Daily Archive: January 27, 2011


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the Montage in Wilkinsburg, Platinum Night Club in the Strip District, The Shadow Lounge in East Liberty, Ace and Deuces Lounge in the Hill District, and the McKinney residence in Verona, PA. My first stop was at the Montage in Wilkinsburg where Dena Wade-Beard celebrated her 50th with family and friends in a classy atmosphere with all of the trimmings. Marvin Prentice of the Hill House and Police Chief Nate Harper stopped to celebrate Dena’s birthday with her at the Montage in Wilkinsburg.


In the business of helping businesses

On his national syndicated radio show, Michael Baiden often provides the opportunity for entrepreneurs to call in and present their business in 30 seconds or less to a listening audience of thousands and a social media network of more than four million. Most flop within the first couple seconds of the pitch. He also offers basic information on where to go to gain business startup assistance. An entrepreneur striving to give back, he says he believes in the “paying it forward” concept. The 30-second pitch he says serves as an advertising tool for his audience. PAYING IT FORWARD—Vernard Alexander of the Minority Networking Exchange presents Maria Lee, the winner of the Cherrie Dawkins Business Grant with a $500 check that will assist in promoting her mobile spa business. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels) On a local level, Vernard Alexander, owner of the Minority Networking Exchange lives by the same philosophy. Monthly, he presents the opportunity for entrepreneurs in the Pittsburgh area to introduce their business during an elevator pitch networking event and recently he sponsored the second annual Cherri Dawkins Business Grant competition. Combined, winners left with numerous contacts and the potential to conduct new business with more than 50 entrepreneurs.


Home cookin'

Is it me or do you smell the aroma of “soul food” coming from the friendly confines of Heinz Field? Are the pierogies and collard greens finally having the desired effect on the Pittsburgh Steelers? The Black and Gold were thoroughly embarrassed at Heinz Field by the New England Patriots. They were partially embarrassed by a B-More Ravens offense that administered a Michael Jackson “Thriller-like” spanking at the house of “moo-stard” when the left side of the Steelers secondary played like a wax encrusted round of finely aged Swiss cheese. At that point the “home cuisine” did not seem to be quite spicy enough. There is one thing that is very noticeable about the Steelers defense. When they decide to sit back and play “prevent” defense, the only thing they stop is themselves from winning the football game.


Smoking still leading cause of lung cancer

Whether you smoke or not, you may already know that tobacco use is the single largest cause of preventable death in the United States, exceeding the death toll from HIV/ AIDS, substance abuse, motor vehicle accidents, suicide, and homicide combined, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, an estimated one out of five deaths in this country are caused by cigarette smoking alone.


CDC: Black women at higher death risk from pregnancy complications

by Dorothy Rowley (NNPA)–African-American women are at the greatest risk of dying from pregnancy-related complications, largely because they tend to forego prenatal care, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overall, Black women are three to four times more likely than White women to succumb to difficult pregnancies. CDC also found that deaths within one year of pregnancy typically occur from complications such as blood clots, hemorrhage, and heart problems. “Pregnancy is a joyful time, but not without its risks,” Dr. Renee Volny, an obstetrician-gynecologist and health policy fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute in Atlanta, told TheGrio.com. “Pregnancy puts physical stress on some of the body’s vital organs.”


Students get tour of business world

As a participant in the Entrepreneuring Youth program, high school student Licercia Crawley already knows she has what it takes to be a successful business owner. Her company, Le De La Mosaic Limited allows Crawley to share her artistic mosaic creations with others while also earning a profit. “I always liked to make mosaics. When I got into the class they showed me I could do something I love and make money from it,” Crawley said. “I made actually quite a lot from it.” Crawley is one of many Pittsburgh students benefiting from E Youth, an educational and entrepreneurial experience program that recently received a portion of a $50,000 grant given to the Education Management Corp. by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. E Youth programs immerse young people in the real-life experience of business creation, ownership and earning money so they can acquire the knowledge, skills and entrepreneurial attributes that help them achieve in school and in life.


Centennial Edition 1966-2010 – John Sengstacke: Keeping dreams alive

“When I came to work and the padlocks were on the doors, it was one of the worst days of my life. No one knew.” “When I heard the Courier was in trouble I decided that this was not going to happen. We could not, I could not allow this to happened.” Above statements are from Hazel Garland, a longtime employee of the Pittsburgh Courier and John Sengstacke, the man who kept the paper alive with his purchase in 1966. JOHN SENGSTACKE1966-1997 After 56 years of being the most influential, the most powerful and the highest circulated of any Black newspaper in history the Pittsburgh Courier came to a jolting holt when the government shut it down because of its failure to pay taxes and the many other bills it had accumulated. A paper that once employed 350 people in Pittsburgh and hundreds more throughout the country would have come to a crashing holt, if not for the dreamer.


Maurice Lucas memorial

There was a memorial for Maurice Lucas on Nov. 19 at Calvary Baptist Church on Wylie Ave. After the memorial, family and friends went to the Ammons Recreational Center to reflect on Lucas and his lifetime of giving. SAYING GOODBYE—Family and friends release balloons in memory of Maurice Lucas


Real Times CEO speaks to Courier’s future

For 100 years the Pittsburgh Courier has been a major force within the community, telling the stories of those who often times did not have a chance to tell their story. It has been a valuable resource for the Black community and its people. But it takes a strong support and foundation to maintain that resource and that is what Real Times Media Inc. is to the Courier. HIRAM JACKSON In 1966, after years of financial troubles, the Pittsburgh Courier was purchased by Chicago Defender owner John Sengstacke. After the purchase the newspaper was revamped and renamed the New Pittsburgh Courier. After the death of Sengstacke in 1997, Northern Trust Co., the trust he arranged some 23 years earlier, announced the sale of Sengstacke Enterprises; which owned the New Pittsburgh Courier, the Chicago Defender, the Memphis Tri-State Defender and the Michigan Chronicle.