms. Rita,” Coach Harvey Smith, Donna Bey, Ulish Carter, Rayco Sanders, Eric Gaines, Jacquet Bazemore, on and on and on. Man, the night of the champions hits another home run! BILL NEAL


Another elegant evening

by Debbie NorrellCourier Staff Writer Continuous music by Alonzo Clark (Night Child), soul line dancing led by Stella Hopewell, great company and a scrumptious meal were on the agenda for the Pittsburgh Council of Men, Inc. annual fall dinner dance Nov. 23 at the Comfort Inn in Harmerville. HAPPY TABLE— James Alonzo, Pat Johnson, Gerri Wright, Vicki Roberts, Paul Bradley, Fred Parker, Shirley Parker, Beverly Lowe and Robert Lowe




Remember those What Would Jesus Do bracelets everyone was wearing in the 1990s? It was a huge movement that so many people were caught up in. WWJD was a reminder that people should reflect their love of Jesus in their actions.


Sisters under attack: Serena gets mocked, Black woman gets fired over her hair

by Davey D Not a good week for sisters… First we have Rolling Stone Magazine releasing their much ballyhooed 50 Greatest Hip Hop Songs of all times. They assembled a panel of 33 artists taste makers, label executives, etc. As they scoured through over 30 years of recorded material, Rolling Stone and their panel could only come up with 3 female artists who put out songs worthy of being on their Top 50 list Missy Elliott who was 38, Lauryn Hill (45), Salt-n-Pepa (46)…So sisters were told don’t trip after all, who cares about a damn rap chart? There are bigger fish to fry. SHARING A LAUGH OFF THE COURT–Left to right: Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams. (AP)



Red Ribbon Gala raises AIDS awareness

by Tene CroomFor New Pittsburgh Courier HIV/AIDS continues to be a pandemic. The infectious disease first came to light in the early 1980s. The Centers for Disease Control released an article in 1981 about young gay men who had what was then referred to as just an “infection,” but later it was pinpointed as acquired immune deficiency syndrome or AIDS. KEZIA ELLISONPresident/Founder


Alicia Keys: I want to cut my hair even shorter

by Mesfin FekaduAP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Alicia Keys recently chopped off most of her hair, and the singer is looking to go even shorter. The R&B superstar debuted her bob hairdo this summer. In a recent interview, Keys said she wants to go “even shorter.” NEW LOOK–In this Nov. 26, 2012 photo, musician and actress Alicia Keys poses for a portrait in promotion of her fifth album “Girl on Fire,” in New York. Keys cut her hair this summer and is now sporting a bob. And she says she “actually wants to go even shorter” in an interview last week. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)


‘Flight,’ ‘Django Unchained’ among NAACP nominees

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Flight,” ”Django Unchained,” ”Beasts of the Southern Wild,” ”Red Tails” and “Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds” are up for the outstanding motion picture trophy at the NAACP Image Awards. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People announced the nominations Tuesday for the awards that honor diversity in the arts. The 44th annual ceremony is scheduled to air Feb. 1 on NBC. NOMINATED–Jamie Foxx as Django and Leonardo DiCaprio as Calvin Candle star in the film, “Django Unchained,” directed by Quentin Tarantino. “Flight,” “Django Unchained,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Red Tails” and “Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds” are up for the outstanding motion picture trophy at the 44th annual NAACP Image Awards. (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Andrew Cooper, SMPSP)