Category: Lifestyle Written by Courier Newsroom
April 18—Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church, 6111 Rodman St., East Liberty, will host the Lott Carey Spring Conference 2013. The three-day seminar will feature Rev. Dr. John Mendez, Rev. Keron Sadler and Rev. Dr. Madeline McClenney-Sadler. The theme is “Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations.” For more information, visit www.lottcarey.org.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 09:53
Category: Lifestyle Written by Gwendolyn Baines
I am engaged to get married in six months. My fiancé and I have dated for six years. Last summer we broke up and we both started dating someone else. This is the problem: For five years, his mother acted like she just adored me. During our breakup, she seems to now favor the new lady in her son’s life. However, my fiancé came back to me confessing he loves me. He says the entire time we parted his mind was on me and not the other lady.
Just before our breakup I discovered I was pregnant. We have a 9-month-old baby boy. His mother has nothing to do with our son. Gwendolyn, this is the horror of it all. She is telling her son not to marry me until he knows the baby is his. I told my fiancé absolutely no to the DNA test. It’s wrong for a man to request testing. Right?—Alice
Wrong! If men who have been married for years would request a DNA test, too many would be totally surprised when they would hear: “You are not the father.” Let me tell you this: No mother during this new age will encourage a son to marry a woman who refuses testing. Why are you refusing the test? You must have a feeling that your fiancé is not the father of your son. Don’t be afraid. If your fiancé loves you, then he will love you even if the test proves him not to be the dad. If that happens, your son’s first words would be mom, dad, but not—grandma.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 April 2013 09:51
Category: Lifestyle Written by Courier Newsroom
CHIEF WILLIAM F. ALSTON, ALIQUIPPA’S FIRST BLACK POLICE CHIEF
by Joby Brown
For New Pittsburgh Courier
African-Americans who made history, both locally and nationally were recognized as Aliquippa’s Franklin Center hosted the 150th Celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation.
A museum like atmosphere greeted visitors at the Broadway Café in downtown Aliquippa where the event was held. Citizens from Beaver County, Allegheny County and eastern Ohio, along with public officials attended the public exhibition. Students from several school districts attended mid-day sessions.
Leanne B. Spearman, from the Big Beaver Falls School District facilitated one day. The event was considered a huge success by Franklin Center official, Cheryl King, who beamed, “I am very pleased with the turnout, the exhibits and what they represent.”
The same feelings were shared by those who attended.
There were displays honoring national history makers like President Barack Obama, W.E.B. DuBois, former Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice and many others, including an exhibit of George Washington Carver and many Black inventors and inventions such as the ironing board, the iron, hair curlers and other devices.
The most striking display was an authentic set of shackles that slaves were forced to wear, binding the neck, wrists and ankles. Adjacent to this exhibit was a wooden replica of the actual “quarters” that kidnapped Africans were forced to occupy during the trans-Atlantic voyage from the Motherland to North America, South America and the Caribbean.
The shackles were unbelievably heavy just to pick up, it is unimaginable what it would have been like to actually wear them, not to mention move about with them on.
Many from Beaver County were recognized on both wall and table displays, including William F. Alston, the first African-American police chief of Aliquippa; Dwan Walker, the first African-American mayor of Aliquippa; and Deacon George James, Beaver County’s first Black judge.
Lieutenant Calvin Smith of the Tuskegee Airmen; Delitha Green, Beaver County’s first Black RN and head nurse; and Joan Cockfield Tyson, one of the first three to graduate from Providence Nursing School were honored.
Rosalee Alford, one of the first teachers was recognized, along with Joseph Brown, who umpired Negro League games as they barnstormed in the Pittsburgh area, and his father, John who operated a very successful trucking business during the Great Depression.
Re-Konception!, the first local ministry to win a national award was honored. Cynthia Cook was the first African-American woman to serve as Big Beaver Falls school board president and as a dean at Geneva College. And Clifford Alford, was the first Black elected to Beaver Falls City Council.
George Walker was the first Black to serve as Rochester’s mayor. Many others were honored as Black people who made their marks in Beaver County history recently and years ago.
Shon Owens, Fatherhood Coordinator of the Aliquippa Council of Fathers said that The Franklin Center, which hosted the event was organized to help 14,000 people who lost their jobs when LTV Steel collapsed 25 years ago. It was formed to help lead those displaced employees into something different after the demise of Aliquippa’s manufacturing industry.
What resulted were education, housing, utilities and various programs. Owens stated, “I was brought on board to help address the epidemic of fatherlessness the is in our community. I also coordinate Fatherhood Initiative where we try to help fathers establish a stronger connection with their children.”
Owens, who’s background is in culinary arts said, “you can’t teach anyone to be a father, it is something that is born inside of you. God has given you that as a man, to rear your children, He built in protection and provider and your worth.”
These are the principles Owens strives to help men bring out and exhibit as fathers.
“Help them connect with their values, show them how valuable they are and that they are irreplaceable,” he said.
Shon and his wife Jikkiko have five children.
Owens concluded by describing the 150th Celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation as a way to recognize the achievements and accomplishments of not only nationally known African-Americans, but to introduce many local achievers to the public.
“Sometimes we aren’t aware of the great things that people living right next door to us have done,” he said. “Not to diminish the wonderful legacies Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and others, but let’s celebrate people from our community too.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 April 2013 09:46
Category: Lifestyle Written by Debbie Norrell
I hate people who steal and especially people who steal free stuff. Last week the Cake Boss was in Pittsburgh in Market Square and gave away 10,000 cakes. When I heard this on the news I was so excited and I rarely eat cake. Well I do eat cake for special occasions, but pie is my preference. I wanted so badly to go Downtown and get in line for a free cake. They looked so pretty and they were my favorite flavors—free. But I couldn’t leave work just to get a free cake worth $27.
I tried to put the fact that there were free cakes being handed out in Market Square out of my mind until I was driving home and heard about the dust up on the news. A Black male actually tried to steal a box containing four cakes. He was pushing and shoving and reportedly he was intoxicated and not only that, he has some outstanding warrants… are you kidding me?
Why do people with those types of issues always draw attention to themselves? If he wanted a cake that bad just stand in line like the thousands of other people and get your free cake. Or was your motive to sell the cakes? Can you imagine buying a “hot cake?”
The cakes are available in Pittsburgh and there are six varieties, they look yummy. Here are the flavors so you don’t have to look them up. It’s My Party: Moist yellow cake and velvety chocolate cake layers married together by an indulgent layer of fudge filling. Oh My Ganache: Layers of heavenly chocolate cake with chocolate shavings filled with a creamy fudge filling and topped with Belgian chocolate ganache, wow. Vava Velvet: I bet you can guess the contents of this one? Moist layers of delicious red velvet cake filled with a rich cream cheese frosting and finished with cake crumbs and white chocolate shavings. Bada Bloom: Moist yellow cake and velvety chocolate cake layers married together by an indulgent layer of fudge filling. I wish I had room to show you the pictures of these beautiful cakes. There are two more. Dulce Deleche: Caramel dulce de leche filling between layers of rich chocolate cake, iced with dulce de leche buttercream and drizzled with Belgian chocolate ganache; and Whole Lotta Carrotts: Layers of moist cake with real carrots, pineapple, raisins, coconut and walnuts, married together by rich cream cheese frosting.
I want to taste each one of them. I may have a cake tasting party so I can try these cakes and share them with my friends. The only thing I want to know is where is my cake? Most companies that do this type of thing will send the press a sample of the cake. Perhaps after they see this column my cake will arrive at the office.
If you want to give them a try you can find them at Giant Eagle. I did a search and found 20 Giant Eagles that plan to carry the Cake Boss Cakes, locations like Squirrel Hill, Waterfront, Fox Chapel and Cochran Road.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 April 2013 18:44
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