Pittsburgh Black Media Federation Condemns Post-Gazette Editorial on Racism

PITTSBURGH (Jan. 17, 2018) — A favorite quote used by civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.: “The moral arc of the universe is long and bends toward justice.”

On Monday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published an editorial, “Reason as Racism: An Immigration Debate Gets Derailed,” that shamelessly bent the universe toward injustice. The editorial supported and attempted to rationalize President Trump’s reported vulgarity in describing Haiti, El Salvador and African nations.

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Men of Diaspora Photo Exhibition

Helping the elderly in Haiti down the hill October 2017 Photo By: Germaine Watkins

Helping the elderly in Haiti down the hill October 2017 Photo By: Germaine Watkins

The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation is proud to sponsor the photography exhibition “Men of the African Diaspora.” The exhibition runs Feb. 2 – 24 at the Boom Concepts Gallery, 5139 Penn Ave., Pgh. 15224, Garfield.

“Men of the African Diaspora” is an exhibition that seeks to disrupt stereotypes of Black men across the African diaspora. These images, from Cuba, Africa, the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe, will transport viewers across cultures and geography. These images will also challenge how viewers see Black men in their environments, without the stereotypes and biases that haunt and encumber their lives—no matter where they live in the world.

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2018 Robert L. Vann Awards Call for Entries

123The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation is calling for entries for its 30th annual Robert L. Vann Media Awards.

In this milestone year, the Vann contest will continue its professional competition and its college student competition, recognizing the best of journalism produced in and coverage about African American and African diaspora individuals, issues, and communities in Western Pennsylvania.

The contest will continue to recognize excellence in print, photography, broadcast, and online coverage.

The entry deadline for both contests is 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21.

All entries must have been published, posted online, or broadcast in 2017.

Rules and instructions for entering the contests – open to all news professionals and students in colleges in the 29 counties of Western Pennsylvania – are available below.

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Entry rules for the professional contest are found HERE

Entry rules for the college student contest are found HERE

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PBMF Congratulates Newly Elected 2018-19 Officers

The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation is proud to announce its newly elected board officers, who will help steer the award-winning chapter forward.

The leaders and the offices they will take next year are Brian Cook Sr., president; Olga George, vice president; and Briana L. White, treasurer (incumbent).

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Brian Cook Sr.

Brian Cook Sr.

Olga George

Olga George

Briana L. White

Briana L. White

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