Easton restaurant owners forced to close multiple times say they are victims of favoritism, racism. City officials are investigating

By Anthony Salamone
The Morning Call
•Jun 15, 2022 at 7:30 am

When the couple opened Khanisa’s in 2019 on 118 Northampton St. in Easton, they thought the space they were renting on a prominent downtown strip offered more seating and a better chance to grow the dessert business, with specialties that include pudding.
“Look at where we are; we’re on the gateway block,” Khanisa Darby said recently, referring to the city’s entryway from the Northampton Street free bridge connecting downtown Easton and Phillipsburg, New JerseyRead more here

Editorial: We are taking wrong lessons from racial slur video; By Pas Simpson

Pas Simpson is executive director, One Big SMILE Foundation.

 Recently our community’s sensibilities were provoked. (”Allentown School District cuts ties with Ortiz Ark Foundation following video showing use of racial slur by nonprofit leader,” Morning Call, April 19.)

A video circulated through social media that has become a call to action. A challenge to how we define race, see ethnicity, but more importantly how intense situations may cause a lapse of judgment or even an abuse of power.

Interpretation and use of words are powerful.

I’m that Nigga, who understands the history of the word, and decided to own it. Who won’t let the enemy weaponize a word once used as a term of endearment.

Negus is a title in the Ethiopian Semitic languages. Usually bestowed upon a regional ruler by the Negusa Nagast, or “king of kings” in pre-1974 Ethiopia. The negus is referred to as Al-Najashi in Islamic tradition.

Slave masters, in an attempt to rob us of history and quell our hope, took a term of high regard, and made us think it’s an attack. They have transformed Negus, meaning king, into nigger, meaning ignorant.

Most Black and brown people in the Americas are descendants of slaves. Whether your slave language was English, Spanish or French, we were all treated like niggers instead of regarded as Negus.

We can’t use the same templates set up in white supremacy to keep us divided.

Nigger is never an acceptable term, no matter who says it. As a father of two young black Queens, I was appalled watching the video clip. Although we don’t know the entire context of their conversation, some things don’t matter. Read more

All White Spring House Party Thursday May 19th 9:00pm - 2:00am @ GRAVITY Night Club in Allentown


2022 Black History Celebration and Black History Makers Awards Reception: Fri, February 25, 2022 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM EST


Celebrate Black History Makers from Past 

and Present with an Awards Reception


Joyce Ellis, Edward C. Gainey, Clifton P. Pitts, A. Odell Richardson, Ralph P. Watson, 
and Val Pennington.

Refreshments served from 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Program from 6:50 PM - 8:00 PM

RSVP  here by 2/22/22

Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
100 Lytton Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213