Daily Archive: August 22, 2013



Lifestyles Report…The long and short of it

The world’s problems are normally solved at the hair salon. On a recent visit to the beauty parlor I got into a good debate about the hair of some very famous people. It is so amazing that hair has always been such a concern to Black people: do we have good hair, nappy hair, real hair, hair weave or a wig?




BILL NEAL :10 Thank you Lord. Thank you Lord. Thank you Lord . . . yes Brothers and Sisters, he has delivered! What am I talking about you ask? Ole School is back my Brothers and Sisters and in a big, big, big way. It’s WZUM 1550 A.M. mmmaaannn, and it’s kickin’ Ole School. Not the satellite stuff. I am talking “Superfly”, “Betcha-By-Golly-Wow,” “I Know I’m Losing You” and “Get on the Good Foot”. Alright I am done. . . Just turn it on and enjoy the new best time of your life. (Listen, whatever you do, don’t tell Mr. Doss I put this in the paper. You know he doesn’t play that free promo stuff . . . Hey WZUM, now it’s your turn to step up. Advertise in the Courier. Do the right thing)



Rebuilding Homewood: House of Manna completes boys’ home

TEAMWORK TRIUMPHS—Rev. Eugene “Freedom” Blackwell; his wife “Free,” center; volunteers; and well-wishers like Ed Gainey thank Rev. Donn Ed for leading the “Blitz Build.” (Photos by J.L. Martello) With construction supervision from Hosanna Industries and the help of volunteers from as far away as Virginia, House Of Manna Church celebrated another step in its efforts to rebuild Homewood from within, by renovating a three-story home on Idlewild Street in less than a week.



Russell Simmons: How could you? How dare you violate Harriet Tubman!

JULIANNE MALVEAUX (NNPA)—Every time I hear the voice of Russell Simmons, I hear a cool, clean, clear meditative voice, especially on Twitter where he drops his yoga knowledge in a reflective way. I guess he wasn’t folding his legs and saying a centered “Om” when he decided to ridicule an African woman. How did his voice distort itself to decide that he would post a You-Tube video on a space where everybody could watch a so-called parody of “Harriet Tubman” having sex with her White slave master with the intent of filming it and blackmailing him?



Nigerian trade mission draws area businesses, organizations

SHARING KNOWLEDGE—Bill Strickland, CEO of Manchester Bidwell shares his philosophy with Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, governor of Osun State Nigeria as Paulo Nzambi, executive vice president/COO, Manchester Bidwell Corporation/National Center for Arts and Technology looks on. Nzambi is representing the Center during the August mission trip. (Photo by Diane I. Daniels) Officials from the Christian Evangelistic Economic Development, Inc., the Manchester Bidwell Training Center, M.O.K.A. Art Gallery and Carnegie Mellon University are a part of the voyagers traveling to Nigeria for a 10-day business mission trip.



Alumni Theater Co. ends fifth season with ‘AIDA’

LOVE—Radmes, played by James Perry, 14, and Aida, played by 15-year-old Elexa Hammer, in a scene where the Egyptian Captain falls in love with a Nubian princess. For five years, Tyler Humphries-Randolph has been looking for a “character that she could settle into.” The 16-year-old CAPA junior, East Liberty resident, and Alumni Theater Company member found that when the student-based company put on a stunning rendition of Elton John and Tim Rice’s “AIDA” as its swan song for its fifth season. “AIDA” is a contemporary take on the everlasting love story between an enslaved Nubian princess and Egyptian army head. The two young lovers are forced to choose between living together in death or part forever. It premiered on Broadway in 2000 and ran for 1,852 performances, making it the 34th longest running Broadway musical. “AIDA” had several revivals running again from 2002 to 2003 and from 2006-2007. It has been performed in more than 20 countries and is still performed on the international, regional, and high school theater circuits.



Pitt senior Baldwin awarded prestigious Foreign Affairs Fellowship

LAVONDA BALDWIN during her May 2013 study-abroad trip to Ireland. University of Pittsburgh senior LaVonda Baldwin has been awarded a 2013 Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship, which provides financial and professional support for undergraduate students preparing to enter the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service.



Central Baptist parking lot dedication completes first phase of renovations

RIBBON CUTTING—Central Baptist members and friends of the community were welcomed at the ribbon cutting of the new parking lot, the first phase of the Central renovation project. (Photos by J.L. Martello) More than two-years after the unveiling of its renovation rendering, Central Baptist Church, located in the Hill District, has completed the first phase of its four-phase renovation project. On Aug. 2, the Wylie Avenue church held its parking lot dedication. “If you take care of the house of God, the God of the house will take care of yours. We are just getting started with the vision of this church,” said Central Pastor Victor J. Grigsby, who has led the church since 1996. “I am so very proud of the Central family. They embrace the vision and we’re showing that determination, persistence and faith pays off.”



Take charge of your health today. Be informed. Be involved…. Vaccinations

ESTHER BUSH We are excited to be starting our third year of the “Take Charge of Your Health” pages. These pages focus on health disparities in the Pittsburgh region. They give important health information, as well as information about research opportunities and community resources. In the past two years, the pages have covered health topics like diabetes, asthma, heart disease and cancer. Those pages can all be accessed online at the New Pittsburgh Courier Web site.