Daily Archive: April 22, 2011


‘My Life, As I See It’

Throughout your life, music has been your background. Hear the first notes of “Baby Love” and you’re 10 years old, sitting on your back steps in the sun. Listen to the opening of “Hot Stuff,” and you’re doin’ the Hustle in your memories. Hear “Chances Are,” and you’re ready for cuddling. But what plays in the background for those same singers? Read “My Life, As I See It: An Autobiography” by Dionne Warwick, and you might find out.


I no longer watch the news!

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: A year ago, I stopped looking at the local and national news. It is too sad and makes me have a bad day thinking of all the terrible happenings around the world. There are too many wars and too many parents killing their little children. Why is this, Gwendolyn? If a person wants to end life, then end his/her own. Everyday somewhere a mother can’t seem to manage and decides to put an end to it all. I can’t understand this.—Frances



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

What’s the difference between building income and building wealth? 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.


OIC to raise $100M for Black Entrepreneurial Initiative

Philadelphia, Pa.—During President Barack Obama’s January State of the Union Address, he challenged Americans to “do big things.” OIC of America Inc. is taking big action. For generations, African-American unemployment and underemployment have been at least double that of White Americans. While there have been gains in education, the wealth gap between African- Americans and other groups has not closed. OIC LEADERS—From left: OIC-CEO Howard Sullivan, OIC-Chairman Art Taylor, Pa. Sen. Anthony Williams, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and OIC-National Director Stanley H. Greene. (Photo by Tim Greene Films) Given the proven correlation between self-employment and wealth creation, OICA, in a groundbreaking move, announced that it is launching a focused initiative designed to encourage more African-Americans to think like and become entrepreneurs. The organization expects to reach over one million people in the years to come. The Entrepreneurial Mindset Initiative will be funded perpetually by an endowment, raised in two parts. The first $10 million will come from the community nationwide through “OIC-10,” a funding initiative designed to turn one million, one time, $10 contributions into a $10 million endowment. The remaining $90 million will come through “challenge grants” from foundations and interested individuals.



:10 This is an easy call. The punks that kicked 42 year old Dodger fan Brian Stowe into a coma should be taken to the same spot in the parking lot and let the family stomp them into a coma. :09 Look for Pitt wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin to go high and early in the upcoming NFL draft. 220,4.4 forty, and can catch. :08 Derrick Rose is your NBA…MVP. Take it to the bank! :07 NBA Update: BILL NEAL


High-flying Sharks take bites out of Power

PITTSBURGH—Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game Aaron Garcia led the Jacksonville Sharks (4-1) to a 65-40 win over the Pittsburgh Power (2-3) on April 16 in front of 9,773 at the CONSOL Energy Center. Garcia and Jacksonville gained 328 yards of offensive for the Sharks, who scored on each of their drives; failing to score a touchdown on just one possession. Jaron Harvey, Sale’ Key, Isaac Morales, and Jomo Wilson caught touchdowns from Garcia. LOCAL TALENT ON DISPLAY—Pittsburgh Power wide receiver Mike Washington runs for extra yards after a catch against the Jacksonville Sharks at the CONSOL Energy Center on April 16. Washington, who attended Aliquippa High School, played for the University of Hawaii from 2005-08. (Courier Photo/Chris Lopez)



Shopping in your closet

For years I’ve been suggesting that women shop in their closets. I’ve actually been practicing what I preach. The last four events that I have attended I shopped in my closet, by pulling out some old favorites and items that still had the tags on them. My clothes are like friends, some are long lost friends that were lost in the back of the closet or the bottom of the drawer. It sure was good to see them and better yet to fit them. Just the other day I was looking for an outfit for work and I ran across four tops that had not seen the light of day for a long time, I pulled them out to remind myself that I wanted to wear them through the week. It’s time to switch your closets from fall and winter clothes to the spring and summer. While you are doing this, empty the closet and try on everything and see what still fits. If it doesn’t fit pack it up for the thrift store, get ready for a yard sale or take the clothes to a consignment store and make a few dollars.


Mel Blount Youth Home 13th Annual All Star Celebrity Roast

There was no doubt that more than 1,100 people were in Steelers Country on April 8 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh (formerly the Hilton Pittsburgh). There were Steelers, past and present, everywhere, black and gold décor and even the Lombardi Trophy in the form of an ice sculpture. Former honorees marched into the ballroom and instead of immediately heading to the head table they took their appointed seat right with the other guests. They greeted their tablemates and a few Steelers let the people at the table try on their Super Bowl rings. THE MAN OF THE HOUR WITH WIFE—Trameka and Jerome Bettis. After dessert it was time for the slash and burn roasting of Jerome “The Bus” Bettis. His friends, family and former teammates took off the gloves and went for the jugular. His best friend since tenth grade, now business manager says Bettis is going to be the spokesperson for Old Spice. His brother John went way back to when they were kids and told how Jerome was a business man even when he was little, he sold candy. and to eliminate the competition he would steal candy from the other children.


Filmmaker gives voice to forgotten E. Liberty residents

From the passion behind every pixel of Chris Ivey’s films, you’d think for sure he was a Pittsburgh native. However, Ivey, who is actually a transplant from North Carolina, only came to Pittsburgh a little more than 15 years ago. Since that time he has been responsible for some of the most eye opening and inspirational documentary films to come out of the region. Through his lens he has spent the last six years shedding light on some of the most challenging issues facing African-Americans, while giving a voice to those who aren’t often heard. TWO-FACED—Chris Ivey’s films show contrasting sides of East Liberty. (Photo by J.L. Martello) “Every year and a half to two years I try to come up with a new film dealing with things that are happening. They all deal with similar things: race, gentrification fears. I want people to get active,” Ivey said. “I love filmmaking. I also like the idea of telling stories. I’m very visual. If I have the opportunity to use what I have to inspire people, I have to do it. That’s the most I can do right now.”