Daily Archive: May 11, 2011


Editorial…Who we endorse

May 17 is a very important date in Pennsylvania. It’s the Pennsylvania primary day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. And since Pittsburgh is predominately Democrat it makes it even more important for the Black community to come out to vote, because the winner of the primary will most likely either have no opponent or a weak opponent in the general election. There are several key races open this election which will affect the Black community. The County Executive, County Controller, District 9 City Council race and the School Board races in District 8 and District 2.


‘TESTIMONY’ a stirring revelation…‘Uprise: Raising Black Men Project’ at AWC

Although there was a script, there was so much more than mere theater on the stage of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. There was a rite of passage, a catharsis, a purging of the soul, a “laying on” of hands and healing of the spirit. It was a communal cleansing from a deathly conspiracy of deep silence finally unbroken in a story circle. “Uprise: Raising Black Men Project,” is the culmination of months of discussions, interviews and documentation through an engagement process with local arts, social service, criminal justice and education organizations. Led by siblings Carlton and Maurice S. Turner, collectively known as M.U.G.A.B.E.E. (Men Under Guidance Acting Before Early Extinction), and recorded by videographer Christopher Ivey, it yielded the ingredients for a hardy, spicy gumbo brewed by August Wilson Fellow (and New Pittsburgh Courier contributor) Tameka Cage served up over the weekend—“Testimony.”


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the Greater Pittsburgh Homewood Coliseum, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater and the Monroeville Convention Center. My first stop was at the Greater Pittsburgh Homewood Coliseum where Mighty Man Productions presented the Mother’s Day Blue Jean Cabaret featuring Mighty Man, DJ Rok, Brother Matt and other dee-jays from around the Pittsburgh area. Chris Moore, Joyce Meggerson-Moore and Christopher Williams at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 12 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 Opportunity Fair links corporations with small businesses

President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Minority Supplier Development Council for approximately 12 months, Joset B. Wright looks forward to taking the 39-year-old organization to the next level. Inheriting the Council on a strong foundation from the previous leadership of Harriet Michel, Wright said she is excited about what is ahead for the organization. READY TO NETWORK—NMSDC president Joset Wright and WPMSDC president and CEO Alexander Nichlos, center, and WPMSDC representatives cut the ribbon kicking off the 35th Annual Business Opportunity Fair. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels) In Pittsburgh helping the Western Pennsylvania Minority Supplier Development Council embark upon their 35th Business Opportunity Fair, Wright served as the luncheon keynote speaker. Tommy Johnson, vice president government affairs for CONSOL Energy, Inc. was the kick-off breakfast speaker. WPMSDC is an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council.


Can your business survive without you?

“Most small business owners are so consumed with growing and developing their business, that they don’t seriously look at succession planning,” states Stephen O. Ashley, Registered Representative for New York Life Insurance Company in Northern Ohio. “A business owner should have a plan for how their business will survive if the owner or another key person gets seriously ill, dies or otherwise leaves the company.” A business that loses key leadership without a succession plan could experience a significant loss in dollar value, excessive taxation, loss of key customers and a loss of wealth for the owners and their estate. A business owner that fails to have a succession plan has created a plan to fail.


America’s got ‘flava’ which tastes like pure power

The world has changed considerably since the “Leave It to Beaver” days, when the Cleaver family represented the model of the American family. My employer, the Nielsen Company, measures and analyzes consumer trends and behaviors across the globe, and recently released a comprehensive new study— “The New Digital American Family, which details America’s ever evolving society of many “flavas” (officially known as diversity) and the marketing impact of that diversity. In a nutshell, our society is more ethnically “flava-ful” than at any other point in history.


Business Calendar

Business series MAY 5—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 “Using Social Media to Grow.” David Tusich, a social media and advertising expert, will discuss the development of social media and why it’s important in today’s business environment. He’ll analyze the elements of an effective social media advertising campaign and outline some strategies. For more information, call 412-281-7141. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or e-mail ­business@carnegielibrary.org.


Patience is a virtue

Here we go round the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush. Round and round and round we go. Where the world’s headed nobody knows. Ya got me going in circles, oh, oh, oh round and round we go. If you have not noticed by now, the theme for this “piece of work” is going round and round like a merry-go-round. The introduction was provided by various composers and artists’ from different eras who had one thing in common, going around in circles. I have written at least fifty columns with a theme suggesting that college athletes under the tutelage and “watchful eye” of the NCAA be paid for services rendered.


Pirates top .500 with 4-1 win over Dodgers

by Will GravesAssociated Press Writer PITTSBURGH (AP)—Jose Tabata slid, stuck out his glove and popped up as if he knew what he was doing. With a flick of the wrist, the Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder threw the ball to second baseman Neil Walker, who then fired to first to double off Los Angeles’ Matt Kemp. Did Tabata really catch the sinking liner by Juan Uribe that ended up being the turning point in Pittsburgh’s 4-1 win on Monday night? BREAKING OUT OF SLUMP—Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs on Saturday against the Astros. (Courier Photos/Thomas Sabol)