Daily Archive: July 23, 2013



Ohio authorities identify 2nd of 3 slaying victims

Michael Madison glances at court-appointed attorney Marlene Rideenour during his arraignment in East Cleveland on Monday, July 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — Authorities on Tuesday identified a second of three female victims whose bodies were found last week wrapped in trash bags, saying the description of her tattoos helped them figure out who she is.



Thompson to emcee nation’s largest Black Christian denomination inaugural banquet in August

BANKOLE THOMPSON CORALVILLE, IA – The Church of God in Christ Inc (COGIC), the largest African American Christian denomination in the country, has invited Michigan Chronicle Executive Editor Bankole Thompson, one of the most influential writers in media and politics and author of two books on President Obama, to serve as the Master of Ceremonies at the Aug.12 COGIC 2013 Inaugural Banquet at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Detroit.



Jackson’s mother tearfully concludes testimony

In this June 29, 2013 file photo, Prince Jackson, left, and Katherine Jackson arrive at the world premiere of “Michael Jackson ONE” at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. (Photo by David Becker/Invision/AP, File) LOS ANGELES (AP) — The promoters of Michael Jackson’s ill-fated comeback concerts watched the singer waste away and should have reached out to his family for help, the superstar’s mother tearfully told a jury on Monday. Clutching a tissue and hanging her head at times, Katherine Jackson said she didn’t know the extent of her son’s weakness until after the start of her trial against AEG Live LLC.



Trayvon Martin rally makes connection to Pittsburgh violence

The ‘Queen of Talk Radio’ Bev Smith addresses the crowd of over 300 protestors who turned out Saturday afternoon outside of the Federal Building in Downton Pittsburgh. (Courier Photos by Rossano P. Stewart) On July 20, more than 100 cities around the country held rallies protesting the acquittal of George Zimmerman who shot and killed unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last February. At a rally outside of the Federal Building in Downtown Pittsburgh, speakers drew parallels between the death Martin and the beating of local youth Jordan Miles by three Pittsburgh police officers.



Calypso Rose graces Kelly Strayhorn stage as part of ‘East Liberty Live’ series

CALYPSO ROSE The Kelly Strayhorn Theater was turned into a carnival when the queen of Calypso music Calypso Rose made her debut in Pittsburgh Saturday as part of the theater’s fifth annual East Liberty Live series. The evening brought the Caribbean culture to the forefront with music, food and dance. “This event is significant because Pittsburgh has many people of Caribbean ancestry living in the city and surrounding region, but we rarely have an opportunity to build community together and celebrate our culture,” explained Bekezuela Mguni of the Ujamaa Collective, which partnered with the Kelly Strayhorn for the concert. “The Ujamaa Collective is excited to celebrate and welcome the cultural icon Calypso Rose to Pittsburgh. We share a vision for creating visibility for Caribbean culture and tradition in Pittsburgh that will not only make Pittsburgh feel more like home to the hundreds, possibly thousands of Caribbean immigrants living in the city but also their children who are born here, carrying on that legacy living in the United States.”



The Wise Decision…7 Steps to Guilt-Free Desserts

Desserts are a delicious and fun part of life that most of us enjoy. That is until you start working towards a fat loss goal. Then dessert becomes the enemy that pops up at birthday parties and get-togethers in the form of cake, cookies, cupcakes and candy, tempting you to give in. So what do you do? Give up desserts forever?



Trayvon inspired Obama to act like the first Black president

In 2004, at the Democratic National Committee’s presidential convention, I was mesmerized by Barack Obama, a little known state senator from Illinois. He electrified the convention and created a global buzz among those who watched on TV. In 2006, I was proud to see him elected to the U.S. Senate from Illinois. In 2008, I was even more proud to see a Black man elected to be president of the United States. Americans throughout the U.S. celebrated this historic accomplishment. This was one of America’s best moments.