Daily Archive: August 15, 2012


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited Kenny’s Place in Uptown, Schenley Park in Oakland, Robert E. William’s Park in the Hill District, Shadow Lounge in East Liberty, Tim’s Bar in the Hill District and Pittsburgh’s National Night Out in Homewood. Singer Hakim Rasheed performed at the 9th Annual Black Family Reunion held at Schenley Park in Oakland.


Paying more for the American Dream

(NNPA)—A new report on mortgage lending has found disturbing disparities in purchasing or refinancing a home located in communities of color. “Paying More for the American Dream VI,” is the latest annual update on mortgage lending by a group of organizations seeking to understand how and why systematic inequalities in mortgage lending persist. Focusing on lending impacts to communities of color and lower-income neighborhoods in seven of the nation’s large metropolitan areas, Paying More shows a disproportionate number of Federal Housing Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs were found in communities of color in Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York City and Rochester.


Olympic Gold

If you’re one of the millions of viewers who watched the Olympics recently, you’re not alone. Nielsen research shows that the all-important, mega-produced opening ceremony in London garnered a stunning 40.7 million total U.S. viewers (Blacks made up 3 million of those watching), annihilating all previously held records for a Summer Olympics broadcast. Not surprisingly, Americans are far more likely to tune in when the games are happening on home turf. Until now, Atlanta’s Olympics opening ceremony in 1996, attracted the largest number of viewers with roughly 40 million. As much as we want to think of the Olympics exclusively as the world’s foremost sports competition (and it is), that can catapult participants into national and even international fame (which it can), it is also a marketing bonanza for sponsors, advertisers and marketers. So, while millions of us watched with bated breath to see which of our stellar athletes or teams would ascend the podium to accept the gold, bronze or silver medals, billions of dollars were spent and/or made to capture our attention as we did all of that watching—and you thought consumerism wasn’t a professional sport!


Business Calendar

Personal Effectiveness Webinar AUG. 15—Duquesne University’s School of Leadership and Professional Advancement will host the “Personal Effectiveness Webinar: Creating High Impact Presentations” from 12-1 p.m. The webinar will show how to create impactful presentations to both formal and informal gatherings, and how to present ideas with conviction, control and poise. Registration is required, it is free and login information will be sent to registrants. For more information, call 412-396-5600 or visit http://www.duq.edu/leadership.


Rest and recuperation

It is Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. The Pirates have dropped two consecutive games to the San Diego Padres and are threatening to drop a third. It is the bottom of the third and Pittsburgh has two hits thus far, one a double by pitcher Eric Bedard who has just scored on a single by second baseman Neil Walker. The Bucs end up scoring 7 earned runs and 2 unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth inning overcoming a 5-1 deficit and taking a 10-5 lead highlighted by the first career grand slam by shortstop Clint Barmes.


US women hoops already looking ahead to Rio

by Doug Feinberg LONDON (AP)—Diana Taurasi already has her bags packed for Rio. “I’ll be 34, in my prime. I’ll be there,” she said with a smile. “Why not? We got all the pieces to keep this going.” That’s not reassuring news for the rest of the women’s basketball world. The U.S. beat France 86-50 Saturday night to win its fifth straight Olympic gold medal and 41st game in a row, including the last eight in the tournament by an average of 34 points. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED—United States’ poses with their gold medals at center court after beating France during the women’s gold medal basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Aug. 11, in London. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) It’s not just the superstar veterans like Taurasi, Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings that make the U.S. the odds-on favorite four years from now. They have a wealth of young stars like Candace Parker, Maya Moore and Tina Charles, who were a big part of the success in London.


Red welt over eye, Olympic gold in hand

by Jim Litke LONDON (AP)—You wouldn’t know by watching Jordan Burroughs that Americans can’t fight anymore. Not the men, anyway. And not at these Olympics. Just three days after the U.S. men’s boxing team exited the games empty-handed for the first time, the best and cockiest middleweight freestyler in the world guaranteed the men’s wrestling team wouldn’t do the same. With a partisan crowd at the ExCel trading chants like punches and the clock running down in each of the first two rounds, Burroughs coolly executed a double-leg takedown of Iran’s Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi to lock up the gold medal match. WORLD CHAMPION—United States’ Jordan Ernest Burroughs kisses his gold medal after men’s 74-kg freestyle wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Aug. 10, in London. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) Then he waltzed into a room packed with reporters and turned on the charm. Even with a bright red welt throbbing over his left eye, his joy was unmistakable.


Kelly Strayhorn Full Bloom Summer Dance Party

Nearly 300 party revelers are kicked up their heels at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s annual fundraiser: the Full Bloom Summer Dance Party with global sensation DJ Kalkutta rocking the turntables all night long. The party featured a Spotlight Reception with silent auction; followed by a 9 to Midnight Dance Party at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty. Gail & Steve Mosites were the event co-chairs; Kililo Luckett and John Barbera were Host Committee Co-Chairs. GETTIN’ DOWN—The lobby of the Kelly Strayhorn Theatre was made into a dance floor and everyone got down as they partied the night away. Committee members including: Francine & Jim Abraham, Anna Attar & Joshua Bloom; Anne Brownlee, Yona Harvey & Terrance Hayes, Tim McVey & David Bush, Debra & Manuel Reich, Ayanah Moor & Raquel Rodriguez, Stacyee & Herman Pearl, Hilary Brown & Richard Purcell, Jami Rutherford & Todd Owens and Janera Solomon, executive director of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater.