Daily Archive: December 28, 2011


Time for change on Black America’s ‘National Anthem’

by Dr. B.B. Robinson God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, Thou who has brought us thus far on the way; Thou who has by Thy might Led us into the light, Keep us forever in the path, we Pray.—“Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” Should Black Americans still consider “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” as the “Black national anthem?”


Love of music, following your heart

Stage actor Will Mann promises singing and dancing long after theatergoers have saw the production of “Memphis” at Heinz Hall. “You will cry and laugh and leave the room singing the songs from the production,” said Mann who plays the role of Bobby in the show, which will run in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District from Dec. 27-Jan. 1. ENJOYING THE MUSIC—Will Mann, as Bobby, right, with cast from Memphis. (Photo by Paul Kolnik)



This week I visited the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in downtown Pittsburgh, Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District, CJ’s in the Strip District, Tim’s Bar in the Hill District and the Greater Pittsburgh Homewood Coliseum. The one and only Shawn Hopson and comedian Joe Torry at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 29 Kwanzaa Celebration Kente Arts Alliance, UJAMAA Collective and the Hill House Association present a Kwanzaa Celebration from 7-10 p.m. at the Hill House Kaufman Center, 1825 Centre Ave., Hill District. The guest speaker is Dr. Maulana Karenga, creator of Kwanzaa and the Nguzo Saba. The theme for his address will be “Kwanzaa and the Seven Principles: Sustaining & Sharing the World.” There will also be a children’s program at 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-322-0292 or visit http://www.kentearts.org.



15th Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit meets in NYC

(New York, N.Y.)—The Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project will host the 15th annual gathering of the Wall Street Economic Summit from Jan. 25-27, 2012 at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, 811 Seventh Ave. at 53rd Street, New York City. This year’s summit, “We Are One World: Bringing Everyone to the Table” focuses on access to capital, industry, and technology for American families and businesses facing economic disparities. This year’s honorary chair is Terry J. Lundgren, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Macy’s Inc. REV. JESSE JACKSON


A New Year resolution for consumers

(NNPA)—The New Year’s tradition of making resolutions is sometimes an opportunity to turn dreams into specific goals and efforts—like losing pounds gained during holiday excesses. When it comes to financial matters, now is a perfect time to also assess lending habits and ways to develop greater financial security. In a downturned economy, where jobs are scarce and dollars are short for many Americans, learning how to keep a greater portion of your monies is a resolution worth the effort. If changes in consumer financial habits can begin in the New Year, chances are there will be a big and better difference by this time next year.


Business Calendar

Networking JAN. 9—Pittsburgh Professional Women will host a Clever Connections Networking Dinner from 6-8 p.m. at BRAVO!, 4976 McKnight Rd., Pittsburgh. The cost is $30 for members. Reservations are required. For more information, call Beth Caldwell at 412-202-6983 or e-mail beth@pittsburghprofessionalwomen.com.


It’s Hell being on top

At this stage in the “game” of life a few folks are probably in the midst of one of these three stages. Stage one: having or had a very merry, cherry Christmas. Stage two: not having celebrated or even had any feelings one way or another. And most important (at least to me) is stage three: the ole fake and L-tryptophan inspired New Year’s resolution. I currently have no plans on making any vows for 2012 because except in one or two instances during my lifetime, I have not even come close to keeping the promises I made to myself.


Batch leads Steelers to big win

WOW, the Steelers won without Big Ben. After one of its worst offensive games of the season in which they only scored 3 points against the San Francisco 49ers, the Steelers put together one of their best games of the season defeating the St. Louis Rams (2-13) 27-0. Actually it was their fourth best offensive effort of the year and their highest margin of victory. NATIVE SON— Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch (16) looks for an open receiver downfield against the St. Louis Rams, on Dec. 24, at Heinz Field. (Courier Photo/Thomas Sabol)


Hopewell’s Shell, Clairton’s Boyd, take top honors

by Rod FriscoFor The Associated Press (AP)—Rushel Shell of Hopewell did not have the perfect football season. Shell, a senior running back, suffered an injury at the midpoint of the 2011 high school football season that forced him to sit out one full game and part of another. His Hopewell team was unable to advance past the quarterfinal round of the District 7 Class AAA playoffs. PITT RECRUIT RUSHEL SHELL (Courier Photo/William McBride, File)