Daily Archive: November 7, 2013



A Centre of Celebration

      CENTRE OF ATTENTION—The Hill District’s new SHOP ‘n SAVE turned into a Centre of Celebration during the Hill House Association’s festival held…



State of emergency for Black colleges

MARC H. MORIAL NNPA)—“HBCUs have always been in a situation where a lot of them have had to struggle. A lot of that has to do with inequitable funding.”—Marybeth Gasman, University of Pennsylvania Current financial problems facing the storied Grambling State University football program are a sign of funding inequities that are shortchanging students and threatening the very existence of a growing number of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. On Oct. 19, in protest of severe budget cuts that have decimated the football facilities and led to the firing of Coach Doug Williams, the Grambling State Tigers players refused to take the 160 mile trip to Jackson, Mississippi for their scheduled match­up with Jackson State. The Grambling players’ boycott of the Jackson State homecoming game sent shockwaves through the Southwestern Athletic Conference and highlighted the dire financial status of many of our nation’s 105 HBCUs.



Sanford is Mary Kay independent sales director

DALLAS–Local entre­preneur and businesswoman Elizabeth Sanford of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has achieved the status of Mary Kay Independent Sales Director by exceeding sales and team building goals set within her Mary Kay business. Mary Kay Independent Sales Directors build successful businesses with the income potential, freedom and flexibility that accompany an entrepreneurial business opportunity.Sanford began her Mary Kay business as an Independent Beauty Consultant in 1995 and as a direct result of her business acumen, sales and team building, she has achieved the status of Independent Sales Director.



OMI rules against cop in teacher’s arrest

PROFILED—Courier photographer Rossano P. Stewart and teacher Dennis Henderson (rear) lay handcuffed after a June run-in with Pittsburgh Police Officer Richard Gromek. (Photo by Elwin Green) Two months after Pittsburgh police Officer Jonathan Gromek arrested teacher Dennis Henderson and handcuffed New Pittsburgh Courier photographer Rossano Stewart after speeding past and nearly striking them with his patrol car in Homewood, Zone 5 police Cmdr. Timothy O’Connor said Gromek was wrong, and the incident “should have been handled in a different way.” For saying that, O’Connor had a copy of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s report of his remarks slipped under his office door with a note saying, “We Thought You Had Our Back.”



In banner year for Black films, hopes for momentum

This film image released by The Weinstein Company shows Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, left, and Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines in a scene from “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Anne Marie Fox) by Jake CoyleAP Film Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey has heard this story before. A wave of high-profile films about Black people receives accolades. A heart-warming trend of greater on-screen equality is declared. Hollywood basks in its multiculturalism — and then returns to business as usual.



AG Kane responds to pleas for help on August Wilson Center

KATHLEEN KANE PA ATTORNEY GENERAL Last month, as part of an effort to do anything and everything to save the August Wilson Center for African American Culture from foreclosure, several Black political leaders wrote to Attorney General Kathleen Kane for assistance. Last week, her office responded with an announcement that it would audit the organization and “compel the August Wilson Center for African American Culture to account for the administration of its charitable assets from 2006 to the present.”