Daily Archive: April 20, 2011


Guest editorial…Let’s grow up and admit sex happens

The city of Philadelphia’s campaign against sexually transmitted diseases is both pragmatic and smart, and Mayor Michael Nutter and Health Commissioner Donald Schwarz should be commended for going forth with it. It was a bold step despite the fact that Philadelphia has one of the highest rates of STDs—chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis—among teens and young adults nationally, because we as citizens of America are still somewhat immature about sex. We know what it is. We know how to do it. We know the pros and cons of it. But when it comes to having a sober, intelligent, expansive conversation about it, we, as adults, giggle like 13-year-olds.


Students exposed to genius of Wilson

Veteran actor Bill Nunn wants to introduce young people of today to the great contributions of Pittsburgh Playwright August Wilson. “Our young people need to be aware of Pittsburgh’s own August Wilson,” Nunn said. “I believe that the depth and breadth of August Wilson’s insight is on a level comparable to William Shakespeare. He is truly one of the premiere voices of American literature.” With the creation of the August Wilson Monologue Competition in 2008, Nunn is able to teach students about Wilson’s importance. BILL NUNN III


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited The Improv in Homestead, St. Benedict the Moor Hall in the Hill District, The Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood and Mélange Bistro Lounge, Downtown. My first stop was at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood where the City Sharkers held their annual Old-Timers cabaret for the City of Pittsburgh. The place was packed and everyone came out to get their party on and have a great time. R&B group Artistree, Flo Wilson, Chico Williams and host David “The Frog” Bey made history at the Improv in Homestead.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 21 Future of Black arts UMOJA African Arts Company and Coro present “Exploring the Intersection of Art, Policy and Culture: Utilizing Collaboration in Envisioning the Success, Sustainability and Future of the Black arts community” from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Space Gallery, 812 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. Catherine Carle and Anthony Harbour will discuss the future of Black arts and culture in Pittsburgh and what factors impact the health and vitality of the Black arts community. For more information, email info@umojacompany.org.


EQT touts Marcellus opportunities at PowerBreakfast

Where are the business and job opportunities in extracting natural gas from the Marcellus Shale deposit? As EQT Vice President for Commercial Operations Cliff Baker told African American Chamber of Commerce members during the April 15 PowerBreakfast, opportunities are almost anywhere you look. “It takes 410 people in 150 different occupations to drill one well,” he said. “We have 500 wells in 12 counties, mostly Green County, but we’re expanding into Clarion, Tioga and other counties. Right now, you can’t get a hotel room in ­(little) Washington.” IT’S ON YOU—EQT Supplier Diversity Manager Audric Dodds tells chamber members to contact him, present their expertise and make their pitch for business, like every other supplier. Baker briefly explained EQT’s history and how the company is the leading gas exploration and production firm in Appalachia. Operating in four sates, EQT’s Pennsylvania operations have recently surpassed their production in Virginia.


Journey towards housing fairness continues

When the Center for Responsible Lending examined the demographics of the housing crisis, it determined that for every 100 African-American homeowners with a mortgage, 11 have either lost their homes or were at imminent risk of foreclosure. For Latino families, the figures were even worse—17 of every 100 Latino homeowners with a mortgage are affected by foreclosures. From 2009-2012 African-American and Latino communities will together lose $350 billion due to depreciation in values from nearby foreclosures. Just as communities of color were targeted for high-cost subprime mortgage loans, now the high concentration of foreclosed properties in these same communities has led to yet another dilemma: a disproportionate share of neglect among bank-owned foreclosures. Also know as real-estate owned properties, these formerly-occupied homes are bringing blight and contributing to further deterioration of the quality of life in communities of color.


Business Calendar

Business series APRIL 21—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host their Business Program Series at 12:15 at the Downtown & Business branch, 612 Smithfield St., Downtown. The topic is “Moving Up and Moving Out in 2011: The Insider Secrets of Real Estate and Mortgage Professionals.” Diane Scabilloni, MPM, of Victorian Finance, and Tracy Janov of Prudential Preferred Reality will discuss options for making a smooth financial transition from one home to another and ideas for managing the financing when you are selling and moving to a new property. The guest speakers will explain how one can entice buyers to make a quick offer and make realtors excited to show one’s home. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or email ­business@carnegielibrary.org.


Rain doesn’t temper Pitt’s tempo in spring game

PITTSBURGH (AP)—Pittsburgh put on an offensive show in its first spring game under coach Todd Graham. Even in a driving rainstorm, the no-huddle Panthers moved quickly. Pitt’s first time on the Heinz Field turf turned into a frantic two hours that featured 61 points and 81 pass attempts in a pace that averaged well better than a snap per minute of real time. TIPPED AWAY— Gold defensive back Jeremiah Davis (1) tips the ball away from Blue wide receiver Mike Shanahan (87) during Pittsburgh’s spring game, April 16, at Heinz Field. (AP Photo/Don Wright)


‘There’s a sucker born every minute’

Phineas Taylor Barnum (July 5, 1810–April 7, 1891) was an American showman, businessman, and entertainer. P.T. Barnum was probably pound for pound the greatest promoter that ever lived. The genuine magic was not the “slight of hand” presented by his various “magi.” The “slight of mind” was the anticipation that the audience experienced caused by the mental trickery that Barnum used on the “fans” prior to any Barnum event. Some people attribute the phrase; “there’s a sucker born every minute” to P.T. Barnum, well at least Broadway does. It was never proven that Mr. Barnum ever uttered that saying. But ya know what folks? It seems as if the world of sports ownership is draining as much as they can from that expression and from the gullible fans that support all of the “games.”


Church Circuit

Holy week services APRIL 20—The East End Baptist Fellowship will host Holy Week Services at 7 p.m. at Shiloh Community Missionary Baptist Church, 6940 Frankstown Ave., Homewood. Now through April 22, there will be nightly services to bring in holy week. Participating Baptist churches include St. Paul, Rodman Street Missionary, Sixth Mt. Zion, Mt. Ararat, Cornerstone and Good Hope. For more information, call 412-441-8710.