Daily Archive: August 23, 2013



Familylinks combines business, fashion for at risk youth

YOUTH ROLE MODELS—These young adults displayed trendy, yet professional attire for job interviews and answered mock job interview questions at the Familylinks Job Fair and Fashion Show, on Aug. 14 at the Doubletree Hotel in Monroeville. (Photo by Erin Perry) For one afternoon, several agencies and companies came together to give at risk-youth a chance at succeeding. Familylinks Inc. in collaboration with the BNY Mellon Pathways, hosted its first Employment Fair and Fashion for young adults ages 16-21, who are transitioning out of the child welfare system and are looking to be employed. Kids were introduced to the employers, while getting the opportunity to see fresh, yet professional attire for the interview process.



Group links inmates with families

LORNA LYONS On more than one occasion during a bus trip to prisons across Pennsylvania, Dorice Mickens has had to make a stop at a nearby store to get supplies for the women visiting their families. She brings scissors to cut out the underwire in their bras so they can make it through the prison’s metal detectors, and has also given them money to buy food for their children. Mickens serves as a coordinator with Families Outside, a program of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania that operates bus trips for families of incarcerated men and women. On Aug. 16, Families Outside held their first annual celebration, where they honored Mickens and her fellow coordinators for their efforts to connect prisoners and their families.



Norman Brown pays tribute to Jackson on latest CD

NORMAN BROWN Michael Jackson has been an inspiration to guitarist Norman Brown. So when friend and musician tenor saxophonist, Kirk Whalum came up with the idea to create an album with trumpeter/flugelhornist Rick Braun and guitarist Norman Brown celebrating Jackson’s invaluable contribution to the music industry, Brown immediately agreed to be a part of the project.



Minimum reasoning on minimum wage

WILLIAM REED (NNPA)—Some phones were ringing; others were on hold as Real Christian Radio’s host was well into his 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. program set. The subject was “Is minimum wage enough to live on?” and syndicated radio personality Lonnie Hunter’s job was letting the audience “have their say” on the issue.