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Homewood 2014: A bumpy start

Posted by Elwin Green on January 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (91)

For lovers of Homewood, the year 2014 has gotten off to a dramatic, intriguing, challenging start.

On January 6, Homewood artist and poet Vanessa German thrilled attendees at Mayor Bill Peduto's inauguration with a spoken word piece that brought the audience at Heinz Hall to their feet, and that made me, watching it with my wife on TV, want and wish to be the kind of neighbor, the kind of Pittsburgher, that she ...

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Beyond Racial Pride: The Growing Wealth Gap

Posted by C. Matthew Hawkins on April 28, 2013 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (81)

It is understandable why Black Americans take pride in the historic milestone of participating in the election of the nation's first African American president 5 years ago, and his re-election last year.

Barack Obama's election was a serious blow to the ideology of "white supremacy", which used to be the conventional "wisdom" in American social and politica...

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Passionate speakers address full house at gun forum

Posted by Elwin Green on April 26, 2013 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (69)

The community forum on gun violence convened by State Rep. Ed Gainey brought a full house to the auditorium of the Homewood Carnegie Library last night:

Speakers included Wilkinsburg Police Chief Ophelia "Cookie" Coleman, who had an entire career on the Pittsburgh force before going to Wilkinsburg; Zone 5 Commander Timothy O'Connor and Rob Conroy, Western Pennsylvan...

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A community meeting on gun violence

Posted by Elwin Green on April 18, 2013 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (2)

Homewood artist Vanessa German addresses the audience at last night's meeting on gun violence at the Carnegie Library-Homewood.

About 50 people came out last night for a community meeting on gun violence sponsored by the Black Women's Empowerment Institute.


Speakers for the program included Zone 5 police commander Timothy O'Connor, Tim Stevens of the Black Polit...

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Homewood Business Grant Competition Update

Posted by Elwin Green on April 13, 2013 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (5)

The grant competition launched earlier this year by Urban Innovation21 marked another milestone today. Noon was the deadline for business owners to submit their applications for the grants, after going through four training sessions, the last of which was last week.

I haven't spoken yet with any of my classmates to learn what this proce...

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