The annual Soul Café hosted by the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation was an evening of poetry, music and fun. On Sept.18 members and friends of PBMF filled Calli’s Restaurant in Regent Square and got their fill of great food, fellowship and soulful entertainment.

The talent lineup for the evening included a powerful reading on marriage by Renee Aldrich. Lewis Colyar, read from his upcoming book “Tip of My Pen” and there was humor from Ricky Smooth.

MEMBERS OF THE PBMF—Bryon Cook, C. Denise Johnson, John Green and Tonita Davidson. (Photos by Debbie ­Norrell)

C. Denise Johnson, an Ohio native, rendered a surprise comedic slant on Pittsburgh, while Michael Williams performed a gospel medley.

Sheila B. entertained with her smooth vocals and everyone found something on the Calli’s menu to dine on. Many chose Amazing Shrimp Creole and quenched their thirst with Calli’s Punch.

In between acts PBMF paid a tribute to George L. Miles (retired WQED Multi Media President and CEO) for his communications legacy and diligent work on behalf of PBMF. The proceeds from the evening will provide scholarships for talented Black youths who attend the Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop. The workshop is a seven-day program that has introduced scores of high school students to the working world of television, radio and newspapers.

PBMF would like to thank the following for their help in producing a successful evening: Damien Hodges (owner of Calli’s Restaurant), Donna Baxter (The Soul Pitt Multi Media), Emmai Alleluia (Ya Momz House), Vernard Alexander (The Minority Networking Exchange) and Bilita McIntosh (producer, host and videographer).

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