Daily Archive: August 8, 2012


The struggle is real

by Dr. Sheridan T. Yeary Last month at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC, there was a major breakthrough in the battle against HIV/AIDS. Though a cure for the disease was not presented, the NAACP did unveil a new, powerful tool in the fight—The Black Church and HIV manual. The manual serves as a roadmap for faith leaders to move their congregations toward increased awareness of the HIV crisis and then, ultimately, toward advocacy and prevention.


Parental involvement is key in a student’s success

by Shannon Williams Parents in Hong Kong are protesting because the government is set to impose the introduction of Chinese national education in public schools next month. Among the materials the government will use to educate students is a handbook titled “The China Model,” which among other things describes the Communist Party as “progressive, selfless and united.”


‘Jazz On The Hillside’ for community youth

Pittsburgh’s rich jazz legacy is known throughout the world. That legacy was continued for a very worthy cause at the 8th Annual Jazz on the Hillside fundraising concert on the lawn of the Schenley Heights Community Development Program Multi-Purpose Center. JAZZ FOR ALL—Howie Alexander, piano; James Johnson, drums; Jeremy McDonald, bass; and Tony Campbell, saxophone. “Jazz on the Hillside is a great way to celebrate the mission of the SHCDP and Pittsburgh’s musical legacy,” said Rev. Johnnie Monroe, executive director of SHCDP. This year’s evening of entertainment featured the music of Jeff Montgomery, Howie Alexander, Tubby Daniels, Southern Comfort, and many other outstanding local jazz artists. Tony Mowod, resident and founder of the Pittsburgh Jazz Society was the emcee. All proceeds from this event support various Schenley Heights Community Development Programs including:


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 9 Black Women ReAffirmed The Langston Hughes Poetry Society presents “Black Women ReAffirmed” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 720 Music Clothing, 4405 Butler St., Lawrenceville. This is a show representing all shades and styles of Black women. There will be poetry, music, praise reaffirming the beauty of Black women and more. This is a free event. For more information, call Shelia B. at 412-323-0969 or email sheliabeasley99@yahoo.com.


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the Gateway Clipper Fleet on the Majestic in Station Square, Black Beauty Lounge in the Hill District, Tim’s Bar in the Hill District, Kenny’s Place in Uptown, Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District and CJ’s in the Strip District. Bobby Byrd and Ronnie Gray hanging out at Tim’s Bar in the Hill District.


House of peace nestled in Penn Hills

Home away from home is how proprietor Bill Thompson wants guests to classify their stay at his Bed and Breakfast establishment, Le Maison Du Pax. With the meaning, “the house of peace” Thompson describes it as the perfect escape in a warm, inviting, cozy, and peaceful atmosphere. O WHAT A SECRET—Bill Thompson, owner of a Bed and Breakfast in Penn Hills stands in front of the old style English Tudor building built in 1910. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels)


Blacks more likely to use payday loans

(NNPA)—Most payday borrowers use the small-dollar loans to cover ordinary living expenses instead of occasional or unexpected emergencies, according to a new research report by Pew Charitable Trusts. Who Borrows, Where They Borrow and Why, the first in a series of payday lending reports by Pew, also found that 81 percent of those who have used a storefront payday loan would cut back on expenses if the high-cost loans were not available.


Business Calendar

Brown Bag Lunch Series AUG. 8—Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania will host their Brown Bag Lunch Series from 12-1 p.m. at 1650 Main St., Pittsburgh. The topic will be “Cold Calls in the Hot Summer” led by Tina Lund-Donley, lead generation expert at Interactions Corporation. She will discuss how cold calling can be effective if done right. Guests will learn how to warm up cold calls by developing a system that works to turn one’s cold calls into a slam-dunk way to build sales. This is a free seminar. For more information, call 412-782-5344 ext. 209 or email volunteersofamerica@voapa.org.


Inside Conditions…Sacred ground

Last Friday night after the Steelers completed their first public scrimmage at Latrobe Area High School, I walked around the grounds of St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA which serves as the training camp home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. During that little stroll something occurred to me. It was eerily quiet on this pristine campus dedicated to Saint Vincent. To all untrained observers this might even be a place that the Gods might take a wink or two or even hit the snooze button. There is no way that any ordinary person might stumble upon this magnificent and sanctified piece of ground and think that it serves as the training ground for what might be accurately defined as; “the most violent team sport” in the world.