Daily Archive: May 4, 2011


Editorial…Congratulations to the Fab 40 Class of 2011

As the New Pittsburgh Courier embarks on its second century of delivering empowering information, we understand the importance of bringing to the forefront those that make a difference day in and day out in the lives of so many. It is important to pause to tell them thank you for all they do while encouraging them to continue serving and building to even higher levels of positive impact and change. The Fab 40 honorees, recognized on April 29, were chosen from more than 200 nominations from our readers. They represent a select group of young African-American achievers that understand the importance of building self to serve others. They exemplify the kinds of role models that youth in our community can and should aspire to emulate.


‘Hairspray’ brings strong message

Ja’Sonta Roberts-Deen is ecstatic to be playing Motormouth Maybelle in Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s rendition of “Hairspray.” “This is my first production with Pittsburgh Musical Theater and things have been going really well. This musical has singing and dancing and the theme is to be happy with yourself regardless of what the outside world says. You have to know that you have something unique inside you and you can do so many different things and that shines through in the musical,” said 34-year-old Roberts-Deen who grew up in Wilkinsburg.


Out & About with Brotha Ash…Savoy Restaurant welcome to the good life!

This week I visited Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District located at 2623 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222. Last weekend was the “Pre-Grand Opening Weekend” of Savoy Restaurant and it was a sight that Pittsburgh has never seen before. When I pulled up to the front of the establishment, it was like a scene out of Hollywood or New York City. The lights were flashing and there was valet parking and the red carpet was hot with celebrities, sport figures and professional businessmen and women who came out to enjoy a taste of the good life. National recording artist Mya came in town to show Savoy Restaurant some love and celebrate Chuck Sanders birthday in style.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 5 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.


Unique facility exposes Homewood

As an entrepreneur, mother, mentor and confidant, Simone Gadson continuously advises people to follow and live their dreams. Pursue your ideas, move forward and persevere, is her philosophy. For the past two years she has been following her own advice. “Entertaining, organizing events and meeting and greeting people,” is my passion,” said Gadson. “When I fell into this building, it only seemed natural to establish some sort of entertainment facility.” Taking guidance from Ward Chairman Charles Frazier to open a banquet facility to fill a void within the community, in December of 2009 her longtime dream became a reality–Cabaret opened its doors at 7928 Frankstown Avenue. “A place where everyday’s a cabaret.” JAZZ ANYONE—Painted by artist George Gist, Cabaret will feature jazz concerts featuring music by musicians in the wall mural.


Southwest closes $1B purchase of AirTran

By David KoenigAssociated Press Writer DALLAS (AP)—Southwest Airlines Co. closed its $1 billion purchase of AirTran on Monday, securing its spot as one of the biggest U.S. airlines and extending its reach beyond U.S. borders. For Southwest and AirTran customers, nothing much changes right away. There will be separate websites, frequent-flier programs and bag-fee policies. AirTran charges for checked baggage, while Southwest allows two bags for free.


High pressure tactics confusion lead to customer overdrafts

(NNPA)—In August 2010, the Federal Reserve Board directed banks to seek customer approval before enrolling them in high-cost overdraft coverage. Now nearly a year later, a new survey by the Center for Responsible Lending finds there are still lingering consumer misperceptions as to what consumers believe they were actually signing up for. Among consumers who opted in to overdraft, 64 percent thought they were getting coverage to avoid bounced checks even though overdraft only affects debit card and ATM transactions. For other survey respondents, overdraft enrollment was chosen as a means to stop a barrage of solicitations in varying forms.


Community Calendar

Informational job session MAY 5—Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Councilman Ricky Burgess will host the East Liberty Target Job Informational Sessions from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty. This is the second of a three-part session to secure jobs for local residents. The store will open in July and the sessions will discuss the interviewing process, review sample interviewing questions and the hiring requirements. The topic will be “Interviewing for Target.” There will also be a session from 6-8 p.m. and one on May 12 at the same time. For more information, e-mail Joanna Doven at Joanna.doven@­city.pittsburgh.pa.us.


Rock of Redemption

The year was 1911. The industrial revolution was going strong in the industrial capital of the world. South of the Mason-Dixon line, Jim Crow laws were etched in stone. Pittsburgh was situated just above the North-South boundary. There were no official “James Crow” laws in place but the unacceptable law of racial exclusion was imprinted on the hearts of some from all points, north, south, east and west in America. In regards to the University of Pittsburgh, Hubbard Hollensworth and Harry Ray Wooten were the first student athletes enrolled at Pitt in 1911. However it would take until 1945, 34 years for any genuine notice to be given to them or any other African American athlete to attend the University.


Steelers take Ironhead’s son in first round

Craig “Ironhead” Heyward rushed for 1,791 yards in 1987 at Pitt and was fifth in the Heisman Trophy balloting. He was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 1988 NFL Draft. In a move to bolster an aging defensive line, the Steelers selected Ironhead’s son, Cameron Heyward, a 6-5, 300 pound defensive end from Ohio State with the 31st pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. None of the current starters are younger than 30 years old. COMING HOME—Pittsburgh Steelers first-round draft pick Cameron Heyward poses with a team jersey with coach Mike Tomlin, left, and team president Art Rooney II, right, during a news conference at the team’s headquarters on the Southside, April 29. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) “Don’t ever quit!” is the first piece of advice he was given by his daddy the minute that he set foot on a football field. Work hard, be patient and stick with it, and good things will happen. That kind of raw determination and work ethic enabled Heyward to be one of the best football players in the world.