IF I HAD A HAMMER—Members of the Homewood Renaissance Association do their version of groundbreaking at their new community and program center on Frankstown Avenue. (Photo by Gail L. Manker.) In 2008, work was completed on what was to be a new Family Dollar store on Frankstown Avenue in Homewood. But the company refused delivery of the structure, and it has remained vacant for five years. Now, not without a touch of poetic irony, that white elephant might serve as a catalyst for rebuilding the community. During a June 18 press conference, the Homewood Renaissance Association announced that despite purchase offers, Dollar Bank has donated the $2 million structure to serve as a new community center and the anchor of a multi-initiative effort to rebuild North Homewood.
Daily Archive: June 26, 2013
SHOWING THEIR SUPPORT—In celebration of the great works of Marcia M. Sturdivant, PhD, deputy director of Allegheny County Dept. of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth and Families, fellow friends and colleagues of the many children and families advocate organizations throughout Allegheny County, came together at the Community Empowerment Association, in Homewood, to honor her 23 years of service. Sturdivant will become the CEO of NEED in July. The home of CEA, founded by Rashad Byrdsong, was lavishly decorated and served well as the venue for the honored ceremony. Guests were entertained and dined during the early evening festivities. Pictured above, at head table, from left: TiAnda Blount, Mel Blount Youth Home; Claudette Lewis, interim president & CEO, NEED; Jean Sturdivant, mother of Marcia Sturdivant; and Marcia M. Sturdivant. (Photos by Rossano P. Stewart)
Thursday 27Radio Golf The Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company presents “Radio Golf” at 8 p.m. at 937 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. Radio Golf is set in the 1990s and involves an Ivy-League educated lawyer who aspires to redevelop the Hill District and become the first Black mayor of Pittsburgh. But there is one house that stands in his way. The past confronts the future in the present as he discovers the house is more than an obstacle to progress. The show will run through June 29. For more information, visit http://www.pghplaywrights.org.
DAUGHTERS OF THE KING When rapper Don Gordon was asked to be a part of the Too Blessed Dance Extravaganza at Morning Star Baptist Church in Clairton, he didn’t hesitate to participate. In fact, he saw it as another opportunity to spread his testimony of God’s grace to another audience.
ARIESBefore you spend your money check the quality of the goods. This rule applies to intangible goods as well. Make the first move with your honey this week. Be sweetly aggressive. Lucky Numbers: 11, 45, 51. TAURUSLet your creative juices flow. Advice from a child has a reward in it. On the job, coworkers will help you expand your sense of accomplishment. Only you can stand in your way. Lucky Numbers: 40, 53, 54.
JAMES CLINGMAN (NNPA)—“Stop that! I’m not going to tell you again.” I am sure many of you have heard your parents say those words more than once. Why? Because you always repeated what they told you not to do, right? Now that we are adults ourselves, some of us who are consciously aware of the state of the Black economy in this nation are saying the same thing to our people. “Stop that!” Stop spending so much and start producing more. Stop creating wealth for every other group and virtually none for ourselves. Stop capitulating to the whimsical and dangerous malaise of “instant gratification.” Stop!
ULISH CARTER Here’s my take on some of the top news stories of last week.
BEST SELLING AUTHOR—Dr. Dennis Kimbro is best known for the classic book Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice. In his latest book, “The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires,” Kimbro shares the results of an exhaustive study of the success secrets of 1,000 Black millionaires. by Shewanda Riley(NNPA)—An unshakeable passion to see people do better financially is how many describe national bestselling author Dr. Dennis Kimbro’s over 20 year career motivating others to change their lives. Best known for the classic book Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice, Kimbro has spent decades studying the economic conditions of African-Americans. The statistics are alarming. According to his research, the average household income of Black America stands at $29,000, barely above poverty and more than 35 percent of Black children live in poverty. And because Kimbro believes your net worth equals your self worth, the figures concerning net worth are more astounding. Nearly 35 percent of African-Americans possess zero net worth. Is it a lack of knowledge or a lack of opportunity? For Kimbro, it’s neither: the real issue is courage.
NEWLYWEDS—George Lucas and Mellody Hobson seen at The 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Redtouch Red Carpet, on June 16, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Invision for EFG/AP Images) LOS ANGELES (AP)—It’s marriage, episode II for George Lucas. A Lucasfilm spokeswoman confirms the “Star Wars” creator married longtime girlfriend Mellody Hobson in a weekend ceremony at Skywalker Ranch north of San Francisco.