Daily Archive: April 27, 2011

Entertainment

Wilson: It’s all about the ladies

Last year it was about the fellas and this year it’s about the ladies. Singer Charlie Wilson is on a mission to teach people how to respect, treat and speak to women. “I’ve been around so many hip-hop artists who have downgraded women in their raps calling women the B-word and stuff like that. That’s crazy. It’s not fair. I decided to try and show them the right lyrics to sing. Men and rappers need to man up. Rappers can sell as many records without all of that. They are just trying to be heard because there’s a new generation of kids coming up. We also have to change little girls and the way they think about themselves and help them understand that they are humans and queens,” explained Wilson who hails from Tulsa but resides in Los Angeles. CHARLIE WILSON

Entertainment

Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland, CJ’s in the Strip District, Obsessionz in the Strip District, Macedonia Baptist Church in the Hill District and the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty. My first stop was at the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty where Classic Material was holding it down featuring break dancing and playing hip-hop classics from back in the day. More Mike Epps fans at the major event in Oakland.

Entertainment

Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 28 Jazz jam CJ’s Restaurant & Lounge presents “The Roger Humphries & RH Factor Jazz Jam Session” at 8 p.m. at 2901-2911 Penn Ave., Strip District. There will be live jazz and fun every Thursday night. Must be 30-years or older and there is a dress code that will be enforced. No tennis shoes, sweats, or athletic gear. For more information, call 412-642-2377.

Business

Cosmos promotes Marcellus water treatment process

Following a presentation at the African American Chamber of Commerce April PowerBreakfast, EQT Vice President for Commercial Operations Cliff Baker noted that the refusal of local water authorities to accept Marcellus “frack” water for treatment, actually creates an opportunity for the right company to join the Marcellus boom. “Are there companies out there who do water treatment that can do this? You bet there are,” he said. “I expect my phone will be ringing if it isn’t already.” A SMALL BUSINESS “SOLUTION”—Cosmos Technologies owner Frederick Douglas plays a video of his catalytic process for treating water used in Marcellus shale gas mining. (Photo by J.L. Martello.)

Business

Loan mark-ups on cars cost Americans $25.8 billion

(NNPA)—Each year when warmer weather signals that spring is about to arrive, annual rituals like spring breaks from school and spring cleaning welcome the new season. For auto dealers, the spring season signals the time when customers begin to shop lots and visit showrooms more often. Friendly salespeople beckon shoppers to see new cars, learn about vehicle options and more. But, before getting caught up in new car fever, consumers would be well-served to learn more about financing cars before buying one. Under the Hood: Auto Loan Interest Rate Hikes Inflate Consumer Costs and Loan Losses, the Center for Responsible Lending’s newest research report on auto financing, finds that consumers pay more than $25.8 billion in interest rate markups over the lives of their loans. Beyond higher mark-ups, poor credit ratings can lock consumers into finance rates so high that repossessions become the norm, rather than the exception.

Business

Business Calendar

Business seminar APRIL 28—Allegheny County, The City of Pittsburgh, The Small Business Administration, Duquesne University’s Small Business Development Center and Building Bridges for Business will host a Small Business Works Seminar at the Kingsley Association, 6435 Frankstown Ave., East Liberty. This is the first seminar in a series developed to educate and empower business owners. There will be a keynote speaker to inspire individuals and more than 20 exhibitors to showcase resources. For more information, call Linda Handley at 412-475-9010 or visit http://www.buildingbridgesforbusiness.org.

Sports

Dobbs Tops Courier All-City Boys Team

Even though Perry dominated City League boys basketball this season with a 15-1 interleague play, Allderdice, 12-4, and Carrick, 10-6, captured the most spots on this years’ All-City Basketball selection with four each. Allderdice beat Perry for the City League championship, but the All-City selections were based on what these teams did during the regular season. After Allderdice and Carrick comes Perry, Oliver and Westinghouse with three each; Schenley, Langley and Brashear had two each, and Peabody had one. JUSTIN DOBBS Most Valuable Player, Allderdice

Sports

‘Mocked’ draft

There was a press conference over at the Steelers executive offices on the south side of Pittsburgh. One of the issues that puzzle me is that the Steelers or any other franchise would have the audacity to hold a mock draft, smock draft, hock draft or any other draft in light of the fact that the players are not working out in preparation for the 2011 season. What is a “mock” draft anyway? Is this exercise in futility supposed to provide valuable insight to Joe Q. Public regarding what players might be selected in the early rounds of the NFL draft? Don’t those of you that possess a minute amount of football intellect realize that this “going through the motions” is a cockamamie crock of you know what?

Lifestyle

Central embarks on $2M building campaign

“As we approach the new beginning, let us gear up for what God is about to do. Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorifie,” says the Lord, Haggai 1-8. Traditional Palm Sunday celebration occurs each year the week before Easter as commemoration of Jesus’ entrée into Jerusalem. The Bible says that he entered on a donkey to a cheering crowd who laid out Palms and their coats for him to ride on. Palm Sunday services at the Central Baptist Church in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, this year, April 17, had an added dimension to the morning’s worship. RENDURING OF THE FRONT OF THE BUILDING (Photos by J.L. Martello)

Lifestyle

Church Circuit

Prison ministry training APRIL 30—Greater Allen AME Church, 3600 California Ave., North Side, will host the Pittsburgh Conference and 3rd District Prison Ministry Training from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Reverend Barbara Colvin, director of the 3rd District Prison Ministry. For more information, call Dorothy Stubbs at 412-969-8423 or email ­evangelistdstubbs@gmail.com.