Daily Archive: January 16, 2011



The man with the golden voice

I guess the honeymoon is over for Ted Williams. If you don’t know who Ted Williams is let me give you a little background. Williams is the homeless man, or should I say former homeless man, with the dynamic voice that was living in Ohio in a tent. After a reporter let the world hear his voice, Williams has been on TV and popping from coast to coast. First we saw him on the “Today” show and found out he has a “man crush” on Matt Lauer. He then met with his mother who he has not seen in about a decade or two. Before he met with mom, we heard mom say that her son was weak, easily led and that she was strong. When he got to see his mother he was ecstatic. They sat and interviewed with Meredith Vieira on the “Today” show and it was easy to see that Williams’ mom is his kryptonite.


Box set showcases Franklin’s Columbia years

NEW YORK (AP)—Aretha Franklin’s unheralded recordings at Columbia Records will get another perspective with an expansive 12-disc box set that makes the argument that the Queen of Soul was already royalty before her career-defining hits at Atlantic Records. “The conventional wisdom is that Columbia failed to see that this was a singular artist with a universal vision, that her material was mismatched with her talent, that her arrangers were too heavy-handed,” said Leo Sacks, producer of “Take a Look: Aretha Franklin Complete on Columbia,” due out March 22. ARETHA FRANKLIN (AP Photo/Columbia Records) “There were enough moments at Columbia where it’s clear that she came very close to catching the moment, and I think the listener is going to have to make their own judgment to see whether her Columbia years have been unfairly diminished.”


Empowering yourself to choose love so love will choose you

by Michelle MitchamFor New Pittsburgh Courier Are you looking for love in all the wrong places? Have you loved in the past, but been hurt so you’re carrying emotional baggage with you into every new relationship? Do you have a checklist for the “ideal mate” and beginning to think he/she doesn’t exist? Are you engaging in behaviors that are just not attractive to your mate? To begin figuring out what is preventing you from finding or maintaining the “Right Relationship” you must first look inward. Some people look for their mate to “complete” them. Well, the fact of the matter is that you must love yourself and “be complete and stand on your own two feet” prior to finding the Mr. or Ms. “Right.” Make no mistake, it starts with you and how you “choose” to interact and “be” in a relationship; the way you perceive yourself and others.


by Paul E. Ellis Jr. Esquire For New Pittsburgh Courier If you should find yourself in the unpleasant situation where you and your spouse have decided to go your separate ways, you can save yourself from plenty of heartache and financial expenditures by f

by Paul E. Ellis Jr. EsquireFor New Pittsburgh Courier If you should find yourself in the unpleasant situation where you and your spouse have decided to go your separate ways, you can save yourself from plenty of heartache and financial expenditures by following the simple steps of an uncontested divorce. There are two types of divorce: contested and uncontested. In a contested divorce, one or both parties to a marriage cannot agree on when or how the divorce should take place. In this instance, the Court cannot even assume jurisdiction unless the couple has been separated for two (2) years.


Lee hopes to expand his cigar business nationwide

After two years of operating Executive Cigars, LLC., Andrew Lee continues to entertain and recruit a discerning clientele. “I’m going after the mature, educated, high-level professional and retired crowd,” he said. Throughout its existence business executives, politicians, religious officials, sports figures, musicians and what he considers sophisticated ladies have enjoyed the amenities of his establishment. Located on the North Side at 630 Suismon St. on the edge of Interstate 79, Lee describes his place as Pittsburgh’s first African-American owned Cigar Lounge. He says it is a habitat where people frequent to network, to meet people and to bond. “It is a place to make business and personal deals. One of my regular customers met his wife here,” he said.



What’s the difference between building income and building worth?

I have built a reputation for helping people who are struggling financially get a better handle of their finances. If you’re a regular reader of my column, you’ve probably noticed that I devote a great deal of time writing on topics such as budgeting and getting out of debt. Based on this fact, you may have formed the conclusion that only people who are buried in debt or people who are in dire need of a budget can use my services. Contrary to popular belief, I also help people who are doing well financially—do better. My true mission is to show people how to beat debt, save for emergencies, become properly insured, pay cash for big ticket items, build a respectable retirement nest egg, fund their children’s college fund, payoff their mortgage early and build wealth.


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty, St. Benedict The Moor School in the Hill District, The Shadow Lounge in East Liberty and the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood. My first stop was at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty where Lowacit Entertainment and Mark C. Productions presented the First Annual Stop the Violence Holiday Talent Show featuring local talent from around the city of Pittsburgh. Lena and Missy at the annual anniversary celebration held St. Benedict the Moor school in the Hill District.


Raise your undervalued currency

(NNPA)—It is interesting. I recently had an opportunity to meet gentleman who served as ‘Chaplain’ for a cancer treatment ward of a major Los Angeles hospital. He told me that he provided spiritual counsel to many people, from many different faith traditions, and from every economic stratum…filthy rich to filthy poor. After further talking, we found each other interesting enough to sit down for a brief chat, which quickly turned into a most engaging conversation about ‘Life Economics’. As we talked, the chaplain looked out of the window toward the Hollywood hills and referred to the disease of cancer as ‘the great common denominator’… bringing people who live at the top of hill, and those who live at the bottom of it, together on one accord. I thought that was an interesting observation, and listened on.


2011 IRS tax season options: RACs, RALs and U.S. Treasury pilot program

(NNPA)—Right now, the Internal Revenue Service is preparing for this year’s tax season and an estimated 140 million individual tax returns. Eager tax filers will be tempted to use one of the temporary neighborhood business locations that open their doors each year in the name of convenient and quick tax preparation. But, as with many quick cash offers, a significant cost is incurred for services marketed as either Refund Anticipation Loans (RALs) or as Refund Anticipation Check (RACs). Each year, high cost tax-related services drain an estimated $11 billion from the pockets of moderate and low-income households. Moreover, when a RAL is used in tax preparation, the service fee is usually a sliding scale that increases with the size of the refund. In other words, the larger the refund, the greater the fees.