Daily Archive: June 15, 2012


Point Park launches Urban Accounting Initiative

According to a study by Howard University School of Business’ Center for Accounting Education, only four percent of all accounting graduates hired by accounting firms between 2007 and 2008 were African-Americans. In an effort to increase the number of African-Americans in the accounting and finance fields, Point Park University recently launched the first phase of their Urban Accounting and Finance Initiative. At the launch event on June 11, parents and students from Manchester Academic Charter School were given an introduction to the year ahead of them in Point Park’s Middle School Accounting and Finance Career Exploration Initiative. JEROME JACKSON “It’s just been an amazing thing, thinking about the potential of this program,” said MACS Principal Vasilios Scoumis. “We look forward to the next six years and beyond of doing some amazing things.”


‘NBA Baller Beats’ scores big innovation

by Cornelius Fortune LOS ANGELES (REAL TIMES NEWS SERVICE)—Can’t teach an old ball new tricks? Think again. “NBA Baller Beats,” unveiled during this year’s annual E3 conference—featuring the best and latest innovations of the video game industry—has all the makings of a hit game. The Majesco Entertainment title is slated for a September release and includes not only the game, but a full-sized Spalding basketball. HIT GAME—Curtis Smith, a “Brand Ambassador,” demonstrates the new “NBA Baller Beats” game at the E3 conference in Los Angeles, Calif. (Real Times Photo/Cornelius Fortune) Let that sink in a moment.


SBA recognizes business advocates

Intently listening, approximately 350 people heard officials from the Allegheny Conference on Community Development portray a positive outlook for Pittsburgh and the region. They also heard C. Randy Grossman, financial advisor for Wealth Management Strategies Inc. identify small business owners as the driving force of the economy. “Over the past 30 years the area has been reborn and reinvigorated with an investment in the quality of life, jobs and housing,” said Dennis Yablonsky, CEO of the Conference during the Small Business Awards Luncheon and Trade Show. SBA AWARD RECIPIENTS—State Legislator Jake Wheatley and Richard Somiari congratulate one another for being winners. (Photo by Diane I. Daniels) Classifying “brain gain” as an asset within the ten county region, Bill Flanagan, executive vice president, corporate relations for the Allegheny Conference and master of ceremonies for the luncheon pointed out that the area gained 286 economic development deals in 2011. Those deals he said calculates into investment and development projects totaling nearly $1.5 billion in capital investment. “People are recognizing what we are doing,” he said.


Tomlin keynotes Pirates heritage luncheon

In 1971, the Pittsburgh Pirates were the most integrated team in major league baseball. That year on Sept. 1, the Pirates made history when they fielded the first all-Black lineup in the history of the major league. Throughout the years, the city of Pittsburgh has produced a long list of legendary sports moments. From celebrated players Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, and Dave Parker to the popularity of Pittsburgh’s two Negro-league teams, the contributions of African-Americans in baseball blazed trails for minorities in all professional sports arenas. CURRENT DAY TRAILBLAZER—Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin Coach receives an honorary jersey from Pittsburgh Pirates after keynoting the African American Heritage luncheon on June 8 at the PNC Park Lexus Club. (Courier Photo/Rossano P. Stewart) This year, at their annual African American Heritage Sports Luncheon, the Pittsburgh Pirates recognized a current day trailblazer: Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin. With one Super Bowl victory already under his belt, Tomlin has added his mark to the pages of Pittsburgh’s sports history.


Ginuwine: Spotlights mental illness

Singing, song-writing, dancing and acting is what R&B star Ginuwine is best known for. “I’m staying in the music game by doing shows. You know you are not as busy or hot as you were when you first came out. I’ve been doing records and trying to find my way in the world,” said Ginuwine, 41 who splits his down time between Atlanta and Maryland. Recently, Ginuwine added philanthropist to his resume. GINUWINE He and his wife, rapper Sole, are using their celebrity status to help the less fortunate. The power couple partnered with the Special People Requiring Unique Care Equality, a Kansas City-based assisted living resource to help provide a better quality of life to people with mental or physical challenges.


Exercise your game

by Cornelius Fortune LOS ANGELES (REAL TIMES NEWS SERVICE)—One of the most exciting aspects of E3 wasn’t just all the innovation announcements and stunning demo play—it was the pound of music and the act of dance; fully assembled groups, coordinated and visually tracked upon large screens moving to an infectious beat. INTRICATE MOVES—Dancers demonstrate some intricate moves for the soon-to-be released, “Just Dance 4.” (Real Times Photo/Cornelius Fortune) Two of these games, “Dance Central 3” and “Just Dance 4” were huge crowd pleasers. “Dance Central 3” for Xbox 360 Kinect features more than 40 tracks including Usher, 50 Cent, Gloria Gaynor (“I will Survive”), and other popular artists. It’s a really great blend of old school and new school jams.


MOGA puts the future of mobile gaming in your hands

by Cornelius Fortune “Angry Birds” excluded, most games designed for your phone don’t replicate the game controller that well (“Angry Birds” was designed for mobile platforms). While touchscreen technology has a plethora of advantages and intuitive controls, it’s not always compatible with video game play. CHANGING FACE OF GAMING—No joystick required: The MOGA controller hopes to change the face of mobile gaming. “Pac-Man” is one of a select list of titles to use the new technology. (Real Times Photo/Cornelius Fortune) Enter the MOGA Mobile Gaming System just unveiled at the E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) in Los Angeles, Calif. Developed by PowerA (a leader in gaming innovation) this device connects to your tablet or cell phone, giving a much richer game experience on par with your console experience.


Soccer star Cobi Jones plays for a cause at E3

by Cornelius Fortune LOS ANGELES (REAL TIMES NEWS SERVICE)—The E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) in Los Angeles wasn’t just about showcasing jaw-dropping demos and new product announcements; it was a launch pad for an important cause: combating HIV/AIDS globally. Cobi Jones, a World Cup qualifier and soccer star, came out to support the (RED)RUSH TO ZERO campaign whose goal is to deliver an AIDS free generation by 2015. Cobi Jones competes with his son during E3 in Los Angeles. Jones was one of many celebrities who came out to support the (RED)RUSH TO ZERO campaign against AIDS. (Real Times Photo/Cornelius Fortune) Jones, a midfielder who starred for the U.S. Men’s National Team and MLS for nearly two decades, played 164 international games for the United States, a record that holds today, and tallied 15 goals and 22 assists. He competed in 11 World Cup games and was part of the Galaxy’s “double” winning team that won both the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and MLS Cup, giving him five championships during his time with the club.



David (Imani Christian Academy) Vs. Goliath (callous board members)

Eighteen years ago in the kitchen of Donna Clay Powell, a Black female, the dream of Imani Christian Academy became a reality. Three Christian men who were members of Petra International Ministries collectively contributed $40,000 and on opening day there were 28 children and five teachers. As Imani Christian Academy began to grow there were those who sought out outsiders who lived in the more influential areas to become board members and hopefully accelerate the school’s growth.