Daily Archive: July 25, 2013



Ace in the Hole: Bebop meets Hip Hop

Sheneika (Pretty Nek) Duberry, Marva Josie and Alexis Cartier In what has to be an unprecedented move in Pittsburgh, Bebop met Hip-Hop and it looks like it is a match made in Heaven. Brooklyn native and rising Hip-Hop star Sheneika (Pretty Nek) Duberry rolled into the Steel City to launch her new label, ‘It’s Right Records’. Ms. Duberry has worked with Darnell Dalton, current Sony songwriter who has worked with Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown and Rihanna. Dalton produced the Pretty Nek single; “Shorty Bad.”



Judge stops lawsuits against Detroit bankruptcy

Firefighters protest outside the Theodore Levin United States Courthouse, in Detroit, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge agreed with Detroit on Wednesday and stopped any lawsuits challenging the city’s bankruptcy, declaring his courtroom the exclusive venue for legal action in the largest filing by a local government in U.S. history.



Dr. Boyce: Why Bill O’Reilly cheers the death of Trayvon Martin

BILL O’REILLY Bill O’Reilly recently added himself to the list of commentators who made remarks about President Obama’s speech on the Trayvon Martin case and George Zimmerman acquittal. O’Reilly gave Obama credit for “addressing the race issue,” but then proceeded to lecture the president about how he is incapable of correcting the real problems in the African American community.



Voter ID court debate continues in Harrisburg

Protestors gather on the steps of the Pennsylvania State Capitol to oppose the voter ID law in advance of court hearings July 25, 2012. (Photo by Brentin Mock/Colorlines/File) The plaintiffs challenging the constitutionality of the state’s Voter ID Law ended the first week of their Commonwealth Court case, by presenting a political communications professor who testified the state’s education and outreach efforts about the law’s requirements were lacking.



Homewood entrepreneurs awarded business grants

READY FOR BUSINESS—Urban Innovation21 startup business winners are ready to roll. Linsey McDonald of Lively Roots, Jomari Peterson and Walter Lewis of Hajj Media, Michael White of Uncle Mikes Sandwich Shop and Keir Wells of Homecare Sustainability Solutions. (Photo by Diane Daniels) In November of 2012 the staff of Urban Innovation21 introduced to the Homewood-Brushton community the Homewood Business Grant Competition to an audience of approximately 50 potential and existing entrepreneurs. During a July 17 awards ceremony and business expo, the group awarded $70,000 to four startups and four existing businesses and numerous of the program participants displayed their products and services.



Public supports city police residency requirement, council approves bill

JUST ENOUGH FOR THE CITY—Old, young, neighbors, strangers, activist and daughters of police officers came together to support a referendum question on requiring police to live in the city. (Photo by J.L. Martello) Because she lives in the city, in the Black community, and because she knew the women who staged a sit-in on Centre Avenue after the George Zimmerman verdict, Pittsburgh Zone 1 commander Rashall Brackney was able to defuse a situation that otherwise would have ended in multiple arrests.



Liriano, Alvarez lead Pirates past struggling Nationals 4-2

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals during the first inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) WASHINGTON (AP) – Francisco Liriano knows what it feels like to pitch an entire game without allowing a hit. Good as he was Wednesday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander wasn’t about to allow his mind to start wandering in that direction too soon.