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VOL. 107, NO. 41

New roads to connect Hill District, Downtown Published Weekly

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OCTOBER 12-18, 2016

by Christian Morrow Courier Staff Writer

ALL TOGETHER NOW—Federal, state, county and city officials join 96-year-old Margaret Watson for a ‘ribbon-joining’ ceremony to celebrate new roads that will reconnect the Hill District to Downtown. (Photo by J.L. Martello)

It wasn’t a ribbon cutting—it was a ribbon joining, as Hill District residents joined federal state, county and city officials to celebrate the completion of the Lower Hill Infrastructure Project, which included new roads to reconnect the Hill with Downtown. “We’re working to correct a mistake that is over 70 years old,” said Gov. Tom Wolf at the Oct. 7 event.

“And in the process, we’re setting the table for really effective development in Pittsburgh.” The work, which has been underway on the 28-acre site of the former Civic Arena, includes new sewer and rainwater lines, electrical conduit, new trees and new LED streetlights that illuminate new roads. One entirely new street— Fullerton—connects Bedford Avenue to Centre Avenue. Wylie Avenue has a new stretch that connects

Fullerton to Crawford Street. The next phase will see another new street— Logan—that will connect Bedford and Centre avenues. Wylie Avenue will connect to Logan and a new intersection will be created at Logan and Centre. All of this is in an effort to reclaim the land taken by eminent domain in the 1950s, which was to see massive development around the state-of the-art SEE ROADS A5

Mother of slain teen petitions CISP to change

U.S.Attorney,Pitt layout strategy vs.opioid abuse

by Christian Morrow

by Christian Morrow

Courier Staff Writer

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Joining members of the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics, U.S. Attorney David Hickton hailed the release of its “A Continuum of Care Approach: Western Pennsylvania’s Response to the Opioid Epidemic” as a new direction in attacking the growing abuse of opiates across Pennsylvania. “This report is huge,” he said at an Oct. 5 press conference, but cautioned. “No single effort, no single report is a silver bullet. We simply need to be relentless in dealing with this problem.” The report, crafted over a twoyear period by a 75-member working group, makes a number of recommendations under three broad categories—prevention, treatment, and recovery/maintenance. The report echoes the National Heroin Task Force findings that recommend integrating public health and public safety strategies, that those strategies are based on the understanding of addictions as chronic brain diseases that can be prevented and treated, and that visible community-based recovery supports

crowd of Bethel Park parents right after some of his players asked him if they could take a knee during the national anthem before their Oct. 8 game. “Then a guy shouts, ‘If that little nigger wants to take a knee, he shouldn’t be able to play,’” he said. “And then the players started using the ‘nword’ too, and it went on and on.” In addition to the epithets, Burkley said parents were chanting “Hurt number 2” and the public address announcer even got into the act. “He had the roster,” said Burkley. “But instead of calling our players’ names, he called all our

As he had routinely done for months, Delon Williams hopped out of the probation van he rides on weekends just about 20 steps from the door of his mother’s Garfield home. But on Sept. 12, the 17-year- “I think that the old only made it about three system has an steps before he obligation to was cut down kids to in a hail of these fatal gunfire. “The van make it safe.” driver was half LINDA KELLY way down the Allegheny County block. He drove off instead of Court Administrator waiting for my son to get inside like he’s supposed to,” said Malika Williams. “He wears a (bulletproof) vest, carries a gun—but if he doesn’t escort or shoot back, why have it? That driver, the last person who saw Delon alive, never came by, never apologized.” In an effort to make sure what happened to her son doesn’t happen to other children adjudicated to the Allegheny County’s Community Intensive Supervision Program, or CISP, Malika Williams is scheduled to meet with county court administrator Linda Kelly and other officials Oct. 12



FOCUSED—Coach Marcus Burkley Sr. with his Wolverine team. (From the Woodland Hills Youth Football and Cheer Association)

Midget football players prevail amid racist slurs by Christian Morrow Courier Staff Writer

Coach Marcus Burkley Sr. is proud of his Woodland Hill Wolverines midget football players for showing exceptional resilience and focus after fans of the opposing Bethel Park Hawks shouted racial remarks during last week’s game. “I started playing when I was 5, and I’ve been called names. But all through high school, college and the arena league, this may have been the worst I’ve seen,” he said. “And these are 12and 13-year-old kids.” Burkley said the language started from the


Pittsburghers, stars bid farewell to Bill Nunn III by Renee P. Aldrich For New Pittsburgh Courier

THE STARS CAME OUT—Really good friends of Bill Nunn III, Samuel L. Jackson, Spike Lee and George F. Watkins, came to bid him farewell. (Photos by J.L. Martello)

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More than 300 people filled the August Wilson Center on Oct. 9 to remember and celebrate the life of esteemed actor Bill Nunn III, who passed away on Sept. 24. His farewell tributes came from many of the notables with whom he had shared the stage and screen throughout his stellar career. Among them were Spike Lee, Samuel L. Jackson and his wife, Tonya. According to Mark Southers, founder and artistic director of Pittsburgh Playwright Theater Co., “It was a spectacular night of

amazing tributes—it was very reminiscent of the service for August Wilson.” One of the significant highlights of the evening, along with everyone’s powerful words, was a video montage of some of the films Nunn starred in that were produced by Lee. They were from “School Daze,” where he played the role of Grady; “New Jack City,” where he played Duh Duh Duh Man; “He Got Game,” where he played Uncle Bubba; and the film for which he was first known, “Do the Right Thing,” where he played Radio Raheem. Nunn a Pittsburgher SEE NUNN A4

FAREWELL TO A FRIEND—Photo of Bill Nunn III that was seen once attendees walked into the August Wilson Center.

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UN appeals to world for aid to storm-ravaged Haiti

by David McFadden and Ben Fox Associated Press Writers

JEREMIE, Haiti (AP) —The U.N. humanitarian coordinator made an emergency appeal for nearly $120 million in aid to devastated Haiti on Monday as local aid officials struggled to get food, medicine and water to increasingly desperate communities still isolated almost a week after the blow from Hurricane Matthew. Power was still out, water and food were scarce, and officials said that young men in villages along the road between the hard-hit cities of Les Cayes and Jeremie were putting up blockades of rocks and broken branches to halt convoys of vehicles bringing relief supplies. One convoy carrying food, water and medications was attacked by gunmen in a remote valley where there had been a mudslide, said Frednel Kedler, coordinator for the Civil Protection Agency in the Grand-Anse department that includes Jeremie. He said authorities would try to reach marooned and desperate communities west of Jeremie on Monday. The National Civil Protection headquarters in Port-au-Prince on Monday raised its official nationwide death toll to 372, which included 198 deaths in Grand-Anse. Local officials have said the toll tops 500 in Grand-Anse alone. The U.N. humanitarian agency in Geneva, meanwhile, issued a “flash appeal” to help provide “life-saving assistance and protection” for 750,000 people in southwestern Haiti over the next three months. U.N. officials said earlier that at least 1.4 million people across the region need assistance and that 2.1 million overall have been affected by the hurricane. Some 175,000 people remained in shelters Monday. The agency said flooding has hampered efforts to reach the most affected areas, and that the hurricane has increased the risk of a “renewed spike” in the number of cholera cases. An ongoing cholera outbreak has already killed roughly 10,000 people and sickened more than 800,000 since 2010.

HOMES DESTROYED—A young man stands next to the foundation of his former house, in a seaside fishing neighborhood almost completely destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in Port Salut, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 9. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) Roosevelt Zamos, an official with the Civil Protection Agency, told The Associated Press that there were 40 cases of cholera in Jeremie alone. He said eight people have died of cholera in the Grand-Anse department since the storm. It can take 12 hours to five days for cholera symptoms to appear after ingesting contaminated food or water, according to the World Health Organization. The open-air cholera treatment center at Jeremie’s main hospital had no running water on Monday and at least a dozen of the new patients were under age 10. Etienne Chimene tried her best to soothe her 13-month-old boy Cenelson, who was lying in a wooden bed with a hole cut in it and a bucket underneath. “I feel like my baby is getting worse,” she said as she stroked his head and he whimpered. The center was overcrowded, and patients who were improving were forced outside. Among them was 21-year-old Nedrine Cabane, who sat on the ground with her father, who had brought her a pot of plantain soup that she ate gratefully. It was her first meal in three days. Dr. Thiery Francois, lead doctor for the Ministry of Health at the cholera center, said he didn’t know how new cholera cases had

been caused by the storm nationwide. People in the seaside communities of Port Salut and Les Cayes said little to no aid had reached them by Sunday. Besides food and water, they need clothing and especially shoes because many have cut their feet or stepped on old nails in the scattered debris. “I lost everything. See what I have on? Somebody gave it to me,” said Merlaine Chere in Port Salut. She showed off a wound from stepping on a nail and said she had been denied treatment at a local hospital because it demanded a $150 payment she didn’t have. Fisherman Dominique Pomper said the mayor came to distribute some rice but that was it. Among other things, he said, people here need water. The surging ocean contaminated their wells, making water undrinkable. Pomper said he tried to stay at home with his family during the storm but they eventually fled as the water rushed into their house. The 61-yearold said it was the worst night of his life, but that he would never leave his seaside village. “We are fishermen here, our job is the water. We can’t run away from the water,” he said. The airstrip in Jeremie is unable to accommodate large cargo planes, so relief was being ferried to the devastated city by helicopter. Three of nine U.S. helicopters had arrived in Jeremie by Sunday, bringing rice and cooking oil, among other things. “I lost everything I own in this hurricane. I just came here to get some help,” said subsistence farmer Markus Bagard, one of roughly 200 Haitians standing outside the airstrip watching the helicopters be unloaded.

(Fox reported from Port Salut, Haiti. AP writer Jamey Keaton contributed to this story from Geneva.)


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This Week In Black History

Week of Oct. 12-18 October 12 1854—Lincoln University is founded in Pennsylvania. 1932—Richard Claxton “Dick” Gregory is born in St Louis, Mo. Gregory is an American civil rights activist, social critic, writer, entrepreneur, conspiracy theorist and comedian. 1945—The lynching of Jesse James Payne takes place in Madison County, Fla. The lynching came to typify the lies that prompted many a lynching. Payne got into an argument with his White boss and threatened to expose RICHARD “DICK” GREGORY some of his boss’ illegal dealings. But the boss then spread a rumor that Payne had molested his daughter and Payne was lynched. 1972—Nearly 50 Black and White sailors were injured in a race riot aboard the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk during the Vietnam War. 1999—Basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain dies at age 63. The 7’1”, 280 pound great included among his records the scoring of 100 points in one game when the Philadelphia Warriors beat the New York Knicks 169 to 147 on March 2, 1962. October 13 1902—Arna W. Bontemps (1902-1973) is born. He was a noted poet and librarian of Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn. Bontemps frequently collaborated with another noted Black poet Langston Hughes. 1914—Garret Morgan, an African-American inventor and community leader, invents and patents the gas mask. He is renowned WILT CHAMBERLAIN for a heroic rescue in 1916 in which he and three others used the mask he’d developed to save workers trapped within a water intake tunnel, 50 feet beneath Lake Erie. 1919—Whites riot in Phillips County, Ark., leaving nearly 80 Blacks lynched. 1926—Jesse Leroy Brown is born. He became the first Black naval aviator. 1970—Communist and activist Angela Davis is arrested as a fugitive in New York City for her alleged role in a Cali­fornia courthouse shootout that left four dead. She is later found not guilty. October 14 1902—William Allison Davis is born. He earns a GARRET MORGAN PhD and becomes a leading educator and anthropologist. Among his lasting legacies were his well-documented challenges to the cultural bias of IQ tests which generally portrayed Blacks as less intelligent than Whites. 1916—Washington and Lee University of Virginia refuses to play Rutgers University of New Jersey because it has a Black player on its team. That player was Paul Robeson who withdrew from the game, but later became world famous as an actor, singer, and advocate of Black and socialist causes. 1964—Martin Luther King Jr. becomes the youngest man ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize. He was 35 and had already become world famous for his leadership of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. 1999—Former Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere dies at 77 of cancer. He had led his country to independence and called on American Blacks to come to Africa to help rebuild the “motherland.” October 15 1859—White minister and mystic John Brown leads a violent uprising in Harper’s Ferry, Va., in a bid to spark a Black uprising against slavery. Dozens of Whites are killed, but the revolt is eventually put down. President Abraham Lincoln once referred to him as a “misguided fanatic,” but MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. Brown actually had a fanatical hatred of slavery and wanted it ended at all costs. 1887—The U.S. Supreme Court declares the Civil Rights Act of 1885 unconstitutional. The decision was spurred by the end of Reconstruction and helped to usher in the Jim Crow period in the South whereby Black rights won during Reconstruction were taken away. 1991—Conservative Black judge Clarence Thomas is confirmed as the 106th associate justice of the U.S. Supreme. He remains on the court with a voting record, which continues to anger many Black leaders. October 16 1849—The man considered the first Black historian in America is born. His name was George Washington Williams. He was also the first African-American to serve in the Ohio legislature. He died in Blackpool, England, in August 1891. 1855—John Mercer Langston, probably the first Black elected to public office in America—wins the race for Clerk of the Brownhelm Township, Lorain County, Ohio. 1876—Race riot in Cainhoy, S.C., leaves five Whites and one Black dead. 1895—The nation’s leading African-American medical group—National Medical Association—is founded in JOHN MERCER LANGSTON Atlanta, Ga. 1901—Booker T. Washington becomes the first Black leader to dine at the White House with the president when Theodore Roosevelt invites him. Some Black leaders charge Washington’s invitation was a result of his policies which they charge tended to accommodate racism. Nevertheless, the invitation and dinner served to crown Washington as the Black leader of the period. 1917—One of the most unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, Fannie Lou Hamer, is born in Montgomery County, Miss. Her famous and most oft-repeated quote: “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.” 1940—Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr. is named the first Black general in the regular U.S. Army. Davis died in 1970 at the age of 90. 1968—Sprinters John Carlos and Tommie Smith give the clenched-fist Black power salute when accepting their medals at the Mexico City Olympics as a protest against racism in America. Sadly, the two sprinters would become involved in a personal dispute years later. A White Australian sprinter also wore a human rights badge in support of their protest. 1973—Maynard Jackson, elected the first Black mayor of Atlanta, Ga., dies of a heart attack while on a visit to Washington, D.C., in 2003. 1984—Bishop Desmond Tutu is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end White minority rule in South Africa. 1995—Nation of Islam leader Min. Louis F ­ arrakhan leads the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. More than a million Black men gather to “atone” and organize. No permanent organizational efforts resulted from the historic gathering. October 17 1720—Jupiter Hammon, the first Black American poet, is born in slavery. He was a Calvinist and self-educated writer. 1787—Led by Black Mason Prince Hall, free Boston BISHOP DESMOND TUTU Blacks petition the Massachusetts legislature for equal school facilities for African-American children. In addition to spreading Freemasonry among Blacks, Hall became the most prominent Black leader of the period. For reasons which are not entirely clear, records show there were at least 21 men named “Prince Hall” living in Massachusetts at the time. 1871—President Ulysses Grant suspends the writ of habeas corpus in nine South Carolina counties in order to combat a Ku Klux Klan terror campaign against Blacks and some progressive Whites. Grant pretty much crushed the Klan during this period. It would not rise again until the 1920s. 1888—The nation’s first Black bank—Capital Savings—is chartered in Washington, D.C., by a group known as the Order of the True Reformers. The now little known, but once influential group set up chapters throughout the South and advocated Black self-help and the starting of Black-owned businesses. The founder was William Washington Browne—a Methodist Minister from Richmond, Va. 1928—Historian and Ebony magazine editor Lerone Bennett Jr. is born. His best known book is “Before the Mayflower.” 1956—Physician and astronaut Mae Jamison is born in Decatur, Ala. 1969—Dr. Clifton R. Wharton becomes the first Black in the 20th century to head a major, predominantly White university when he is named president of Michigan State University. October 18 1917—“Dizzy” Gillespie, bandleader and pioneer of “B-bop Jazz,” is born John Birks Gillespie in Cheraw, S.C. 1945—Actor, singer, activist and socialist Paul ­Robeson receives the NAACP’s prestigious Spingarn Medal for his artistic achievements. Robeson would be hounded by the U.S. DIZZY GILLESPIE government because of his leftist leanings. He was labeled a communist, blocked from working in America and later denied a passport so he could not travel to Europe to work. 1951—Novelist Terry McMillan is born in Port Huron, Mich.



OCTOBER 12-18, 2016


Black, Latino youth less likely to get money from folks by Jesse J. Holland and Emily Swanson

The poll of 1,851 adults age 18-30 was conducted Sept. 1-14 using a sample drawn from the probability-based GenForward panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. young adult population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

Associated Press Writers

WASHINGTON (AP)— More young Blacks and Latinos feel that they can’t depend on family to help them with financial needs, from big-ticket items like college tuition to smaller expenses, than do Whites or Asians, according to a new GenForward poll. And more than half of millennials overall say an unexpected bill of $1,000 would cause them financial difficulty, a sign that young Americans are still struggling years after the end of the recession, according to the poll released this week. This information comes from a new GenForward survey of young adults conducted by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The first-of-its-kind poll pays special attention to the voices of young adults

I don’t want to ask. I have kind of reservations about asking my parents for too much money, but if I desperately needed it, it would be available.’’ ALIYAH HALE, 19, of Los Angeles

of color, highlighting how race and ethnicity shape the opinions of the country’s most diverse generation. An assist from parents or family gives some young Americans a secure financial foundation, allowing them to leave college with little or no debt, to purchase a home, to begin investing or planning for retirement and to establish good credit. The ability to take advantage of generational wealth may be a reason why minorities think Whites have a better chance of getting ahead financially. Most young adults think Whites have at least some advantage in getting ahead economically, including 77 percent of Blacks, 76 percent of Asians, 70 percent of Latinos and 58 percent of Whites. Michael Summers, 30, of Indianapolis, Indiana, who is Black, said it would be out of the question for his parents to give him a small loan, much less a larger one. “My mom is retired and on a fixed income, and while she would try, there’s probably no way for her to come up any extra money,’’ said Summers, who has been unemployed for a while but is about to start work in janitorial services. “I wouldn’t even try to ask for something like a down payment for a house or something like that.’’ If they had to pay an unexpected bill of $1,000 or more, half of young Whites, or 50 percent say they would have a lot of difficulty coming up with the cash, while majorities of

GRADUATION—Howard University Graduation, happy college ending but uncertain future. (NNPA Photo by Freddie Allen) young African Americans, 59 percent, and Latinos, 64 percent, also said they would have problems coming up with the money. Asian Americans were the least likely to say they would have a lot of trouble, at 39 percent. But nearly two-thirds of Whites and Asian Americans said it was at least somewhat likely that their families could help them pay. Almost half of Hispanics—46 percent—thought they might be able to get that much money from their families, while only 42 percent of African Americans said they would be able to ask their families for $1,000. At Howard University, a historically Black university in the District of Columbia, several students said they think they would be able to get money from their parents if they were truly desperate, but would feel bad for even asking. “I don’t want to ask,’’ said Aliyah Hale, 19, of Los Angeles, who is attending Howard on scholarship. “I have kind of reservations about asking my parents for too much money, but if I desperately needed it, it would be available.’’ Darien Pierce, 19, of New York City, also said his parents could come up with the money but only for emergencies. Not everyone is as lucky, he said. “There are a lot of people who can afford to do things like that,’’ Pierce said as he hurried to class. “There are also a lot of students’ parents who can’t afford to do things like that. Most of my friends’ parents, it would hurt their pockets, but I also know some people whose pockets it wouldn’t hurt. It’s different for everyone.’’ The numbers get worse when the expenses get higher, according to the poll. Close to half of young Asian Americans and Whites, but less than a third of Latinos or African Americans, said their families might be able to help them pay tuition or pay off a student loan. If they needed help with the down-payment on a house, only about a third of young Asian Americans and Whites say it’s at least somewhat likely

McCrory: ECU band anthem protest “extremely inappropriate” GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) —North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says it was “extremely inappropriate’’ for East Carolina University band members to kneel during the national anthem in a protest against racial injustice and police brutality. The governor told Greenville media outlets his opinion about actions by the 19 members last weekend while the band played before the ECU football game. McCrory said Oct. 6 band members have every

“right to express their 1st Amendment rights outside the stadium’’ and there are societal rules and guidelines when people wear a band uniform. The protest turned up emotions on ECU’s campus during and after the game. Chancellor Cecil Staton initially put out a release supporting the students, but band officials said later additional protests would not be tolerated. The school’s next home football game is Oct. 13.

their families could help. The numbers are worse for Blacks and Latinos, with only about a quarter saying their parents would be able to help them with a down payment for a house. Despite all of this, larger numbers of minorities say they will have a better life than their parents. Six-

ty-eight percent of Latinos and 63 percent of young Blacks and Asian Americans think it’s at least somewhat likely that their generation will have a better life than their parents’ generation. Almost half of Whites, 49 percent, think they will have a better life than their parents.

The survey was paid for by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago, using grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Respondents were first selected randomly using address-based sampling methods and later interviewed online or by phone.


OCTOBER 12-18, 2016



NAACP, Black Women for Positive Change community meeting to stop the violence by Jackie McDonald For New Pittsburgh Courier

Whether your thinking on the Ben Franklin proverb “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” or better still, the biblical quote “in all thy getting, get understanding” you can count on Pittsburgh’s NAACP and Black Women for Positive Change, a Multi-racial, Interfaith Advocacy Group for due diligence. The NAACP’s national partner Wells Fargo Bank sponsored a Community Forum entitled “Straight Talk and the Police” recently at the Petra International Ministries located in East Hills. The purpose, to promote a non-violent initiative and have a “timely conversation” to build trust and reconciliation with the African American community “, as stated by Diane Powell, representative for Black Women for Change. There was a brief informative presentation given by Ismail Smith-Wade El, representing the NAACP’s Financial Freedom Campaign and Robert Wilson representing the Shadyside Wells Fargo Bank, emphasizing Economic Empowerment. Both spoke on money issues and Wilson offered specific strategies to determine personal financial solvency. He suggested and offered his expertise to assist in resolving credit problems that might result in loan denials and further warned against ineffectual credit repair agencies by describing their operation tactics that ultimately jeopardize future investments such as home ownership. The meeting transitioned to an anxious assembly of just under100 who were focused on hearing from the law enforcement and the elected officials in attendance.They wanted to hear their perspectives as well as inquire of the policy and procedures of policing in the Black neighborhoods of Pittsburgh in effort to avoid potential killings and violence as shown in the national media.


DIANE POWELL Black Women for Change

HOWARD BURTON Penn Hills Police Chief Most audience comments earnestly expressed empathy for police officers, they acknowledged their humanity and their responsibility of keeping citizens safe. A 76 year old, James

Stevens, said that policeman should have a monthly work schedule of only 3 weeks allowing 1 week off to decompress. Penn Hills Police Chief Howard Burton gave clarity to his more than 40 years as a policeman and his relations in the Black community. He spoke of his observations of young Black males developing the survival skills to avoid gang activity and confrontations in their neighborhoods. Burton indicated that he instructs his officers in Community Relations and Criminal Justice and does not tolerate racism in his department. “The tone of each police department is set by the head or chief,” he said. He requires documented accountability when any police force is executed and gives a personal response to complaining citizens. His views were shared by Wilkinsburg Chief Of Police, Ophelia “Cookie” Coleman, who emphasized that police officers have more power than the president of the United States because they have immediate authority to take a life or your freedom! Coleman also stated that “policing is not an exact science, it is complex because people are complex” and that every officer in Wilkinsburg receives extensive Mental Health Training because much of society suffers from undiagnosed mental illnesses that can result in unpredictable volatile scenarios. The Forum continued with a barage of questions directed at law enforcement: “How does a community rid itself of rogue officers who disrespect and use excessive force? Who tracks illegal guns distributed to gang members? Why no Officer Body Cams? What about the return of beat officers? What is the locker room dialog among officers in regards to their neighborhood dealings? Are the officers tested and monitored for drugs and alcohol? How do we become diplomats in our communities?

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running backs ‘Le’Veon Bell.’” Burkley said many of those guilty of shouting the racial slurs had been drinking. He said it got even worse when the Wolverines began scoring a lot in the second half. “It was 6-6 at halftime, but then we started scoring and the stuff really flew,” he said. But Burkley also said it was a valuable experience for his players. “I told them to ignore the stuff outside the field, to focus,” he said. “And the stuff coming from the other team’s players—they’re just trying to get a rise out of you, to get you off your game. You go ahead and

knock them down. Knock them down hard—but always help them up.” His team did just that. They won 20-6. “The kids handled it so well. It was one of my proudest moments ever,” said Burkley. Burkley posted a message about the incident on Facebook and received nearly 200 comments—it was shared to other accounts 300 times. Many of the comments were from White people shocked by the behavior, like Jessica Ambler, who wrote: “I can’t even express how angry I am. I cannot even describe the level I have reached. I know our children Deserve Better. I will take a knee with you any

day. I may not understand, but I try to educate myself, I try to learn I try to be a better friend, a better part of our community. And I am damn sure going to raise my son up to know that the whole point is to do better, be better, create better, for his son one day. I am so so sorry. And I am in awe of you, my man.” An email sent to Bethel Park Junior Football did not receive a response by New Pittsburgh Courier deadline. Woodland Hills Youth Football and Cheer Association Treasurer Roland Saunders said he and the other board members would refrain from commenting until after they meet with league officials next week.

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to discuss changes she and other parents want to see made. She has collected more than 50 signatures on the petitions she circulated calling for changes in how the program is run. She will present this petition at that meeting. “I’ve spoken with several mothers who say they are having problems,” she said. “We sign a waiver that says the child will go directly from van to the door and from the door to the van. In the past vans have been shot up. The program has ongoing problems.” According to the county, the program altered some of its routes in 2009 after four separate shootings occurred near CISP vans. No one was injured in those incidents. In 2014, however, a van driver was wounded while dropping off a student in Hazelwood. The student was not hit. Though she would not discuss specifics of Williams’ case, Kelly said she and other program officials are open to making modifications. Though she would not detail possible changes, she said she was concerned for the safety of all the program’s partici-

pants. “I think that the system has an obligation to these kids to make it safe,” she said. The CISP program is designed to provide intense monitoring and aftercare for juveniles as an alternative to being sentenced to the Shuman Detention Center. Williams was assigned to CISP, according to his mother, because he had been ruled delinquent as an accessory in a drug case. While in the program, he attended Pittsburgh Milliones, then went to his afterschool program and then took the CISP van home, where he remained under electronic supervision via an ankle bracelet. But the mother wants more. She said whoever did this knew when and where he would be dropped off, and just waited for him. “I don’t want him to be just another dead Black male,” she said. “He was loved. He had family. He was someone’s child. I don’t want this happening to these other mothers. One mother from Homewood told me they dropped her son off down on Frankstown when she lives up on the hilltop.”

THE NUNN FAMILY (Photos by J.L. Martello)

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graduated from Schenley High School, and went on to attend and graduate from the prestigious Morehouse College, so it was most befitting that John Silvanus Wilson, President of Morehouse was on hand for comments as well. Tributes continued for the duration of the two hour ceremony; with words from Art Rooney, who considered himself a close friend of Nunn, he was visibly shaken by the loss and presented an official Steelers shirt to Nunn’s family with number 75 on the back— the number of Nunn’s favorite Steeler, Joe Greene. And Tony Award Winning Director, Kenny Leon, longtime friend who shared poignant discussions he had with him, stating that they spoke every day. Cheryl Hall Russell, president and CEO of the Hill House Association attended and said, “It was a moving program filled with clear love for this artist, and at the same time folks shared light hearted banter around their affiliation—making a true celebration of life.” Demeatria Bocella, Fashion Icon and Visionary and founder of Fashion Africana, was honored to be able to coordinate this much deserved celebration. A beloved friend and colleague of Nunn, she shares, “Bill was a GREAT man. He shared so much wisdom with me and others on a regular basis. And he taught me a lot about life by

the way he lived his own life—so unselfishly.” She continues “I am forever grateful to Bill’s sister, Lynell Nunn and mom, Mrs. Nunn, for giving me the opportunity to work so closely with them to honor Bill and his legacy “ Emceed by Lynn HayesFreeland, all of the past students who participated in the Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition were present, and the winner of the National AW Monologue Competition Thembisile Gxuluwe, presented a powerful spoken

word piece dedicated to the occasion The conclusion was as powerful as the entire evening. All the students that were part of the Bill Nunn Outreach Project sang “When the Saints Go Marching In” and marched out of the auditorium, and the audience followed them. Guests then enjoyed a reception and continued to mingle, engage, meet and greet and exchange stories of a man who lived his life in love, laughter and the light of giving and sharing his gift with others.

FRIENDS FOREVER—Childhood friend of Bill Nunn III, Art Rooney II, speaking with a young woman at the reception.

SAYING GOODBYE—Director Kenny Leon, Lamman Rucker’s mother, dancer Nana Malaya Nubian, and Mark Clayton Southers at the reception.

THE FUTURE––Spike Lee, in the middle, with the youth that worked with Bill Nunn III in the August Wilson monologue.

New roads to connect Hill District, Downtown NEW PITTSBURGH COURIER


Civic Arena. But only the arena, and its sea of parking lots were ever built, and the taking destroyed 1,300 buildings and displaced more than 8,000 residents and more than 400 businesses, and cut off the predominantly Black Hill from the rest of the city. Not anymore. “Wylie Avenue once again will connect right to Downtown,” said Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. “And if you go up it, there are so many properties—vacant

lots that we own. We can use those vacant lots to create parks and be able to catch that rainwater and use it as a storm water management system.” The broader development plans for the site are currently in limbo as the Pittsburgh Penguins, which holds the development rights, search for an anchor tenant for the commercial portion of the site. A development agreement between the Penguins, the city and community groups requires at least 20 percent of the

must be available, accessible and affordable. Institute for Politics Director Terry Miller said though the region has seen an explosion in opioid abuse, it is also blessed with the resources to address the issue. “Those resources include engaged and enlightened law enforcement officers, some of the world’s most accomplished scientists and public health professionals and a regional culture that is committed to cooperating to advance the public good,” she said. One of the report’s recommendations involves creating a procedure for “hard handoff,” whereby chronic opioid abusers who are deemed a danger to themselves or others could be involuntarily committed to treatment in much the same way as mental patients. “It would be a process where an individual would involuntarily be committed to a treatment program,” said Miller. “As far as I know at this point, we don’t have that kind of a process set up in Pennsylvania. I know that other states have versions of that.” The report also calls for greater data sharing on overdoses between local

medical examiners and public safety officials. Hickton even suggested taking action against county officials who did not provide the data. “Certainly in the rural counties, we have faced resistance to giving us overdose data,” he said. “I’m publicly calling now for an end to that. It’s hard to imagine what could be more valuable to the public than understanding how many overdose deaths we had in Pennsylvania.” According to the report, overdose deaths due to opioids increase 23 percent from 2014 to 2015, reaching 3,383 fatalities. Among the reports other recommendations are: •Establishing rapid response teams of first responders, law enforcement, public health professionals, health care professionals, forensic laboratory analysts and coroners to react to overdose spikes; •Creating a uniform tracking system for open beds and outpatient slots in drug rehabilitation programs that operate in real time, eventually showing availability throughout the state; •Establishing family support centers to provide social, emotional and financial support to families of

Community Calendar Haunted Mansion THROUGH OCT. 31—Pittsburgh’s scariest haunted house, the Hundred Acres Mansion at South Park, is now open from 7 p.m. nightly, featuring six attractions and escape rooms. Experience why Hundred Acres Manor Haunted House has been named “One of The Best Haunted Houses in America.” For complete schedules and tickets, visit

Flu Vaccine Clinic Opens ONGOING—The Allegheny County Department of Health is now offering seasonal flu and high dose flu immunizations. The vaccines are available at the walk-in immunization clinic located at 3441 Forbes Avenue in Oakland––on the third floor. The immunization clinic will be open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except for Wednesdays, when the clinic hours are 1:008:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary. The price of the regular seasonal flu shot is $26 for anyone with insurance. The high dose is $47. A limited supply of flu vaccine will be available, at no cost, to uninsured and underinsured residents of Allegheny County. Please call 412-5788060 to see if you or your child qualifies.

College Grant Information Session OCT. 13—Community College of Allegheny County will conduct a question and answer session on the Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program, 10:00-11:30 a.m. on CCAC’s Allegheny Campus in Jones Hall, Room 102. The program provides education and training in healthcare careers to low-income individuals. Eligible students will be provided with wrap-around services to address academic, financial and personal issues that can impede successfully completing college, including assistance with child care, tuition and transportation. For more information, call 724-325-6881.

Gwen’s Girls Awards Dinner & Equity Summit OCT. 13 & 14—Join Gwen’s

Girls as they celebrate those who embody its mission at its Award Dinner, 5 p.m., on Oct. 13, and the Equity Summit for young girls, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 at the University of Pittsburgh’s William Pitt Union, 3959 Fifth Ave., Oakland. Call 412-904-4239 ext. 12 for more information.

Honorary Luncheon OCT. 15—Steel City Sports World and Nu Africans will host a luncheon to honor Mark Brentley Sr. from 12-3 p.m. at the Hill House Kaufmann Auditorium, 1835 Centre Ave., in the Hill District. The event will celebrate Brentley’s sacrifices to become a Pittsburgh Public Schools Board director, his 16 years of exemplary volunteer service on the board, his other community service, and the national recognition he received for bringing the “Take a Father to School Day” program to Pittsburgh. Tickets are $50 and are available at Dorsey’s Record Shop and Stedeford’s Records. Call 412953-9583 for more information.

Health & Wellness Event OCT. 18—Highmark and Allegheny Health Network will host a “Meet Dr. Right” event from 57 p.m. at West Penn Hospital, 4800 Friendship Ave. Attendees can meet, mingle, talk and make appointments with internal medicine physicians, pediatricians, OB/GYNs, endocrinologists, dermatologists and other medical specialists from AHN and the nearby community that are accepting new patients. They can also take advantage of free blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings and meet with health-related vendors offering services locally.

Military Career Fair OCT. 20—RecruitMilitary will sponsor an All Veteran Career Fair, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Heinz Field, 100 Art Rooney Ave. The free hiring event is designed for veterans, transitioning military personnel, National Guard members, reservists and spouses. For more information, visit


first residential development be set aside for affordable housing. The city has also pledged that half of any tax breaks used for the project will be redirected to benefit additional development in the Lower and Middle Hill. Among the residents who attended the celebration was retired Pittsburgh police officer Brenda Tate, who has lived in the Hill District all her life. She said she can’t wait for the rest of Wylie Avenue to be rebuilt. “When it’s completed I’m

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substance abusers; and •Increasing access to the anti-overdose drug naloxone and so-called drug take-back boxes, where people can dispose of unused painkillers. “We cannot prosecute our way out of the problem, and it’s also true that we cannot simply treat our way out of the problem,” Hickton said. “My policy should be very clear: I prosecute dealers, not addicts. An addict can become a dealer and the time to get them medical help is before they become a dealer.” (The full report is available at ative.)

A LONG WAIT—A 96-year-old Hill resident since 1941, Margaret Watson held the ribbon during the ceremony that she helped put together. (Photos by J.L. Martello) going to take that walk Downtown like I did when I was a little girl,” she said. Also on hand was her 96year-old friend Margaret Watson, who used to work in a restaurant that was demolished to make way for the arena. “It was nice back then. We had everything we needed—hotels and everything. You didn’t have to go to town for anything,” she said. “They had stores, and restaurants, I remember houses here. But everyone left. Now they all want to come back.”


(J.L. Martello contributed to this story.)



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Colin Kaepernick…who does he think he is?

Guest Editorial

Stress isn’t a license to kill with impunity A not guilty plea has been entered on behalf of an Oklahoma police officer charged with first-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed Black man. Tulsa officer Betty Shelby is charged in the Sept. 16 death of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher. Prosecutors allege Shelby acted unreasonably when she shot Crutcher after she encountered his vehicle abandoned on the street. Shelby, who is White, told investigators she feared for her life. A lawyer for Shelby says she was so hyper-focused on the situation that she didn’t hear other officers arrive or the deadly gunshot she fired. Attorney Scott Wood said Shelby experienced what is commonly called “auditory exclusion,” a condition in which people in high-stress situations often don’t hear sounds around them. However prosecutors allege in court documents that Shelby “reacted unreasonably” by escalating the situation with Crutcher. Videos from a police helicopter and a dashboard camera of the shooting and its aftermath showed Crutcher, who was unarmed, walking away from Shelby with his arms in the air. Crutcher’s sister, Tiffany Crutcher, said her brother had left a class at Tulsa Community College when his SUV stalled in the street. Lori Brown, a professor of sociology at Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C., said she believes it’s dangerous to think a police officer would use auditory exclusion as a possible explanation for killing a man who was not doing anything aggressive. “My response would be to focus on the research on implicit bias that, sadly, most of us have, even African Americans, about Black men, especially a larger Black man and the fact that we tend to see them as threatening even when their behavior is in no way aggressive,” Brown said. “This may be why the same behaviors in White men often end peacefully but can result in the death of a Black male.” Shelby, 42, faces between four years and life in prison if convicted. She surrendered to authorities after being charged last week and is currently free on $50,000 bond. Crutcher’s shooting came four months after former Tulsa County volunteer sheriff’s deputy Robert Bates was sentenced to four years in prison on a second-degree manslaughter conviction in the 2015 death of an unarmed Black man. Bates has said he confused his stun gun with his handgun. A police investigator maintained Bates experienced “slip and capture,” a high-stress phenomenon in which a person’s behavior “slips” off the intended course of action because it’s “captured” by a stronger response. It was later revealed that Bates received no firearm training, but was allowed to work in the field with the Violent Crimes Task Force, a division of the sheriff’s office to which he had make significant financial contributions. Both cases raise the question of implicit bias and police training. Black, Latino and poor White communities would be further endangered if police officers can successfully blame stress as the rationalization for the shooting deaths of unarmed men. Police officers are often in stressful situations. Stress cannot be used to justify killing. Society cannot send the message that police have a license to kill unarmed men with impunity. (Reprinted from the Philadelphia Tribune)

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How soon we forget. I remember back during the late 1960s and early ‘70s, many, if not most, Blacks did not stand or sing the National Anthem as a form of protest about how we had been treated in the past and still were being treated by this country. But somewhere along the line we forgot and now after the almost weekly killings of Black men by police, Colin Kaepernick is bringing attention back to the conditions of Blacks in this country by not standing for the National Anthem. Who in the world does he think he is? Who is this Colin Kaepernick? He’s an NFL quarterback who wasn’t born until 1987; a bi-racial child adopted as a infant by upper middle class White parents from his 19-year-old mother which should have meant that he would be the last person one would think of being a militant, because he was so far removed from the 1960s and 1970s by birth as well as the problems of poor urban Blacks by his parents. He could have so easily ignored it and lived the life of the rich bi-racial athlete, but he has brought more attention to the police killings and the other struggles in this country pertaining to race and Black males being murdered than all the protests. But even being a bi-racial child raised by upper middle income Whites didn’t block him from the racism he was confronted with because of his skin color being a shade darker than his friends and neighbors. It’s very strange that the NFL is around 70 percent Black and rising, yet it took a bi-racial young man to make a stand. Kaepernick became embroiled in

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Just Sayin’ this thorny issue when he refused to stand for the National Anthem before a preseason game in late August. He has continued to not stand for all of the San Francisco 49ers games. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” he said afterward in an interview with the press. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.” He added that he would continue to sit during the National Anthem until he sees a “significant change” for minorities. Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin, before the Kansas City Chiefs game, was asked if any of the Steelers had made a stand like Kaepernick or the Black Power fists some players are using? He said, basically, no because they, the Steelers, have Alejandro Villanuva, who is a war veteran who fought in the Middle East. What does that mean? Is he saying that the Steelers Black players are patriotic so they aren’t sensitive or concerned about the conditions around them, that they don’t have a view on the police killings of Black men? Tomlin would have never been a head coach if it had not been for the Rooney Rule in which they pushed for the NFL to at least interview a

Black person for every vacant head coaching position. As a result, he was able to demonstrate his skills and his qualifications to be a head coach. But it was a long fight and struggle for the doors to be opened for Blacks to be players, then assistant coaches and finally head coaches in the NFL. And the struggle continues to this day. Of the 32 teams, there are only six Black head coaches, with most of them being originally hired by Tony Dungy. Now that he’s not around it has gotten really hard for that 70 percent of Black players in the league to get through the door as an assistant coach, then coordinator, and, finally, head coach. At one time, according to studies, Dungy accounted for 43 percent of the Black coaches in the NFL. Yet, there are very, very few NFL players who have come out in support of Kaepernick verbally or with action of any kind. And that especially includes the Steelers. How will this affect Kaepernick? Nobody knows. But he is in negotiations with the 49ers, which is expected to offer a buyout that will include a pay cut and his freedom to negotiate with other teams next season. If he’s healthy, he will most likely start for the 49ers next week. And if he performs well, there will be several NFL teams lined up to pay him millions for his services; if not, he will be labeled as a troublemaker and dropped from the league. I support the young brother 100 percent. We all should have the right to express what we believe is right or wrong. Isn’t this what is suppose to make America great?

(Ulish Carter is the managing editor of the New Pittsburgh Courier.)

If you are a star and they ‘let you do it,’ what will they ‘let you do’ if you are president? A little background about yours truly. I have been in more than a few locker rooms in my life and I have always hung out with a bunch of guys throughout various stages in my life. And, to be totally honest, I have never heard or used language like I actually heard   directed at women tonight from the Republican nominee for  the presidency of the United States. Donald trump was actually bragging to another loser, Billy Bush, (he shouldn’t still have a job with NBC after this) about his vulgar sexist behavior towards women, and he suggested doing something that was borderline criminal (actually, you could argue, that what he was suggesting WAS criminal) to the object of his “rejected affection.” The sad part about all of this is that all of us with half of a brain in this country are not surprised. You could see this coming a mile away. This man has time  after time made his views about women perfectly clear. What’s amazing to me is that this

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man has built his campaign on racism by trying to delegitimize the first African America president. Amazingly, he refused to apologize for it, and yet he has managed to survive up to this point. He was also openly racist towards a

Mexican American judge, he publicly fat shamed a former beauty contestant and again he refused to apologize. And yet, through it all, half of America believed that he should be their president. Now, sadly for the Donald, the camel’s back is starting to break. This is not the African American president of the United States. This is not a Latina beauty queen or judge. This is not a disabled reporter. This time it’s all the women in America. White America is outraged. It is their daughters and wives. Donald, you might have gone too far this time. “I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married. “I did try and f**k her. She was married.” “Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.” “Grab them by the p***y. You can do anything.” Donald, we have all been your bitches for a long time.

A Trump win in November could tear this nation apart

(NNPA)--Alright, team, we are getting close to the finish line: Election Day, Nov. 8. We have witnessed the first debate, between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and while I would argue that Clinton won, Trump made enough arguments to reinforce some level of confidence among his supporters. After having a comfortable lead over her Republican opponent, current poll numbers suggest that Clinton’s lead has almost vanished in key states; reasons why the race has tightened are still up for debate. There are four presidential candidates on the ballot: Hillary Clinton (Democrat), Donald Trump (Republican), Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green Party). The reality is that the presidential choice comes down to either Clinton or Trump. Johnson has about an 8 percent showing in the polls and Stein about 3 percent. What voters have to decide is not only where will they come down, but also the importance of other races that will be decided Nov. 8. Thus, my first plea is that everyone votes. Each vote, as we saw in Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004, can be potentially critical. A second issue is that races, in addition to the presidential race, are critical. The United States Senate, as of this moment, is a toss-up between the Republicans and Demo-

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Commentary crats. We could find ourselves with a small Republican majority, a small Democratic majority, or a literal tie. So, even if you find yourself dissatisfied with the Presidential choices, there are other races that will make a real-world difference. The third issue, however, is one that hit me, yet again, in watching the debate. Trump and his supporters are dangerous. It is frightening that a presidential candidate can continue to deliver outright lies and has not been run out of town on a rail. But it is actually more than that. Leading the birther movement against Obama, threatening to put Muslims under surveillance, proposing a wall along the border with Mexico and an escalation of deportations, allegedly, as a means of cutting crime, tells us that Trump understands nothing about the experiences of those of us of color. Worse, he is quite prepared, in the face of the history of the U.S., to play with matches in a field of

unstable dynamite. Trump isn’t stupid; he knows precisely what he is doing and he knows how he is motivating racists and xenophobes to come out of the closet. Yet, he keeps doing it. So, it really comes down to this: No matter who is elected, people of conscience will need to put and keep pressure on the next administration. At the same time, don’t deceive yourself. Ultra-right-wing forces will play on Trump’s victory in order to push us further over the edge into a racial dystopia. Black America went through a racial dystopia after the defeat of Reconstruction and found itself in the hell of Jim Crow. Asian America went through the persecution of the Chinese and Japanese, the annexation of Hawaii, and a genocidal war against the Filipinos. Latino America went through the seizure of the northern third of Mexico and the later seizure of Puerto Rico, along with the constant demonization of their people and their heritage. Native Americans have faced constant efforts aimed at the violation of their sovereignty, and, indeed, their extermination. We do not need a President who takes us anywhere close to that world again.

(Bill Fletcher Jr. is a talk show host, writer and activist. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and at



Republicans are willing to dance with the devil to win White House (NNPA)—House Majority Leader Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is anticipating a Trump win in November. Or, at least, he is preparing for it. He says that if Republicans hold sway in the White House, the House and the Senate, he plans to use budget reconciliation to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) and give tax cuts to the wealthy. Ryan says he will not even attempt any bipartisanship, as he shoves his regressive agenda down the throats of our people. Instead, he says that he can make it work, especially if he has a Trump White House. This is, perhaps, why Republicans who appear to have at least a little bit of good sense are going for Trump’s nonsense. They know that Mr. Trump, with his head in the cloud and his rhetoric in the gutter, will let them get away with anything they want. He will agree to their tax cuts, because they coincide with his agenda to reward the wealthy. Trump will go along with cuts to Obamacare, because he wasn’t loving it in the first place. He will let conservative Republicans hold sway, especially if they reward him with their votes in November. Paul Ryan calls his plan a “Better Way” policy agenda. It is an aggressive move that assumes that Republicans will control both the House and the Senate. They might not—if people vote, and vote down ballot, there is a real chance that Democrats can control the Senate. The House is a much bigger challenge, and it is likely that Republicans will continue to

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Commentary hold sway in the house. But there are too many folks who say they won’t vote, and their votes could make a real difference. In Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and Florida (among other states), those who choose to refrain from voting are really voting for a Trump-Ryan agenda. The attack on Obamacare is especially problematic. While the President’s Affordable Care Act is clearly flawed, it expanded health insurance for more than 20 million people. It isn’t the desired single payer care, but it provides opportunity and takes the first step in expanding the social contract since the Roosevelt years. The Affordable Care Act can be used as a foundation to expand health insurance coverage and, in my mind, get us closer to the ultimate goal of a single-payer system. But legislators rejected the single-payer plan that Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., proposed for decades. The Affordable Care Act is a compromise. We need to move forward in improving the ACA, not backward in repealing it. Trump and Ryan would restrict access to health care instead of expanding it. According to Politico, Paul Ryan thinks that a divided government contributes to gridlock. He’d be happy if the presidency, the House of Representatives, and the United States Senate were all controlled by Republicans. What about the rest of us? Does he see our voice in this? Not according to Ryan. He tells Politico “I’m tired of divided government. It doesn’t work very well.” He seems to ignore the fact that there are legitimate differences among legislators and that these differences need to be worked out. He is uninterested in compromise. Instead, he wants to shove his position down the throats of other people. Paul Ryan has explicitly called Donald Trump a racist. He has eschewed many of his policies. Other Republicans have been openly repulsed by their bellicose standard bearer and disturbed by his racist bluster and his wacky rhetoric, but they have thrown their discernment to the wind, embracing the man they have described as a rabid racist, because they prefer him to an embrace of integrity. As we count down to the Nov. 8 election, people are coming forward to say they are either undecided, conflicted, or would rather vote for a third party candidate, because they can’t tolerate Clinton Trump. The bottom line is that either Clinton or Trump will win the Presidency. Really. Those Republicans who support Trump are openly supporting evil. They will dance with the devil to their detriment. African Americans, especially, need to look at what Trump has promised. He has promised discrimination. He has described our lives as hell. He has been a bully and a documented discriminator. He has been too much. He should be enough to repel us. Paul Ryan has called Trump a racist, but he is willing to dance with the devil because it serves his purposes. What about you? (Julianne Malveaux is an author and economist. Her latest book “Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy” is available via com for booking, wholesale inquiries or for more info

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Yes, let’s blame it all on Donald Trump Politics must become local; in fact it is mandatory that we begin to focus on local politicians. Let’s analyze how national campaigns are run. The U.S. Senate campaign in Pennsylvania will cost about one hundred million dollars and the presidential campaign for both parties will cost $2 billion or more. That money most certainly will not be sent by us the people; the super rich and powerful are the ones who contribute to both parties. We must concentrate on city council positions, Allegheny County Council, Pa. state representatives, and most definitely U.S. Congress, because there has never been a Black congress person elected in Western Pa. Only one has ever been nominated, Algia Gary in 1968, 48 years ago. The Democratic Party has been extremely effective in the city of Pittsburgh over the last 80 years in convincing the Black voters to blindly support them by voting a straight ticket or the endorsed candidate. It is extremely disturbing to myself that the recent election polls indicate that 94 percent of Blacks that vote in the up coming election will vote Democrat. The same pollsters are unable to predict how the Irish, Italians, Jews, Polish, Hispanics and others, only

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To Tell The Truth Blacks. The Democratic Party that has misused their most local voters now portrayed Donald Trump in a manner that too many of us have forgotten the atrocities they allowed against Blacks before Donald Trump was ever heard of. Blacks had to file suit in federal court to be hired as police, to change the Pittsburgh election process so Blacks would be able to get elected to Pittsburgh City Council. This column is to inform those who don’t know how Blacks have been mistreated locally. Blacks were not hired as teachers, janitors, sales persons, truck drivers, denied opportunities to join unions, denied public accommodations in restaurants and hotels, and we could only sit in balconies in theaters. Only in Black neighborhoods were dope and

houses of prostitution were allowed to expand. The power brokers would not permit red light districts to exist in any White community in Allegheny County, only in Black communities. In the 1980s the Pittsburgh N.A.A.C.P. brought to the attention of the Democratic mayor of Pittsburgh and the Democratic Allegheny County Commissioners that Blacks were being denied professional service and construction contracts. As you read this column the same problem for Blacks still exists, so how much has changed? Their strategy is to confuse us by focusing on Donald Trump. Will the local Democratic Party promise Black voters publically that if the Blacks in Allegheny County vote overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton and she is victorious that the contracts that have been denied Blacks since Allegheny County and the city of Pittsburgh have existed will be shared with Blacks? I anticipate their argument will be “that it is not constitutional.” Blacks being denied opportunities are unconstitutional and we need to challenge it in courts or streets.

(Louis “Hop” Kendrick is a contributor to the New Pittsburgh Courier.)

From White privilege to civil rights beneficiaries A long time ago I discovered some Filipinos didn’t like to be called “Asian”. Since I didn’t ask why, my ignorance drew its own conclusions. At first I figured they were annoyed because most Americans knew nothing of America’s colonization of the Philippines. (From 1898-1946) During that period Filipinos, for better or worse, were “Americanized”, and the term “Asian” rejected their cultural assimilation. Then I thought it was about the distinction of nationality. For example, Iraq is in Asia, but no one called Saddam Hussein “Asian.” Furthermore, people from Asian countries from Israel to India aren’t called “Asian” either; they’re referred to by their nationalities. So the term “Asian” lumped together all the people from the continent’s “far east” disregarding their distinct nationalities. The term “Asian” implied a continental culture that doesn’t exist, or only existed in the imaginations of Americans, making the term more American than foreign. Then I thought it wasn’t that complex. “Asian” was just a term that avoided mistaking everyone from the “far east” of the continent for Chinese and Filipinos resented the political correctness. This year American humanitarian efforts were focused on the Syrian civil war and its refugee crisis. And “under current law, people from the Middle East are considered White, the legacy of century-old court rulings in which Syrian Americans argued that they should not be considered Asian—because that designation

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Commentary would deny them citizenship under the 1882 Chinese exclusion act.” So the term “Asian” did have Chinese implications that were not beneficial, and the American White race adopted nationalities from Asia without “far east” Asian features. And during the racial climate of the twentieth century the adoption had its advantages, but now a new option is available. Recently, the White House announced it is putting forward a proposal to add a new racial category for people from the Middle East and North Africa on the 2020 census. (The 2010 Census defines White as a person having origins in any of the original people of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.) Advocates for the new federal racial classifications believe people with Middle Eastern roots find themselves caught between White, Black, and “Asian.” Scholars suggest a new Middle East and North African classification is broader than Arab (an ethnicity) and Muslim (a religion), and this classification would stretch from Morocco to Iran. It will in-

clude Syrian and Coptic Christians, Israeli Jews and other religious minorities. (It doesn’t include Turkish, Sudanese, or Somali Americans.) The Arab American Institute stated the new racial category would help these communities feel less invisible. (Were they invisible like Ralph Ellison’s invisible man?) But an Egyptian-American professor said, “If you talk to anybody at the census, they’ll tell you that their job is not to help anybody with their racial or ethnic identity” and “It’s not about identity in the psychological way. It’s about where you fit best on this form.” And according to the White House the new race box on the census form will be used for policy purposes such as: Enforcing the voting rights act, drawing political districts, establishing federal affirmative action plans, evaluating claims of employment discrimination, monitoring discrimination in housing, enforcing school desegregation policies, and helping minority-owned small businesses get federal grants and loans. The Egyptian-American professor concluded, “This could be a great sign of inclusion about what it means to be an American.” But the future “formally known as White” Nationalities already know what it means to be an American because they were privileged not to know what it meant to be “Asian” or a non-white minority. (J. Pharoah Doss is a contributor to the New Pittsburgh Courier. He blogs at jpharoahdoss@

Letter To The Editor

Keep doing what you’re doing and you’ll keep getting what you’ve been getting Dear Editor: With all due respect, for Councilman Ricky Burgess and his support for Congressman Doyle’s endeavors for the initiatives stated in his September 2016 letter to the editor, in response to Hop Kendrick, there is one perspective he clearly neglected. For the past 33 years of his “remembering” we have elected no one from the Black community of this city to federal office, neither have we groomed anyone. In those past 33 years, I am sure Mr. Burgess has championed and encouraged many Blacks to pursue working together, and to make a better way for young people to get a good education, and pursue their dreams. So, what happens when a young intelligent, educated, well-spoken, Christian Black man does just that, and wants to put those years of purpose to work for him and the total community?

All the people, those same Black voices that encouraged him to excel in the first place, meet him with the same resistance that has kept us from a seat at the table of political inclusion. It is a travesty of common sense. No wonder we have not seen a man or women of color rise to a seat in Washington. Lenny McAllister deserves better. Here is a gentleman, family man, a Christian man, who had to pay attention to the necessities of what it takes to accomplish something. As for Mr. Doyle’s resume, it is not just building a few houses in Larimer, or hiring a few Blacks, very well. What it is about, we finally have an example of achievement of our own, that can work for us, speak for us, a much-needed example for our Black youth to look up to, admire, and inspire. That is what Lenny McAllister will do. That is what our community needs, and

in 2016 it is about time we make sure that will happen. We can no longer afford the plantation politics of the past, and we can no longer afford to be co-opted by our own selfish interest. Now to Rev. Burgess, lest we forget: “On earth as it is in heaven,” not in heaven as it is on earth. To support one, who has views and a platform that is antithetical to God’s tenets, is taking a risk...may I suggest, think wisely. Having spent the majority of my life serving the Black community, I can only shake my head in bewilderment that we have not become more politically savvy. Now we have a legitimate opportunity, please no more politics as usual. It is our time! If there is any truth to the saying: God helps those who help themselves, now is the time. G. Toby Gaines, M.ED Gaines Funeral Home, Retired

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Another slave film? Some are weary, others want more history by Errin Haines Whack Associated Press Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Monica Mingo had sworn off watching slave movies after seeing the Oscar-winning “12 Years a Slave”: The horrifying depictions of Black people being beaten, raped, and dehumanized became all too much. “That was the pinnacle of what it meant to be a slave—the feelings, the brutality. That one for me was it,” said the 47-yearold of Gautier, Mississippi, resident about the 2013 film. But at the Sundance Film Festival in January, when she heard about the buzz created by Nate Parker’s “Birth of a Nation,” she broke her vow and saw the film, about the gruesome, two-day Virginia slave rebellion led by Nat Turner. It, too, includes the rape and murder of slaves, and in one scene, a slave’s teeth are knocked out. It only served to cement her earlier view. “I’m really sick of the slave narrative,” Mingo

LATEST SLAVE FILM—Nate Parker as Nat Turner and Aja Naomi King as Cherry in a scene from, “The Birth of a Nation,” in theaters on Oct. 7. (Fox Searchlight Pictures/AP Photo) said. “Because of my parents, I knew my history. If you want to keep talking about (slavery), pick up a book.” Yet the narrative continues in Hollywood. This year in particular, slavery projects have been partic-

ularly prominent. Besides “Birth of a Nation,” which opened Friday, there was the reboot of the groundbreaking TV miniseries “Roots” this spring; WGN’s new series “Underground” was a ratings success and renewed for a second

season; and there was the movie “Free State of Jones,” starring Matthew McConaughey, which included slavery as a main plot point. Last year, BET aired the miniseries “The Book of Negroes”; in 2013, there

was movie “Belle,” about a free Black woman in a time of slavery along with “12 Years a Slave,” and 2012’s “Django: Unchained” became a blockbuster and an Oscar-nominee. Some observers note the context in which the recent films have emerged. The election of the first Black president, Barack Obama, could represent for some a racial victory in the enduring battle against American racism that allows for a look at slavery that feels cathartic. That the country is marking the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War means that no one alive today experienced the cruelties of slavery. And a recent trailer for “Birth of a Nation” splices scenes from the film with footage from the front lines of the Black Lives Matter protests. “Slave films tend to reflect the politics of the moment,” said Dexter Gabriel, a historian at the University of Connecticut. “We have a hard time talking about slavery to each other, so films become the surrogate. But we want to see it in ways that make us feel better in the present.” Gabriel said there will be some people who are tired of seeing slave films, but added that it may also be a certain type of story that the public has grown weary of seeing: one too steeped in a “White savior” narrative, or the “Mammy” or “Uncle Tom” character. “We’re in an era now where we’re seeing people look for more diverse ways slavery can be depicted,” he said. “‘Birth of a Nation’ is definitely attempting to appeal to this era of Black resistance.” Other projects have appealed to this as well. Quentin Tarantino’s “Django: Unchained” was a Spaghetti Western-inspired revenge flick where a slave kills White oppressors in a bid to save his love, a fellow slave. In the new version of “Roots,” one of the major slave charac-

ters, Fiddler, dies trying to fight off Whites as he tries to help slave Kunta Kinte run away; in the original version in that aired in the 1970s, the character died of old age, still a slave. “Underground” is based on slave rebellion, and Viola Davis is working on the biopic of one of the most famous slave liberators, Harriet Tubman. The depiction of slaves as more than just defeated and abused is what made Khalil Johnson see “Django: Unchained” and an early screening of “Birth of a Nation.” “I wouldn’t say I’m tired of slave films, especially now that they’re being told honestly,” the 36-yearold Beltsville, Md., resident said. “‘Twelve Years a Slave’ was a hit because ... it was something you did not know about. I think untold stories are good, and not just ‘master bad, master sees the light’ stories.” These latest films can help counter long-standing stereotypes about Black people, said University of Pennsylvania’s English professor and cultural critic Salamishah Tillet. “We should not be exhausted by these stories,” Tillet said. “Slavery is in the DNA of so many parts of our life ... To deny that story is to deny us. The idea that we’re over it is impossible.” Johnson expects he’ll be interested in whatever the next film about slavery is, no matter how soon it comes out. “Digging up the past is something that always drives entertainment,” he said. “That will continue no matter what.” But Mingo said she would rather see other types of stories that reflect the Black experience more broadly. “People are comfortable keeping us in that slave narrative,” she said. “I want people to know the full range of who we are.”

(Errin Haines Whack covers urban affairs for The Associated Press. Follow her on Twitter at

Former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal tapped for MLK day event

RACHEL DOLEZAL CARY, N.C. (AP)—Former Washington state NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal, who was criticized last year for passing herself off as Black, has been tapped to speak at a North Carolina Martin Luther King Day celebration in January. The Raleigh News & Observer reports the theme of the MLK Dreamfest Celebration in Cary, N.C., “Healing Race Relations through Conversation and Participation.”

Event organizer Al Cohen tells the newspaper that Dolezal was “depicted as a major villain through media because of her preference of racial identity.” He says Dolezal committed no crime, adding that “She only had an affinity for a group of people, and she served her community well.” Dolezal has acknowledged that she is “Caucasian biologically,” but says she identifies as Black.

Boston Legion post pays penalty for racial bias BOSTON (AP)—The Massachusetts attorney general says an American Legion post in Boston has agreed to a $15,000 penalty to resolve allegations of racial bias at an event last year. As part of the agreement announced Tuesday, Post 76 in the city’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood will require staff to attend training on state and federal laws that bar discrimination based on race, religion and other factors. Authorities say a Black

woman hired the veterans’ organization’s hall last year for her daughter’s 16th birthday party. Workers allegedly refused to host the party, suggested guests were armed gang members, searched a photographer’s bag thinking he may have a gun, and made derogatory comments about minorities. The post’s lawyer called it a “singular event” and noted that the post frequently rents to minorities without problems.

LIFESTYLES New Pittsburgh Courier

Garay receives Athena award B6

Veteran group, The Trebletones, at First AME B2

OCTOBER 12-18, 2016


Debbie Norrell

Lifestyles Report

Attention shoppers! I was so tempted to put “attention Kmart shoppers” in the headline, but this story is not about Kmart; however, I can remind you that the Kmart in Edgewood Towne Centre is closed. I haven’t been to the area recently, so I can’t tell you if anything new is moving in. I’ll let you know when the “At Home” opens in the former Kmart on McKnight Road. Here is some news for my thrift shoppers, the St. Vincent De Paul on Frankstown Road has moved. That’s right they moved. I thought they closed, but I went to the Ritzland Plaza to investigate and found a big sign in the window that read “Visit our new store at 7402 Church Street, Swissvale, PA.” If you don’t recognize that address, it is the former Thriftique. You know, the one that moved to 51st Street off of Butler Street. But wait, there is more news; the sign went on to say this, “Coming soon to this location Cash and carry discount items, whole bed sets, furniture, and clothing by the LB.” Okay, it was that last bullet point that got me. I have never purchased clothing by the pound. I can’t wait to see how much it will cost per pound. Lately, I haven’t done much thrift shopping. I have found such good deals at Ross Dress for Less that I don’t need to go to the thrift store. In the near future, I plan to spend a day doing some “research” at local consignment stores. I will make sure to let you know what I find. Have you been to Macy’s Backstage in Monroeville? It is on the lower level and you can enter on the lower level as well. Just park in the lot that is to the left of the front of the store. I heard that a Backstage was coming to Monroeville, but I expected something different. I thought it was going to be more merchandise classified as “final act.” Macy’s Backstage is actually considered an outlet store. You can use your Macy’s charge, but you cannot use a coupon. Also, if you buy something from the regular Macy’s you cannot pay for it in the Backstage. Check it out. On a non-shopping note, last month I went to the Rivers Club for their jazz night. I had not been there for about a year. When I stepped off of the elevator I thought I was on the wrong floor. I have been going to the Rivers Club for over 20 years and did not expect this beautiful change. The Rivers Club looks more like an upscale restaurant. I noticed private glass enclosed spaces for meetings and a wine room. I asked about the banquet rooms, they told me they are still there. If you are looking for another venue to consider for your events, you should put this back on your list; all of the construction is complete. And they still have one of the best ladies rooms in town. Take a look at their website and do a virtual tour. (Email the columnist at



MAD DADS MEMBER—Kathleen Rawlings


MAD DADS MEMBER—Vanessa Spencer

Celebrating 10 years of MAD DADS

by Debbie Norrell Lifestyles Editor

Men Against Destruction —Defending Against Drugs and Social Disorder, better known as MAD DADS, was founded in Omaha, Neb., 20 years ago by a group of concerned Christian parents fed up with gang violence and the unchecked flow of illegal drugs in their community. On Sept. 18, with Sheldon Ingram of WTAE as emcee, the Pittsburgh Chapter of MAD DADS celebrated 10 years of patrolling, consoling and “being a nuisance to those being a nuisance” at the August Wilson Center, in the Cultural District. Hundreds of guests enjoyed a social hour with jazz vocalist Sandra Dowe & friends and scrumptious hors d’oeuvres catered by Bistro to Go. The program portion of the evening was held in the main auditorium and featured Dr. Bobby William Austin as keynote speaker via video. Austin is the author of “Repairing the Breach: Key Ways to Support Family Life, Reclaim Our Streets, and Rebuild Civil Society in MAD DADS—George Spencer, president; James Murphy, second vice president; Al Merrit, board chairman; and Ted Johnson, first vice president. America’s Communities.” National MAD DADS This local chapter has grown to 53 members and on President V. J. Smith was on hand for the this beautiful night, the testimonials of Ernie Bey celebration. Smith is known as a turn(MAD DADS), Wilkinsburg Mayor John Thompson around specialist for turning around his and Zone 5 Police Commander Jason Lando told life around as well as his community and the story of men making a difference in some of the the youth in Minneapolis. Smith has led more challenging areas of Allegheny County. Lanthe Minneapolis Chapter of MAD DADS do said he would like to have MAD DADS working since 1998. with the police all the time. State Rep. Ed GainLeon Haynes, founding director of Hoey delivered a moving proclamation that made the sanna House, received a special honor for audience want to pass the plate for a grass roots his work with youth and the community. organization that is more roots than grass. A hearty handclap was given to the women’s division of MAD DADS, affectionately called MOMS —Mothers Offering Moral Support. MAD DADS’ president says the organization could not do what they do—working with the lost, the least and the last––without their support.

EMCEE—Sheldon Ingram (Photos by Debbie Norrell)


SUPPORTERS—Jason Lando, Zone 5 Commander, Pittsburgh Police Department, and Rev. Ricky Burgess, Pittsburgh City Council.

IN SUPPORT OF MAD DADS—Ernie Bey, Wilkinsburg Police Chief Ophelia Coleman, Wilkinsburg Mayor John Thompson and state Rep. Ed Gainey






Veteran group The Trebletones at First AME

Crawford & Centre Ave. Pgh., PA 15219 412-281-3141 Mass Sunday 9:00 A.M. & 12:00 P.M. Sunday (Gospel Choir Mass) 12:00 P.M.

Pastoral Anniversary

Church School.................................9:30 A.M. Worship Service.................8:00 & 10:45 A.M. Bible Study/ Prayer Wednesday...................6:30/7:30 P.M.

East Liberty Presbyterian Church Rev. Dr. Randy Bush, Senior Pastor 412-441-3800 116 S. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206

THE TREBLETONES (Photos by Jackie McDonald)

by Jackie McDonald For New Pittsburgh Courier

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Month of Oct.—Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 9 Port Perry Rd, North Versailles, will present its Second Annual Teaching Academy “Inspirational Ministry in a violent culture” for the month of October on Tuesdays from 6–8 p.m. The instructor is Rev. Dr. Richard Wingfield of Unity Baptist Church in Braddock. For more information call 412-823-4049. Rev. Barbara A. Gunn is the pastor. OCT. 15-16—Mt. Zion Baptist Church of West Newton celebrates its Pastor’s Anniversary. Pastor Eileen O. Smith.

22 Sampsonia Street, Northside Pittsburgh, PA 15212 412-231-2554 FAX 412-231-6395 Rev. Lacy F. Richardson, Ph.D., Pastor

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Journey Worship........8:45 a.m. Sanctuary Worship........11 a.m.

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The Trebletones are still singing and praising God as they’ve always done for the past 56 years. On Oct. 9, the harmonizing gospel men’s group put on a show for the Steward Board, members and friends of First AME Church, located at 177 Mitchell Ave., in Clairton, during the church’s Praise by Songs concert. The music and lyrics were a welcomed change from today’s contemparary style of Gospel singing; no doubt causing everyone to remember sounds and rythnms that were enjoyed by their grandparents. The crowd rocked, clapped, patted their feet and sang along as the group serenaded to the glory of God.   The Trebletones’ theme is “Go and Present Jesus in Songs.” The scripture is “I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live. I will sing praise to my God while I have My being,” from Psalms 104:33 (KJV).


Deacon Ken Fair, a chartered member of The Trebletones and deacon at Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church, stressed that the late Pastor Delano R. Paige of Rodman organized a group of teenage boys to form the Gospel Trebletones in 1960. At that time, he was a deacon at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church, in Trafford. Deacon Fair stated that other chartered members were Bill Nunn, Ron Nunn, Charles Carter and David Culliver. For 56 years, he said, “We have the need to walk closer with God and to sing soul-searching music.” (Bill Nunn is not related to the Bill Nunn Sr., former Courier managing editor; Bill Nunn Jr., former Steelers scouts; or Bill Nunn III, the actor who recently died.) Additional members are Bill Cyrus and Roland Russell. Lamont Lewis is the Pro-Tem and Rev. Linda Moore is the pastor of First AME Church.

OCT. 15-16––Mt. Zion Baptist Church, of West Newton, Pa., will celebrate the 13th Annual Pastoral Anniversary of Eileen O. Smith. On Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. there will be a Celebration in Music featuring gospel recording artists Nikki Porter and Friends, and Voices for Christ. The praise and worship will be by Lighthouse Cathedral Praise Team of Mt. Oliver, Pa. On Oct. 16, at 10:45 a.m., the guest preacher for the worship service will be Rev. Phyllis James of Grace Space Ministries of Pittsburgh. The special guests for this service will be poet David Jones and psalmist Denise Johnson. For more information, call 412-478-1340

Pastor Anniversary

OCT. 16—Triedstone Baptist Church of Rankin, 18 Harriet Street, cordially invites all to its 13th Pastoral Pre-Anniversary Concert and Appreciation Dinner for Rev. Nathaniel and Rev. Terri Pennybaker at 4 p.m.

Cathedral Concerts

Oct. 16—East Liberty Presbyterian Church proudly announces the sixth season of Cathedral Concerts. The six concerts this season will feature an exciting and eclectic mix of organ, piano, brass and voices in the grandeur of the Ralph Adams Cram designed sanctuary and the intimacy of the chapel. There is no admission charge to these concerts. A freewill offering will be received at each of the concerts. At 3 p.m. David Higgs, chair of the organ department at the Eastman School of Music, will perform.

Fall Revival

OCT. 19, 20, 21—Jerusalem Baptist Church, S. 5th St., Duquesne, cordially invites all to its annual three-day “Fall Revival.” This year the guest is Proclaimer of the Word, Rev. John A. Knight, assistant pastor at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church. A service will take place each night. Rev. T. Johnson is the pastor.

Women of the Bible

OCT. 28—Pastor Deborah Moncrief & Sisters in Sync (Missionary Temple Women’s Ministry) present Women of the Bible, Testimonies and Timeless Truths at 7:30 p.m. at Missionary Temple Ministries, 6378 Centre Ave., in East Liberty. There will be creative presentations of the history of the Women of the Bible and anointed ministry in song. We look forward to this time of fellowship and healing and hope to see you there! For additional information, please call 412-362-3656.

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Church Merger

BRENDA WOOD enjoying the concert

VISITING PASTOR MELVIN BROWN enjoying the concert.

OCT. 23—Rising Star Baptist Church and Corinthian Baptist Church have joined together as one. The merger began 2012, and their new address is 637 Belinda St., in the Hill District. Please join in the honoring of two men of God who have agreed to merge their congregations and share the pulpit teaching the Word of God. At 10:15 a.m. Rev. Elmore Lockley, associate minister of Mount Zion Baptist Church, in South Park will deliver the morning message. At 2 p.m., there will be a celebratory banquet in the church dining hall. The church has planned an exciting afternoon and all are welcome to share in their day. For more information, call our 412765-0133.

Celebrating 123 years

OCT. 23—The Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 330 Fourth Ave., Rankin, will be hosting its 123rd Church Anniversary. The theme for this years’ service is “Growing In Grace—Serving In Love.” The guest preacher for this spirit led event will be the Reverend Benjamin Calvert, former minister of the Mt. Ararat Baptist Church of Pittsburgh and the current pastor of the Mt. Carmel Community Baptist Church in Steubenville, Ohio. The Mt. Olive Baptist Church has been a beacon of light and hope in Rankin and the surrounding communities, and they invite all to join them for their 11 a.m. service as they celebrate this momentous occasion.

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Seniors: 5 simple secrets for overcoming gym intimidation (BPT)—No one really relishes the idea of growing older and experiencing the health issues that can accompany aging. If there was one thing you could do to significantly improve your chances of staying mentally sharp, physically healthy and independent throughout your golden years, wouldn’t you do it? Exercise has health benefits for people of all ages, and it’s especially important for seniors. Regular exercise can allow people 65 and older to live independently, reduce their risks of falling and breaking bones, and lower their chances of developing serious illnesses like cancer, heart disease, joint issues, diabetes and high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet only about 40 percent of Americans between 65 and 74 meet physical activity guidelines, and activity levels decrease even more as people grow older, the CDC says. “Everyone wants to discover the fountain of youth, that medicine or treatment or face cream that will keep them looking and feeling great well into old age,” says Brian Zehetner, director of health and fitness for Planet Fitness and co-author of “Working Out Sucks (And Why It Doesn’t Have To).” “But that secret has already been discovered. It’s exercise, and it works just as well for senior citizens as it does for people of any age group.” If you’ve never really exercised before, or want to increase your current exercise level, you may have thought about joining a gym. You may have even walked into one intending to join––and walked right back

out when you saw it was crowded with young, fit people. Your experience wouldn’t be unique; a Planet Fitness survey of seniors who don’t go to the gym found more than a third say they find the gym intimidating, and more than half of those who are intimidated say they fear being judged by other members. “We call that ‘gymtimidation,’” Zehetner says. “It’s that feeling that others in the gym will judge you for being less than perfect, and it can keep people of all ages, including seniors, from getting the exercise they need. But it doesn’t have to.” People older than 60 who exercise on a

weekly basis feel 12.3 years younger than their real age, the Planet Fitness survey found. In comparison, those who don’t exercise claim to feel only 5.6 years younger than their actual age. Gym-going seniors say they go to feel better physically (91 percent), live a longer life (70 percent), feel better mentally (64 percent) and socialize (37 percent). Zehetner offers some advice for seniors to overcome gymtimidation: •Start slowly. Whether you’re new to exercise in general or just new to a gym environment, everyone has limitations. It’s important to know and respect yours. It’s

frustrating to injure yourself while trying to improve your health, and as you get older it takes longer to recover from injuries. Be safe and smart by going slowly, and establishing a foundation that encompasses cardiovascular conditioning, strength training and flexibility. •Don’t be afraid to ask for help. New and unfamiliar exercise equipment can be intimidating, but it’s important to work out safely. Your gym’s trainers and staff are there to help ensure you know how to use the equipment safely and effectively. •Don’t be too distressed or discouraged by discomfort. People of all ages can experience stiff joints, muscle soreness and other minor discomforts when they begin to exercise. These are all signs your body is aware of the stress you’re putting it through and is responding and adapting––it’s part of the process of getting more fit. Exercise will become easier over time, and it won’t take you as long to recover from discomfort. •Find a workout buddy. Having a friend along can be motivational when you try something new. Even better, working out side-by-side with a buddy can help you measure the intensity of your workout. If you can carry on a conversation while working out, you’re getting a moderate level of activity. If you can’t talk without pausing for breath every few words, you’re getting a more vigorous workout. •Take advantage of special promotions to try out a gym to see if it’s the right one for you. (Visit to learn more.)

3 simple ways men can improve their health (BPT)—Men don’t have the best track record when it comes to taking care of themselves. It’s safe to say we all know someone who is just plain stubborn about going to the doctor. Even if they exhibit clear symptoms that should be checked out, say wheezing, chronic fatigue or worse, it can be a challenge to get them to seek medical help. Of course, not all men are like this. In fact, as a whole, men have been getting better about taking care of themselves, according to new data gathered by the American Academy of Family Physicians. “Men have begun paying more attention to their health and acting to maintain good health,” says Wanda Filer, MD, MBA, president of the AAFP and a practicing family physician. “They are getting physical exams, increasing their exercise activity, and getting their health care from their regular doctor.” With this encouraging news, it’s important to remember that men’s health is still a big concern. By keeping the following three points in mind, you can help yourself, or a loved one, lead a longer and healthier life. Health care is preventive, too. It’s a common misconception that you go to the doctor only when you’re sick or not feeling well. So, what’s the most common barrier that

prevents men from seeing a doctor? Answer: themselves. According to a 2016 survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the AAFP, 31 percent of men wait until they feel extremely sick before seeing a doctor, and 21 percent say they have no reason to go to a doctor when feeling healthy. As Filer says, “Not feeling sick is not necessarily the same as being healthy.” Early detection and preventive care are two of the most important ways to maintain health and prevent potential health concerns from becoming major problems. Step away from the screen. Though more men exercise in 2016 than they did in the AAFP’s 2007 survey (80 percent vs 74 percent), many men still spend a considerable amount of time looking at screens. In the 2016 online survey of 916 men across the country, the AAFP found that men spend, on average, about 20 hours each week working at a computer and 19 hours in front of a television. While it’s nearly impossible to avoid screens in this day and age, men should be motivated to take on more physical and active hobbies that can reduce stress and improve their physical health. Develop a relationship with a family physician.

Gym-free fitness ideas anyone can do (BPT)—Visiting a gym to lift weights or take a class is great for your health. However, busy schedules, tight budgets and simply not feeling like the gym environment is for you are reasons that frequently cause people to stop going. Fortunately, being fit doesn’t require the gym! Tavis Piattoly, a sports dietitian, expert nutritionist and co-founder of My Sports Dietitian, offers some no-fuss ideas for staying healthy without the gym. Inside the home Stuck inside? No problem. Try some squats or, if mobility is an issue, squat to a chair. Push-ups are another classic, highly effective option. If regular push-ups aren’t an option, do them from your knees or against the wall. Other amazing exercises: lunges around the house, shoulder presses with dumbbells, jumping rope, jumping jacks, running in place, planks and sit-ups. At the office Overcome the sedentary office lifestyle

by making time for fitness. Try taking the stairs every day and park far away so you walk to the door. Then, use a 5-minute break every hour to do something active such as chair squats or seated leg raises. Set an automated alert so you don’t forget. When out and about A busy schedule packed with errands still presents the opportunity for fitness. For example, walk or run the parking lot while kids are taking dance or music classes rather than passing the time on your smartphone. Balanced meals To support fitness efforts, it’s important to eat well and regularly. The best foods for sustained energy are balanced meals of complex fiber carbohydrates, healthy fats and lean protein. Piattoly suggests eating every three to four hours. Some ideas to include in balanced meals: whole grain breads and crackers, chicken breast, legumes and fresh fruit and vegetables.

An important step men can take to ensure they receive regular checkups and preventive care is to regularly visit a family physician. Nearly eight in 10 men (79 percent) have a regular doctor or health care professional they see when they are sick or want medical advice, however, a family physician not only treats the whole person, but the whole family. This is because an individual’s health should be a concern for the entire family.

The value of a family physician is that they perform routine checkups, immunizations and screenings. They can also treat chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, asthma, arthritis and depression. “If more men develop ongoing relationships with their family physician, their perception of good health is more likely to become reality,” said Dr. Filer. (To learn more about men’s health, visit www.

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OCTOBER 12-18, 2016

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‘Another Day in the Death of America’

Rap star Gucci packs October Fest concert by Paige K. Mitchell For New Pittsburgh Courier

by Terri Schlichenmeyer For New Pittsburgh Courier

Today was an ordinary day. It had its ups and downs; pleasant surprises came between the mundane and the irritating and you’ll look back at it tomorrow with clarity, perhaps, but its details will be sketchy in a decade. It was an ordinary day which, says Gary Younge, also means an average of seven kids in the U.S. lost their lives to a bullet. In “Another Day in the Death of America,” he explains. On Nov. 23, 2013, most Americans were preparing for Thanksgiving. We were marking the anniversary of JFK’s assassination and watching the weather, the news on Iraq, or the Baylor/ Oklahoma State game. We were enjoying our weekend. And on that Saturday, ten random children died of gunshot wounds in this country. That, says Younge, has become too normal. It barely even registers anymore. For awhile, there were websites

that tracked this kind of thing but for the most part, the deaths of these “kids” —coincidentally, all boys on this day; seven African Americans, one white, two Hispanic—are unmarked, except to families and locals. The youngest, 9-year-old Jaiden Dixon, was a “giving soul” with a “valentine” he thought he might marry someday. Preparing for school on a Friday morning, he opened the door for his mother’s ex-boyfriend, who shot Dixon in the face. Dixon died the next day. The girlfriend of Kenneth Miller, who was “just three days shy of his twentieth birthday,” learned of his death through Twitter. 17-year-old Stanley Taylor was killed over “spontaneous drama.” Legally blind, 18-year-old Pedro Dado Cortez worked for his father and dreamed of learning to drive. Eleven-year-old Tyler Dunn was shot by a playmate, while 16-year-old Edwin Rajo was accidentally shot in the chest by his best friend. Samuel Brightmon was “conflict averse,” Tyshon Anderson had been shot several times before, Gustin Hinnant was an honor-roll student, and Gary Anderson was killed because he wore a red hoodie. One bullet tore apart a small town. All devastated families and friendships. Some were in areas where “Nobody knows where the next shot is coming from…. But everybody knows it’s coming.” Before we get any further, there’s this: British-born author Gary Younge doesn’t overtly advocate, nor does he denigrate, gun control but astute readers can catch a clue. He also writes about parenting, particularly within the Black community; about gangs; prisons; and about the NRA and its influence. (“Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives” by Gary Younge, c.2016, Nation Books, $25.9 /$33.99 Canada, 304 pages.)


One of the hottest rap artist in the nation, Gucci, rapped to a pack house as the Gucci October Fest concert took place Oct 1 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center Downtown. “We wanted to do something big to bring the city out. And what better way to do that, than to bring one of the hottest rappers. Hundreds came out to have fun and hear good music,” Michael Carroll of IGRINDGLOBAL said. The Levels Agency and IGRINDGLOBAL marketing, management, and promotions agencies recently brought popular rap artist to Pittsburgh for a live concert. The event took place from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. as several other acts hit the stage for live performances before the main attraction. Performers such as; Latia, Hardo, Jimmy, Wopo, and Drama; and other familiar Pittsburgh artist were present at the event, Owey, Asco, and Loody Boy of Wiz Khalifa’s TGOD. Malik Williams of IGRINDGLOBAL said, “We just want to change the city for the better and make

sure that when you think Pittsburgh, you think lit. I can’t even describe how I feel after the event, just thank you father.” Nearly 3,000 people attended the concert. The concert was hosted by, Rydah. Elijah Hill of Levels Agency said, “The concert was a night too remember, and one I will never forget. It was a movie. I still remember the days my team and I dreamed about doing this. Look at us now. I’m so grateful.” Gucci hit the stage at 8 p.m., and performed an hour of his hit songs. Gucci performed the old and the new hit releases such as, “Trap House” and “Everybody Looking.” Concert attendee Kiara Pope said, “I’ve been listening to Gucci since I was 14, and never heard him live in concert. So in other words, I had to come and I had a great time.” “The dynamic of Pittsburgh night life is changing. Celebrities have been showing the city all kinds of love this past year. I had a good time at the concert and ready for more events like this in the future,” Camille Glass concert attendee said.


Bounce TV original series continue to grow ATLANTA—Bounce TV Original Series continue to buck traditional television viewing trends by increasing audience every season. The just-concluded second season of “In The Cut” delivered more than 5.8 million viewers—an increase of +64 percent vs. season one - and 3.9 million homes (+58 peercent) across all plays. On Oct. 4, “In The Cut’s” Tuesday night at 9 p.m. time slot was taken over by the new season of “Family Time.” The fourth season premiere telecasts were seen by nearly one million unduplicated viewers 2+ (954K), an increase of +27 percent vs. the show’s season three premiere telecasts last fall. Family Time’s season four debut was also up +20 percent in Households, +22 percent in the delivery of Persons 18-49, +25 percent in Women 18-49, +17 peercent in P25-54 and +7 percent in W25-54 vs. season three’s premiere. “Family Time’s” S4 premiere was also increased audience delivery as high as +35 percent across key Adults and Women 18-34, 18-49, and 25-54 vs. the show’s season three finale last December.   Among

Bounce’s targeted audience of African Americans, Family Time growth was up by as much as +71 percent. “Family Time” comedically chronicles the lives of the Stallworth family, headed by the dad Tony, a struggling general contractor played by Omar Good-

ing, and his wife Lisa, an unfulfilled stay-at-home mom portrayed by Angell Conwell.   When they are not battling each other, they are contending with a host of family, friends, and neighbors including their mischievous children Devin (Bentley Kyle Evans Jr.)


and Ebony (Jayla Calhoun), Tony’s financially-challenged best friend Donnie (Clayton Thomas) and Lisa’s feisty sisters Rachel (Tanjareen Thomas) and Lori (Paula Jai Parker). “In The Cut” stars Dorien Wilson (The Parkers, Dream On) as an accom-

plished entrepreneur and barbershop owner, Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show) as the new co-owner of his beauty salon next store, Ken Lawson (The Parkers) as his illegitimate son who shows up out of the blue one day and John Marshall Jones (The Smart Guy) as his best friend and employee. Both shows were created by Bentley Kyle Evans and are produced by Evans and partner Trenten Gumbs. Bounce TV (@BounceTV) is the fastest-growing African-American (AA) network on television and airs on the broadcast signals of local television stations and corresponding cable carriage. The network features a programming mix of original and off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and more.  Bounce TV has grown to be available in more than 94 million homes across the United States and 93 percent of all African American television homes, including all of the top AA television markets.  Among the founders of Bounce TV are iconic American figures Martin Luther King, III and Ambassador Andrew Young. 



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New Horizon Theater celebrates 25 years by Genea L. Webb For New Pittsburgh Courier

For the last quarter century, New Horizon Theater has been dedicated to providing top-notch entertainment to the African American theater community. “I am ecstatic to know that we have lasted 25 years with an all-volunteer core of operations,” explained New Horizon Theater Chairperson Joyce Meggerson-Moore, who got her start at the theater as a volunteer for its first production, “Home.”  “Our volunteers can be extremely proud of the work that we have done over the years to make us who we are today. We continue to raise funds for the talented people that we have produced through the years.” New Horizon Theater was founded by Elva Branson, who assembled a core group of artists who had a series of discussions about the need for a venue for African American performers with its inaugural production of “Home” in 1992. The team that Branson put together identified the theater’s mission and worked with the organization until she left the state in 1996. In 1997, New Horizon Theater, Inc. received its tax-exempt status under Barbara Naylor and Meggerson-Moore’s leadership. Ernest McCarty served as New Horizon’s artistic director from 1994 to 2008. Since that time, the

JOYCE MEGGERSON-MOORE theater continues with program volunteers and consultants to assist in making recommendations for the annual programming and has provided opportunities for more than 400 persons in all phases of theater production. At a time when people say Black theater is dwindling, New Horizon Theater is forging ahead. “Black people do attend

our productions. However, attendance is not consistent enough from many of our attendees on a season-ticket-holder basis,” Meggerson-Moore said. “People generally attend when it is a play that they believe they will enjoy, if they have visitors in the city to bring to the play, if the play is in a location near to them. We produce a variety of plays—historical, dramatic,

us constantly advertise and remain visible in the community. People are just not aware of how much it costs to operate a theater company with quality productions.” In addition to plays and musicals, New Horizon Theater also brings in national recording groups and artists usually for New Horizon’s annual black tie event. This year’s annual event featured the Dramatics featuring Willie Ford. Most recently, Meggerson-Moore brought in the Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston. To kick off New Horizon’s 25 season, New Horizon Theater, Inc, will be presenting “Kings of Harlem.” Written, produced and directed by Layon Gray, “Kings of Harlem” tells the little-known story of the Harlem Renaissance (also known as the Rens), an all Black basketball team and six men who overcame adversity to win more than 200 games  while barnstorming through the segromantic, comedy and mu- regated United States in sicals. Many people tend to the 1930s and 1940s, deattend one or the other and spite not being accepted may not attend for several seasons. “Because it takes so much money to produce plays.” Meggerson-Moore continued, “additional funds are needed from people who donate, businesses, governmental sources, private donations, and foundations. These contributions help

the following year to do several performances of ‘Black Angels Over Tuskegee’ for New Horizon Theater. Layon’s new play was the perfect fit for our 25 anniversary season opener. “I am hoping that the Pittsburgh audience will appreciate this historical play that is appropriate for anyone age nine and up,” Meggerson-Moore added. “We are bringing performers from New York who have performed off Broadway. Pittsburgers do not have to leave the city to experience this play.” Gray is glad to be bringing another one of his productions to Pittsburgh. “We loved the audience last time and we’re going to make Pittsburgh proud because there is a line in the play that pays homage to the Pittsburgh Courier,” said Gray. “These guys were five years before the Harlem Globetrotters and they won the first world championship. This is a story that I thought people should know no one’s ever talked about it and done it in a play. This was truly a journey for me and it went

‘Birth of a Nation’ should be required viewing LAYON GRAY


by Merecedes J. Howze For New Pittsburgh Courier

Nate Parker’s “Birth of a Nation,” the story of Nat Turner, is a necessity. If you do nothing else, watch this movie. Even with its film fluff, it is a gut-wrenching biographical account of his story and 48-hour slavery revolt. Also starring Aja Naomi King, Colman Domingo and Gabrielle Union, “Birth of a Nation” is a two-hour tale of how a literate preacher slave started an uprising in Southampton County, Va. For the first time, Turner’s story is frontline in a major motion picture. While I am so intrigued by the history of Turner, ironically it’s Nate Parker’s past that has taken over the spotlight for this movie. In 1999, as a student at Penn State, Parker was charged and acquitted for the alleged rape of a former companion. The media frenzy has been crazy, overshadowing and damaging the movie’s reputation. Some went as far to suggest that the film’s rape scene, which never occurred in Turner’s life, had a correlation to actual accounts of Parker’s past. I do not believe that this particular scene had any personal reflection at all. Although it has never been recorded, moments in the film were a true adaption of what slavery looked like. It is a well-known fact that female slaves were often taken advantage of in a sexual nature. The good news is everything about Parker in

“Birth of a Nation” exudes a historical appreciation and admiration for Turner’s story. Parker is powerful, statuesque and positively relevant. His supporting cast was equally brilliant. “How To Get Away with Murder” star King, who plays Turner’s wife, Cherry, is a delicate delight. She has quickly made her name for herself and should receive minimal praise for her role. The film cuts so deep that it’s an absolute must that

everyone watch this movie. Just as people lined up for the original “Birth of a Nation” in 1915, we must rally together for this counter-narrative. Black men are not violent criminals, but a specific group of people that have been systemically manipulated, broken and victimized. In this case, Turner was taught to read, and learn the word of God to preach and promote captivity and free labor. “Birth of a Nation” can go in the history books with

professionally and socially. They went on to become one of the most successful and renowned basketball teams that added style and grace to the sport. “Layon has been one of those contacts that we have developed who is easy to work with. His plays are educational, informative, dramatic and his performers are excellent!” Meggerson-Moore said. “We produced ‘Black Angels Over Tuskegee’ in collaboration with the Western Pennsyl“Sankofa” (1993), “Roots” vania Tuskegee Airmen Me(1977) and “12 Years a morial for one performance. Slave” (2013) as a daunting That was such a success that we brought them back classic.

on to be nominated for two awards for best ensemble and best choreography.” “Kings of Harlem” will be showing at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater from Oct.1416 for four shows only. All seats are $40 and can be purchased at “We really want everyone to help us kick off our 25th anniversary celebration year in great style,” Meggerson-Moore said. “New Horizon Theater, Inc. has its history documented and we have some wonderful activities planned for the 2015/2016 season to add to this body of work.”                 




Big turnout for annual BBQ Rib Fest

ENJOYING THE FEAST—From left: Jaquan Leech, of Braddock; Fred Leverett, of Braddock; Kelly Johnson, of Wilkinsburg; and Carman Leverett, of Braddock, eating at the Rib Fest.

HOMECOMING ROYALTY—Leading Westminster College in its 2016 Homecoming & Reunion Weekend Celebration, Oct. 7-9, is 2015 queen and king Channing Pifer and David Jamieson. The royals handed over their crowns. (Photo courtesy of Westminster College) GOOD FOOD BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER—Eating turkey legs are Louise Walker Sostre from Swissvale, left, and Robert Harris from the Hill District.

Garay receives ATHENA Young Professional Award

 AUDREY DUNNING PITTSBURGH—The 2016 Greater PittsSHOULDER TO SHOULDER—Thousands of people come to Pittsburgh every year for Rib Fest, which burgh ATHENA Awards recipient is Auwas held last month. (Photos by J.L. Martello) drey Dunning, CEO at Summa. She was presented with the award—recognizing professional excellence, contributions to the community and mentorship of other women—at the 26th annual ATHENA Award luncheon, convened by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, at the Westin Convention Center Hotel on Sept. 26. Also recognized was Urban Innovation21’s Marteen Garay, the 2016 ATHENA Young Professional Award recipient. Named for the Greek goddess of strength and wisdom, the ATHENA Awards are unique among regional honors for professional women because of the focus on developing the next generation of leaders through mentorship. “Women leaders are making a difference in Pittsburgh every day, and our 2016 recipients—and all of our nominees—deserve this

MARTEE GARAY unique recognition for their contributions, professional and personal. They are positively impacting the lives of many people in our region while helping other women, in particular, to reach their full potential,” said Allegheny Conference CFO Janel Skelley. The ATHENA Young Professional Award recognizes leaders 35-years-old and younger, and celebrates excellence among the region’s growing population of younger women who will be the leaders and changemakers of tomorrow. Garay is the director of entrepreneur programming at Urban Innovation21. In her role, she develops entrepreneurial programs and educational workshops and connects startups to business development opportunities. She is described by a colleague as “an agent of change…one who believes and works for a Pittsburgh that is thriving, equitable and inclusive.” Garay also co-founded Invest In Her Pittsburgh,

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Solid hiring, better pay draws more Americans into job hunt

by Christopher S. Rugaber AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP)— Drawn by steady hiring and slightly higher pay, more Americans began looking for work in September, a sign of renewed optimism about the U.S. job market. The influx of job seekers sent the unemployment rate up slightly as more Americans were counted as

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unemployed. Taken as a whole, Friday’s jobs report from the government painted a picture of a resilient economy that could keep the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates in December. Employers added 156,000 jobs, fewer than the 167,000 in August and well below last year’s average monthly gain of 230,000. Still, September’s hiring

Remember to keep track of your beneficiaries When opening an individual retirement account, purchasing a life insurance policy or annuity, or beginning contributions to a retirement plan such as a 401(k), you are typically asked to choose a beneficiary. Whether it’s your spouse, children, friends, or parents, a beneficiary is the person you designate to receive your accounts after you are deceased. Too often, though, beneficiaries are chosen and then forgotten once an account is officially opened, which could lead to legal issues down the road. The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants reminds account owners to regularly check who their beneficiaries are so that the most appropriate person receives their accounts. Review after a life-changing event It can be difficult to remember to check beneficiaries when managing your accounts, but it is an important habit to develop. For instance, you might open an IRA at a local bank once you have landed your first job after college, and list your mother or father as a beneficiary of the account. As years pass, you may decide to get married and roll your bank IRA into a brokerage IRA after a few more years. This all may be done while forgetting to change the beneficiary of your IRA to your spouse. The lesson here is that you should check SEE BENEFICIARIES C2

pace, if sustained, would likely be more than enough to absorb new job seekers. At the same time, the unemployment rate inched up to 5 percent from 4.9 percent as more than 400,000 people began looking for jobs and some didn’t immediately find them. The rate has barely budged in the past year even though employers have added 2.4 million jobs. That’s because many Ameri-

cans have begun seeking work after having remained on the sidelines for much of the economic recovery. “The word has spread that there are jobs to be had, and more and more people are flocking to the job market,’’ said Sung Won Sohn, an economist at California State University’s Smith School of Business, said. The economy’s durability, despite its sluggish growth,

contrasts sharply with the tumultuous ups and downs of the presidential race, which is nearing its end. The two major presidential nominees have sketched sharply conflicting views of the economy’s health and the best ways to accelerate its growth. Donald Trump focuses on the loss of manufacturing jobs, for which he blames badly negotiated trade agreements. The Republican

nominee also points to what he calls excess regulation for stifling businesses and depressing hiring. He pledges to renegotiate or withdraw from the trade pacts and reduce regulation. Hillary Clinton notes that 15 million jobs have been created since the economy bottomed in 2010. Still, she supports additional infrasSEE AMERICANS C2

Elected officials organize community Officials receive feedback from residents and business owners by Diane I. Daniels For New Pittsburgh Courier

The Pittsburgh Black Elected Officials Coalition held the last of six in a series of community roundtable discussions Tuesday, October 4 on the campus of Carlow University. The women’s roundtable, moderated by Candi Castleberry Singleton founder and CEO of the Dignity and Respect Campaign and Chairwoman for the Women and Girls Foundation was designed to hear women’s voices, to provide community input, to discuss current realities, to generate strategies and to answer specific questions. Topics of the evening like in the previous roundtables were business and organizations, childcare and transportation, education, employment, family outcomes and housing. The goal of the Pittsburgh

AND THE POINT IS—Lois Mufuka Martin, Chief Volunteer Engagement Officer for the United Way, leads a group while serving as facilitator during the Pittsburgh Black Elected Officials Coalition’s women’s roundtable.

Black Elected Officials Coalition was to host a series of community meetings city-wide to receive direct feedback from residents, to begin the drafting of a “Peace and Justice Policy Agenda”, a roadmap to improve police-community relationships, transform neighborhoods trapped in a cycle of isolated poverty into healthy mixed-income communities, and to ensure equity and justice for all of Pittsburgh. Utilizing statistics provided by the Women and Girls Foundation it was pointed out that Pittsburgh’s households with children, living in poverty are at high numbers with 77 percent of poor households being headed by single-women. The top three barriers to economic security were identified as childcare, transportation and workforce development. “Women are very important in this process,” said State Legislator Ed Gainey while explaining the significance of the roundtable. “We need you.” Like the previous sessions SEE ELECTED C2

Kid entrepreneurs invent new way to place light on sneakers

C0-FOUNDERS OF SNEAKER LIGHTS—Josiah Brown and Micaiah Brown

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. (—At the age where many kids decide to cut grass, rake leaves or shovel snow to make a few dollars, 10-year old Micaiah Brown along with his 12-year old brother Josiah Brown decided to start their own company. The idea to start came when other kids started offering them money for their new invention. The two kid entrepreneurs are now looking to raise the needed capital to cover the cost of manufacturing and marketing their new product. It all started when they were playing in their basement and broke one of their toys. They figured out a new way to attach light to any sneaker to give it a cool illuminated look. When they went to their dad with this idea, he simply told them to register To their surprise the name was available. Dad said, “I figured a name like would have already been used by someone else”. He also shared that putting detachable lights on sneakers was so much of a simple idea that

maybe someone would have used the domain name already. The kids then used their own money to set up their new website, Over the years, many sneaker companies have released sneakers that came with lights built within the sneaker. What these two kids have done is given the consumer the option to put LED lights on any sneaker of choice, in a new fashionable way. The brothers are currently looking to raise funds for their new sneaker light business. They set up a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo at to help raise the needed funds. They plan to use money to manufacture and distribute the sneaker lights before Christmas 2016. Josiah and Micaiah attend school in Pennsylvania and are both honor roll students in the Stroudsburg school district. They are both on their school footSEE KID C2

The Jim Crow segment of Professional sports, Part 1 by Harry C. Alford Professional sports around the world can be proud of the social improvement that has evolved. Soccer in Europe has advanced immensely. A few years ago I was in a waiting room at a French government office. One of the French employees was watching a professional soccer game and he blurted out in English “That’s all you see playing these games — Africans!” I responded with a smile, “Get ready that is how American Basketball started.” He nodded with a smile of surrender. Sports, big time money sports, is a meritocracy. Owners have the final say on who will play, coach or be traded. The games are about who gets the most money. The winners are the ones with the greatest Television Value, ticket sales and marketing schemes. Professional sports generate trillions of dollars around the world. It also creates god-like heroes with unlimited influence that can last through generations. This is a capitalistic society and that is why racism has been withering away. Two of the greatest football coaching legends, Paul “Bear” Bryant and John McKay together developed a scheme to make Black football stars play at their famous schools. Coach

Bryant could not recruit Blacks for fear of being fired and black balled forever. John McKay was frustrated because he could not play quality teams in the southern schools because the fans would not allow it. Coach Bryant rightfully feared that southern schools like his Alabama would soon be losing after season Bowl Championships because he had no Blacks on his teams like the giant programs of Ohio State, University of Southern California and UCLA, etc. These two geniuses developed a plan. It was clear USC was going to have the best team over the next three years. Bryant was restrained by the race conscious programs in the South. All of the great Black talent was starting to populate northern and western programs. Bingo! They decided to schedule each other for a preseason contest. It was a struggle but somehow it happened: Multiracial USC Trojans vs. all white Alabama Crimson Tide as the first college game of the season and in racist Birmingham, Alabama. They played it correctly! It was Diversity versus Jim Crow. The mighty Trojans came onto the field with a majority of Blacks (unafraid, muscular Blacks with all the speed and braggadocio in the world. With each first down and touchdown they flaunted their God given talents. As the late and great Muhammad Ali

would say, “The Trojans shook up the world!” Every white football fan in the South was horrified. Integrated schools in the rest of the country were having field trips to the South and generated hundreds of Black football stars for their schools. One NCAA announcer who worked that trailblazing event entered a Birmingham restaurant for breakfast and sat next to a table of sulking Alabama fans. One of the fans shouted, “I know what Bear needs to do. He needs to go out and recruit some of those colored boys for Bama!” The rest of the table shouted “That’s right!!” Yes indeed, it shook up the world. After the game, Coach Bryant sent Coach McKay a request. He wanted him to send their star running back, Sam “The Bam” Cunningham. When Sam came over, the Bear told his team to, “all stand up walk by and shake the hand of a perfect football player”. Sam had a great pro career playing for the New England Patriots. His little brother, Randall, would do equally well in the pros. It caught on in Basketball as John Wooden of UCLA and Dean Smith of legendary North Carolina broke the ice in that sport. It only took a few years for the National Football League and the National Basketball Association to follow identical paths.

All of these scholarships started arriving in Black neighborhoods. Black females would soon profit from this movement. In my junior year at the University of Wisconsin, the Chancellor frankly asked the Black football players, “What is it about dating white girls?” I frankly responded, “Bring in some cute Black girls and maybe your concerns would fade away.” The next semester UW Badgers awarded over 800 Black females scholarships. I would joke around and declare the change in population should be accredited to me. When money and sports combine together for a worthy cause, diversity, it becomes a powerful social and financial tool. Black education increases and these college graduates flock to upper middle class professions and raise successful children. Professional sports has guided this nation to a better America for the most part. Broadcasters, paid at the 7 figure level, and management team positions are all going for a $ million dollars plus financial based benefits. It is so great! However, there is one flaw (a massive flaw). Who designs and builds our stadiums and arenas—these billion dollar structures? Check into it and you will find things here have not changed much. Part II is going to deal with that.


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the intent was to hear from people about their concerns on issues related to affordable housing, employment, development of Black businesses, as well as other quality of life problems that affect distressed communities in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Black Elected Officials Coalition is a group comprised of Councilpersons R. Daniel Lavelle and Rev. Ricky Burgess, State Representatives Jake Wheatley and Gainey, and County Councilman Dewitt Walton. It is a collaboration to advocate for peace and justice in the City of Pittsburgh. The first five roundtables were held in the neighborhoods of the North Side, the West End, the Hill District, the South Side and the East End in September. Approximately 500 Pittsburgh residents are reported to have participated in the six sessions. Other statistics pointed out and addressed at the October 4 meeting focused on the six topics of discussion. In the business and organization area the report indicated that African Americans in Pittsburgh are not starting businesses despite the spike in business ownership among Blacks in other similar size cities. Nationwide, 79 percent of new women-owned firms launched since 2007, were started by women of color but in 2002, Pittsburgh had the 6th smallest number of Black-owned firms among the top 40 metro regions in the country. In attendance to voice her opinion, LaToya JohnsonRainey the owner of A Hair Boutique in Shady Side was excited about the opportunity to share her business experiences as well as to learn what entrepreneurs are doing to excel in their businesses in other parts of the city. “We need more outlets like this,” she said. Later in the discussion the same sentiment was expressed during the business and organizations report. Articulating

that there is a lack of knowledge of resources, a solution was for information to be housed in the offices of the sponsoring politicians. Topic facilitators for the women’s roundtables were Darcel Madkins; Cofounder of African American Leadership Association, Lois Mufuka Martin; Chief Volunteer Engagement Officer for the United Way, Cynthia Mendoza; founder of Brown Mamas, Demeshia Seals; a General Community Representative, Nicole Webster; Corporate Liaison for Accenture and Marissa Williams; Executive Director of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Black Elected Officials Coalition outline that the next steps will include processing the survey data, key findings and recommendations into summary form by mid-October. Tentatively Nov.1 a city-wide community meeting is scheduled at the Hill House Kaufmann Center for findings to be revealed to the community and by midNovember a draft outline of the Peace and Justice Initiative Policy document will be available for internal review with the anticipation that the completed document will be available by mid- December. “This has to be an ongoing process because there are ongoing issues within our communities that need to be addressed,” Gainey said. He and Wheatley agree that the attendees and participants in the roundtables are ready for a change. Their aim is to put a plan together that everyone can be helped by, something to mobilize the community. Wheatley acknowledged that since 2012 efforts have been underway to gather Blacks to discuss collective issues. “After years and years of trying to organize, we are committed to working together, to providing the leadership that it takes and committed to making change. It requires being honest and cohesiveness,” he said.

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ball teams and love to play sports. They are looking forward to growing their new sneaker light business to be successful young entrepreneurs.

To support their crowdfunding campaign, visit ghts/x/3903652 (To learn more about the young brothers, you can visit


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THE REGION’S BLACK LEADERS—City Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle, State Representatives Jake Wheatley and Ed Gainey, City Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess and County Councilman Dewitt Walton work together in helping the community address issues. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels) Gainey mentioned that this is the first time all the area Black elected officials have organized and are working together in such a way to bring change. He said the Mayor has challenged them to bring something to the table for him to work with. “Now we have to be on the same page to grow

this city. We have to stay focused. It’s going to take Blacks, women and the LGBT community to create a change.” The roundtables have been organized by the staff of the elected officials which includes Samantha Akers from Rep.Wheatley’s Office, Sierra Parm from County Council-

man Walton’s Office, Lori Criswell from Rep. Gainey’s Office and Marita Bradley from Councilman Rev. Burgess’s Office. Cassandra M. Williams, Community Relations Manager for the Office of Councilman Lavelle is the point of contact for the total Pittsburgh Black Elected Officials Coalition.

Top Black MLB exec leaving for McDonald’s NEW YORK (AP)— Wendy Lewis, among Major League Baseball’s highest-ranking Black executives, is leaving after two decades in the sport’s central office. The commissioner’s office said Wednesday that Lewis, its senior vice

president of diversity and strategic alliances, will become chief global diversity officer of McDonald’s Corp. Lewis started in baseball in the Chicago Cubs’ human resources department in 1987 and joined MLB eight years later.

More Americans drawn into job hunt WENDY LEWIS


tructure spending to try to accelerate growth and hiring. And she wants to make college more affordable and community college free. Friday’s jobs report isn’t likely to affect the course of the election. But it reflected improvement in two key areas: job-hunting and pay. For much of the recovery, the proportion of Americans who either had a job or were looking for one had declined as an aging population increased the pace of retirements. Many unemployed people also grew discouraged and stopped looking. Others stayed in school or stayed at home caring for relatives. All that helped keep the unemployment rate down. People who are out of work aren’t counted as unemployed unless they’re actively searching for a job. Yet in the past year, the opposite has occurred: The jobless rate has remained mostly flat even as hiring has been solid. That’s because the proportion of adults either working or looking for work has increased from a 40-year low of 62.4 percent in September 2015 to 62.9 percent last month. That’s still far below pre-recession levels. But the proportion has increased even while many people in the vast baby boom generation have been retiring. The workforce—people either with a job or looking for one—has grown 3 million in the past year, the biggest 12-month gain since 2000. Pay is also ticking up. In September, average hourly pay rose 6 cents to $25.79 and is now 2.6 percent higher than it was a year ago. That’s stronger than the pace for most of the seven-year economic recovery, when pay was rising at only about 2 percent a year. The pay increases suggest that some employers are being forced to pay more to at-

tract workers. Minimum wage increases in many states have also likely contributed to the pay gains. The influx of job-seekers has likely kept pay gains from rising even further, economists said, because it means employers have more applicants to choose from. That’s a major reason Fed Chair Janet Yellen has held off raising rates this year. She wants the job market to continue to draw people off the sidelines. In the meantime, wages and inflation are unlikely to spike. “The Fed is right to not get too anxious about raising rates,’’ said Michael Dolega, senior economist at TD Bank. “There is more slack in the labor market.’’ In September, manufacturers shed jobs for a second month, cutting 13,000. Factories have struggled as businesses have reduced their spending on machinery and other equipment. That’s provided fodder for Trump, who has focused his economic proposals on restoring manufacturing jobs. Yet many high-paying services jobs, in sectors such as consulting, accounting and management, grew rapidly last month. Accounting and consulting firm EY plans to hire 15,000 in the year ending next June, though some of those hires will replace existing staff. The company, formerly known as Ernst & Young, has 45,000 U.S. employees. It’s seeking software developers and data analysts, in addition to accountants and business consultants. And it’s offering more family leave and a student loan repayment program to attract new hires. “As the economy gets better, attracting the best talent is more difficult,’’ says Dan Black, the company’s head of recruiting for the Americas.

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your beneficiaries whenever you have a life-changing event. This can be marriage, a divorce, birth of a child, death of a family member, setting up an estate plan, or any other personal reason that might affect who you want to receive the account. If you don’t remember who your beneficiaries are, ask your financial planner to provide a list of known beneficiaries for each account and insurance policy to make sure these individuals are still your desired beneficiaries. Beneficiaries and estate planning Your beneficiary designation will determine who will receive an account even if your estate planning documents state otherwise. Let’s say you remarry after you and your ex-spouse have been divorced for several years, and you unexpectedly pass away after some time. If you never changed the beneficiary designation of your retirement plan to your current spouse, the funds will pass to the former spouse. Choosing a beneficiary designation is a simple and effective estate planning strategy that allows the account to pass without

going through the probate process. The beneficiary, then, would have access to the funds more quickly. Other questions to consider Here are some other financial planning items everyone should consider each year: Is the executor or trustee listed in your will still willing and able to serve in that role? When was the last time you reviewed your estate plan? Does your current investment allocation in your retirement accounts match your age and risk tolerance? Do you have adequate life insurance on your family? Your CPA can help Selecting the proper beneficiary designations is just a small part of a comprehensive financial plan. A CPA financial planner can help you develop a plan to accomplish your financial goals, which may include planning for investments, retirement, taxes, education, insurance, budgeting, and your estate. Find a CPA near you, or visit for more estate planning tips.

OCT. 14—The African American Chamber of Commerce will host a presentation by Pittsburgh Opera General Director Christopher Hahn, 7:30-9 a.m. at the Rivers Club in Oxford Center, downtown. Hahn will discuss the Opera’s upcoming season, including the production on the life of Josh Gibson. Cost is $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Call 412-392-0610 for more information.

Vocational Training Open House OCT. 14—Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania will hold an open house for its RISE (Reentry through Industry Specific Education) Project from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at South Side Facility, 2400 East Carson Street. RISE participants receive a nationally recognized certification as they are trained and prepared for work in construction and maintenance fields. In the four years of the RISE Project’s existence, nearly 200 individuals have participated, resulting in job placement in positions such as skilled laborers in machine manufacturing, construction, concrete, roofing and furniture repair. Call Whitney Miles at 412632-1742 for more information.

Youth Development Workshop OCT. 19—The African American Chamber of Commerce will host a presentation by staff and students of the Holy Family Academy, from 8;30 to 11 a.m., 9th floor boardroom, Koppers Bldg., 635 Grant St., downtown. The presentation will highlight how the school provides highly-qualified, lowincome students with a quality education while helping build and maintain Pittsburgh’s skilled workforce. The presentation will demonstrate how the work study program helps close the employment to education gap for students. how your companies and organizations can benefit from this program. The workshop is free for Chamber members, $10 for non-members.

Financial Statements Workshop OCT. 20—Duquesne University’s Small Business Development Center will host “Understanding Financial Statements, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Rockwell Hall, rm. 108, 600 Forbes Ave. Learn how to analyze current financial situation and project the impact of decisions, and own your numbers. A representative from Wilke & Associates will offer clear examples for using Profit abd Loss statements and Balance Sheets to make informed decisions, identify potential problems within your business and set realistic financial goals. Cost is $49. To register or for more information, call 412-396-6233.

Business Energy Efficiency Grants THROUGH APRIL 15—The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has to $1,000,000 of grant funding available in the 13th year of the Commonwealth’s Small Business Advantage Grant Program for small businesses that adopt or acquire equipment or processes that promote pollution prevention and/or energy efficiency projects. Applicants must be a for-profit corporation, limited liability corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship or other legal entity with 100 or fewer full-time employees. Businesses can apply for 50 percent matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution-prevention equipment or procedures. Funding is eligible for those costs incurred between July 25, 2016 and June 30, 2017. For more information, contact the Small Business Ombudsman’s Office at 717-772-5160.

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Clairton’s Wade plays through the whistle by Smokin’ Jim Frazier For New Pittsburgh Courier

The book about the history of Aliquippa high school football was written by Sports Illustrated writer S.L. Price, is titled “Playing Through The Whistle—Steel, Football and an American Town.” But Friday night, Clairton’s Lamont Wade added a chapter of his own as the Bears embarrassed the Quips, 52-16, at Neil C. Brown Stadium. Wade ran for 255 yards on 12 carries, scored four times, threw a touchdown and intercepted a pass. His touchdown runs covered 73, 60, 70 and 46 yards, and he showed his extraordinary athleticism when he hurdled a tackler on this longest run. Aliquippa took an early 6-0 lead when Avante Mckenzie raced 50 yards for a touchdown and after a safety Quips lead 8-0. Wade threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to Noah Hamlin and then Wade threw a 36-yard touchdown to Hamlin to give the Bears their first lead. In the second quarter, Wade sprinted 73-yards for a touchdown to give the Bears an 18-6 advantage Junior quarterback Kwantel Raines ran 19-yards for a touchdown and a successful two-point conversion cut the lead to 18-16.

Wade’s 60-yard touchdown run extended the Bears lead to 28-18 and the rout was on. Wade then added a 70 and 46-yard touchdown runs. Since Aliquippa became a high school in 1930, only three other teams scored more points on the Quips. The most was 70, by Jeannette in a 2007 playoff game. Jeannette had a great player named Terrelle Pryor, and he torched Aliquippa for more than 300 yards rushing that night. “We’ve wanted to play Aliquippa for years to show who the real powerhouse is,” Lamont Wade said. “They say Clairton plays no competition. They say we’re too small. I think we showed them today. No disrespect to Aliquippa, but to have the scoreboard light up like that, it means so much to this community and these kids.” Wade is being recruited by Pitt, Penn State, Ohio State, Tennessee, West Virginia, Mississippi State, UCLA, and Alabama. His father Carlton Wade was a former basketball star at Clairton. “Lamont is just an exceptional athlete,” said Clairton coach Wayne Wade, a cousin of Lamont. “He’s a 5-star kid. When you put the ball in his hands, he’s electric, as well as Noah Hamlin. Noah adds another dynamic to our offense that I don’t think

teams are ready for.” The Bears had an unfair advantage and not just because they were playing at home. Clairton, the No. 1 ranked team in Class 1A in both the WPIAL and State, is 6-0. Aliquippa (5-2) had to deal this week with two players—Ron Foster and Deontae Jones—being arrested on homicide charges. Due to the serious nature of these charges and the heavy hearts of the team and coaches nobody would have blamed the Quips if they would have forfeited or postponed this game. Next season they’ll play again in Aliquippa. “I think it means more to all the guys who played here before and wanted to play Aliquippa,” Clairton coach Wayne Wade said. “But we can’t settle for this and say this was our season.” Between them, Aliquippa (692) and Clairton (656) have a combined 1,348 victories, 44 appearances in the WPIAL football finals and 28 titles. The Quips have won a record 16 WPIAL titles, while the Bears rank second with 12. Both the Quips and Bears are defending WPIAL champions and appeared in the WPIAL final eight times in the past decade. Although both have Class A enrollment figures—the Quips choose to play Class 3A. They also share a bond with Braddock,

the WPIAL’s powerhouse program of the 1950s. Clairton broke Braddock’s WPIAL record winning streak, with 66 consecutive, while Aliquippa broke its regular season winning streak, with 62 consecutive. In Pittsburgh we adore our champions like no other city does and Aliquippa and Clairton are both sports town’s and is undeniably and inspiring place to live if you enjoy or want to pursue sports or have a child stepping into the world of sports. It’s amazing that Lamont Wade has rushed for over 5,000 career yards, won WPIAL titles and his hunger and determination has grown. He knows the challenge of winning a state title is not insignificant.  “The standard around here is a PIAA State championship title,” said Wade. “I haven’t won a state championship yet and that is my focus. We will not be satisfied with anything less. Lamont Wade plans to graduate early and enroll at a college in the spring semester. He plans to announce his college commitment in December at his graduation party.  When a young man graduates it is a celebration for the family. The parents are proud. Sisters and brothers are happy. When Lamont Wade graduates nobody will be happier than Aliquippa. 

Steelers in action

EVERYBODY LOVES ANTONIO—Antonio Brown gives a fan his touchdown ball instead of dancing. UPS AND DOWNS—Sammie Coates scores final Steeler touchdown. (Photos by Thomas Sabol)

NO CELEBRATIONS—Antonio Brown scores 4th quarter touchdown with no celebration.

by Aubrey Bruce For New Pittsburgh Courier

Last month when the Pittsburgh Steelers traveled to the “city of brotherly love,” otherwise known as Philadelphia, Pa. to face the Philly Eagles, it was assumed that they would pirouette out of the city with a win, based on the fact that the Black and Gold were about to face a rookie QB and an Eagles secondary that had experienced several injuries and appeared at best to be, “sieve like.” Alas, the only sieve turned out to be the offensive line and the secondary of the Steelers. Many folks were saying the Steelers were not as good as they had been advertised and not

DEFENSIVE SECONDARY STANDS OUT—Ross Cockrell One on One against Brandon Marshall. The secondary held the New York Jets receivers in check for the most part.

Inside Conditions…Sleeping giants as bad as the 34-3 skunk smelling beat down by the Eagles had indicated. After rebounding against the K.C. Chiefs, the next test for the Pittsburgh squad was supposed to be a “gut check” that was due to be provided by the incoming New York Jets. However, the “gang from Gotham,” flew into Heinz Field on a borrowed “Concorde.” and departed Allegheny river side of “the Burgh’ on a mule.” The slap around administered to Pittsburgh in Philadelphia apparently functioned as a strong dose of “smelling salts” for the Steel City squad causing them to instantly awaken from their early season siesta. Prior to the Eagles game, everyone had pointed out that the

AUBREY BRUCE sub for running back LeVeon Bell, DeAngelo Williams would hold his own watching as an interested spectator while Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger pulled a few rabbits out of a few designated hats, putting on his

best impression of master illusionist, David Copperfield. Fast Forward to Oct. 9, at Heinz Field. Even though Le’Veon Bell had returned the week before against the Chiefs he appeared to be just a few steps shy of his “omni-dangerous” self. When asked how he felt about his performance Bell said, “It felt good. Obviously my first game [back] I was a little nervous, but this game I didn’t really think about it, I just went out there and played and let the game come to me.” Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger didn’t have much of a problem connecting with his warp speed endowed wide receiver Sammie Coates. The problem

that both QB and wide receiver experienced were multiple unforced drops by the Steelers talented second year wide receiver out of Auburn. The miscues could have been the result of an injured hand in the first half of the game that required multiple stitches. Although Ben Roethlisberger may have been slightly irritated by the “drop” “Big” Ben did not shy away from the young wideout. “To be able to step up with not an easy injury and to feel down—he hurts as bad as anybody when he drops a ball—but I want him to know, there’s no number [of drops], I’m going to come back to you, I believe in you. He showed why I

should have that faith in him.” It appears that the Steelers have reestablished confidence in themselves at least on the offensive side of the ball. The early season swagger that they exhibited may have taken a hit, just a few weeks ago, but for now all seems to be well with the Steelers nation. If the Steelers front seven can just put a little more pressure on opposing quarterbacks in order to help shield their vulnerable defensive secondary from harm; the sky may be the limit for Steelers 2016 squad. (Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: or 412-583-6741. Follow him on Twitter@ultrascribe.)

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Applications for Police Officer for the City of Altoona may be obtained from the Human Resources Department at City Hall, 1301 – 12th Street, Suite 301, Altoona, PA, weekdays between 8:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. Applicants or their designees must file completed, NOTARIZED applications with accompanying documentation NO LATER THAN NOON ON THURSDAY, October 20, 2016. Return IN PERSON OR BY MAIL to: Human Resources Department Altoona City Hall 1301 - 12th Street, Suite 301 Altoona, PA 16601-3491 A $25.00 processing fee (check or money order) must be paid at the time the application is filed. Applications that are incomplete for any reason will not be accepted, and will be returned to the applicant. Falsification, concealment or misrepresentation of material fact on the application form may result in disqualification. All previous applicants will be required to reapply and repeat the entire application process in order to be considered for employment. REQUIREMENTS: •Must pass a physical agility test scheduled for Saturday, October 29, 2016, at 8:00 A.M., in Altoona. •Must pass a written Civil Service Test to be administered on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at 8:30 A.M., in Altoona. •Must have successfully completed a Pennsylvania Act 120 basic training program prior to the end of 2016. •Must be 21 years of age on or before the date of employment. •Must be a United States citizen. •Must have graduated from an accredited high school or have a Graduate Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.) acceptable to the Commission. •Must be licensed to operate a motor vehicle in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. •Must be of high moral character and free of felony or misdemeanor convictions. •Must be physically and mentally fit for the full duties of a Police Officer. •Must submit to a Computerized Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA). •Must agree to psychological and physical examinations if offered employment. Starting salary: $41,047.92 The City of Altoona is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Port Authority is seeking a Preventive Maintenance Program Manager to serve as the primary liaison for all data requirements related to the preparation and input of Authority assets and preventative maintenance information for the Maintenance Work Order System (MWOS). Coordinates and assists in troubleshooting and resolution of hardware problems; report generation; and designing user documentation. Drafts, implements and audits preventive maintenance procedures to be used to test, inspect, and maintain equipment, systems and facilities. Job requirements include: •Two year technical degree in Building Construction, Electrical Construction Electrical Distribution, Facilities Maintenance, Electronic Engineering, Integrated Systems Engineering or directly related field and a minimum of three (3) years’ experience in facilities maintenance, building systems or preventive maintenance. Experience in directly related field may be substituted for education. •Must have demonstrated experience in troubleshooting technical problems, and the ability to prepare preventive maintenance procedures of a technical nature. •Demonstrated ability in the use of Windows, Microsoft Word and Excel. •Professional and effective communication skills. •Excellent customer service and problem resolution skills. •Valid PA driver’s license. Preferred attributes: •Experience with SQL/Crystal Report Writing. •B.S. Degree Civil, Industrial, Mechanical engineering or related field •Experience with maintenance work order systems •Experience with facility maintenance or transportation maintenance departments.

We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package. Interested candidates should forward a cover letter (with salary requirements) and resume to: Amy Giammanco Employment Department 345 Sixth Avenue, 3rd Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2527 EOE

for W PA region of the United Methodist Church.  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required. Coordinator will develop and support regional youth and young adult ministries, events, and provide strategic support for local churches.  Resumé and cover letter to dcm@wpaumc. org  by 10/24/16. WPAUMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, women and minorities encouraged to apply. Employment dependent upon Child Clearance and background check. PART-TIME POLICE OFFICERS

Braddock Borough is seeking Parttime police officers application and job descriptions are in the Borough office. Candidate must possess and maintain a valid PA Driver License and be Act 120 Certified. Successful candidates must pass a drug test and be mentally and physically fit to perform the duties of a police officer. Be at least 21 years of age. There is no residency requirement; however local residents are encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should complete an application at the Braddock Borough Office located on 415 Sixth Street, Braddock PA 15104 No phone calls please A copy of the job description is available at the Borough office during normal business hours 9:00 am-4:00 pm


Port Authority is seeking a Maintenance Technical Trainer to provide assistance and support to the Manager of Bus Maintenance Training in the development, coordination and facilitation of training programs for maintenance and service employees and supervisors. Job requirements include: •High School Diploma or GED. •Minimum of three (3) years experience in directly related vehicle maintenance or body repair technology. •Minimum of two (2) years experience as a facilitator/trainer. •Valid Commercial Driver’s License with Passenger Endorsement and Air Brake Restriction removed or must possess a valid driver’s license and obtain the required Commercial Driver’s License within 90 days of appointment to this position. •Ability and willingness to work shifts and pass days, as required. •Effective and professional communication skills. •Demonstrated ability in the use of Windows and Microsoft Word. •This is a Safety Sensitive position subject to all testing provisions under the Drug and Alcohol Policy, including random drug and alcohol testing. The person selected for this position may be required to be tested prior to being awarded the job. Preferred attributes: •Technical school training in directly related maintenance.

We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package. Interested candidates should forward a cover letter (with salary requirements) and resume to: Robyn Taylor Employment Department 345 Sixth Avenue, 3rd Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2527 EOE


Community College of Allegheny County is seeking adjunct faculty for the Spring 2017 semester in the following disciplines: •Business Management (Seeking applicants that can teach the following: Introduction to Business, Principles of Marketing, Business Law, Principles of Management, Economics, Principles of Finance, Human Resource Management, Business Communications) – South Campus •Computer Aided Drafting – Boyce and South Campuses •Computer Information Technology (Seeking applicants that can teach Mobile Applications at South Campus and Cybersecurity at all campuses) •Engineering – South Campus •Film – South Campus •Forensics – North Campus •Labor and Management Studies – Allegheny Campus •Nursing •Physics – South Campus •Psychology – South Campus •Reading (Developmental Studies) – Boyce and North Campuses Please visit for more details and to apply. EOE














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Thorley Industries LLC d/b/a 4moms (Pittsburgh, PA) seeking Electrical/ Embedded Software Engineers to be responsible for developing embedded software to meet specific system and hardware requirements. Duties include: designing, assembling and debugging circuit boards using surface mount components; creating and executing software unit and functional tests; supporting the mechanical engineering team in the development of production and calibration software; documenting, defining and evaluating designs for electronics system modules and PCBAs, including multi-layer PCB design; carrying out components selection, circuit analysis, PCBA layout and design and electro-mechanical assembly; and controlling electromechanical assemblies, motor and motion control, data collection and sensor technologies. Master’s degree in Computer Engineering, Mechatronics, Robotics or directly related field. Must know (through academic training or work experience) robotics involving sensing, actuation and processing information; embedded software for 8 bit processors; Altium designer, including schematic capture, board layout, and routing; soldering SMT devices; standard laboratory measurement and test equipment; design and implementation of analog and digital circuity; motion control design; and Matlab, use of DSPs, Data Analyzers, logic analyzers; and low power battery operated circuitry. Mail resume to Thorley Industries LLC, 912 Ft Duquesne Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15222. LEGAL ADVERTISING Legal Notices

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Port Authority of Allegheny County REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL NO. 16-06

Port Authority of Allegheny County is requesting proposals for the performance of the following service: Armored Car and Cash Management Services The Authority is requesting proposals for the services of a Contractor to collect, count and deposit currency and coin from fareboxes located at four bus garages and one rail center; and to collect, count and deposit currency and coin from Authority’s service center, as well as to replenish consumables at approximately 60 ticket vending machines (TVMs), which will be installed across Authority’s light rail, busways, and other transit system locations (Contract Services). The Agreement will be for a three year period with the option to extend the Agreement up to an additional two years at the discretion of Authority. A copy of the RFP will be available on or after October 6, 2016, and can be obtained by registering at the Port Authority ebusiness website: http://ebusiness.portauthor and following the directions listed on the website. Please note that Proposers must register under the ebusiness category of GSREV – Revenue Collection/ Armored Car for this RFP. Proposers may also register in other categories for any future RFPs issued by Port Authority. If you have specific questions regarding this RFP, please contact Catherine Terrill at (412) 566-5188. An Information Meeting for interested parties will be held at 9:00 a.m., prevailing time, October 13, 2016 in the Fifth Floor Board Room of Port Authority of Allegheny County’s downtown offices, 345 Sixth Avenue to answer any questions regarding this RFP. A demonstration of Authority’s TVM will be conducted following the Information Meeting for all interested Proposers. An additional site tour of selected facilities will be offered, as described in the RFP, on a date and time reserved by the Authority based upon the need and the number of request by Proposers. Requests for a site tour can be made by contacting Joseph Maritato at (412) 566-5527. Hard copy proposals must be delivered to and time stamped by a representative of the Purchasing and Materials Management Department at or before 2:00 p.m., prevailing time, November 7, 2016, at the Purchasing and Materials Management Department, Port Authority of Allegheny County, 345 Sixth Avenue, Third Floor, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15222-2527. Proposals received or time stamped in the Purchasing and Materials Management Department after the advertised time for the submission of proposals shall be non-responsive and therefore ineligible for award. Each Proposer shall be solely responsible for assuring that its proposal is timely received and time stamped in accordance with the requirements herein. This Contract Services may be funded, in part, by, and subject to certain requirements of, the County of Allegheny and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The proposal process and the performance of the requested services will be in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Port Authority of Allegheny County, in compliance with 74 Pa.C.S. § 303, as may be amended, require that certified Diverse Businesses (“DBs”) have the maximum opportunity to participate in the performance of contracts and subcontracts for these Contract Services. In this regard, all Proposers shall make good faith efforts in accordance with 74 Pa.C.S. § 303, to ensure that DBs have the maximum opportunity to compete for and perform contracts. Proposers shall also not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, disability, national origin, sexual origin, gender identity or status as a parent in the award and performance of contracts for these Contract Services. Port Authority of Allegheny County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals.


Bids for furnishing materials and performing all work necessary and incidental to the completion of the below listed bid packages for the David L. Lawrence Convention Center may be delivered to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 at the time and date indicated below. Specifications may be ordered at no charge from: Conor McGarvey David L. Lawrence Convention Center 1000 Fort Duquesne Boulevard Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Phone: 412-475-1622 No bids may be withdrawn after the scheduled closing time for receipt of it for a period of sixty (60) days. Bids shall be plainly marked, “Bid”, with name of project, bid package number, name and address of bidder, time and date due. The Owner reserves the right to reject any and all bids received, including the lowest dollar bid, and to waive any and all informalities or irregularities in regard thereto as deemed in the best interest of the Owner. Bid Package Name: Riding Carpet Sweeper Package Available: October 11, 2016 Inquiries due: October 18, 2016 to Conor McGarvey Time/Date/Location for Bid: October 25, 2016 at 3:00 PM at the office of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15222, Administrative Office. Bid Package Name: Exhibit Hall Chairs Package Available: October 11, 2016 Inquiries due: October 18, 2016 to Conor McGarvey Time/Date/Location for Bid: October 25, 2016 at 3:00 PM at the office of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15222, Administrative Office.


The City of Pittsburgh, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, will be accepting bids, through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Engineering and Construction Management System (ECMS), for the installation of bike lanes including signing, pavement markings, and other miscellaneous construction on Bigelow Boulevard from Fifth Avenue to Forbes Avenue and Negley Avenue from Stanton Avenue to Howe Street. The construction plans and specifications can only be viewed on the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s ECMS website http:// The bid documents were made available on Thursday, September 29, 2016. Only electronic bids from ECMS business partners will be accepted. To register as a business partner go to http://www.dotdom2.state. frmECMSframeset?open&eur dECMS_Business_Partner.nsf/ frmBPPublicHome?OpenForm). All bidders (and subcontractors) on this project must be prequalified by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for the type of work to be performed. The bid opening (Let Date) is scheduled for Thursday, October 20, at 11:00 a.m., EDT. Bidders may view the bid opening online. Michael Gable, CPRP, Director Public Works Sam Ashbaugh, Director Office of Management and Budget




The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP) hereby requests proposals from qualified Firms or Individuals capable of providing the following service(s): Moving Services Rebid RFP#450-05-16 Rebid The documents will be available no later than October 10, 2016 and signed, sealed proposals will be accepted until 10:00 A.M., October 28, 2016 at which time they will be Time and Date Stamped at 100 Ross Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Parties or individuals interested may obtain information from: Mr. Kim Detrick – Procurement Director/Contracting Officer Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh Procurement Department 2nd Floor, Suite 200 100 Ross Street Pittsburgh, PA 15219 412-456-5116, Option 1 or by visiting the Business Opportunities section of A pre bid meeting will be held: Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh Procurement Department 100 Ross Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 200 Pittsburgh, PA 15219 October 20, 2016 10:00 A.M. The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh strongly encourages certified minority business enterprises and women business enterprises to respond to this solicitation. HACP’s has revised their website. As part of those revisions, vendors must now register and login, in order to view and download IFB/RFPs documentation. Caster D. Binion, Executive Director Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh HACP conducts business in accordance with all federal, state, and local civil rights laws, including but not limited to Title VII, the Fair Housing Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, The PA Human Relations Act, etc. and does not discriminate against any individuals protected by these statutes.



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Temple to chair Pitt’s Department of Africana Studies

PURE JOY—Mother KiShauna Rose with her miracles, Kilaiah, Kinya, and Kiyelle.

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PITTSBURGH—Christel N. Temple has been appointed chairperson for the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Africana Studies. An associate professor of Africana Studies at Pitt since 2010, Temple’s research interests and endeavors focus on Black cultural mythology, African world literature, and the intersections of history and literature. Combining the social sciences with the humanities, Pitt’s Department of Africana Studies critically examines the societies and people of Africa and African descent, and their relationships to the world. Through production, interpretation and the application of knowledge, the department urges students to participate in research, development, and aesthetic initiatives that promote constructive change in African and African American communities. “The discipline of Africana Studies has experienced half a century of growth since its formal origins in the 1960’s. Here at Pitt, the discipline stands as a site of academic, cultural, and sociopolitical vitality and relies on alliances with multiple schools of thought, working in tandem to advance the best interests of people of African descent and all of Humanity,” said Temple. “I am honored by this appointment, and I look forward to working with our dedicated faculty members and further growing the university and community partnerships that contribute to our mission.” In addition to the Department of Africana Studies, Temple is an affiliate of the University’s African Studies Program, Gender Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program, Global Studies

CHRISTEL N. TEMPLE Center and University Center for International Studies. Prior to arriving at Pitt, Temple taught at the College of Saint Rose, Johns Hopkins University, Temple University and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Her professional affiliations include the College Language Association, the National Council for Black Studies and the Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement Temple is the author of “Literary Spaces: Introduction to Comparative Black Literature” (Carolina Academic Press, 2007) and “Literary Pan-Africanism: History, Contexts, and Criticism” (Carolina Academic Press, 2005). She also has been published widely within such notable publications as the International Journal of Africana Studies, the Journal of Multicul-

Whitfield hits hot spots, campaigning for Hillary by Merecedes J. Howze For New Pittsburgh Courier

Actress Lynn Whitfield attended events across Western Pennsylvania last weekend, campaigning for Hillary Clinton and encouraging Pennsylvanians to register to vote before the Oct.11 deadline. Whitfield’s first event was at a campaign field office in Forest Hills. “I'm really not here as a celebrity,” said Whitfield to about 15 guests. Wilkinsburg Mayor John Thompson, who has held his office since 2006, was present with his wife, Barbara. Campaign volunteers, including canvassers and phone bankers, were also present to hear Whitfield speak. “We know why this election is so important,” said Whitfield. Donald Trump’s views on women surfaced. "We know how bad women are treated on the opponent’s side,” said Whitfield. The star of OWN’s “Greenleaf ” mentioned the influential women in her life. “I'm here as a mother.” Her 25-year-old daughter, Grace, who’s pursuing a music career, has to remain on mom’s health insurance. “I'm so grateful she can stay on my insurance.” Also, Whitfield’s 85-year-old mother has extensive healthcare needs. The actress, who has starred in mov-

PITTSBURGH—Under the care of Dr. Feghali and Magee-Women's Obstetrics and Gynecology Services, the healthy delivery of spontaneous identical triplets (without hormone or fertility treatment) at Magee-Women’s Hospital occurred on Sept. 9. The parents of the triplets, who both reside in Uniontown, Pa., welcomed this "one in a million births" of Kilaiah, 4lbs., 5oz. at 2:16 p.m. and 38 seconds; Kinya, 4lbs., 10oz. at 2:16 p.m. and 52 seconds; and Kiyelle, 4lbs., 13oz. at 2:17 p.m., following a planned cesarean section birth at Magee-Women’s. The triplets were delivered at 36 weeks and two of the triplets were healthy enough to be cared for by the maternity staff in the hospital's newborn nursery. Even though one, Kilaiah, was admitted to NICU, the doctor didn’t have serious concerns regarding her health; it was that she was just under the desired weight to be

tural Discourses and The Western Journal of Black Studies. In 2012, Temple was named a fellow of the Molefi Kete Asante Institute for Afrocentric Studies, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization focused on enhancing African-centered research. Other honors and distinctions include the 2008 Founder’s Award for Innovative Scholarship from Temple University and the 2005 Best Scholarly Book Award from the Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference. Temple earned a Phd. in African American Studies at Temple University, a master’s degree in African American Studies at the University of Maryland in Baltimore County and a Bachelor of Arts in History at the College of William and Mary.

ies like “Eve’s Bayou” and “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate,” was filled with “gratitude and excitement” about her visit in Pittsburgh. Whitfield gave some final words of encouragement to campaign volunteers, “In peace we go to people who may have closed minds.” She went on to say, “We have to keep strong because we know we are stronger together.” Whitfield, 63, also attended the annual Madelyn Hairston Giddens Card Party hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Alpha Alpha Omega chapter. Later that night, she participated in a worship service at Mount Ararat Baptist Church. That Sunday morning, Whitfield attended a service at Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church and then, at a private event, had tea with distinguished African American women at Arnold’s Tea. Her final stop was the Monroeville Convention Center for the Eastern Regional Democratic Organization and Mon Valley Democratic Committee Rally. While Whitefield was in the Greater Pittsburgh area, actress Alfre Woodard and women's activist Gloria Steinem campaigned in Philadelphia and Wilkes-Barre. This month, Hillary for Pennsylvania launched, a one-stop online portal for those who wish to register to vote or check their registration status.

permitted to be with mother and sisters. After 24 hours of observance and quick improvement, she was released from NICU to be with the others. The mother, KiShauna Rose, stated that “The doctor said that the delivery went well and the triplets are developing fine.” During delivery, each triplet had their own assigned team and equipment. After speaking with Kilaiah’s team, one of the nurses stated that “She was a fighter and pushed her way to be delivered first, showing strength and determination.” She also stated, "The girls are beautiful, doing well and grateful to have been a part of this miracle." When asked how they feel about the successful delivery of their triplets, Rose stated that she feels excited, like she just hit the jackpot and that she’s happy they are healthy and finally here. Kato, the father, really could not articulate his happiness, CAMPAIGNING FOR HILLARY—Lynn Whitfield, center, posing with Wilkinsburg Mayor John Thompson, right, and his wife, Barbara.(Photo by Merecedes Howze) but his huge smile said it all.

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