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UYA stays alive

Pittsburgh Courier Board closes 7 schools NEW Published Weekly NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 6, 2011 $1.00

by Rebecca Nuttall Courier Staff Writer

On Nov. 22, the Pittsburgh

Public School District Board of Directors ap- proved a slew of plans aimed at reducing the dis- trict’s projected 2012 bud- get deficit of $21.7 million. Among them were the elim- ination of single-gendered classes at the Academy at Westinghouse and the sale of two school buildings. Also approved in the pack-

age was the district’s re- alignment plan, which will see the closure of seven more schools and the elimi- nation of 400 positions in the district. This includes the merger of Perry High School and Oliver High School, along with the merger of Brashear High School and Langley High School. “I voted affirmatively for


by Christian Morrow Courier Staff Writer

As Rev. Cornell Jones and

supporters rallied against the scheduled shut down of the Urban Youth Action outside its offices Oct. 31, there was still no indication that the board of directors wouldmeetwith himto dis- cuss saving the programhis late father founded in 1964. But then, after three

months of refusals, the board chair and vice chairmetwith the Jones family Nov. 17. Rev. Jones was elated. “The Board of UYA has

agreed to work with us, alumni and friends to bring UYA back better than ever. Themeetingwas a success,”


CAPA cuts create concerns

by Rebecca Nuttall Courier Staff Writer

Not even a fire alarm

could silence the students of CAPA 6-12 on the night of Nov. 28, as they gathered on the sidewalk outside their school after a fire alarm interrupted their


Johnson Publishing head speaks on future To bring back fashion show, several redesigns

by Ashley Johnson Courier Staff Writer

Recently, Linda John-

son Rice, chairman of Johnson Publications, came to Pittsburgh for the gala celebrating the opening of the Carnegie Museum’s “Teenie Har- ris, Photographer: An American Story,” the exhibition presenting the archives of photog- rapher Charles “Tee- nie” Harris, which is still on display at the museum through April 2012; and thenwill tour several


throughout the country. Rice, who serves as

the national chair for the exhibit, said she got involved with it when she was approached by Judy Davenport, founder of Pittsburgh’s Sheridan Broadcasting, and the head of the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh. “I thought that what the Carnegie Museum did was first class and very impacting, it was great,” she said. “It is a chronicle of the his-

porting the things occurring in the Black community, and how it was spe- cial for them to be involved in this en- deavor. “The Courierwas a

great outlet for Tee- nie Harris to show- case his work and gave him a chance to do so at a time when most would not have given him the chance,” she said. Along with her in-


tory of African-Americans” She also mentioned the connec-

tion between the Pittsburgh Courier and Johnson Publishing Company Inc., two print medi- ums who had an impact on re-

volvement with the exhibit, Rice is over- seeing the revamp- ing of Johnson Pub- lishing and several of its brands. Rice’s father, John H. Johnson, and her mother, Eunice W. Johnson, founded Johnson Publishing

in 1942. Under their leadership was the creation of Ebony and Jet magazines and Fashion Fair Cosmetics.

SEE JOHNSON A3 Pitt Summit: From perceptions to reality

by C. Denise Johnson For New Pittsburgh Courier

Distortion through media im-

ages is not a new phenomenon nor is it going to disappear. It has been a part of our collective cul- ture as long as baseball and apple pie and, until recently, un- challenged. More than a century later in

the report of a Heinz Endow- ment-funded media audit re- leased Nov. 1, analysis suggests that Pittsburgh’s mainstream media contribute to a consistent pattern of what a background paper fromtheDellumsCommis- sion calls “systematic omissions.” “Negative stereotyping is a core


component of media images of young men of color,” the commis-

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sion said, and “the media con- tribute to the denial component of racial sentiments mostly by what they usually omit.” Combine what’s missing with

what’s present in local media coverage and its association of Black men with crime and you get confirming examples of the studies on negative frames of ref- erence. “Inmy opinion, the youngBlack

males that appear before me in court are greatly impacted by the negative images that they see on television on a daily basis,” said Juvenile Court Judge Dwayne Woodruff, one of the few Black judges on the bench in Allegheny County. “I am fully aware that these youth are at a highly im- pressionable stage in their devel-

opment and if they are fed a diet rich in negative images of them- selves, they will grow to emulate those negative behaviors.” A key strategy to combat those

perceptions is to increase public recognition of the deficit framing used to discuss the successes and challenges facing Black men and boys, resulting in community ac- tion to eliminate that framing and to increase positive images ofAfrican-Americanmales in the public sphere. “I believe there is a great ap-

petite for the positive, “reality” stories of African-Americans and I do not buy into the theory that only bad news sells,” said Woodruff. “I also believe that the

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all parts. High schools need reorganized. High Schools are our weakest area and this essentially reorganized two high schools,” said Sharene Shealey, district 1 representative. “A couple of the schools that will be closed were very small so they couldn’t even support a full course load; they couldn’t afford a music teacher and an art teacher. So even though the merged schools will be bigger, they will better serve the kids.” Under the district’s re-

SHARENE SHEALEY voted in favor of school changes.

alignment plan, Pittsburgh Fort Pitt PreK-5, Pittsburgh Langley High School, Pitts- burgh Murray K-8, Pitts- burgh Northview PreK-8, Pittsburgh Oliver High School, Pittsburgh Schaeffer K-8 and Pittsburgh Stevens K-8 will be closed. However, Langley will house a new K-


Breast cancer strikes Black women earlier and deadlier

by Rebecca Nuttall Courier Staff Writer

At the age of 27,Tanisha Freemanwas di-

agnosed with breast cancer. Two years later, she is cancer free and working to raise awareness for other young African- American women who may be at risk for developing the disease. “Most of the time they tell you do not get

your mammograms ‘til 40 and I was diag- nosed at 27, so I’m trying to change the face of breast cancer. Every time I tell someone they ask me how old I am; so I’m trying to raise awareness,” Freeman said. “It’s not hereditary in my family. I don’t even carry the gene for cancer.” While African-American women are less

likely to develop breast cancer than their White counterparts, their cancers aremore advanced when discovered and have a poorer prognosis. Black women are also more likely to develop breast cancer earlier in life. On Oct. 28, Freeman hosted a Happy Hour at Chocolate City Bar in Homewood


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CARRIE WASHINGTON For 30 years, Carrie Washington dedi-

cated herself and her talents to the better- ment of the Homewood neighborhood through her work with Operation Better Block Inc., an organization dedicated to overcoming blight in the Homewood com- munity. On Nov. 13 the Homewood activist passed away at the age of 79. Services were handled by White Memorial Chapel. Washington began her career with OBB

in 1971 as the assistant director, under the leadership of James Givner, the executive director. After Givner’s passing, Washing- ton took over the position of executive di- rector and continued until her retirement in 2001, which she held for more than 20 years. While Jose Diaz, community organizer

for OBB, did not have experience working with her, he could attest to the presence she had within the community. “We have been around for 40 years and just from talking to people in the community, some people are familiar with our work and some are not, the people that do always re- membered her as the lead for Operation Better Block, and we have had other direc- tors since then. People still associate Ms. Washington with Operation Better Block. It just goes to show her presence,” he said. While under Washington’s leadership,


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