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Affordable housing is a major problem in the City of Pittsburgh. Many African Ameri­cans who once lived in East Liberty, Uptown, the South Side Flats area and parts of the Central North Side have been uprooted, with sparkling, flashy new apartment developments that, if the developers had their way, would have all the units priced at mar­ket-rate. But in the words of Pitts­burgh Mayor Ed Gain­ey, the city's first Black mayor, "if you're coming to ask me for city subsidy, I'm gonna tell you what I need; I need

At the heart of every pivotal moment in civil rights and political movements, the spirit of “Black Girl Magic” has been palpable, with Black women leading the charge. Their journey is one defined by an alchemy of resilience, leadership, and an unwavering commitment to justice, turning trials and challenges into triumphs. This unique blend of strength and grace under pressure is what imbues Black women’s contributions with a sense of magic; they not only overcome obstacles but do so with a brilliance that sets new standards for

Meet HERide co-founders Jillian Anderson and DeVynne Starks, who are breaking new ground as the first Black-women-owned rideshare company to secure a contract with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. HERide also offers the added caveat of prioritizing women’s safety. Within the ride-sharing industry, the BWE company stands out for its commitment to safety, equity, and inclusivity above industry giants Lyft and Uber. Meet HERide, the leading female-friendly ride-sharing option in Georgia, making waves with its innovative approach to creating a safer and more inclusive ride-sharing experience. “What inspired me to

Real Times Media's Who's Who In Black series frequently features women who continue to impact the culture through a myriad of contributions across all sectors of society. Their groundbreaking accomplishments have changed the nation and inspired women around the world to become game-changers in bringing the promise of equality and excellence to fruition. One of those delivering on that promise is Falonda Woods, Atlanta’s second Black woman Postmaster. “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." -

Born in Chicago and raised between Racine, Wisconsin, and the South Side, Dorri McWhorter was destined for leadership. Her passion for advocacy and communications started early. At just 11 years old, she wrote a letter to Santa Claus, urging him to “keep people safe!” showcasing her selfless concern for others. It was at this time that she discovered her love for numbers and desire to become an accountant. McWhorter’s unwavering focus paved the path to inevitable success, and she accomplished her dream of becoming an accountant, working in the

Serena Williams, known for her unparalleled success on the tennis court, has also established herself as a force in the investment world. Demonstrating her keen eye for promising startups leading to significant success. After retiring from tennis in September 2022, Williams shifted her focus to venture capital, founding Serena Ventures in 2014 to support women and underrepresented founders. “I learned that less than 2 percent of all VC money went to women,” Williams said in a TikTok video. “And when I first heard that, I actually thought it

Roslyn Ellerbee, a prominent Black woman entrepreneur based in Atlanta who is the owner of three successful businesses, has been awarded the prestigious 2024 Enterprising Woman of the Year title. This esteemed recognition is a testament to her outstanding achievements and leadership in the business community. Roslyn is the owner of three successful businesses, including Express Errands & Courier, Dream Team Digital Marketing, and Manifesting Greatness with Roslyn V-360° Business Coaching, Roslyn Ellerbee has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to excellence and innovation. Her dedication to business development and marketing

Kenneth Kelly, the Chairman & CEO of First Independence Bank, was honored as the 2024 Banker of the Year by the Michigan Bankers Association (MBA). Kelly, who has spearheaded the bank's leadership since October 2017, was recognized by the MBA Board of Directors for his exceptional dedication to the association, his impactful contributions to the banking sector, his role in the success of First Independence Bank, and his distinguished record in community service. Throughout his career, Kelly has garnered a multitude of accolades and held significant positions that

The Pitt Building On Smithfield Street Is Now Black-Owned By The Greenwood Plan, A Non-Profit, Whose Executive Director Is Khamil Bailey Imagine a building that’s Downtown Pittsburgh, that’s Black-owned, that’s actively trying to become a Black mecca of sorts, full of Black-owned  businesses and Black prosperity. Well, imagine no more. The New Pittsburgh Courier has learned that The Pitt Building, which takes up an entire block on Smithfield Street, from the Boulevard of the Allies to Third Avenue, has been acquired by the nonprofit organization The Greenwood Plan. The Greenwood

Entrepreneurship often comes to people later in life after they've explored various paths in high school, college, and beyond. But for Keeana Barber, it was different.  From the moment she entered this world until she could barely remember, the spirit of ownership coursed through her blood!  Witnessing her mother's resilience as a businesswoman navigating the world of fashion and art was inspiring and empowering. Despite the hustle, her mother remained steadfast in her pursuit of success.  Watching her mother balance ownership with raising a family fueled Barber's own aspirations.  Moreover, observing her