PA Shakespeare Festival Presents August Wilson's Fences: July 27 - August 7 | Starring veteran stage, film, and television actor Tony Todd

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Set in 1950s Pittsburgh against the backdrop of a rapidly changing America, August Wilson’s groundbreaking Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning drama depicts the yearnings and struggles of the Maxson family. Troy Maxson, a former home run king of the Negro baseball leagues now supports his family as a garbage collector, and builds fences around a world he has battled his entire life. An epic work of stunning poetry by a Pennsylvania native, Fences has been hailed by critics as “a blockbuster piece of theater” and “the strongest, most passionate American dramatic writing since Tennessee Williams.” A timeless story of fathers and sons, husbands and wives, dreams and realities, Fences is a true American classic. Contains some adult subject matter and strong language. Ages 13+

DOJ: Buffett company discriminated against Black homebuyers

By KEN SWEET - AP Business Writer Jul 27, 2022

NEW YORK (AP) — A Pennsylvania mortgage company owned by billionaire businessman Warren Buffett's company discriminated against potential Black and Latino homebuyers in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware, the Department of Justice said Wednesday, in what is being called the second-largest redlining settlement in history.

Trident Mortgage Co., a division of Berkshire Hathaway's HomeServices of America, deliberately avoided writing mortgages in minority-majority neighborhoods in West Philadelphia like Malcolm X Park; Camden, New Jersey; and in Wilmington, Delaware, the Justice Department and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said in their settlement with Trident.

As part of the agreement with the government, Trident will have to set aside $20 million to make loans in underserved neighborhoods.

“Trident’s unlawful redlining activity denied communities of color equal access to residential mortgages, stripped them of the opportunity to build wealth, and devalued properties in their neighborhoods,” said Kristen Clarke, an assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, in a prepared statement. Read more 

The African American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania appoints new board leadership

Jul 25, 2022

The African American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware has new board leadership.

The following have joined The AACC board leadership: Chairman, Jovan Goldstein, founder and managing principal of JT Goldstein LLC; vice chairman Bjorn Henriques, host of The Philly Ad Club Podcast; treasurer Krystal Jones, senior vice president and chief financial officer for Live! Casino and Hotel Philadelphia and secretary, Daivy P. Damberville Esq., senior legal counsel for Power Home Remodeling.

The new slate of officers will begin their two-year term in September.

“The new board leadership brings a fresh perspective to creating funding opportunities for small business and developing educational opportunities to help advance economic growth among Black-Owned business in our region,” The African American Chamber of Commerce said in a news release. Read more 215-893-5716

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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