Author: Alisha Dixon

AHA to discuss stroke preventive measures at Sept. 16 luncheon


Nearly half of all African American adults have some form of cardiovascular disease, and African Americans have nearly twice the risk for a first-ever stroke than Caucasians, resulting in a much higher death rate from stroke.

USO against The World …The entire City League is coming after the defending champion Wildcats

USO PLAYERS Damon Macklin, Kenneth Pipkins and Dorian Jackson look to lead the Wildcats to a second-straight City League championship. (Photos by Thomas Sabol)

USO head coach Lou Berry knows the entire Pittsburgh City League is coming for his Wildcats. After all, they are the defending City League champions.

Superintendent Dr. Linda Iverson brings brighter outlook for schools

DR. LINDA IVERSON, second from right, touts improvements in the Wilkinsburg school district, at a Back to School event, Aug. 23 (Photo by John Ford)

It’s the first week of school for roughly 550 students in the two Wilkinsburg elementary schools, and superintendent Dr. Linda Iverson says her district is turning the corner.

African American Heritage Day Parade Saturday, Aug. 26

The bands. The art of step. The pageantry. The history.

Pittsburgh has its share of parades, such as those held on Memorial Day and Labor Day. But the African American Heritage Day parade has its own flavor, one that the others cannot replicate.

Like Father, Like Son …B.J. Flenory is inducted into the Allegheny-Kiski Valley Sports Hall of Fame, joining his father


Just saying the name “Flenory” gets people talking, gets people reminiscing, gets people mesmerized.

Baron “B.B.” Flenory needs no introduction. He’s the 1976 Pennsylvania High School Athlete of the Year, scoring nearly 2,000 points in his career at Valley High School, and one of the best basketball players in the history of Duquesne University.

Hammonds II helps young Black males ‘fulfill their purpose’

LEONARD HAMMONDS II listens to comments made by Rhyheim Sutton, a participant in the Pipeline to Purpose program at the Penn Hills YMCA. (Photo by John Ford)

Leonard Hammonds II has been there, done that, and now he’s doing all he can to make sure area young Black males don’t head down the same path.

Black teen behavior at Fireworks ‘a marked improvement’

In the moments following Pittsburgh’s Independence Day fireworks celebration at the Point last year, four people were shot near Liberty Avenue and 7th Street.

One of the victims was 15 years old.

The shooting and other corresponding violence placed a black mark on an otherwise successful event.

PPS students can jumpstart their career with CTE programs

JOSHUA CLINE and Kassidy Campbell, both PPS students, learn culinary skills at Westinghouse High School, June 21.

Pittsburgh Public Schools product Angela Mike received her cosmetology license—before she even finished high school.

Going against the ‘Flo’ …At age 65, Taylor is determined to stop the violence Downtown from teenagers

DEDICATED—Flo Taylor, left, talks with a group of teens Downtown. (Photos by J.L. Martello)

When there’s a small commotion amongst Black teens Downtown, many people start to move away from the situation.

Flo Taylor, however, moves closer to the situation.

Cosby, ‘America’s Dad,’ in Pittsburgh for jury selection

AWAITING TRIAL—Bill Cosby is escorted out of the Allegheny County Courthouse, May 22. (Photo by J.L. Martello)

Downtown Pittsburgh has a visitor this week.

He just happens to be one of the most recognizable faces in America, a man beloved by many in his heyday.

Brashear grad Narue Pearson on the rise in the music industry

HIGH POTENTIAL—Narue Pearson, a 2013 Brashear High School grad, came back recently to perform at his former high school. He’s on the rise in the music industry. (Photos by Gail Manker)

Take one listen to Narue Pearson’s videos on YouTube, or his songs on Soundcloud, and you’ll instantly hear potential.