Daily Archive: July 10, 2013



William H. Gray III, the loss of a leader

WILLIAM H. GRAY III The passing of former U.S. Rep. William H. Gray III, who rose to influential positions in Congress while remaining pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church in North Philadelphia for over three decades, is a tremendous loss of “transformative leader” of our city and nation. Gray passed away suddenly while in London with one of his sons to attend Wimbledon tennis championship, said a family spokesman. He was 71.His accomplishment in religion, politics, and education was more than most men achieve in a single field. Gray was elected as a Democrat in Congress in 1978 and served as budget committee chairman and majority whip.



A real way to save our mortgages

HARRY C. ALFORD (NNPA)—It is now five years since the great financial crisis of 2008, which saw housing markets plummet, the stock market swoon, and millions of Americans lose their jobs in the wake of the recession that ensued. While many sectors have recovered—for example, the stock market has eclipsed pre-crisis levels and we are once again creating new jobs, albeit at too slow a rate—one area still lags woefully behind. There are still tens of millions of homeowners with underwater mortgages and millions of Americans struggling or unable to afford the payments on their mortgage loans. A very high number of them are Black.



Business Calendar 7-10-13

Brown Bag Lunch Series JULY 10—Volunteers of America will host its Brown Bag Lunch Series from 12-1:30 p.m. at the Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania, 1650 Main St., Pittsburgh. Scot Teachout, of Sandler Training, will facilitate the “Break the Rules and Close More Sales” seminar that will help attendees to develop skills to move up to the next level or continue to perform at status quo. Registration is required by July 8. This is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-782-5344 ext. 209 or email volunteersofamerica@voapa.org.



Second Baptist honors senior members in Homestead

GRACIOUS HOSTS—Rev. Donald Turner, pastor of Second Baptist Church; Alice Player, president NAACP of Homestead unit; and First Lady Jean Turner. (Photos by Rossano P. Stewart) The Second Baptist Church, located at 612 Coal Rd., in West Mifflin, recently held a senior luncheon and fashion show for its elder parishioners. It was a joyful occasion for all those who attended. The dinning hall was lavishly decorated in a stunning array of flowers which set the tone for the afternoon festivities. The food was nourishing and the fashions were grand. After the main event, the church also conducted a summer distribution giveaway of household items and furnishings.



Church Circuit 7-10-13

Vacation Bible School JULY 10—Morning Star Baptist Church, 812 Oak St., West Mifflin, will host its Vacation Bible School from 6-8 p.m. The theme is “Jesus Family Reunion-The Remix.” Through July 12, individuals ages 3 to adult will discover the different families of God. Also, on July 13 there will be a trip to Idlewild Park and Soak Zone in Ligonier, Pa. Transportation will be provided and registration is requested. For more information, call 412-461-7861.



More African-Americans get involved in Anthrocon every year

Surrounded by Furries are, left, kneeling, Moses Blount and standing, Deshawn Legrand Lynndale Mosley, all of Braddock who came out to see the Furries. (Courier Photos/J.L. Martello) by J.L. Martello For New Pittsburgh Courier The Anthrocon convention (or con for short) is dedicated to anthropomorphic people with animal traits and animals with human traits. The con was started in Albany, N.Y., in 1997 and didn’t come to Pittsburgh until 2006. Anthrocon has grown every year in Pittsburgh with record breaking numbers and has become the largest con of its type in the world.



Elisabeth Hasselbeck of ‘The View’ joining Fox

In this file TV publicity image released by ABC, from left, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Barbara Walters, Elizabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd pose on the set of their daytime talk show, “The View.” (AP Photo/ABC, Heidi Gutman, File) by David BauderAP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving the desk at “The View” for the couch on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends.” The news network said Tuesday that Hasselbeck will join co-anchors Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade on the three-hour morning show “Fox & Friends” in September. Wednesday will be her last day after a decade on “The View.”



Ruth Bader Ginsburg is becoming the new Thurgood Marshall

RUTH BADER GINSBURG (AP Photo/File) by George E. Curry (NNPA)–If you’re looking for the justice on the Supreme Court who mirrors Thurgood Marshall’s tenure on the bench, it is not Sonia Sotomayor, the “Wise Latina.” And it certainly isn’t Clarence Thomas. It is Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the nation’s highest court.