Daily Archive: August 1, 2013



‘I am living my best life’…Entrepreneur ignites, inspires and develops

ALL FOR YOUTH—Eugene Goodwine of the North Side Youth Athletic Association and Alichia R. Parker, founder of A PAR Educational LLC and entrepreneur, kick off their collaborative, The North Side Pulse Association, with former Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Logan serving as honorary chair. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels) Since the age of three Alichia R. Parker knew she wanted to be an educator. Throughout her life she has diligently worked to make that happen. The Langley High School graduate has attended Community College of Allegheny County, Point Park University and recently received her Master’s degree in Education from the University of Pittsburgh in Instruction and Learning. In 2007 at the age of 24 she founded A PAR Educational LLC as a way to enhance the learning ability of children. A PAR’s areas of service included, private tutoring, consulting and training, technical assistance and evaluation. Conducting her services from the homes of her clients, her goal then was to have a physical site to operate from, to create more learning tools and to continue to provide quality services.



Starbucks, loaded guns and lattes

(CNN) — Starbucks lauds itself as a company committed to operating responsibly and ethically, and many of its policies reflect a strong corporate conscience. But when it comes to responsible gun policy, Starbucks has lost its moral compass. Starbucks refuses to ban loaded guns from its coffee shops in the 43 states that allow people to openly carry loaded weapons.



Chemist hopes to be Germany’s first Black lawmaker

In this picture taken July 25, 2013, Karamba Diaby, a German Social Democratic Party candidate talks with citizen Heidi Juergens during an election campaign in Halle , central Germany, Thursday, July 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer) HALLE, Germany (AP) — Karamba Diaby makes his way through the historic heart of Halle with the speed of a seasoned politician: slowly. More than two decades of involvement in local politics means the 51-year-old immigrant can’t go more than a few steps without being stopped for a chat. Two months before Germany’s general elections each handshake and greeting carries added significance because Diaby is intent on becoming the country’s first Black member of Parliament. He listens patiently to his constituents and responds in fluent German with a strong Franco-African accent, courtesy of his Senegalese origins.



East Liberty protest calls for higher wages

YOUTH PROTESTORS—A group of young people attended the rally to show support for the cause. (Photo by J.L. Martello) Hundreds of protestors marched from Target to Bakery Square in East Liberty on July 24 to protest low-wage jobs as part of a city-wide demonstration.



‘Mayor of Hill District’ Elbert Hatley passes

ELBERT HATLEY Dapper and low key, Elbert S. Hatley was rarely the face of development in Pittsburgh’s Hill District and beyond, but his input and direction were critical to projects ranging from Crawford Square to the August Wilson Center for African American Culture.



A Trayvon Martin fashion statement

WILLIAM REED (NNPA)—Do you feel George Zimmerman is “a racist?” Make a fashion statement to let the world know how you feel. The issue of “race in America” was clearly illustrated in the attention African-Americans paid to the Zimmerman trial. Nowadays, Black Americans are no longer asking, rather, they’re demanding “Justice for Trayvon Martin.”



Lifestyles Report…Call 911

DEBBIE NORRELL The only way I can thank everyone who came to my aid on Saturday night is to put it in writing. First let me say, that as of this writing I feel fine, but on Saturday night during the annual FROGS dinner dance I felt a sudden and uncomfortable pain in my chest. It felt like a cramp or like a Charlie Horse. I mentioned it to a few people and several of the doctors in the house felt strongly that we should call 911. Before I knew it, the fire department arrived, they are first responders in some cases, and then the paramedics arrived.



Mindless Behavior world tour hits Pgh

Mindless Behavior is coming to Pittsburgh to perform for their fans this summer from their “All Around The World Tour” at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland Aug. 1. The concert will also feature special guest OMG Girlz and SCR Scream Team. In 2008, Mindless Behavior was born from a concept created by Conjunction Entertainment Inc. CEO Walter Millsap. An audition was held and out of 600 people the four were chosen to come together as a group. The teen quartet — Prodigy, Roc, Ray Ray and Princeton would soon become a national phenomenon. Since then the R&B group has stepped on the music scene and began to take over the world with their style of dance and song.The name Mindless Behavior was already created by their manager Keisha Gamble. “It’s a lifestyle that gives you the freedom to express yourself with fashion, entertainment and anything you do. Keisha chose us because of our inner confidence and how nice we were to her,” said Ray Ray.