Daily Archive: August 14, 2013



Black police officers, execs march for a better community

MARCHING FOR A CAUSE—Law enforcement delegates from the national NOBLE training convention, held in Pittsburgh last week, marched through East End neighborhoods to display their commitment to better serving the community. (Photo by J.L. Martello) by Ashley Johnson and J.L. MartelloCourier Staff WriterWith incidents such as the wrongful imprisonment and harassment of a Pittsburgh public school teacher and a New Pittsburgh Courier photographer outside of a community meeting, and who can forget the horrible beating of a CAPA honor roll student, at the hands of Pittsburgh police, who was walking to his grandmother’s house; the relationship between the community and its law enforcement officials is strained, to say the least.



Black men call for better media coverage

BLANKET INJUSTICE–From left: John Bettis, Marcus Robinson, Bill Neal, Tim Stevens, Ed Gainey and Austin Davis. (Photo by J.L. Martello) An Aug. 12 press conference quickly turned into a sweeping indictment of the mainstream media’s portrayal of the Black community when Black community leaders met at the Thelma Lovette YMCA in the Hill District to show their support for the 38th Annual Connie Hawkins Basketball League “Summer Slam.” “I’m tired of the entire Black community being painted with the same brush,” said Bill Neal, CEO of Champion Enterprises, host of the annual basketball game. “I’m tired of the Black community being painted as a war zone. We as Black leaders need to challenge that.”



Back in the Day—Today! With Danielle Spencer

Danielle Spencer as “Dee” by Janice Malone Who could forget the classic hit TV sitcom “What’s Happening,” featuring characters, “Raj” (Ernest Thomas) “ReRun” (Fred Berry), “Dwayne” (Haywood Nelson) “Shirley”(Shirley Hemphill), “Mama Mabel” (Mabel King) and Raj’s little sister, “Dee,” (Danielle Spencer). It was a show with characters that so many of us grew up with and loved watching each week from 1976 – 1979. Unfortunately, Fred Berry, Mabel King and Shirley Hemphill have since died. But Ernest Thomas, Haywood Nelson and Danielle Spencer continue to remain in contact with each other.



Essence names new editor-in-chief

Vanessa K. Bush by Elena Washington Vanessa K. Bush, award-winning journalist, editor and author, has been named Editor-in-Chief of ESSENCE, it was announced by Martha Nelson, Editor-in-Chief, Time Inc. Her appointment is effective immediately. As Editor-in-Chief, Bush will serve as the brand’s editorial leader and oversee the magazine’s content and vision.



Letters to Judge reveal private struggle of Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Jesse Jackson, Jr. Editor’s Note: Judge sentences Jesse Jackson Jr. to 2.5 years in prison after guilty plea in campaign case. Wife gets 1 year prison for filing false tax returns. WASHINGTON (NNPA) – When the story broke that Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.) had used political donations as his own piggy bank, many people were surprised. Even though prosecutors said Jackson spent thousands between August 2005 and April 2012 at restaurants, nightclubs, on travel, high-end electronics and a gold-plated Rolex watch, it was the expenditures that seemed like he was preparing for a Halloween party that received the most attention and ridicule.



Knitters cover Pittsburgh’s Warhol Bridge in yarn

A riverboat passes under the Andy Warhol bridge on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013 in downtown Pittsburgh after more than 1,800 knitters covered the bridge in 3,000 feet of colorful yarn. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) by Kevin BegosAssociated Press Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — More than 1,800 knitters have covered Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Bridge in 3,000 feet of colorful yarn. Volunteers worked all weekend to attach 580 blanket-size, hand-knitted panels to the pedestrian walkways on the downtown bridge, and riggers attached larger panels to the towers.



Dr. Boyce: Thank you Eric Holder, you brought me to tears

by Dr. Boyce Watkins Today, my brain froze in its tracks. I found myself speechless, yet full of enough energy to power a nuclear warhead. The emotions bounced around my insides like disco lights, and I found myself more sensitive to my environment than I’d been since the day I came out of my mother’s womb. Losing my grandmother this week, in conjunction with the extraordinary announcement by Attorney General Eric Holder, made for the kind of emotional cocktail that might possibly kill a man, like using uppers and downers while drinking a glass of Vodka. I don’t drink or use drugs, but I think this might be how it feels.



Retooled Panthers ready to make a splash in ACC

In this photo from Oct. 13, 2012, Pittsburgh head coach Paul Chryst calls to one of his players in the NCAA college football game against Louisville in Pittsburgh. Chryst will lead his team into their upcoming inaugural ACC football schedule in that NCAA conference. Their home schedule starts with Florida State on Labor Day, Sept. 2, 2013 and concludes with Miami on Nov. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, FILE) by Will Graves AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) – The superficial touches are done. Every last symbol of Pittsburgh’s time playing football in the Big East has vanished, as if the program hit control/alt/delete to erase two decades of only sporadic success. The school’s fresh start in the Atlantic Coast Conference has pumped life into every corner of the athletic department. Nowhere is it more evident than in the sport that triggered the biggest conference shakeup in major college sports history.