Monthly Archive: May 2013



Letter To The Editor…Shame on you Allegheny County Medical Society

Dear Editor: Shame on you doctors for printing an editorial calling for the end to Affirmative Action in medical schools across the country. The NAACP is the oldest civil rights organization in this country and expects to have to educate uninformed and unenlightened individuals why Affirmative Action is needed generally, and particularly in medical schools. But we would not expect to have to defend Affirmative Action to such an enlightened and educated population as our doctors.



Singletary: It’s not too late to start saving

IT’S NOT TO LATE—Nationally syndicated columnist, Michelle Singletary makes a point during the 10th Annual “Money Matters” investor education conference. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels) No matter what your age, according to financial expert Michelle Singletary, it is not too late to start saving. “Financial decisions can have long-lasting effects,” she said pointing out that it does not matter if you are a child, in college, planning for marriage, raising a family or ready for retirement.



UnitedHealthcare middle school Health Bee

TEAM MCKEESPORT YMCA—From left: Nizhae Adams, 14; Ladasha Brownfield, 14; Aimani Jones, 12; Zevian Andrews, 11; Jhayla Bray, 11; and Edward McKissick, 12, as they competed in the Health Game. (Photos by J.L. Martello) In the first UnitedHealthcare Health Bee held in Pennsylvania, middle school students from eight YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh branches competed against one another in a Jeopardy-style competition focused on nutrition, fitness, health and science.



Five Stairsteps singer Clarence Burke Jr. dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clarence Burke Jr., lead singer of the group the Five Stairsteps that sang the 1970 hit “O-o-h Child,” has died. He was 64. Burke died on Sunday — a day after his birthday — in Marietta, Ga., where he lived, said Joe Marno, his friend and manager. The cause of his death was not disclosed.



In jobs, we’re in a race to the bottom

Julianne Malveaux (NNPA)—On May 21, I had the opportunity to testify before a Congressional Progressive Caucus meeting on how federal dollars drive inequality by paying contractors who pay too many of their workers too little. The hearing was driven by a study from Amy Traub and her colleagues at Demos, a New York based think tank, that issued a report exposing the many ways that federal contracting often adds to the burden of the low income, especially those who earn less than $12 an hour, or less than $25,000 a year.



Surprise: Some of my best friends are White

LOUIS ‘HOP’ KENDRICK Long before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., my father had instilled in our family that context of character was more important than color of skin. Over the course of my life I have been fortunate to name at least five White people—I will think of someone else later—who demonstrated to me that they were in that inclusive group of people I constantly refer to as compassionate, courageous, concerned and possessing a sense of commitment.



Cover To Cover…‘Dave Bing: A Life of Challenge’

No problem. That’s been your motto since forever because you’ve always loved a good challenge. Somebody put up a barrier, you’ll figure a way around it. If there are roadblocks, you find another path. You can make things happen, you’ve got friends where you need them, and Heaven help the person who tells you “no.”