Daily Archive: December 19, 2012


Predatory lending Continues to weaken Blacks and Hispanics

(NNPA)—In the first report of its kind, the Center for Responsible Lending has examined consumer lending markets across-the-board and found that despite recent regulatory reforms — predatory lending continues to undermine American households trying to rebuild their finances after the recession. The State of Lending in America and its Impact on U.S. Households (State of Lending, http://rspnsb.li/stateoflending) paints a picture of working families struggling to manage debt while coping with stagnant incomes and a substantial decrease in wealth. In fact, the housing crisis has produced the largest documented wealth gap ever between White households and families of color.


Business Calendar

Entrepreneurial Thursdays DEC. 20—Pittsburgh Gateway Corporation will host Jessica Lee’s Entrepreneurial Thursdays Jazz and Blues Networking from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Little E’s, 949 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. Every Thursday jazz and R&B vocalist Jessica Lee, along with some of Pittsburgh’s finest musical artists, will host an evening of good music and professional networking. Each week will have a different theme. This week’s theme will be “Holiday Show-Last Minute Shoppers.” The cost is $5 and the attire is business casual. For more information, visit http://www.jessicaleesong.com.


The urge to help others

One day, two events, both with the purpose to assist others. As a result more than 50 venders had an opportunity to display their wares and be introduced to the public and over 150 people had a chance to network, Christmas shop and be educated. My Mother’s House Project sponsored the Senior Entrepreneur Day and the Trending Now Young Entrepreneur Expo was a project of D’Allure Trends. TEA ANYONE—Romaine Fulton of Haley Madison Tea offered a natural tea product. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels) “This is a great way for us to introduce our products to the public,” said Romaine Fulton, a distributor of Haley Madison Tea. Not a regular vender she pointed out that having a venue to introduce people to a natural product is exciting. She said Haley Madison Tea features Rooibos (Roy-boss) teas from the valleys of South Africa and promotes healthy bodies, lifestyles and families. “This is a perfect crowd.”


Bengals, Steelers winner may take all

If there ever was a must game for the Steelers it is this weekend against the Cincinnati Bengals. After losing 27-24 in overtime to the Dallas Cowboys, they’ve not only dropped to third place in the AFC North, but run the risk of falling under .500 for the first time during the Mike Tomlin reign. SACKED—Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked by Dallas Cowboys defensive end Jason Hatcher (97) during the second half Sunday, Dec. 16, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)


Prisoners of the past

“There comes a time, thief, when the jewels cease to sparkle, when the gold loses its luster, when the throne room becomes a prison.” (Spoken by ‘King Osric’ from the movie ‘Conan the Barbarian’.) The Pittsburgh Steelers departed the Steel City last weekend not only on a journey to play the Dallas Cowboys in the Lone Star State of Texas; they were by all accounts supposed to be on the road to the 2012 NFL post season. But ya know what? Somewhere along the road to prosperity their GPS failed and they detoured from the “road to prosperity” to the “back alley of incompetence and defeat.”



:10 May God bless the families of the dearly departed children, staff and teachers whose lives were tragically stolen by a crazed man! :09 If you don’t know by now, Wes Lyons (former Woodland Hills, WVU and Pittsburgh Steelers football star) has written his first novel, a best seller entitled “The Pursuit with Patience.” Pick it up at your local bookstore or go online to get it. BILL NEAL


Church Circuit

2012 Christmas Concert DEC. 22—The Gospel Chorus of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 36 Meade Ave., Bellevue, will host its 2012 Christmas Concert at 5 p.m. The theme is “Immanuel.” For more information, call Marilyn Black at 412-321-1471.


New research aims to understand role of social and environmental stressors on childhood asthma

Community members and primary care providers in the region have been involved in new research to provide a community perspective on social and environmental stressors that have an impact on children with asthma. Together with Michael Yonas, DrPH, assistant professor of Family Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, participants worked together to create lists of stressors that they believe influence the care and control of childhood asthma. This diverse group included community participants from Braddock, North Braddock and Clairton communities, UPMC/University of Pittsburgh primary care providers and school nurses and nurse practitioners from the Pittsburgh Public and Woodland Hills school districts.


Asthma linked to low vitamin D levels

Because of previous research studies, doctors know that inhaled steroids are the most effective treatment available for asthma today. However, some people’s asthma remains uncontrolled even when they take inhaled steroids as directed. One reason might be that inhaled steroids do not work well in people with low vitamin D levels.