Daily Archive: August 28, 2013



Big turnout for Pittsburgh Black Family Reunion

WEEKEND OF FUN FOR ENTIRE FAMILY—During one of Pittsburgh’s most glorious sunny weekends in August at Schenley Park, in Oakland, Community Empowerment Association Inc. sponsored one of its best and most attended outings of the past few years. Beginning early Saturday morning, Aug. 3, CEA’s President and CEO Rashad Byrdsong, held a “Call to Action” summit of community leaders to help solve some of the many problems in the Black community. Afterwards, the continuously growing crowd throughout the day were fully entertained with food and family fun for the kids and adults with the highlight of the weekend being the legendary group from Chicago the Chi-Lites, and jazz musician Roy Ayers. Above Mt. Ararat Baptist Church members enjoy the weekend of fun and enlightenment. (Photos by Rossano P. Stewart)



This Week In Black History 8-28-13

For the Week of August 28-September 3 August 28 1955—The body of Emmett Till is recovered from the Tallahatchie River near Money, Miss. The 14-year-old Chicago native had been kidnapped, tortured and murdered the previous day for allegedly whistling at a White woman. Till’s savage death became a rallying cry for the early Civil Rights Movement. Justice was never done in the case, however. The two White men responsible for his death were found not guilty by an all-White Mississippi jury. But both men—Ron Bryant and J.W. Milam—a few months later would brag in an interview with Look magazine that they indeed had killed Till.

Out & About 8-28-13


Out & About 8-28-13

The Grayson family hanging out with actor Glynn Turman at the 3rd Annual Peace on the Greens Scholarship Golf Outing held at Meadowlink Golf Course. This week I visited the Wheel House Restaurant at the Rivers Casino on the North Shore, Galaxy Lounge and Entertainment Center in Homewood, Lexus Club at the Consol Energy Center and Meadowlink Golf Course in Murrysville, PA. My first stop was at the Meadowlink Golf Course where the Jeron Xavier Grayson Foundation held their 3rd Annual Peace on the Greens Scholarship Golf Outing with actor Glynn Turman as the host for the event. People from all over came out to have fun, play golf, eat food, donate and honor those who received scholarships to college.



Holy Convocation at Pentecostal Temple COGIC

HOLY CONVOCATION—Pentecostal Temple COGIC, 6300 East Liberty Ave., East Liberty, hosted the opening of its Annual Holy Convocation on Aug. 4. The event which ran through Aug. 10, featured several guest preachers, local gospel acts and national recording artist J. Moss. Guest speakers were Rev. A. Louis Patterson, Jayna Brown, Bishop Charles E. Blake, Kevin Williams and Mother Judy Hines. Above, the Pentecostal Praise Team sings praises to God. (Photos by Rossano P. Stewart).



1963 to 2013, has anything changed?

ULISH CARTER Thousands marched on Washington this past weekend in celebration of the 1963 March on Washington in which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his unforgettable “I Have a Dream” speech. Now 50 years later, are conditions better for Black people?



Cubicle Courtesy…Three tips on being a better neighbor at work

(NNPA)—As a professional woman in today’s workplace, at some point and time in your career you have had to work from a cubicle. Yes, an ideal work space is a corner office with an iron clad door with bolts and locks and an alarm system, however, most working environments opt for cubicles for many reasons. It allows a company a more cost effective means of housing employees and it also allows supervisors a better view into the work effectiveness. It is of the utmost importance to maintain a level of respect to your company’s culture and policies as well as not becoming THAT employee every other co-worker wants to forget.



The 7th annual Shyne Awards honor youth

VOICES AGAINST VIOLENCE The Young Adult Group Award The 7th annual Shyne Awards was held Aug. 3, at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. It included a Red Carpet event for all youth achievers and an awards ceremony, in which youth were honored for their outstanding achievements as well as adults with outstanding youth programs. Hosea Chanchez from BET’s hit television show “The Game” was the emcee. Orlana and Darnell Drewery were the creators and organizers of the Shyne Awards. ORLANA DARKINS DREWERY Co-Founder speaks to the audience DARNELL DREWERY Co-Founder




BILL NEAL :10 They say this is the pre-season dress rehearsal games for the regular season so I thought I would give you some blow by blow to get your Steeler engine revved up. Here’s your top 10 things:No. 1 What size helmet did Edmund Nelson wear when he played? Man! Oops my bad. That’s not why we’re here is it? Edmund, I love you mmmaaannn!



Community Calendar 8-28-13

Women’s Conference AUG. 28—The Bev Smith Show will host its “A Challenge to African American Women” Conference at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Hotel, 600 Commonwealth Place, Downtown. The theme is “To Unite and Save the Black Family and Community.” African-American women from all over the world are invited to attend this four-day intensive conference, which will run through Aug. 31, where a course of action will be plotted to take back the communities and the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference in September. The focus will be health, education, employment and spirituality. For more information, call 1-855-TELL-BEV or visit http://www.bevsmithconference.com.