At a time when many are focusing on the trouble with young African-Americans, the New Pittsburgh Courier is doing its part to shed light, uplift and celebrate those young African-American men and women who opt to be a part of the solutions instead of the problem, through their annual Fab 40 reception.

The Fab 40, which is scheduled to be held Feb. 24 at the Fairmont Hotel, Downtown, honors 40 of the region’s top African-American men and women under the age of 40 from various career disciplines, who are not only using their talents in their professions, but who are also giving back to their communities to shape the character of the city.

Bernadette Turner, executive director of Addison Behavioral Care and a 2010 Fab 40 recipient, said the honor is a privilege coming from a historical institution like the Courier, which is known for recognizing the contributions of African-Americans, especially at a time when African-Americans are not widely recognized for their contributions, like their White counterparts.

Fab 40 honorees are selected through nominations submitted by Courier readers who feel that the young individual of their choice meets a criteria of excellence.

“The Fab 40 is an opportunity for our readers to nominate those emerging young leaders whose promise of greatness is evident today,” said Rod Doss, editor & publisher of the New Pittsburgh Courier. “We are always pleased with the number of nominations submitted that so eloquently speaks well of the tremendous talent and lofty pursuits of our young people.”

The deadline for nominations for the 2012 prestigious class of Fab 40 honorees has been extended to Jan. 2.

“I think it is extremely important (for people to submit nominations) because this region needs to do a better job in informing the people of the wealth of talent that is in this region, especially the minority talent,” said Chase Patterson, CEO and president of Corporate Diversity Associates LLC and 2009 Fab 40 honoree.

Participation from readers in the nomination process helps the Courier not only recognize young, talented African-American individuals, but it also helps to recognize and put a face to a variety of individuals who give their services, but may not be widely known.

Turner adds that she thinks that, “the Courier does a good job at cutting through the same names and the same old people.”

Individuals interested in submitting nominations for the 2012 Fab 40 honorees can fill out the form on page C-6 or email to request a nomination form.

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