Fab 40… New list of young elite unveiled

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Shootings, homicides and drug arrests are just a few of the times when many young African-Americans are highlighted and featured in the media, while there is a greater majority of positive stories and images often overshadowed by the negative. The New Pittsburgh Courier will honor some of those young individuals doing their part to make their communities better at the annual Fab 40 Reception. The reception, which honors 40 of Pittsburgh’s top African-American men and women under 40, will be held Feb. 24 at the luxurious Fairmont Hotel, Downtown.

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ALLYCE PINCHBACK

“Once again, the New Pittsburgh Courier is pleased to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of 40 of Pittsburgh’s talented and aspiring leaders who are a counterpoint to the negative stereotypes that tarnish the community’s image,” said Rod Doss, editor & publisher of the Courier. “These Fab 40 are the embodiment of determination and dedication to succeed in their field of endeavor. They are today’s promise of a brighter tomorrow.”

Allyce Pinchback, education program manager for the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and a 2011 Fab 40 honoree, said recognitions like this are important because sometimes there are many people who work behind the scenes and their work goes unnoticed. “It’s wonderful to have a forum where people in our community can be recognized for their work.

Fab 40 honorees come from a wide range of professions, such as health care, business, sports, community, the arts, education, the media and social service.

Pinchback added that the award “shows the community that there are positive role models, especially when we talk about the lack of them, and it shows our youth young African-Americans who are making a difference.”

Highmark Senior Products Specialist Christina Bell is one of this year’s honorees and said, “I am overwhelmed; it’s a great honor to be recognized by the New Pittsburgh Courier.” She added that recognizing young professionals is important “because the recognition we (as a community) give to young leaders inspires others to make a change in their communities.”

Neal Holmes, president of Designing Love Inc. and a past honoree, said, “There is no greater honor than receiving an award from your community. When people in your community invest in you, it says a lot about you.”

While he agrees with Pinchback and Bell that the recognition gives younger generations a role model for work ethic and business, he said it also shows that, “we are the next generation and (we) are ready to stand alongside the present one.” He said his goal is to one day find someone to take his place.

While the Fab 40 recognition is a great display of excellence for generations to come, it is also a motivation for individuals to continue their work and strive for even more. With the acceptance comes responsibility.

Holmes said his advice for the new list of honorees is to continue to challenge themselves and never become satisfied. Always grow and develop relationships.

2012 FAB 40 HONOREES

ANGELA ALLIE

Principal – Propel Andrew Street High School

 

NAILA ANSARI

Principal Dancer & Founding Member, August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble

 

JENNIFER ARNETTE

Assistant District Attorney, Allegheny County Office of the District Attorney

 

CHRISTINA BELL

Senior Products Specialist, Highmark

 

JOYCE BELL

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University Of Pittsburgh

 

DE’NETTA BENJAMIN

Clinical Director, Bethlehem Haven

 

RUEBEN BROCK

Author, Therapist, Motivational Speaker, Musician, Doctoral Student, APA

Minority Fellow– West Virginia University

 

ROSANNE EASLEY

Chef/Owner, Roxanne’s Take-Out & Catering (Soulfood Expressions)

 

KEZIA ELLISON

Founder & President, Educating Teens about HIV/AIDS

 

SEAN FARR

Child & Family Engagement Specialist – Amachi Pittsburgh

 

CINDY FERNANDEZ

Senior Engineer, Westinghouse Electric & Producer/Host, La Rumba Productions

 

ALI FINLEY

Civil Engineer II – Tetra Tech NUS

 

BRANDI FISHER

Chairperson, Alliance for Police Accountability and Owner, Arise & Shine Learning Center

 

MARITA GARRETT

Outreach Coordinator, University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer Outreach Center

 

KIMBERLY GILL

Anchor/Reporter, KDKA-TV

 

ANGEL GOBER

Community Organizer

 

JOSEPH HALL

Programming Director, Kelly Strayhorn Theater

 

LEAH MICHELE HARDAWAY

Program Director For Learn & Serve America, Rankin Christian Center

 

SHAWN HICKS

Office Manager, African American Chamber Of Commerce of Western PA

 

MAISHA HOWZE

Program Supervisor, Prevention Services , FamilyLinks

 

WILLIAM JOHNSON

President, Black Business Association, Carnegie Mellon University

 

DARRELL S. KINSEL

Murals Program Coordinator & National Social Media Coordinator, Marilyn G. Rabb (MGR) Foundation

 

AYANA LEDFORD

Executive Director of Progress, Carnegie Mellon University

 

TIFFANY LUMPKIN

Program Director, Small Seeds Development

 

LIANA MANEESE

Community Activist

 

BERNICE DANA MARTIN

Director Of Development and Marketing, Association for Children & Adults with Learning Disabilities (ACLD)

 

MICHELLE MCMURRAY

President & CEO, Mental Health America Allegheny County

 

SHAUNDA MILES

Vice President of Programming & Cultivation, August Wilson Center

 

ANTHONY MOORE

Assistant to Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs, University of Pittsburgh

 

NEIL PARHAM

Senior Community Initiatives Specialist, Highmark

 

SHARENE SHEALEY

Manager, GenOn Energy inc., Board Member, Pittsburgh Public Schools

 

JADA SHIRRIEL

Director of Marketing & Development, Every Child, Inc.

 

DARRELL SMALLEY

Principal, Ernst & Young, LLP

 

WADRIA TAYLOR

CEO & Founder, Style & Steel Event Planning

 

TONY THOMPSON

Associate, Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP

 

FRANK TORBERT, III

Director of Admissions, Art Institute Of Pittsburgh On-Line Division

 

DONALD C. WALKER, III

City Councilman (Aliquippa) & Child Advocate, Western Pennsylvania Psych Care

 

DANTE WORKS

Parole Officer Supervisor, Allegheny County Adult Probation

 

DONNIE YAWN

Site Manager, NDC Real Estate Management Co.

 

DAMON YOUNG

Author & Co-Founder, verysmartbrothas.com (Blog)

(For more information on the Fab 40 reception or to reserve tickets, please contact Save the Date at 412-781-3486 or email savethedate_pgh@yahoo.com. For advertising and sponsorship information, contact Stephan Broadus at 412-481-8302 ext. 129 or sbroadus@newpittsburghcourier.com. Deadline is Feb. 16. )

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