Daily Archive: April 18, 2012


Editorial…Our choice is Gainey

With the Primary election rapidly approaching, April 24, the Courier looked at the candidates running for the various offices and the primary race we see as vital to the Black community is Ed Gainey challenging incumbent Joe Preston Jr. in the Pennsylvania 24th Legislative District, serving the East End of Pittsburgh and Aspinwall. Even though we have the greatest respect for Rep. Preston and what he has accomplished for the district over the past 29 years, we feel it’s time for new vision.


Actor Brian White speaks on life, youth

Actor Brian White relishes a challenge and his new film role, co-starring in the Tyler Perry flick “Good Deeds” alongside Perry and an amazing mostly African-American cast, provides the prolific actor the stretch he craves. “There’s no art in playing characters that are like me. But when you work with Tyler Perry, he always has a crystal clear answer and his movies always have a clear message,” says White, who portrays Perry’s brother, Walter, in the film, which hit theaters Feb. 24. BRIAN WHITE in a scene from one of his many movies, showing his abs. “In his movies, Tyler offers me the opportunity to challenge myself as an actor and it’s always a good challenge and I like the fact that I get to work with others in the ensemble to deliver the message of the movie.”


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the Holiday Inn in Oakland at Bridges, Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District, Ava Lounge in East Liberty and the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty. My first stop was at the Holiday Inn in Oakland at Bridges where the Black Political Empowerment Project, in association with the Pittsburgh Jazz Society, presented “A Musical Fun- Raiser for B-PEP” on Easter Monday. Musicians from all over the Pittsburgh area came out to show support for B-PEP. Bartender Shawn, of Ava Lounge, and manager Sarah Jive working hard at the Ava Lounge.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 19 Kevin Hart Savoy Restaurant and Uplift Enterprises present Spring Break Comedy Explosion at 6:30 p.m. at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, 4141 Fifth Ave., Oakland. Enjoy Hart as he performs all new material from his “Let Me Explain” Comedy Tour. For more information, call 1-888-71-TICKETS or visit http://www.kevinhartpgh.com.


Publisher: Media changes sparked sale of World

by Kalin Thomas ATLANTA (NNPA)—A sluggish economy, changes in the newspaper industry and a desire for added resources to transition into new media spawned the sale of the Atlanta Daily World to two shareholders of a Detroit-based publishing group, the paper’s publisher said last week. MEDIA PANEL—Atlanta Daily World publisher Alexis Scott (right) speaks with moderator Consdace Pressley of WSB Radio last weekend during a Black Women in Media panel sponsored by the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists. (Photo by Kalin Thomas) Alexis Scott, granddaughter of the newspaper’s founder, said Daily World executives were intrigued by the idea of joining forces with a national concern that could help the paper get to the next level. “We wanted to be a part of a larger group after looking at the changes in our industry and the economy, and its impact on our business,” Scott said in a telephone interview. “I think it will give us the added resources we need to diversify into multimedia, which we couldn’t do on our own.”


Don’t be scammed by unscrupulous car dealers

(NNPA)—The Federal Trade Commission convened a series of forums last year that explored abusive auto lending practices. The Center for Responsible Lending, a participant in those roundtables, has issued a new research report on deceitful practices that take advantage of unsuspecting customers. The report, Deal or No Deal: How Yo-Yo Scams Rig the Game against Car Buyers, shows that consumers with low-incomes and poor credit scores are the most likely target for these abuses. By preying upon consumers who are the least able to walk away from deals, the opportunity emerges to make more expensive loans and take consumers’ trade-in and/or down payment.


Don’t wait for Social Security check in mail

by Stephen Ohlemacher WASHINGTON (AP)—Starting next year, the check will no longer be in the mail for millions of people who receive Social Security and other government benefits. The federal government, which issues 73 million payments a month, is phasing out paper checks for all benefit programs, requiring people to get payments electronically, either through direct deposit or a debit card for those without a bank account. The changes will affect people who get Social Security, veterans’ benefits, railroad pensions and federal disability payments.


Business Calendar

County’s Economic Health APRIL 19—The Executive Women’s Council of Pittsburgh will host Allegheny County’s Economic Health” with Rich Fitzgerald at 7:30 a.m. at the Rivers Club, One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant St., Downtown. This is an opportunity to ask questions and find out from Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, his vision for where the county is going, his plans for inclusive management and diversity initiatives, and more. Registration is required and the cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. For more information, email Renee Peiffer at ewcpittsburgh@gmail.com.


Allderdice, Westinghouse dominate All-City Team

Once again it was Allderdice (14-0) and Westinghouse (12-2) battling it out for the City League Girls championship this season and as a result they dominated the All-City Team selections. Ten of the 15 players on this years’ team were on last seasons’ team, with Janay Bottoms, Taylor Smith, Roishay Woods and Lanise Saunders all repeating as First Team selections. JANAY BOTTOMS


‘Everybody has one’

This time of year is “purgatory” for sports writers. All of us who rely on pro football for our weekly injection of testosterone are presently making our way to the back alleys of bootleg DVD land where we wait patiently for the bootlegger to whisper in our ears, “psst, got those uncut copies of Super Bowl XLVI.” That particular product will probably continue to be a hard sell around this neck of the woods in consideration of the fact that “dem dere Stillers” did not make it to the Promised Land to close off the 2011 campaign.