Award-winning writer Tony Norman tells the untold stories of Pittsburgh’s Black communities in a weekly column for NEXT. The longtime columnist and editorial writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan and an adjunct journalism professor at Chatham University. He is the current chair of the International Free Expression Project.
Though steeped in the compositional strategies of American and European modernism, Bearden’s work is usually specific about the toil, trouble and triumph of the 20th-century African-American experience.
Chris Ivey drives his media truck with its electronic billboard Downtown and throughout the city like a town crier, writes Tony Norman. But he isn't the angry, one-note bomb thrower he’s often caricatured as by his critics.
Instead of agonizing over crime stats, those who gather in the conference room with Officer Shifren wrestle with the vagaries of the human condition as participants in the Homewood Short Stories Reading Group.