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THE ARTS: "The Book of Ezra"

Posted by Elwin Green on October 15, 2014 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

by Denise Johnson

"Th​e Book of Ezra" closes on Oct. 25. Before you grab your Bible and go to the Old Testament, you should know that "The Book of Ezra" is a world premiere one-man theatre work by Leslie Ezra Smith _ and that it is well worth your time.


Autobiographical, "Th​e Book of Ezra" is a road map for his teenage son (something Smith's absentee father never provided)...

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Wideman Appears On Behalf Of Inmate-Student Think Tank

Posted by Elwin Green on October 13, 2014 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

by Denise Johnson

Author John Edgar Wideman was at Duquesne University Saturday for a panel discussion on a program that has created a think tank in which prisoners collaborate with those outside to study issues of common concern as a part of the national Gaultier Symposium, a two-day seminar developed by Dr. Norman Conti through his Gaultier Faculty Fellowship with Duquesne’s Center for...

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Homewood Nation publisher appointed to Citizen Police Review Board

Posted by Elwin Green on October 13, 2014 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

by Denise Johnson

Homewood Nation publisher Elwin Green is a new member of the Citizen Police Review Board (CPRB), appointed by District 9 Pittsburgh City Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess.


He was sworn in Aug. 26.

The CPRB is the only entity mandated by the City of Pittsburgh's Charter and city Code to receive, investigate and recommend appropriate action on ...

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John Edgar Wideman To Appear

Posted by Elwin Green on October 11, 2014 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (1)

Award winnning novelist and essayist John Edgar Wideman will be at Duquesne University this afternoon for a panel discussion on a program that has created a think tank in which prisoners collaborate with those outside to study issues of common concern.

The program, Inside-Out, began at Temple University in 1997. Ten years later, Dr. Norm Conti, an associate professor in D...

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Homewood Children's Village head resigns

Posted by Elwin Green on September 26, 2014 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Homewood Children's Village President and CEO Derrick L. Lopez has resigned, the organization announced this evening.


An emailed press release from HCV said that Mr. Lopez is stepping down to complete his doctoral dissertation at Michigan State University, where he is studying educational policy.


Dr. Shannah Tharp-Gilliam has been promoted from Deputy CEO, and Director of Evaluation and Research, to interim President and CEO.


Mr. Lopez ...

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The French Connection

Posted by Elwin Green on September 25, 2014 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Last November, I shared the news (passed on to me by Councilman Burgess' chief of staff Shawn Carter) that France had issued a warning to its citizens not to visit Homewood. Noting that French citizens were unlikely to do so anyway, I asked "Why should we care?" and answered:


I care because I see opportunity here. If Homewood can be internationally famous...

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Final Business District Planning Meeting Tonight

Posted by Elwin Green on September 25, 2014 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Just a reminder that the last of three meetings by Operation Better Block, about the redevelopment of Homewood's business district, will be held this evening at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Homewood branch, 7101 Hamilton Avenue. Come at 5:30 for refresments; the meeting will start at 6. This meeting is for everyone in Homewood who wants to have a voice in the future of our business district.


Tonight's meeting will offer a recap of the first two. Here's a preview of ...

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Byrdsong presents "Urban Agenda Strategy" for Homewood - Part 1

Posted by Elwin Green on September 18, 2014 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (1)

T. Rashad Byrdsong, President and CEO of Community Empowerment Association

About two dozen people came out for a meeting at Community Empowerment Association in which CEA President and CEO T. Rashad Byrdsong presented a document for the community's review and use, titled "Homewood Urban Agenda Strategy: An Inner-City Model for Urban Revitalization."

Mr. Byrdsong ...

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Urban Agenda To Be Presented

Posted by Elwin Green on September 18, 2014 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I'm just going to leave this here for now:

HN Updates

Posted by Elwin Green on September 15, 2014 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)


1) The two episodes "Building A 21st Century Journalistic Enterprise" which I've announced twice already are on hold until I do some higher-level work on my calendar. The next time I mention either, it will not be with location TBA. The location will be included. Thanks for your patience.


2) I missed the deadline for completing the NewU grant application for which

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In October 2005, after a bullet came through his living room window, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Elwin Green began writing "My Homewood," the first blog on the P-G's website. For 4 1/2 years, "My Homewood" shared stories of tragedy and beauty, of perplexity and hope - stories that live again in "The Homewood Chronicles."

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