Monthly Archive: April 2010


The passing of a legend

(NNPA)—We are all afforded one lifetime. Born into varying circumstances and faced with differing degrees of challenges and opportunities, we all ultimately define the course of our own lives. Some make it a point to encourage and assist others in their own struggles, while others only focus on their own personal advancement. There are those who volunteer in their local communities from time to time and those that decide on pursuing careers that will help educate or somehow heal the next generation.


Blue Magic visits New Horizon

Pittsburghers will be transported back to a happier time in history when ’70s R&B group Blue Magic performs at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty,?May 1 BLUE MAGIC “We came to Pittsburgh in the ’70s and we loved it,” said Wendell Sawyer, an original member of the group. “Pittsburgh is an industry town and although we were famous, everyone was the same. We’re going to take people back to a time that was filled with love and peace. Even though there was a war in Vietnam, people were feeling good because of the music that was on the radio. Some of that was our music.”


Bearden’s Pittsburgh roots focus of symposium

Call it kismet; call it an intersection of spatial parallels; or an artistic convergence. Whatever you call it, it happened when the August Wilson Center for African American Culture hosted the 2010 National Symposium Series, “Bearden in the Public Realm,” presented by the Romare Bearden Foundation. KEY PARTICIPANTS—Johanne Bryant-Reid, director of the Romare Bearden Foundation in New York, John Edgar Wideman and John Brewer spoke at the event. Bearden, regarded as one of America’s preeminent artists, is a graduate of Peabody High School and lived in East Liberty with his maternal grandparents until he went to college. His time in Pittsburgh influenced his body of paintings, murals and collages. The fruits of his 78 years influenced the work of musicians, authors and playwrights, including East Liberty neighbor, Billy Strayhorn.


Cover To Cover…‘Lockdown’

It started small, with a pack of gum or a candy bar. When you didn’t get caught, you moved to larger things: a can of soda or a game in your pocket. Most times, you didn’t need whatever it was you stole but it really wasn’t about the thing, anyhow. It was about getting away with it. But, of course, you got caught. And just like everybody who’s been caught stealing, you had to pay for what you did, both monetarily and with punishment. Yeah, that stinks but so does stealing.


I believe my wife is leaving me!

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: One week prior to my wedding, my father had a “man-to-man” talk with me. He told me that “When you court a lady, shower her with love and affection, but when you marry, give her as little affection as possible. In doing so you forever keep her trying to hold your love.” On the advice of my father when we went on our first year anniversary, I invited my two best buddies to come along. Once she had a bad cold and I told her I didn’t want to catch it, so I left and went to visit my buddies in another state.



Out & About with Brotha Ash, The Temps and the Tops

This week I visited Heinz Hall in Downtown Pittsburgh, Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland, The Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood, Tim’s Lounge in the Hill District and the North Side Elks in the Hill District. My first stop was at Heinz Hall in Downtown Pittsburgh where the legendary Motown recording stars The Temptations and The Four Tops performed for all their fans. It was nice to hear all the old hits and some of the new. Otis Williams, the creator of the group, has been a member of The Temptations for almost 50 years. Brotha Ash with Motown legends The Four Tops at Heinz Hall in Downtown Pittsburgh.


Training, private sector buy-in needed for green jobs… EPA’s Jackson speaks in city

Lisa Jackson is moving to transform the U.S. economy to one based on renewable, or sustainable energy to fight the threat of global warming. As director of the Environmental Protection Agency she has considerable power to do so. GOING GREEN—EPA Director Lisa Jackson poses with a shirt following an Earth Day presentation on protecting the environment. Creating green jobs in the energy sector, replacing conventional coal- and oil-based technology with wind and solar power has been touted as a new opportunity for African-Americans because, unlike coal mines and oil wells, factories to manufacture components can be placed anywhere.


UPMC addresses state of region’s minority business

Capacity building, mentoring, efficiency, accountability and inclusion were words and phrases often used during the Community Conversation on Supplier Diversity presented by the Center for Inclusion in Health Care and the Supply Chain Management Department at UPMC. Moderated by Lynne Hayes-Freeland, KDKA TV2 reporter, producer and host, the theme of the event was “Partnering to Make a Difference.” Outlining a three-fold agenda, Toni Silva Jeter; director of Supplier Relations at UPMC, encouraged the audience, inclusive of Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Businesses, certification and business development agency officials and UPMC personnel, to strive to build capacity and to work together in the future. “Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to build businesses,” she said. HORACE J. BRITTON, AUDREY MURRELL, PH.D., W. DWIGHT MAYO