Daily Archive: March 18, 2011

Entertainment

Symphony celebrates Black contributions

Angela Brown is on a mission to bring operatic and classical vocal performances to a diverse audience. “As an African-American singer in opera, I noticed the audiences were very monochromatic and people didn’t want to go see the opera because they didn’t understand the music or they didn’t know what to wear or how to act,” said Brown, who hails from and still lives in Indianapolis. “Opera is not that deep. It’s about doing a little research on the opera that you are going to see. ANGELA BROWN

Entertainment

My mother resents my fiancée!

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: Two years ago I was homeless due to drug addiction. I was begging on the street and a woman drove up and dropped a one hundred dollar bill into my tin can. Then, she asked me if I needed a place to stay and I said yes. Well, that weekend I moved in. First, she had me in her overhead garage apartment, from there to her upstairs room and now into her bedroom. Gwendolyn, I am madly in love with this woman.

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Business

Is it wise to use credit card to generate airline miles?

At a leadership conference this past week someone was telling me to get a Capital One credit card for my business. She said when you place your orders pay with the credit card and then right after that pay your card off immediately online. She said the Capital One card gives you credit and you can get free airline tickets. This way I don’t have to pay for airfare for national conference and leadership conference. Is this a good idea or is it insane?—Female seeking to make good financial decisions

Business

Time to strengthen foreclosure prevention

(NNPA)—In votes during the next weeks, two programs that provide mortgage help to troubled borrowers may be rejected by the U.S. House of Representatives. The Home Affordable Modification Program serves homeowners who cannot pay their mortgage or are in imminent danger of default. The other program known as the Emergency Homeowner Loan Program would be stripped of funding to provide emergency loans for unemployed homeowners facing foreclosure. The U.S. House of Representatives wants to strip all funding from both programs. The House also wants to scrap two more foreclosure programs: a Federal Housing Administration program that provides refinancing to homeowners who are current on their mortgage; and the Neighborhood Stabilization program that rehabilitates foreclosure-ravaged neighborhoods.

Sports

Overtime

:10 First of all “Slade” take that bass out of your voice when you call me. I am a grown bleep man now…I ain’t scared of you no more…I been lifting weights! Secondly, call a brother back! :9 Vince Neal and Tracy “J” ok, I got the message. I was wrong about “Puffy” being a “Spartan”…He was an “Archer.” My first mistake of the year. Point being, he was one of the best! :8 Tracy “T” What’s up girl, where you been? Here’s to the No. 1 all time Connie Hawkins League fan from back in the day at Pennley Park…AKA Champions Park. You wanna know her impact on the game? Check and see how many foul shots were missed when she was in the front row with “them jeans” on. (There’s your shout-out baby!!) BILL NEAL

Sports

Allderdice and Perry advance in state playoffs

by Malik Vincent For New Pittsburgh Courier Allderdice junior guard Justin Dobbs wouldn’t be deterred from a cold first half, shooting just one of 11 from the field. He recovered in the final seven minutes, scoring 13 to lead his Dragons to a victory in the Class AAAA PIAA State Playoffs over Chartiers Valley, 67-52, at Peabody on March 12. “The best thing about Justin is his attitude,” Allderdice coach Andre McDonald said. “He never changes his routine or his approach. He knew he was cold (in the second half) but his confidence took over.” LEADS DRAGONS— Allderdice’s Justin Dobbs puts up a shot over Matt Noszka of Chartiers Valley, Dobbs scored 19 points to lead the Dragons to a 67-52 win over the Colts in the first round of the PIAA playoffs. The Dice will take on Butler on March 16 at North Allegheny in the second round. (Courier Photos/William McBride)

Sports

City League girls fail to get past first round

by Malik Vincent For New Pittsburgh Courier The top four teams in the City League qualified for the PIAA State Playoffs, for either a first round or play-in game. None of them were able to get past their first opponents to advance, with only Westinghouse being competitive. First round games: In Class AAAA, Allderdice was defeated by Mt. Lebanon, 70-22, on March 11 at Brashear. The Dragons were led by Janay Bottom’s 8 points. NOWHERE TO GO—Westinghouse freshman point guard Kayla Key tries to find an opening against the Indiana defense. The Lady Bulldogs struggled against the Lady Indians and lost 47-31 in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.

Sports

Imani Saints basketball is ‘Faith in Action’

I think it was Biggie Smalls who said, “If you don’t know … you don’t know” and somebody else famous added, “If you don’t know, you better ask somebody.” (Don’t laugh; you’re lucky I knew who Biggie was.) Anyway, I am here to help you have a better understanding about both. If I ask you who has the best basketball team in Pittsburgh, you would probably say Pitt, ranked #4 in the nation. Or you might say Duquesne, who had their best season in 30 years. Maybe you’re thinking Gateway, Allderdice, Schenley, Peabody, Char-Valley…who? THE IMANI CHRISTIAN ACADEMY SAINTS WITH SPECIAL GUEST BASKETBALL LEGEND AND FORMER DUQUESNE UNIVERSITYALL-AMERICAN B.B. FLENORY.

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Lifestyle

What’s in your purse?

What’s in your purse? Not long ago I had to have physical therapy on my shoulder. I think it was due to the weight of my purse and the bags I was taking to work each day. On any given day I would pack up books, magazines, newspapers, a lunch and sometimes a laptop and sling it over one shoulder. So what’s in your purse? What’s in your wallet? I’ve seen men with wallets so fat that they need a purse or some type of messenger bag. Hey guys do you know if you sit on a wad that fat it can cause you back problems? Take some of that stuff out.

Lifestyle

In Grand style

On March 5, they came from the deserts of Ohio, South Carolina, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania for the Nobles and Daughters Ball at the ­Double Tree Hotel Meadow Lands in Washington, Pa. Just days before, the hotel was a Holiday Inn, but the confusion with the name change didn’t keep the crowd away. The evening was one of celebration and regalia. LET THE MARCH BEGIN (Photos by Debbie Norrell) Each noble and daughter wore their signature fez adorned with jewels, complete with a tassel. If you looked closely you would see the unique details of the pins, collars and necklaces worn by the nobles and daughters.