A Raconteur Dies

JOHN BREWER John Brewer was bigger than life—that’s probably because he documented the lives of so many other Black Pittsburghers over the years. An author, raconteur, and collector of oral histories, Brewer died in his sleep, Feb. 13. He was 74. As noted in the biography of him the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation wrote, he…

via Black historian John Brewer dies at 74 — New Pittsburgh Courier

100-Year-Old Couple Celebrates Anniversary: ‘I’ve Loved You for 80 Years, Honey’ — CBS New York

1010 WINS-“I’ve loved you for 80 years, honey. That’s a long time.” This New York couple is celebrating their 80th wedding anniversary. Arthur Jacobs is 105-years-old and Marcia, his wife, is 100-years-old. Despite being married for 80 years, it’s obvious how much the pair still love each other. (Provided photo: Gabe Jacobs) Their grandson Gabe…

via 100-Year-Old Couple Celebrates Anniversary: ‘I’ve Loved You for 80 Years, Honey’ — CBS New York

Harvey racial optics much different than Katrina — New Pittsburgh Courier

In this Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 file photo, residents listen to officials at a roadblock into their Canyon Gate neighborhood which was flooded when the Barker Reservoir reached capacity in the aftermath of Harvey in Katy, Texas. The charges of racism that swirled after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans 12 years ago have yet to…

via Harvey racial optics much different than Katrina — New Pittsburgh Courier

Long Island Man With Down Syndrome Launches His Own Charity To Help Others — CBS New York

BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A Long Island man has made it his mission to improve lives, despite challenges in his own. As CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported, to know Keith Caputo is to love him. “I feel happy, proud and excited,” he said. On Thursday, the 36-year-old Center Moriches man, born with Down syndrome, loaded up…

via Long Island Man With Down Syndrome Launches His Own Charity To Help Others — CBS New York

Why the Country Cannot be United

I am really tired of hearing politicians say we must “unite” the country. They claim to know how to bridge the divisions. No, they don’t and they can’t. When I see white men (and a few white women) marching with torches and chanting hateful slogans; when I see them threatening blacks and Jews and others […]

via Why the Country Cannot Be United — Diane Ravitch’s blog

8-Year-Old Creates Care Packs For Homeless — CBS New York

1010 WINS — It’s clear there’s a real homeless crisis across the globe, and sometimes it can be hard to know where to start, but one little boy is a great reminder that anyone can make a difference. Adrian Young first realized the plight of the homeless after walking by a man lying on the sidewalk…

via 8-Year-Old Creates Care Packs For Homeless — CBS New York