Monthly Archive: August 2013



MLK’s dream inspires a new march, and a president

President Barack Obama speaks at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr., spoke, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) by Nancy Benac and Suzanne Gamboa WASHINGTON (AP) – Standing on hallowed ground of the civil rights movement, President Barack Obama challenged new generations Wednesday to seize the cause of racial equality and honor the “glorious patriots” who marched a half century ago to the very steps from which Rev. Martin Luther King spoke during the March on Washington.



WPIAL pre-season preview: Gateway, Thomas Jefferson, Aliquippa and Sto-Rox favorites

Gateway, Thomas Jefferson, Aliquippa and Sto-Rox TERRY SWANSON and DRAVON HENRY – Aliquippa Before a block was thrown in preseason camp, the Gateway Gators had more than their share of pressure. The resignation of Athletic Director, coach and offensive guru Terry Smith marked the end of an era and now a new regime begins headed by Donnie Milizer. Coach Milizer inherited perhaps the most talented Gateway team in school history.



Pittsburghers reflect on march

TO REALIZE THE DREAM—Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Martin Luther King III, Marc Morial, Sybrina Fulton and Nancy Pelosi were among those leading the 50th Anniversary March on Washington, Aug. 24. (Courier Photos/J.L. Martello) When Agnes Curry went to the 1963 March on Washington, she wore a button, and the first word on it was “jobs.” She wore it again last weekend, because 50 years later, it is still an issue for African-Americans.



United Way expands its mentoring program

A HELPING HAND—Briana Snyder, a student at Pittsburgh Sterrett and participant in the United Way of Allegheny County’s “Be a Middle School Mentor” program, with mentor Mercedes Howze. (Photo courtesy of Blender Inc.) With school in session this week for students in the Pittsburgh Public Schools and surrounding districts, students will have to transition from summer break mode to back-to-school mode. While students in all grades will be making some form of transition, it is even harder for those entering middle school. Most middle school students will be coming from a familiar elementary school to a new middle school, or facing tougher educational lessons or even encountering new peer pressures.



Robinson pays tribute to Motown’s chief of charm

Maxine Powell and Smokey Robinson (AP Photo/Motown Museum, Andre Smith) by Jeff KaroubAssociated Press WriterDETROIT (AP)—She didn’t sing a note or write a lick of a lyric, but Smokey Robinson contends that Maxine Powell was as essential to Motown Records’ operation as the legendary label’s songwriters, producers and musicians. Powell was in charge of the artists’ personal development. And Robinson, a bard of the American romantic songbook and one of the chief architects of “the Motown sound” produced in Detroit from the late 1950s to the early ’70s, paid tribute to Powell last Monday night during an invitation-only event at the former Hitsville, U.S.A., studio in Detroit that now serves as the Motown Historical Museum.



Lifestyles Report…Black dogs need love

Did you hear the latest? A man has accused the POTUS of being racist for selecting another black dog. That’s right I said it. In a story last week in our Digital Daily, a ‘journalist’ accused President Obama of being biased for selecting yet another black dog. Patrick Howley, a conservative blogger, took POTUS to task for not having any white dogs. I say why should he? The Portuguese Water Dog does come in other colors but they are not as common as the black.



Good and bad news in Black employment stats

WILLIAM SPRIGGS by William SpriggsFor New Pittsburgh Courier The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its latest report on the job market on Aug. 2. It had some good news for African-Americans: The Black unemployment rate in July dipped to 12.6 percent, its lowest level since January 2009. The BLS also reported that since August 2012 the unemployment rate for adult Black men (those older than 20) remains below its 14.4 percent level in January 2009 and was reported at 12.5 percent in July. More importantly, the share of Black men holding jobs continues to rebound from its record low of 56.5 percent in 2011 to 59.2 percent, almost equal its level of 60.4 percent in January 2009. That was the good news.



Inside Conditions: Straight up, no chaser

AUBREY BRUCE Hey, Hey, Hey, I feel like “Fat Albert.” Well at least half of the name rings true. Why? Because I am a bit on the hefty side, even if my name isn’t “Fat Aubrey.” Last Saturday the Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime, 26-20. The Steelers are 0-3 for the 2013 preseason and everyone is biting fingernails, toes, hot dogs, the family dog and anything that they can sink their teeth into. My numbers say that the overall won-loss record between the Steelers and the Chiefs is knotted at 15-15.



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)