Author: The Associated Press

Bofta Yimam leaves WTAE-TV …Was 2016 Courier ‘Woman of Excellence’


Will visit Pittsburgh for motivational speaking engagements

Bofta Yimam says those days of the alarm clock blaring at 1:45 a.m., while others are deep into their sleep, are over—at least for now.

“I will enjoy sleeping in a bit these days,” she said.

IN HIS OWN WORDS …‘The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X’ to premiere on Smithsonian Channel, Feb. 26

MALCOLM X (Photo courtesy Smithsonian Channel)

Black History Month isn’t complete without one’s knowledge of Malcolm X.

Some loved him, others despised him. What’s non-debatable was the impact he had during the Civil Rights Era in America.

ANSWERS AND TRANSPARENCY …Byrdsong says story from police ‘does not go up the smell test’ in shooting death of Mark Daniels

RASHAD BYRDSONG, CEO of Community Empowerment Association, calls for more transparency from Pittsburgh Police officials pertaining to the death of Mark Daniels. Daniels was shot by unnamed officers in Homewood, Feb. 11. (Photo by J.L. Martello)

ACLU Pennsylvania legal director Witold “Vic” Walczak walked to the podium and said what everyone behind him was thinking.

#MeToo movement founder speaks in Pittsburgh

TARANA BURKE, founder of the #MeToo movement, speaks at Calvary Episcopal Church in Shadyside on Feb. 6. (Photo by Ryan Loew/PublicSource)

1,000 hear Tarana Burke’s message at Calvary Episcopal Church

The #MeToo movement didn’t start with Harvey Weinstein. Nor Matt Lauer. Nor Kevin Spacey.

Making reading, learning a priority for Black youth at Homewood Library

NATHANIEL BROADUS, with 6-year-old daughter Kendall Wildy, at the African American Read-In, at the Homewood Library, Feb. 3. (Photo by J.L. Martello)

Six-year-old Kendall Wildy was there, with her peers, enjoying the books, enjoying the words being orated from inside the books.

The Pursuit of Justice – the story of Hercules “Chico” Butler

HERCULES “CHICO” BUTLER is known around town for his fine Zoot suits, and being the life of the party. But behind the sharp clothes, there’s a real battle he’s fighting. He says he’ll never give up until his battle for justice is won. (Photo by Gail Manker)

Rev. Shanea Leonard among CORO Leadership awardees

REVEREND SHANEA LEONARD won the Individual Leadership Award at CORO’s MLK Leadership Awards, Jan. 20

Reverend Shanea Leonard, of Judah Fellowship Christian Church in the Hill District, is under a mandate—not a suggestion—a mandate, “to care for those who are marginalized in our community…I cannot ignore the plight of my people and the necessity to rise above where we often find ourselves relegated to,” she said. “I have dedicated my life to helping in whatever way I can.”

Black Tech Nation – Kelauni Cook leads new group in highly non-diverse profession

KELAUNI COOK is the founder and CEO of Black Tech Nation, a new organization helping to connect Black tech professionals in the region. (Photo by Gail Manker)

‘Black Tech Nation’ gaining notoriety

One Google search changed Kelauni Cook’s life.

CCAC Prez heads into Virtual Reality at school’s new Innovation Lab

CCAC PRESIDENT DR. QUINTIN BULLOCK heads into “Virtual Reality,” in the new “VR Room” inside CCAC North Campus’ new Innovation Lab, unveiled Jan. 25. (Photos by Rob Taylor Jr.)

More than 4,000 attend Construction Trades Career Fair

TREVON JOHNSON, of McKees Rocks, gets valuable information from community service organizations and Construction Trades professionals at the Career Workshop at PPG Paints Arena, Jan. 26. (Photo by J.L. Martello)

Event geared to attract African Americans

Brian Trimble barely had time to speak with the New Pittsburgh Courier at the Construction Trades Career Workshop, held Jan. 27 at PPG Paints Arena.

It’s about the food, but more about the kids, family fellowship (St. James AME Food Service Ministry)


Youth learn ‘life skills’ as members of St. James’ Food Service Ministry

There’s nothing like beef barley soup, fried and baked chicken, potato onion casserole, hot and cold tea, and a salad and fruit bar right after church.