Daily Archive: February 8, 2012


Ariz. Gov. Jan Brewer: Arrest this woman!

by Bernie Foster Politics can be ugly. But what happened on the tarmac in Mesa last Wednesday was simply a disgrace. Within minutes of President Obama exiting Air Force One, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer was pointing a wagging finger at him, inches from his face. Excuse me! This is the President of the United States of America. Put the finger away, lady.


Cornelius dead of suicide

by Lynn ElberFor New Pittsburgh Courier LOS ANGELES (AP)—“Soul Train” host Don Cornelius was the arbiter of cool, a brilliant TV showman who used his purring, baritone voice to seduce mainstream America into embracing Black music and artists. But the “love, peace, and SOUL!” he wished viewers as he closed each show for decades escaped him as his life descended into marital trouble, illness and, finally, a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound on Feb. 1. DON CORNELIUS


Soul music TV promotions’ pioneer

by Frazier MooreFor New Pittsburgh Courier NEW YORK (AP)—In an era when Beyonce and Jay-Z are music royalty, when Barack Obama is the nation’s chief executive, and when Black stars in the cast of a TV show are commonplace, it may be hard to grasp the magnitude of what Don Cornelius created once he got his “Soul Train” rolling. DON CORNELIUS


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited Melange Bistro Bar in Downtown Pittsburgh, Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District, the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty and Ava Lounge in East Liberty. My first stop was at Melange Bistro Bar, Downtown, where VIP Entertainment held an event called “Grand Finale” with Jay Owens as the host. It was ladies night at the Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 9 Freedom Friday Pittsburgh School for the Creative and Performing Arts presents Freedom Friday at 7 p.m. at CAPA Theater, 111 Ninth St., Cultural District. For more information, call 412-338-6101.


Firm shines light on social media

With more than 800 million active users, Facebook, a social networking service and website launched eight years ago, recently announced its plans to become a public company. Aiming to raise $10 billion, which would give it a value of $100 billion, it is calculated that Facebook has the potential to become the 15th-largest initial public offering in global history. That according to L. Denise Edwards, owner of SitaraSocial Marketing, proves the social media industry and the online marketing world are rife with opportunity to grow ones business. EDUCATION IS KEY—Shining light into social cyber space, L. Denise Edwards, owner of SitaraSocial Marketing conducts her first social media workshop for the year. (Photo by Diane I. Daniels)


Lewis becomes VP of Verizon’s Mid-Atlantic Region

by Alexis Taylor For New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)—“My job is to make sure that you have an easy life,” said Anthony Lewis from the eighth floor Verizon board room of his Maryland office. Newly named vice president of the Mid-Atlantic Region, Lewis, a native of Norfolk, Va. has big plans for the company he’s been a part of since 1986, known then as the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of Virginia. ANTHONY LEWIS


Business Calendar

Business series FEB. 9—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host their Business Program Series at 12:15 p.m. at the Downtown & Business branch, 612 Smithfield St., Downtown. The topic is “Federal Tax Credits-Which Ones Can You Claim?” Tax Specialist Patrick N. Price, of the IRS, will explain the basics of each credit, so that one can determine which ones apply them. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or e-mail business@carnegielibrary.org.


USO dominates 2011 Courier All-City Football team

Before the football season began most picked the Allderdice Dragons to win it all in City League play because of the wealth of talent they had coming back from the previous season. But once the season started, most moved to Brashear, after their impressive 22-13 win over USO. But after it was all said and done, it was USO that emerged as the best team in the city, going 6-0 while shutting out all their opponents in league play after the loss to Brashear. Jaylen Coleman, USOOffensive MVP Allderdice dropped back in the pack with loses to Perry, Brashear, and USO. In the playoffs it was all USO as they defeated all comers including Brashear in the championship game. During the regular season they compiled 198 points while only allowing the 22 points in the first game against Brashear. Brashear finished second with 47 points allowed. Allderdice came closest to them on offense with 187 points. This gave fans hope that at last the City League would have a victory in PIAA play, but that was not to occur.