Daily Archive: September 13, 2013



ACLU to OH schools leader: Morrison’s ‘Bluest Eye’ not porn

In this Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 file photo shows author Toni Morrison speaking during an interview about her latest book “Home,” in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File) by Julie Carr SmythAP Statehouse Correspondent COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The president of Ohio’s state school board said Thursday her characterization of Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” as “pornographic” was a personal opinion not a board position.



NASA: Voyager 1 probe has left the solar system

This artist rendering released by NASA shows NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft barreling through space. The space agency announced Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 that Voyager 1 has become the first spacecraft to enter interstellar space, or the space between stars, more than three decades after launching from Earth. (AP Photo/NASA) by Alicia ChangAP Science Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Voyager 1 has crossed a new frontier, becoming the first spacecraft ever to leave the solar system, NASA said Thursday. Thirty-six years after it was launched from Earth on a tour of the outer planets, the plutonium-powered probe is more than 11 1/2 billion miles from the sun, cruising through interstellar space — the vast, cold emptiness between the stars, the space agency said.



Singer k.d. lang takes over from Fantasia on Broadway’s ‘After Midnight’

This undated image released by The O+M Company shows former “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino, left, and Grammy Award-winning composer and musician Wynton Marsalis rehearsing songs at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York for “After Midnight,” a musical celebrating Duke Ellington’s years at the famous Cotton Club nightclub. (AP Photo/The O+M Company, Jenny Anderson) MARK KENNEDYAP Drama Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy Award-winning singer k.d. lang has sung everything from country songs to folk and torch songs. Now she’s about to unleash her jazz side — on Broadway.



Gibson Awards Gala recognizes achievement

SUPPORTING THE GIBSON FOUNDATION (Photos by Rossano P. Stewart) On August 24, at the beautiful Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh the 2013 Negro League Gibson Awards Gala was held. Sean Gibson, the great grandson of Josh Gibson and the executive director of the Josh Gibson Foundation, hosted the evening. Ty Miller of AURN (American Urban Radio Network) served as the master of ceremonies.



D.C. march leaders lacked boldness

RON DANIELS (NNPA)—I was privileged to attend the March on Washington in 1963, and count it as one of the most profound experiences of my life. The sheer outpouring of thousands of people, particularly Black people, was a testament to our aspirations and determination to win jobs, justice and freedom. The March proved to be a decisive moment in the Black Freedom Struggle and for the nation.



Hill Shop ‘n Save opening nears

FINISHING TOUCHES—With the exterior and interior of the Centre Heldman Plaza SHOP ‘n SAVE nearly ready, the Hill House EDC has scheduled an Oct. 19 Community Celebration for the opening. (Courier Photos/J.L. Martello) There is no signage, the grounds are still not landscaped, the four retail spaces facing Centre Avenue are only cinder-block caverns with dirt floors, and the entire complex is still operating on temporary electrical power.



Fun Fit Fabulous hits jackpot with more than 1,000 women

FUN FIT FABULOUS CELEBRITY PANEL—From left: Jennifer Antkowiak, Jeanette Jenkins, Holly Frazier, Nia Frazier and Miyoshi Anderson. Massage Envy appointments, cream to remove stretch marks, zumba workouts, lunch, fun, fellowship, health screenings, vendors from all over the city, and large beautiful burlap bags filled with goodies, are just some of the things that the more than 1000 registered women received on Saturday, Aug. 17 at the annual Highmark Fun, Fit & Fabulous Women’s Health Conference.