Daily Archive: June 5, 2013



Obama not singing ‘you have a friend’

JAMES CLINGMAN (NNPA)—The aphorism, “A friend in need is a friend indeed,” is especially relevant to the conversations being held among Black people vis-à-vis our president and our lack of economic progress in this country. The “friend in need” is the collective of African-Americans who overwhelmingly voted for Barack Obama but find ourselves even worse off economically, as Ben Jealous pointed out a few weeks ago, than we were prior to our “friend” being elected to the highest office in the land.



Centre SHOP ‘n SAVE looks to fall opening

ATTENTION HILL SHOPPERS—With the main structure enclosed the Centre Heldman SHOP ‘n SAVE is expected to open in September, bringing fresh food and 100 jobs to the Hill District. (Photo by J.L. Martello) After four years, three presidents, three developers, two groundbreakings, and multiple funding shortfalls, the Hill House and its construction partner Massaro Corp. celebrated placing the last steel beam for the SHOP ‘n SAVE market that will anchor the Centre Heldman Plaza development.



29 of 38 homicides Black lives

The homicides of May 2013 were filled with tragedies, senseless violence, and a loud call to end the “no snitching” code of silence and the need for changes in our communities. Out of the 38 homicides, 29 were Black and 24 were Black men, which is the same as this time last year. In May 2012, 29 of the 37 homicides were Black.



This Week In Black History

JOHN CARLOS AND TOMMIE SMITH Week of June 5-11 June 5 1945—Track star John Carlos is born in Harlem, N.Y. Carlos and fellow sprinter Tommie Smith created an international sensation when they protested American racism by giving the “Black Power” clinched fist salute when accepting their medals at the 1968 Olympics.



Pirates hold Heritage Celebration Tailgate

YOUTH ENJOYING THE GAME—The Steel City Sports World, a non-profit organization that brings kids and families to sporting events, brought a group of kids to the Heritage Celebration game. Director Luther Dupree, Jr. is seated in the middle of the row wearing a black shirt and holding the young girl in the orange striped vest. (Photos by J.L. Martello) The Pittsburgh Pirates Heritage Celebration Tailgate VIP event kicked-off Pirates Heritage Weekend, which included a variety of elements filled with great fun and enjoyment. The Pittsburgh Pirates Heritage Celebration Tailgate was held Friday just before the Cincinnati Reds 7:05 p.m. game.