Daily Archive: July 10, 2013



The LBGTQ Factor: The hidden side of Stop and Frisk

What comes to mind when you visualize the typical Stop & Frisk recipient? A young Black male standing on the corner? A Hispanic youth? Someone who resides in New York City Housing Authority housing? Perhaps they’re wearing Timbaland boots and baggy jeans? What about if they are transgender? You read the last part correctly. All too often, we believe officers stop and frisk based solely on racial background. But what about those Black and Hispanic youths who are also LBGTQ members? What happens when sexuality enters the equation? In recent years, the NYPD has systematically crafted a harassment culture surrounding the LBGTQ community. Their steps included the 2011 “Quality Of Life[1]” initiative, targeting and harassing minority LBGTQ youth in the West Village and Chelsea. Officers often use[2] condoms found on these citizens as evidence of loitering for prostitution. And despite an updated patrol guide[3] mandating they respect transgender and non-conforming youth, NYPD officers often …



This Week In Black History 7-10-13

Week of July 10-16 July 10 1775—Shortly after taking command of the troops fighting for American independence from Britain, Gen. George Washington (the nation’s first president) has his adjutant general issue an order barring any further Blacks from joining the Continental Army. The decision would be confirmed by the Continental Congress in November of 1775. The fear was that Blacks who fought for America’s independence would be justified in demanding an end to slavery. And slave owners, including Washington, did not want that. 1927—David Dinkins, the first Black man elected mayor of New York City, is born on this day in 1927. He was born in Trenton, N.J., and served as New York City mayor from 1989 to 1993.



Arts & Culture calendar 7-10-13

Thursday 11 Harlem QuartetThe Kelly Strayhorn Theater and the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society presents East Liberty LIVE! With the Harlem Quartet at 7:30 p.m. at 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. The group also appears as part of the PCMS’s Just Summer series. Each member of the quartet is a seasoned solo artist. They have performed at The White House for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. There will also be refreshments provided by Bar Marco. Tickets are $20. For more information, visit http://www.kelly-strayhorn.org.



Inside Conditions…Power play

AUBREY BRUCE Pittsburgh Power: The Pittsburgh Power (3-12) fell to the Cleveland Gladiators (3-12), 71-58, at Quicken Loans Arena. Hey there ladies and gents. I think it is a disservice to Lake Erie to define Cleveland, as the “mistake by the lake;” because simply stated Cleveland is just a “mistake,” period…



4 Pirates make All-Star team – McCutchen, Alvarez, Grilli, Locke

FUTURE ALL STAR—Pirates speedster Starling Marte slides into 3rd base in a game against the Brewers for his eighth triple of the year, Marte also leads the Pirates in stolen bases with 23. (Photos by William McBride) CHICAGO (AP)—Justly rewarded for approaching the 84th Midsummer Classic with one of baseball’s best records, the Pirates placed four All-Stars on the 2013 National League squad.



Out & About 7-10-13

Birthday celebrations were all the rage at the Black Beauty Lounge in the Hill District. This week I visited Robert E. Williams Park in the Hill District, Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District, North Side Elks Lodge in the Hill District, Ava Lounge in East Liberty, Ace & Deuces Lounge in Uptown Pittsburgh and the Black Beauty Lounge in the Hill District. My first stop was at Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District where Happy Hour was in full effect featuring great food and a fantastic atmosphere.



Johnson receives prestigious law award

BLACK LAW ­STUDENTS GRADS GATHER—Members of the student law organization gathered at a graduation reception at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center. Shown in the front row, from left: Simoné Delerme, BLSA vice president; ­Jessica Ebert; and Stephanie Johnson. Back row from left: John Woodruff, BLSA president; Olanrewaju Kukoyi; Danielle Wete; and Finn Skovdal. Stephanie Johnson, a Wilkinsburg resident, received the prestigious American Law Institute-American Bar Association Scholarship and Leadership Award from the Duquesne University School of Law. The award, based on recommendation of the entire School of Law faculty, recognizes a graduating law student who best represents a combination of scholarship and leadership embodied by the ALI and ABA.



Community Calendar 7-10-13

Journalism Workshop Deadline JULY 12—Applications for the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation’s Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop are due. The workshop, which will be held Aug. 3-11, and Point Park, encourages high school youth from diverse backgrounds to enter the journalism profession. They will meet with instructors, who are employed in the media, for a week of training in meeting deadlines, producing and delivering a television and radio news program. For more information, visit http://www.pbmf.org.