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Rev. Eugene "Freedom" Blackwell, founding pastor of House of Manna and former pastor of Bethesda Presbyterian Church, passed away this morning, at the age of 43.
I don't know the details yet, but do know that he had endured - and until now, survived - bouts with cancer over the past few years.
Bethesda announced the news in a Facebook post:
TO: Bethesda Family & Friends
We share news of the passing of Rev. Eugene "Freedom" B...
I visited with Zone 5 police commander Jason Lando yesterday., and learned that Zone 5 has a mission statement.
I don't know how common (or not) it is for police zones, or even departments, to have mission statements. I don't think that it would have even occurred to me ask about such a thing. But there it was, firmly secured under the glass top of the conference table in Lando's office.
And here it is:Read Full Post »
Alton Sterling (l) and Philando Castile (r) were killed by police officers in Baton Rouge, LA and Falcon Heights, Minn. last week.
I'm going to make a pitch here. But first, a story:
I was out late, and stopped at a 24-hour convenience store around 3 a.m. to use the restroom and possibly grab a snack.
A younger Black man — I’d say early 30s —...Read Full Post »
From the just-passing-along-a-press-release department...this event is happening TODAY:
The Moving the Lives of Kids (MLK) Community Mural Project will host a press conference at 11 a.m. to address the rampant gun violence that has plagued the city and the nation. More than 100 students will participate.
On July 4, gun violence hit the MLK projec...Read Full Post »
Richard Garland (University of PIttsburgh Graduate School of Public Health) and Jack Jackson (Black Panther Party New Jersey chapter) listen as T. Rashad Byrdsong,president and CEO of Community Empowerment Association, addresses the Day of Black Male Solidarity
“Our house is on fire,” Community Empowerment Association Inc. President and CEO Rashad Byrdsong told the audience atRead Full Post »
Homewood resident Celeste Taylor (r), chats with YMCA garden program director Hanna Mosca (l) and Shiloh Farm manager Nick Lubecki of Grow PIttsburgh (c).
In a January post titled, "A New Script for Homewood," I wrote, “An alternative way of developing both people and land would be thr...Read Full Post »
Britee Clay, co-owner of Jones Printing, and Vernard Alexander, owner of The Minority Networking Exchange, welcome guests to a dinner held at Jones Printing that was part of 200 Dinners Pittsburgh.
Erica L. Upshaw-Givner was adamant.
“It is not a prevention, it is a deterrent. It is part of a solution.”
“It” referred to the ...Read Full Post »
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Carnegie Mellon University Fellow Dr. Stephanie C. Boddie
A lecture this evening at Carnegie Mellon University will explore the intersections between faith and commerce in the Black community.
In "Unfinished Business: Black Religion and the Entrepreneurial Spirit," Homewood immigrant Dr. Stephanie C. Boddie will highlight the ...Read Full Post »
It's not too late to register for The Each One Teach One Music And Radio Conference, an annual gathering that brings together musicians, techies, writers and others to explore a range of topics.
The conference, being held tomorrow, will include panel discussions on "Starting A Record Label," and "What Is News?"
Homewood native Kevin Amos, recently described Pittsburgh City Paper asRead Full Post »