Daily Archive: December 27, 2012



Community Calendar

Saturday University DEC. 26—The Community Empowerment Association and United We Stand will host a “Saturday University: A Health, Wellness, Athletic Mentoring Initiative” at 9 a.m.…


This Week In Black History

Week of Dec. 26-January 1 December 26 1848—In one of the most daring escapes from slavery in U.S. history, on this day in 1848, William and Ellen Craft began a 1,000-mile journey from a plantation in Macon, Ga., to freedom in Boston, Mass. The light-complexioned Ellen disguised herself as an infirmed White man and the dark-complexioned William pretended to be the faithful slave. The escape, though harrowing, was successful. But in 1850 when Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, the Crafts found themselves being hunted down by both slave catchers from Georgia and U.S. Marshals. Then members of Boston’s powerful abolitionist and Underground Railroad communities stepped in. They helped the Crafts flee to Canada and then to Liverpool, England, where the couple stayed until after the Civil War. WILLIAM?AND?ELLEN?CRAFT


The season to be careful

(NNPA)—Okay, I’ll admit it. I am truly the Grinch who wanted to steal Christmas. It takes me until about December 23 to get in the spirit, and I only feel obligated to find gifts for children and close family. I like to give, which is why I share with a few charities that are close to me. I like to connect, which is why I have a greeting card ritual. But all this crazy frenzy after Thanksgiving, before Christmas sale stuff truly repels me. And while I don’t want to put a damper on anybody’s sprit, I want to say that this is the season to be careful.


Black to the future

(NNPA)—I was recently in South Africa for a conference. While there, I had two interesting experiences that raised the complications and politics of race. In the first case I was on a shuttle bus. The driver, ethnically South Asian but a South African, was very friendly. We started up a conversation during which he asked me about life in the U.S.A. Among the things that I noted was the continued existence of racist oppression in the U.S.A. He then made this interesting comment: “Yeah, that’s the way it is here. If you are not Black then you do not get considered for jobs.”


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 27 From Slavery to Freedom The Senator John Heinz History Center and BNY Mellon present “From Slavery to Freedom” Exhibition from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 1212 Smallman St., Strip District. The exhibition explores more than 250 years of African American history and highlights the history of Anti-Slavery movement, the Underground Railroad and the impact of 19th century activism on the modern quest for civil and human rights in Pittsburgh. The exhibition includes artifacts, interactive activities, rare documents and audio/video components. For more information, call Samuel Black at 412-454-6391 or swblack@heinzhistorycenter.org.


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited The Compass Club, Black Beauty Bar, Tim’s Bar in the Hill District, CJ’s and Savoy Restaurant, both in the Strip District, Kenny’s Place and Ace and Deuces Bar in Uptown. My first stop was at Tim’s Bar in the Hill District where everyone came out to get their party and drink on for the weekend. Everyone came to represent at Tim’s Bar in the Hill District for the weekend.



Business Calendar

Entrepreneurial Thursdays DEC. 27—Pittsburgh Gateway Corporation will host Jessica Lee’s Entrepreneurial Thursdays Jazz and Blues Networking from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Little E’s, 949 Liberty Ave.,…