Add a little Bling
Written by Debbie Norrell
A $4 DRESS—Norrell’s Cheap Thrills
A Michele Obama-style dress for $3.49, a man’s jacket for $5 and a Wedding dress that you can wear once and take back. All of this and more were shown at the annual BASH (Black Association of South Hills) Scholarship Luncheon and Fundraiser. More than 450 attended the afternoon event at the Greentree Doubletree.
This year’s BASH fashion show was hosted by yours truly with fashions selected from my cheap thrills shopping trips and fashions courtesy of the late Wally King at DebWal in Station Square; New York, New York in Station Square; and A Woman’s Touch and Something Borrowed in Bloomfield. The show began with Casual Bling featuring beautiful embellished jackets by Christine Alexander. Scene two was “The Year of The Dress” and showcased the return of great dresses for daytime. In scene three there was plenty of evening bling and guests were invited to turn on their bling rings in the center of the table. The lights were dimmed in the ballroom and the rings blinked from wall to wall. The bling rings were the creative touch of event chair Hattie Watts. Scene four said “Yes to the Dress” and the models were all guests at a formal wedding.
The striking list of models included: Lorraine Turner, Marcia Younge, Otis Mills, Al Simpson Jr., Diane Stotts, Samantha Tyler and Sharon Burks. It was a great afternoon with a 50/50 raffle that swelled to over $1,200.
BASH was formed as an organization that serves as a welcoming committee for all new residents south of Pittsburgh, as well as a social, civic and charitable organization. For more than 30 years BASH has hosted several successful community events, which are now annual projects. The current roster of officers includes: Renee Mack, president; Willa McNeese, vice president; Waverly Nesmith, treasurer; Debra Hakeem, recording secretary; and Sheila McCollum,corresponding secretary.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 April 2013 18:44
Pgh, Allegheny County Public Service Awards
Written by Courier Newsroom
HONOREE WITH PARENTS—John B. Woodruff, awardee, with mother, Joy Woodruff, and father, Judge Dwayne Woodruff.
A powerful collection of personalities were assembled recently at the Champion Enterprises/Five Starr Corporation’s 12th Annual Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Public Service Awards held at the office facilities of the chief executive.
The lineup of speakers were: Allegheny County Executive Richard Fitzgerald opened the evening with a thunderous welcome, followed by state Rep. Ed Gainey; Aliquippa Mayor Dwan Walker; Wilkinsburg community leader, councilman candidate, Dennis Briggs; former Steelers Super Bowl champion Judge Dwayne Woodruff; former Pitt University football star and karate champion, Curtis Smith; along with national actress/model Rita Gregory and the Allure Models. Vietnam Veteran Marine Sgt. Jacquet Bazemore brought the house to its collective feet as the keynote speaker. Bazemore is also a hall of fame black belt martial artist.
Twenty of the area’s finest public servants were honored for their willingness to protect and serve all above and beyond the call of duty in memory of 9/11, including police, firemen, EMS, military and educators. The honorees were Denita Parrish, Rachera Jefferson, Austin Davis, Joe Luvara, Jacquet Basemore, Brother Yusef, Brother Malik Mohammad, Jelani Mohammad, Malaka Mohammad, Ralph Watson, Mark Tranquilli, Jerry Chiappinelli, Rashard Byrdsong, Koinonia Church of Pgh, Kevin Carter, John Woodruff, Tim Stevens, Jamie Holmes, Richard Venezia and the Wilkinsburg Police Department.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 09:52
Suffering from 'tattoo regret'
Written by CNN
REGRETTABLE--Angelina Jolie endured painful laser removal procedures to fade the "Billy Bob" tattoo that was once prominently displayed on her arm.
by Dr. Anthony Youn
(CNN) -- A few years ago I interviewed a handyman to do some work on my house.
I noticed a teardrop tattoo at the top of his left cheek. Prior to hiring him, I searched online for what this design signified. My mouth dropped when I found out.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2013 19:32
Church Circuit 4-10-13
Written by Courier Newsroom
Young, Gifted and Blessed
APRIL 12—The Christian Education Department of Greater Allen AME Church, 3600 California Ave., North Side, will host its “Young, Gifted and Blessed” event from 6-9 p.m. Youth will come and present their God given talents through song, dance, poetry, acting, music and more. For more information, call 412-732-2775 or Sis. Dorothy Stubbs at 412-969-8423.
APRIL 13—The Center for Urban Biblical Ministries will host its 25th Anniversary and Scholarship Concert by the Class of 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at East Minster Presbyterian Church, 209 N. Highland Ave., East Liberty. The evening will feature psalmist James Ziegler and Evangelist Barbara Mann. Bishop Loran Mann will be the Master of Ceremonies. For more information, call Karla Threadgill Byrd at 412-247-9010.
APRIL 14—Greater Works Outreach, 301 College Park Dr., Monroeville, will host the “Healing is the Children’s Bread” Seminar at 7 p.m. The three-day seminar, which runs through April 16, will feature Pastor Gary Mitrik and Apostle Reginald White as they provide Biblical instruction, personal prayer and ministry. The seminar is free. For more information, call 724-327-6500 ext. 117.
APRIL 15—St. John the Evangelist Baptist Church, 4537 Chatsworth Ave., Hazelwood, will host a Spring Revival at 7 p.m. The three-day event will include guest evangelist Rev. Robert Young and a guest choir each night. For more information, call 412-521-0994.
APRIL 27—The SHOUT (Sisters Hanging Out United in Truth) Women’s Ministry of Union Baptist Church of Swissvale, 2117 Collingwood Ave., Swissvale, will host a Women’s Brunch from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Every fourth Saturday of the month, women will come together for food, fun and fellowship to praise the Lord and hear a Word from a woman of faith. This month’s special guest will be Rev. Terri Pennybaker. For more information, call Synthia Brown at 412-466-1150.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 09:50
Fashion Watch: ‘The Face’ winner announced
Written by Debbie Norrell
The winner of the Face has been announced.
She is 21 year old Devyn Abdullah, a native of New York City. Abdullah is the first winner of “The Face,” Naomi Campbell’s modeling reality show.
Devyn's win has also earned her the opportunity to front Ulta Beauty's 2013 fall and holiday campaigns.
Reportedly the producers were glad Devyn managed to make it through the season without bodily harm from Naomi.
In fact, the iconic, yet ill-tempered, supermodel was relatively tame besides doling out a few tongue lashings to whip the aspiring models into shape.
Devyn was the cause of one of Naomi's flare ups after announcing that she didn't consider herself "a Black girl model." Naomi declared the sentiment a "disgrace.”
Nevertheless, Devyn bounced back from the gaffe and ultimately won the entire competition. Although she might be out of touch when it comes to the homogenous (and often racist) industry she is now entering, Devyn seems to at least understand the magnitude of her win.
"It’s me getting my foot in the door of the modeling industry, and I’m really excited about it. I want people to love me for me, to be attracted to me for my story and where I come from and to recognize me as a businesswoman.” Abdullah is a single mother of one.
Last Updated on Friday, 05 April 2013 06:15
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