Daily Archive: July 6, 2011

Entertainment

NBC’s ‘Sing Off’ champs Committed headlines Juneteenth in Hill District

The next generation of a cappella groups graced the stage of the Kaufmann Center in the Hill District in celebration of this year’s Juneteenth Festival, which was produced in partnership with the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. Juneteenth is the yearly celebration to remember the end of slavery in the United States. During the Civil War, even though the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1863, most slaves were not officially freed until the end of the war in 1865, and there were many more that did not find out until months after that, especially in Texas. COMMITTED (PHOTO BY J.L. MARTELLO)

Entertainment

Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited Stage AE on the North Shore, the Northside Elks in the Hill District, Kenny’s Place in the Hill District, Savoy Restaurant and Lounge in the Strip District and Club Obsessionz in the Strip District. My first stop was at Stage AE on the North Shore where Promo West Productions presented Bootsy Collins—Tha Funk Capital of the World. This concert was off the hook and it’s an event that Pittsburgh hasn’t seen in years. The legendary funk master, Bootsy Collins performing live at Stage AE on the North Shore.

Entertainment

Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 7 Summer Series The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater presents its 3rd Annual Celebrate East Liberty Summer Series at 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. From now through Aug. 20, the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater will have its summer series, which will feature performances from local and national artists. All summer long there will be something for everyone. For more information, visit http://www.kelly-strayhorn.org.

Business

Target exec comes home for grand opening

When he was a child, Greg Cunningham spent his days in his parents’ butcher shop in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. His father Calvin had bought the business from its previous owner after having worked there since he was a child. Cunningham did the same, helping his mother run the business after Calvin passed away. You might say business is in his blood. ON TARGET—Marketing Group Manager Greg Cunningham, who grew up playing basketball at Reizenstein, will return to celebrate the grand opening of the East Liberty Target store July 24.

Business

High school and middle school students win business plan competition

Three students from the Franklin Center of Beaver County were the big winners in the 6th Annual George W. Tippins Annual Business Plan Competition at the Rivers Club in Pittsburgh. This 6th annual competition is a showcase for students, from grades 7-12, to demonstrate their business ideas and talents. The program is underwritten by the Tippins Foundation and named in honor of one of Pittsburgh’s most successful entrepreneurs, inventors and financiers of the latter half of the 20th century. The competition provides students with real life experience in business creation so young people can acquire knowledge and skills essential for: academic success, economic security, and the life they really want. Entrepreneuring Youth, which sponsors the annual competition, directs resources to engage and benefit young people at risk of failing academically and for whom career paths and opportunities for success seem extremely limited. WINNERS AND FINALISTS—From left: Bob Fragasso, chairman of the board for Entrepreneuring Youth; Amber Liggett, Josiah Council, Jesse Council, Licercia Crawley, Joey Pahula, Lisa Huff, Patrice Council, and John Tippins, Trustee the Tippins Foundation. Amber Liggett was the high school division winner; Josiah and his brother Jesse were the middle school division winners—the other students in the photo were the other finalists.

Business

Subprime mortgage to student financial aid

(NNPA)—Yes, they are back. Some of the culprits who came up with the idea of subprime mortgage lending are back with a new and equally devastating hustle. As opposed to going into Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to convince executives to corrupt an important process, they are going to the U.S. Department of Education. We lost over 35 percent of our net worth from the mortgage crisis. Our homes weren’t enough as now they are targeting the financial aid streams for Black students. If they have their way, we again will be financially damaged and our futures hurt all for the sake of quick money hustling. It is evil and it is racial, as it targets schools that serve minority communities the most. It is extremely important that we become active and vocal about this threat. The future of our children is on the line. Remember, you can be a political activist or a political victim—there is no in between. The following is my take on this urgent matter. Please read and begin your protest.

Business

Business Calendar

Downtown divas JULY 6—The National Association of Women Business Owners of Greater Pittsburgh will host its Downtown Divas Live Music and Networking event from 6-9 p.m. at Villa South Side, 1831 E. Carson St., South Side. Every Wed­nes­day, will be able to enjoy performances from some of the city’s best female vocalist while networking. Registration is required. For more information, call 412-854-4827 or e-mail nawbo@blacktie-pittsburgh.com.

Sports

Independence Day

I am sitting here looking out over PNC Park waiting for the game to begin. I have gorged myself with pulled pork (yuk) cold cuts, three cheese polenta and lots and lots of soda, courtesy of my ten dollar “donation” to the press cafeteria. Oh how I long to be independent from “multi-carbs” and smothered pork chops but, hey that is another story too lengthy and complicated to even attempt to expound upon in this limited space. First and foremost, the starting pitcher for the Bucco’s “holiday” game was Paul Maholm who entered the July 4th game with a 3.17 ERA. However before the Pirates batted in the bottom of the 3rd inning, the Houston Astros were leading 3-1 with the help of a Pirates shaky and unsettled infield. The Pirates also assisted Astros pitcher Brett Myers with some questionable base running but by the end of the third inning, the game was tied 3-3. Myers entered the game with a 4.60 ERA. The will of both pitchers at times seemed to be questionable.

Sports

Tired of lockouts? Here’s a few sports could use

(AP)—The NFL lockout has been going on for months, and the NBA lockout could drag on even longer. The word lockout itself is becoming an unwelcome addition to bar room debates across the country. But maybe lockouts aren’t such a bad idea after all. Imagine what would happen if we locked out some of these sports figures: DEREK JETER: I understand the need to instinctively bow to the greatness that is Derek Jeter, but even he should be embarrassed to be starting at shortstop for the American League in the All-Star game. Hold a parade for him if you want when he reaches 3,000 hits, but save the starting job for someone really having an All-Star season, like Jhonny Peralta of the Tigers or Asdrubal Cabrera of the Indians.

Sports

Batter up in Homewood as All-Stars take the field

The Homewood Baseball Association in partnership with Homewood Community Sports and the Pittsburgh Pirates RBI program presented community day at Willie Stargell Field on June 25 to revive and further promote baseball in the inner city. The kids got basic skills and tips from Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher James McDonald and they held T-Ball and Little League home run derbies. WATCHFUL EYE—East All Star Team watches their batter hit the ball.