Monthly Archive: June 2013



‘Talking while Black’: Community calls for action over teacher’s arrest, photographer’s harassment

CUFFED—Manchester Academy Charter School teacher Dennis Henderson and New Pittsburgh Courier photographer Rossano P. Stewart sit on the ground, after being handcuffed by a Pittsburgh police officer on Kelly Street in Homewood. (Photo by Elwin Green/Homewood Nation) Tensions in the community are running high and leaders are calling for action after a Pittsburgh teacher was arrested and a New Pittsburgh Courier photographer were handcuffed at a community meeting in Homewood by a police officer who many said overreacted and was too aggressive.



Black DJs off the airwaves?

CHRIS MOORE, BROTHER MATT, DEBBIE PARKER AND SLY JOCK AT WAMO REUNION PARTY (Courier Photo/J.L. Martello/File) Earlier this month, when Pittsburghers began discussing the possible return of a jazz radio station to the region, some in the Black community had just one question. Would any of the radio hosts on this new station be Black?



Review: Garcelle Beauvais and Jamie Foxx reunite in ‘White House Down’

by Merecedes Howze “White House Down,” starring Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum, was an action-packed story about a single father in his hopes to become a Secret Service agent. Because we know life’s biggest dreams aren’t handed to us, John Cale (Tatum) spent roughly 3 hours trapped inside the White House as he battled terrorists to protect President James Sawyer (Foxx) and his 11-year-old daughter, Emily (Joey King).



Essay: It’s been a racially challenging week in America

This June 25, 2013 file photo shows representatives from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund standing outside the Supreme Court in Washington awaiting a decision in Shelby County v. Holder, a voting rights case in Alabama. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) by Suzanne Gamboa WASHINGTON (AP) — Take a glance at the anniversary calendar this year and it’s clear that in America, racial progress comes in fits and starts. The Emancipation Proclamation declared slaves to be free 150 years ago. Within a decade, a trio of amendments to the Constitution made them citizens. Over the next century, the Supreme Court and Jim Crow segregation in the South snatched their rights away, Medgar Evers was murdered trying to get them back, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s populist protests yielded laws that restored them before King, too, was killed.



What it means to be an American

RAYNARD JACKSON (NNPA)—With the deepening polarization of our country, I have been reflecting on the cause of this polarization. One of the major issues confronting the U.S. is what it means to be an American. This may sound a bit trite, but this is at the heart of a lot of the intractable problems we are facing as a country. Everyone wants to carve out their own identity, with individuality being the motivating force behind the move, not the betterment of America.



Herring named Westinghouse principal in effort to help transform Pgh schools

ALEXANDER HERRING The past two years have been a difficult time for Westinghouse 6-12, a restructured Homewood school that spent a brief period as a single-gender academy. The beleaguered school saw four principals in the last four years and several administrative changes since it was reopened as a new school in 2011. Now, the school will see one more change. On June 17, Alexander Herring, a former principal from Erie, took the helm at Westinghouse.



Review: Bullock and McCarthy shine in ‘The Heat’

Actress Sandra Bullock attends “The Heat” premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre on June 23, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) The Heat I saw the previews for Paul Feig’s The Heat and immediately assumed the film was Sandra Bullock’s last attempt to redeem herself in Miss Congeniality 3. Similar to Miss Congeniality 1 & 2, Bullock plays an uptight, over achieving FBI agent, Sarah Ashburn.



Natalie Cole releases her 1st Spanish album

Singer-songwriter Natalie Cole poses for a portrait in promotion of her new album “Natalie Cole en Espanol,” on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP) by E.J. Tamara SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — It’s been four years since Natalie Cole received a kidney from a Salvadorian donor, and the singer says it not only connected her to Hispanic culture, it has given her the strength to record her first post-operation album — totally in Spanish.