Daily Archive: August 18, 2010


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 19 Lunch on Liberty The August Wilson Center for African American Culture presents Lunch on Liberty from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at 980 Liberty Ave., Culture District. Every Thursday individuals can enjoy lunch and then steppin’ with Pittsburgh’s Dancing DJ Roland Ford. Food is available for purchase and the event will run through Sept. 2. For more information, call 412-258-2700 or visit http://www.AugustWilsonCenter.org.



Small, pioneering urban radio owner dies at 72

Sydney “Syd” L. Small, one of the nation’s pre-eminent African-American broadcast owners for more than three decades, died suddenly this past weekend in New York. He was 72 years old. His death was confirmed by Access.1 Communications where he was chairman and CEO. Further information about his passing was not immediately available. The company owns radio stations in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas and Louisi­ana, also has television stations in Atlantic City and parts of New Jersey. SYDNEY L. SMALL Small’s pioneering career as an owner in broadcasting spanned 37 years. A native of Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant, he left an executive position at Time Inc. in 1972 to co-found, with partner Eugene Jackson, Unity Broadcasting Network and National Black Network. NBN was the first African-American-owned line connected radio network in the U.S.


Laggard or early adopter: Which one are you?

Were you one of the first to run out and grab an iPad when they hit the market this spring? If you’re a more affluent 25- to 36-year-old, you would be part of Apple’s most fertile consumer market. That’s according to The Nielsen Co.’s latest iPhone and iPad User Profiles. I work for Nielsen, which is a market research company; the largest one in the world. And we measure what you buy and what you watch—including mobile and online services. (And yes, television, which is still a strong contender in this growing technological universe. There are just more and more ways to watch it.) One of the perks of my job is being the recipient of the latest tech toys, which is how I have come to be the owner of an iPod, a Flip Video Camera, a Slingbox, a Kindle, and as of today, an iPhone 4.



Lessons learned during a recessionary economy

Throughout this recession, I’ve gained clarity and confirmation that the financial information that I’ve shared with readers and clients over the years will help avoid financial setbacks and ultimately lead to financial prosperity. Even if you’ve managed to remain gainfully employed, we’ve all been affected by this recessionary economy to some degree. For many of us, our cash flow has been negatively affected due to reduction in income because of low sales, salaries and hours being cut, bonuses and overtime being eliminated and/or merit raises and promotions being deferred to a later date. If you’ve been fortunate enough to keep your cash flow moving in the right direction, take a close look at your saving and investment portfolio. You’ll agree that because of the huge losses in the stock market most of us are poorer today than we were a couple of years ago.


Business Calendar

Women in technology AUG. 18—TiE Pittsburgh will host “Women Who Lead Us On: Top Female Entrepreneurs Who Are Venturing Into the Newest Technologies” from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Offices of Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney, One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant St., 20th floor, Downtown. The event will discuss the types of new technology companies that women are running, how the region measures up, funding and more. There will also be a panel discussion and a networking opportunity. Registration is requested and the cost is $30 for non-members, $35 at the door and $10 for students. E-mail Berni Bishop Pirollo at bbishop@tie­pgh.org.


Leftwich ineffective but Steelers beat Lions 23-7 behind Dixon

PITTSBURGH (AP)—Ben Roethlisberger never got off the bench in a return to Heinz Field that couldn’t have been much quieter. Byron Leftwich probably wishes he had stayed on the sideline, too. Leftwich, the quarterback who will replace the suspended Roethlisberger when the season starts, was ineffective despite playing much longer than expected, but the Pittsburgh Steelers still beat the Detroit Lions 23-7 behind backup Dennis Dixon on Saturday night. MAKING AN IMPRESSION—Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dennis Dixon scrambles for a first down in the third quarter quarter of the NFL preseason football game against the Detroit Lions Aug. 14 at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 23-7. Leftwich was outplayed by Matthew Stafford in the Lions quarterback’s first game action since injuring a shoulder against Cincinnati on Dec. 6. After Stafford left following a 2-yard TD pass to Calvin Johnson, the Steelers came back from a 7-6 deficit as Dixon led scoring drives of 75, 79 and 68 yards with reserves playing.


Teenage son of Bengals ex-RB Ickey Woods dies

CINCINNATI (AP)—The teenage son of former Cincinnati Bengals running back Ickey Woods has died, days after he collapsed from an asthma attack. School officials say 16-year-old Elbert Jovante Woods died Aug. 14 at a Cincinnati hospital. ELBERT JOVANTE WOODS The teen, who would have started as a cornerback at a local high school this season, was practicing with his varsity football team last Wednesday morning. He collapsed later that day and was taken to the hospital.


Inside Conditions…Stormy Monday

There is a buzz zipping through Steelers Nation faster than the scalpel of a plastic surgeon in Hollywood. What is all of the chatter about you ask? Duh, it’s all about the quarterback controversy bubbling up in the town of a zillion Iron City “brewski’s” as well as other player personnel issues. First things first, let’s discuss why there is even a quarterback controversy at all. Let’s reexamine the root of irresponsible behavior over the years by “Big” Ben Roethlisberger that has precipitated not one but two ill-advised decisions that have directly affected his playing status and the wholeness of his team. The off the field actions by No. 7 revolved around and continue to be centered on the concept of self, self, self.


First Fridays in White

Theme parties are fun. When a theme is set you are given license to shop for a new outfit or at least pull one out of the closet that needs some exposure. THE MUSIC MEN—Ronnie Biggs, Charles Carter Sr., Gurdy Metz, Jacques Burvick, Chaz Carter, Winston Carter, Danny Boy and Al Everson. On Aug. 6 Club Duo held their White Party as a part of their Club Duo First Friday social. White parties have always been popular from the Hamptons to South Beach with Pittsburgh in between. Wearing white screams summer and who doesn’t have something white in their wardrobe? Most people at least own a white shirt.


Thousands pack park at North Side Oldtimers Day

It is that time of year when people from the North Side come together as one at the North Side Oldtimers Reunion at West Park. People from Brigh­ton, Northview Heights, Manchester and other areas came together as a family to celebrate each other’s company. Children played a very important part in how the weekend began as they led a march for peace starting at Columbus Middle School, kindergarten through eighth grade. OLDTIMERS REUNION COMMITTEE—In back from left: James Arms, James Herring, Fred “Scrappy” Bulls and John Arms. Front from left: Flo Wilson and Mildred Tyler.