Elise The Diva Chef and Lynn Swann I had the pleasure and privilege of attending the inaugural Chefs create event for the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of Autism Speaks, held at the Fairmont hotel downtown. Fourteen chefs featured small bites inspired by an individual on the Autism Spectrum. The event kicked off with cocktail hour accompanied with complimentary hors de oeuvres. There was also opportunity to participate in a silent auction and to win raffle prizes, one of which was an autographed jersey and photo with Steelers hall of famer, and honorary chairperson Lynn Swann.
JELANI REMY AND ENSEMBLE Steven Taylor is excited to be continuing the rich history culture and the African mask work that makes up part of the majesty of “The Lion King.” “To see African-Americans represented like we are in this show, there’s nothing like it,” said Taylor, a native son of Indianapolis who currently resides in New York City. He has been a member of the show’s cast for eight years starting out as a member of the show’s ensemble before taking on the pivotal roles of bad boy lion, Scar and Pride Rock patriarch, Mufasa. Taylor will be reprising his role as Mufasa when he and the rest of the talented cast bring the timeless story once again to Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center for a three week stint beginning September 3 and running through September 29.
Areva Martin By Freddie Allen WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Areva Martin watched her youngest child play with growing concern. Marty was almost 18 months old and he didn’t play like other kids his age. Instead of racing toy cars on a track or across the floor, Marty would organize them in lines. He did the same thing with crayons. Instead of scribbling on paper or trying to color, he would just line them up. Marty played obsessively with random objects that he would find around the house: a house shoe, a cup, or a spoon would consume hours of playtime. But Martin, a lawyer living in Los Angeles, was most concerned about his speech. “The first thing that came to my mind was, ‘This kid isn’t speaking, so let’s get him to a speech therapist,’” she said. After several months with a speech therapist, and no signs of improvement, Martin took her son to a developmental pediatrician. That’s when she learned that Marty was autistic. “I knew very little about autism. I wasn’t even thinking about autism,” said Martin. “It wasn’t even a word in my vocabulary.”