MICHEL MARTIN—Host of National Public Radio’s Black Pittsburgh forum. (Photo by J.L. Martello)

MICHEL MARTIN—Host of National Public Radio’s Black Pittsburgh forum. (Photo by J.L. Martello)

Recently, host Michel Martin held a forum for NPR about how Black people can adapt in a changing Pittsburgh.

With so many Black communities morphing into upscale White communities around the city what are Black people both as residents and business owners to do to hold on to what they have?

To discuss those issues, Martin had a local all-star panel of MacArthur Grant winner photographer Latoya Ruby Frazier; CEO of Urban Innovations21 Bill Generett; film maker of  “East of Liberty A Story of Good Intentions,” Chris Ivey; City Lab and Pop City e-zine founder Eve Picker and Owner and operator of Café Con Leche, Tara Sherry Torres.

VANESSA GERMAN performs at the beginning of the program. (Photos by J. L. Martello)

VANESSA GERMAN performs at the beginning of the program. (Photos by J. L. Martello)

Most of the discussion surrounded the issues of why most of these creators began in Pittsburgh, left and came back.

Their stories were consistent with many past and present Pittsburghers. Their families moved here in the 50’s to work in the steel mills and when the steel mills closed in the 80’s there was no opportunity, so they left. But like most people, they wanted to finish where they began only to see the communities they left were unrecognizable.

Ivey said it’s clear what the problem is and it is the reason why his film is called “A story of Good Intentions.”

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