Tag: Blacks

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National

NYC moves to vacate judge’s stop-frisk decisions

In this Aug. 13, 2013 file photo, police officers take a report from a woman who had her phone stolen in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York. A federal appeals court on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, blocked a judge’s order requiring changes to the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk program and removed the judge from the case. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) by Jake PearsonAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Attorneys for New York City asked a federal appeals court to vacate a judge’s orders that require the police department to change its stop-and-frisk practice that critics argue unfairly targets minorities.

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Opinion

When it comes to health, place matters

by Brian Smedley WASHINGTON-The implementation of the Affordable Care Act is an achievement Americans can be proud of. Making sure that all our brothers and sisters, children and grandchildren, have proper health insurance makes us a stronger, more prosperous nation. Amid this important change, however, we cannot ignore the work that remains to be done, especially in communities of color. Insurance cards are not enough.

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National

Marvin Gaye III pleads for kidney donation

In this April 4, 1984 file photo, Marvin Gaye III escorts his mother Anna Gordy Gaye to the public visitation of the late Marvin Gaye Jr.’s body, at Forrest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marvin Gaye III is suffering from kidney failure and is seeking a donated organ for transplant.

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Opinion

I got your back: Kudos to Amanda Green Hawkins and Connie Parker

ULISH CARTER Kudos go out to Allegheny County Councilwoman Amanda Green Hawkins for making a stand and NAACP Pittsburgh Unit President Connie Parker for having her back. Amanda stuck by her guns and didn’t back down from the big powerful Rivers Casino. The result was that there really was a problem of the Rivers’ security over reacting when there was a large group of Blacks, especially Black males. And she made sure they faced and dealt with this problem and didn’t just wash it over as Black folks being paranoid, by calling an incident racist when it wasn’t. Lets’ face it folks, most White people get nervous when there’s a large group of Blacks, especially if they aren’t in suits and ties, and they are males. But let’s be for real; so do Black folks. Shooting, fighting, killing and being rowdy by a few Blacks has closed a lot of places. But that’s no reason all Blacks shouldn’t be able to have parties or social events in public non-Black venues. Of course there’s always one or two who are going to make it tough for us all. But like the president of the bikers club said, just let the head people know and they can take care of the problem. Don’t punish all for the actions of a few.

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Generation Y

Adonai Center makes a change for Black males

MALE ROLE MODELS—From left: Carlito Seymour, Judge Joe Williams and Kevin Carter. When Carlito Seymour was a freshman in high school he had a 2.2 GPA and no plans for his future. Now, a senior at Sto-Rox High School, Seymour has a 3.3 GPA and is looking at colleges, an accomplishment he attributes to the Adonai Center for Black Males, a human capital development program serving youth throughout the region.

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Opinion

Similarities of the power to kill

LOUIS ‘HOP’ KENDRICK For a number of years there has been a description of Pittsburgh that was not flattering; Pittsburgh was called the “Largest City up South.”The time is long overdue for Black voters in particular throughout Allegheny County to open their minds and withhold their votes. The benefits of government have overwhelmingly been denied Black citizens, and we have been the most loyal bloc of voters since 1936. Blacks have been insulted, disrespected and the party leadership has clearly demonstrated they could care less about us. Whatever advances we have achieved have generally been because we marched, picketed, boycotted, or were civil disobedient and the federal courts helped.