Daily Archive: June 24, 2013

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National

Black writer named to second term as nation’s Poet Laureate

U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey poses outside the president’s office at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, file) by Zenitha Prince (NNPA)–African-American poet Natasha Trethewey has been reappointed to another term as Poet Laureate of the United States, “the nation’s official lightning rod for the poetic impulse of Americans,” according to the Library of Congress. Trethewey, the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University in Atlanta, is also serving a four-year term as the poet laureate of the state of Mississippi.

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National

Tuskegee Airmen on mission to teach students

Wilbur Mason, left, and Val Archer, former members of the Tuskegee Airmen, speak to students about their military experiences during the Tuskegee Airmen Aviation Career Training program at Delta Air Lines headquarters, June 18, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Jaime Henry-White) by Jeff Martin ATLANTA (AP) — As the U.S. military’s first Black aviators, the Tuskegee Airmen had a double challenge: flying in the dangerous skies during World War II, and fighting a war against prejudice waged by allies both at home and overseas. Now some of the airmen’s members have undertaken another mission: helping high school students rise above obstacles in their pursuit of aviation careers through a program that also aims to ensure the survival of the Tuskegee legacy.

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Metro

Pittsburgh may break new ground for Black male education

C. MATTHEW HAWKINS Whenever people get together to discuss the academic achievement of Black American males they usually end up with a litany of failure that seems to defy solutions. Over the past five years, however there is a new trend in the research on Black males and schooling. Pittsburgh, for a number of reasons, may find itself at the forefront of new methods to improve the effectiveness of schools and communities in engaging young Black males. Pittsburghers got a glimpse of where this might be headed during a community conversation that took place at the August Wilson Center on June 20th. The conversation featured a sneak preview of a documentary that took fourteen years to make, titled “American Promise”.

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Entertainment

Review: New Kanye album samples 1939 song about lynching

This CD cover image released by Def Jam Recordings shows “Yeezus,” the latest release by Kanye West. (AP Photo/Def Jam Recordings) Last week Kanye West released his latest album “Yeezus” to overwhelmingly positive reviews. The trim, 10 song album packs a lot into 40 minutes with the help of electronic music duo Daft Punk and Justin Vernon from indie folk band Bon Iver. With songs like “New Slaves” and lyrics like “they see a Black man with a White woman/And at the top floor they gon’ come to kill King Kong,” this is one of West’s more socially conscious albums. It also touches on issues within the Black community including unbridled Black consumerism.

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Sports

Bucs rally with 7 late runs, top Angels 10-9 in 10

Pedro Alvarez and Neil Walker celebrate after Alvarez scored on a single by Travis Snider and Walker scored on an error by Los Angeles Angels’ J.B. Shuck during the 10th inning of their baseball game, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) by Joe Resnick ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Pedro Alvarez homered for the fourth straight game, Starling Marte capped a three-run ninth inning with a tying single, and the Pittsburgh Pirates added four more in the 10th to beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-9 on Sunday and complete their first interleague sweep on the road. Trailing 6-3 entering the ninth, the Pirates pulled even against closer Ernesto Frieri — his second blown save in 19 attempts.