Daily Archive: November 12, 2010


Barcourt takes city on historic jazz journey

Stellar musicianship, singing and historical storytelling were just some of the gems audiences were treated to during the Pittsburgh debut of Levi Barcourt’s Jazz concert “The Jazz Revue: other special selections and storytelling featuring Levi Barcourt.” LEVI BARCOURT New Horizon Theater was scheduled to bring Barcourt and the Jazz Revue to Pittsburgh last February but the event was postponed due to the winter storms that bombarded the Pittsburgh area. Despite the change, Barcourt was happy to debut his show in The Golden Triangle.


‘Torn Between Two Lovers’

Decisions, decisions. You make three dozen of them every day: get up, or hit the Snooze? Cereal or waffles? This outfit or that one, in which color? Lunch in or out, sandwiches or salad, fix dinner or order take-out, and what’s on TV that’s good? You make so many decisions each day that you barely notice doing it. But what if you couldn’t decide on the biggest issue of your life? In the new novel, “Torn Between Two Lovers” by Carl Weber, the impossible-to-make choice may rip apart several lives. Leon Farrow is having problems.


New film documentary a must see… ‘What Does Trouble Mean? Nate Smith’s Revolution’

During a time when only 2 percent of Blacks in Pittsburgh held any of the 30,000 craft union construction jobs during the Pittsburgh’s Renaissance in the 1970s, Nate Smith emerged as a leader to change the staggering statistics on construction sites. NATE SMITH The film, “What Does Trouble Mean? Nate Smith’s Revolution,” explores this issue in Pittsburgh’s history and gives us insight to the man who laid in front of a bulldozer in order to change the face of construction in this city. The film is featured during the 29th Annual Three Rivers Film Festival that opened Nov. 5. The film will run again Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Harris Theater, 809 Liberty Ave.


My daughter has waited six years for a grant!

Dear Gwendolyn: I am sick of the unfairness being done to poor people. This is the problem: Six years ago my daughter (now age 32) applied for a small business loan. To date, she still has not been approved. She has applied each year for the loan. I taught my children not to work for others but instead start their own. I have a 40-year-old son who also tried to get a business loan and gave up. He also applied year after year but nothing was approved. I find this practice to be unfair. Other people are getting the loans and we are being overlooked.


Growing in slow growth economy

Most of the economic indicators point to continued slow growth in the U.S. economy. The third quarter GDP growth was 2.6 percent, which is an improvement over the 1.7 percent for the second quarter. However, this is well below the accelerated growth levels needed to significantly reduce the national unemployment rate of 9.6 percent. With the Republicans gaining control of the House, it will be difficult for the Obama administration to pass new federal government stimulus legislation. The Federal Reserve will continue to pump dollars into the economy through its purchase of government bonds, which will keep interest rates low and hopefully encourage growth. However, even in the face of slow economic growth the stock market, which is a leading indicator, is up 12 percent over the past two months and 6 percent for the year.



Should I borrow from my 401(k) plan?

Comedian Earthquake said, “Being in debt is worse than being broke. When you’re broke, you simply need money. When you’re in debt, you need money so that you can have an opportunity to be broke.” Comedian Jimmy “JJ” Walker said, “Interest rates better go down soon or the murder rate is going to go up.” Americans are drowning in debt! In the past when people found themselves in a financial jam, they’d tap into the equity of their home to do a debt consolidation. If the situation was extremely dire, they’d file bankruptcy. Now that mortgage lenders and the bankruptcy code have tightened up their guidelines, millions of people are running out of viable options that would allow them to reduce their monthly payments and get a better handle on their money.




10: Well, I’m back! Whether you like it or not and I’m here to stay … Or until Mr. Broadus says hit the road!!9: Don’t believe what your eyes and ears are telling you, listen to me. The Celtics will win the East, not the Heat! Take it to the bank. BILL NEAL 8: I ain’t … that’s right … ain’t, never heard of any quarterback being pulled for the back up to run the 2 minute drill. There’s a reason he’s the back-up.7: Randy Moss, Kevin Garnett and Sean Hannity … Please SHUT-UP! (For you city league grads, Hannity is on Fox News)



Photo shoot

It’s always amazing to me how many people don’t like to have their picture taken. Photos are such a big part of what I do that I can’t imagine saying no to the camera. When you leave the house try to leave camera ready, who knows what or who you may run into. But on a serious note if you don’t like having your photo taken think about why. When you see the results what is it you are displeased with? Your hair? Your teeth? Your make up? Or maybe you can’t put your finger on it. Have someone that you feel comfortable with take a snap shot of you and then have it developed and take a close look.



Fantasy Fashion in memory of Kierra

Amy Stewart, a senior student at Pittsburgh CAPA, hosted a Fantasy Fashion Show recently in memory of her slain friend. She was deeply moved by the death of her friend, Shavaughn “Kierra” Wallace, a Schenley High School graduate and student at IUP, who was gunned down on the North Side in May 2009. FOR KIERRA—Mother of Shavaughn “Kierra” Wallace and founder of “Kierra keeps giving” foundation, Carla Gaines, left, and fashion show organizer CAPA High School student Amy Stewart. Right photo: All the models who took part in the fashion show in memory of Shavaughn “Kierra” Wallace. (Photos by J.L. Martello). Shavaughn was pregnant and due to give birth within weeks of the tragedy. The bullets that took her and the child’s life were meant for the young man she was with and she was struck while running for safety at a nearby home.


Small Seeds signature event

With the support of its funders, board of directors, staff and partners Small Seeds Development, Inc. has made a commitment to helping families. On Sept. 28, at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, Small Seeds celebrated 10 years of service in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. SEWING SEEDS FOR THE FUTURE—Seated from left: Andrew Cheesboro, Marcia Sturdivant and Rev. James McLemore. Back row from left: Kathi Elliott, Greg Spencer, Everett Blanton and Ryan P. Parker. (Photos by Debbie Norrell) With Brenda Waters (anchor/reporter-KDKA) as the mistress of ceremonies and Carmelle Nickens Phillips and Vince Sims as honorary chairs, Small Seeds Development Inc. honored those who have sewn seeds for the future. Honorees included Rev. Dr. James H. McLemore (Visionary Award), Katie Everette Johnson (Pioneer Award), Gregory R. Spencer (Pioneer Award), Marcia M. Sturtevant (Community Service and Leadership Award) and Everett Blanton (Outstanding Service.) The evening included butlered hors d’oeuvres catered by the Common Plea, entertainment by The Kevin Howard Duo and artistic inflections by Yamean Design Services.