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The Soul Pitt Charter for Change trip was an awesome experience!
Check out the video by Andrew Rush and the Article by Sadie Gurman from the Post-Gazette who both traveled on our charter to document our journey!
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The Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation (WCDC) will host Vacant Home Tour 2016 on May 7, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s tour builds on the success of last year’s event, which was developed by students at Carnegie Mellon University in an effort to reframe the issue of blight in Wilkinsburg. Over 600 people attended last year’s event, which received national and international attention. Like last year, this year’s event is a self-guided neighborhood walking tour. It will be free and open to the public.
Six properties will be featured on this year’s tour, including five vacant homes and one commercial building. Tour goers will check in at the South Avenue United Methodist Church, located at 733 South Avenue. In preparing for the event, the WCDC will partner with Pittsburgh Urban Christian School (PUCS) to clean up the tour route and featured stops. PUCS will host their annual Picking Up With PUCS clean up and fundraiser on May 6, the day before the tour. Click Here for Full Details
Soul Pitt CEO Awarded Business Woman of the Year by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc.
“Thank you so much for recognizing my efforts in something that I am so passionate about — Pittsburgh and Technology. It is with these two passions I have built a business while serving the Pittsburgh community with positive images and information to help uplift us all. It feels good to know that the NANBPWC appreciates my passion as well and I encourage professional women to engage and join this organization to expand their network.” — Donna M. Baxter
Gospel and Blues has been at the core of jazz music since it’s inception. Shouts and Cries from longing souls searching for rest, have soothed the human condition and created the foundation for the American Soundtrack. Join us in celebrating the relationship of Gospel Music and Jazz with a performance of original compositions by trumpeter and composer Sean Jones as he combines the sounds of his Gospel Roots with the sophistication of modern jazz. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!
Pittsburgh Black Media Federation’s
Robert L. Vann Media Awards
@ The O’Hara Student Center Ballroom
at the University of Pittsburgh
4024 O’Hara Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213 (Oakland)
Thursday, May 19, 2016 | 6-9PM
Legacy and Literacy Champion Honorees Also to Be Recognized at May 19 Dinner
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation is proud to announce the finalists for its 2016 Robert L. Vann Media Awards.
With the Award of Excellence, the Vann program honors exceptional print, broadcast, photography, and online journalism coverage of the African-American and African Diaspora communities of Western Pennsylvania. The list of finalists is below.
“These awards help us to showcase and document the social diversity that is a part of the fabric of Western Pennsylvania,” said Ervin Dyer, co-chair of the Vann awards subcommittee. “These stories give voice to the aspirations and struggles of communities that are too often voiceless, and we are grateful to the journalists and their organizations for the time and resources invested in having these stories told.” Click Here for Full Details
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Soul Pitt Quarterly’s Special 25th issue for Spring packed with 112 pages of awesome advertisers and soulful stories is here! With God’s Grace, the love of the community and amazing support from corporate and small business advertisers, we will continue to serve you and feel that the best is yet to come
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Higher Achievement is looking for 4th and 5th grade students for our year-round academic enrichment program
Each year, we make funding available to groups and organizations within Wilkinsburg that support the academic and civic endeavors of our youth.
The WCDC Youth Initiative Mini-Grant Program has $3,000 available, which may be awarded in its entirety or in smaller amounts, depending on the number of applicants and the quality of the applications. Our 2016 grant cycle is NOW OPEN! If you run a youth program in Wilkinsburg or know someone who does, please share this opportunity with them! Click Here to Learn More & Apply
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Pittsburgh NAACP Announces The Honorable Nina Turner as Keynote.
For Further Information Contact Twanda Carlisle at 412-471-1024
The Honorable Nina Turner, former Ohio State Senator, will be the keynote speaker at the 62nd Annual Human Rights Dinner to benefit the Pittsburgh NAACP. Turner will address this year’s theme “Times Are Changing: So Should We.”
A native of Cleveland, Senator Nina Turner is the oldest of seven children and accepted her first job at age 14 to help support her family and siblings. Nina’s work ethic, empathy and commitment to serving others stem largely from her humble beginnings.
Senator Turner worker her way through school earning her Associate of Arts degree from Cuyahoga Community College and her Bachelors and Master of Arts degrees from Cleveland State University. In 2013, Nina received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Wilberforce University. Click Here for Full Details
NAACP Washington Branch | Human Rights Award Banquet with Keynote by Joe Madison, “The Black Eagle” | May 6
Known as “The Black Eagle”, Joe Madison is a legendary voice in radio, and a recognized human and civil rights activist. He demands action against injustice every weekday morning on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, asking his audience “what are you going to do about it?”
Madison can certainly talk the talk, but he also walks the walk. By completing a 52-hour live broadcast, he broke a Guinness World Record and raised over $200,000 for the Smithsonian African American History and Culture Museum.
In June 2015, Madison made history again by broadcasting live from Cuba, becoming the first national talk show in America to do so in more than 50 years. Click Here for Full Details
WILKINSBURG, PA, April 7, 2016 – Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation (WCDC) recently announced its annual Youth & Education Initiative Grant Program. This program supports organizations and projects that benefit the academic and civic endeavors of Wilkinsburg youth. A total of $3,000 is available, which may be awarded in its entirety or in smaller amounts to multiple groups.
Applications are available now at wilkinsburgcdc.org/education-
Easy come,easy go; was the lesson two-time Emmy Award winning Violinist, Damien Escobar learned when he and his brother walked away from a multi-million dollar brand that took ten years to build. The now 27 year-old’s claim to fame came early on in his teens when he, alongside his brother, appeared on “America’s Got Talent ” as Nuttin but Stringz. Two urban kids from Jamaica Queens, playing a blend of Hip Hop and Classical Melodies with a Violin was somewhat surprising to viewers, and unique to say the very least; and the duo quickly shot to stardom – appearing in commercials and movies, touring, and even adding a platinum selling album to their accolades. But growing creative differences eventually became to much for the pair to bear, and g he success of Nuttin but Stringz came to a end. Shattering the Name and Reputation Damien worked hard to establish, and forcing him to Rebuild from Rock Bottom. I Give You DAMIEN ESCOBAR !!!! Get Tickets @ www.ticketfly.com
Annual Prayer Breakfast by Mercy Acts International
May 7, 2016, 9:00am, Double Tree Hotel, Monroeville, PA
Donation – $25.00. The whole family is invited.
For more information call: (412) 338-1447
Annual Prayer Breakfast sponsored by Mercy Acts International
• Donation is $25.00. Youth and Young Adults are also invited!
Tickets may be purchased in two ways:
Please make check payable to: Mercy Acts International
Mail to: Mercy Acts International
P.O. Box 9105
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Tickets will be held at the door in your name.
Tickets may be purchased at the following businesses:
• Bistro To Go, 415 E. Ohio St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212
• Cherry’s Barber Shop, 7315 Frankstown Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15208
• Diva Den, 5138 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224
• Dorsey’s Records, 7614 Frankstown Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15208
• Giant Eagles, Frankstown & Verona Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15235
• Stedeford’s Records, 515 East Ohio St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Mercy Acts International is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides
humanitarian services to people in need in the US and in the impoverished countries
of Haiti, Liberia and Zimbabwe. Please visit our website at: www.mercyactsintl.org
Last year, Dwayne was honored at this event but this year we just enjoyed the company of old friends:
1) Chatting w/Mel during Saturday morning breakfast w/him, his wife TiAnda, Bradshaw & his wife and my hubby. 4.2.2016
2) Woodruffs with Tunch Ilkin #62 & wife Karen 4.1.2016
3) Woodruffs w/Robin Cole #56 & fiancée Judith Herschell. 4.1.2016
4) Hines & “Hubby”
5) Teammates, relaxing after the big event; Woodruff # 49, Joe Greene #75, JT Thomas #24 & Terry Bradshaw #12 (4.1.2016)
God has a biblical design for our work and our work matters to God.
Come and Learn about God’s design for work and how we can develop a new perspective on work and God’s personal call to all Christians. Class begins April 6, 2016.
This course explores the meaning of spirituality and the ministry of work which engages Christians for most of their waking hours. The course explores four areas:
Biblical –A survey of who we are in Christ, the meaning of work, calling and how they all fit in God’s revealed purpose
Contextual –Understand how the worldview and specific cultures (African American) affect one’s work ethic and one’s ability to be who God called them to be
Integrative –Discover how work is related to ministry, calling and mission
Theological –Understanding of work and it’s practice through the Word of God and in the context of contemporary workplaces
Theology of Work– Rev Dr. Stanley A. Holbrook, Instructor
Six week course April 6– May 11, 2016 from 7 pm-9 pm
Course Cost -$30 plus books
For more information contact:
PLBI @ Bethany Baptist Church
7745 Tioga Street
Pittsburgh, Pa 15208
Constance Parker, President Pittsburgh Chapter NAACP was recently selected as one of the community leaders nationwide to take part in a teleconference call with President Barack Obama to help galvanize support for Merrick Garland’s nomination for Supreme Court Justice.
A tireless advocate for human rights and dignity in Pittsburgh, we should all be Pittsburgh Proud that when The President of the United States seeks support in Pittsburgh he can turn to Mrs. Parker. We at Soul Pitt Media salute Mrs. Parker for all she does to make Pittsburgh truly The City of Champions for all Pittsburghers!
The program takes place in Wilkinsburg and surrounding neighborhoods, but participation from Wilkinsburg youth has been really low. The program coordinators are looking to increase participation from Wilkinsburg girls, specifically. If you know any young, aspiring entrepreneurs, please encourage them to sign up for this FREE program. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events are on Saturdays – 8AM to 12:30PM
Upcoming Event Dates:
April 2, June 18, Sept 17 and Dec 17
TICKETS ARE FREE!
For more info & to register contact
Niasia Moses at 412.665.2810
- Round trip transportation from Pittsburgh
- Two nights lodging
- Breakfasts (2)
- Saturday dinner
- Tickets for 3 shows
There will also be free time to browse the local events, nearby malls etc.
NAJEE featuring CHANTE MOORE, NICK COLIONNE
PHIL PERRY with special guest HOWARD HEWETT
PIECES OF A DREAM
GREG ADAMS & EAST BAY SOUL
$475.00 per person | Double occupancy only
Make check/Money Order payable to:
Circle of Friends
109 Hawthorne Ct., Pittsburgh PA 15201
1st payment of $320.00 due by March 4, 2016.
Balance ($155.00) due no later than March 23, 2016
For additional information contact:
Marie (412) 651-6190
Karen (412) 600-4755
(PLEASE BE ADVISED – NO REFUNDS)
Congrats to Gail! One of our winners of the two Madea tickets and Panera Bread gift card! Remember, you must be a Soul Pitt Soul Blast email subscriber to be entered into our contests.
By Ron Fisher
Most of us start the New Year with some sort of resolution, however, as time passes those resolutions go right out the window. Johnstown native Joe Greenwood is here to remind us that one particular resolution is a must and should absolutely be carried on throughout the year. That vital resolution is the goal for a healthier lifestyle. Joe is a former Greater Johnstown High School standout athlete who has never given up his healthy regime. Greenwood believes that health is wealth and he has made it his mission to help people not only get into shape, but stay in shape as well. Click Here for Full Details
Ujamaa Collectives First Direct International Fair Trade Contract
By Renee P. Aldrich
The terrain of lush greenery, palm and pine trees grow beside each other; the red clay soil that creates the roads in Tanzania’s Village of Kagera located in East Africa tells only a fraction of the journey. The rigorous travel which consisted of 3 airplane flights for a total of 19 air hours. Traveling from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, to Qatar, situated between Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf, then to Uganda. All this followed up with an overnight stay in a mysterious hotel; then, an additional 6-hour ground transportation by bus and two jammed packed mini-vans to get across the Ugandan and Tanzanian borders, as well as, the equator, is another part of the journey. Click Here for Full Details
By Christiana Dillard
“It’s always about being better.” Darrell Warden, hiring manager for Team Warden & Team Tri-state Group (a part of The Miles Group Insurance Agency) is the embodiment of his own statement. The agency has personnel in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and even Delaware; and their motto, “One Vision,” exemplifies their commitment to “being better.” And each day Warden personally strives to be the best.
Warden had his beginnings in Rankin, a low-income borough in the Greater Pittsburgh area. However, he refused to allow the town’s bleak environment to bring him down. He attended Full Sail University in Florida and went on to become a music executive at Bad Boy Records with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs. Warden was at Bad Boy for ten years before moving back to Pittsburgh to work in the mortgage loan department at PNC Bank. When he was laid off from PNC, he found out that some of his old acquaintances were forming their own insurance group, headed by Troy Miles and hopped on board. For his role as a founding member of The Miles Group, Warden became a hiring manager for his own team within the agency and hasn’t looked back since. Click Here for Full Details
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Come as you are, kick your feet up, and relax – taxes are our thing. You’ll get the services you need, the refund you want, and the experience you deserve.
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St. James Food Service Ministry opened up on Sunday, June 24, 2012. Under the direction of our Coordinator Hazel Jackson, the Food Service Ministry is a ministry in which the young people of the church Ages 12 and up could learn about the process of preparing a meal & serving it. They also learn how to properly set up a dining hall for that purpose. As Mrs. Jackson says “Presentation and setting the atmosphere is key to the enjoyment of a good quality meal.”
The Food Service Ministry is open every 4th Sunday from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM. There is no seating after 5:00 PM The meal is only $12.00 for adults 13 and up and $6.00 for youth 6-12 Years old. Free for those 5 and under.
Candace King Williams will present the Beautiful, Brown BOLD Women Project and photo shoot beginning at Freedom Corner, at the corner of Centre Avenue and Crawford Street, Hill District, Pittsburgh, PA on January 31, 2016, featuring 100 beautiful, brown BOLD women from the Pittsburgh region to do a photoshoot to empower women of color while bringing to light issues that the women of this area face from gun violence, health issues, wage gap issues and the constant battle of self-worth. Click Here for Full Details
PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Health Department today designated the first group of eating establishments as Live Well Restaurants. The announcement, made by Health Department Director Dr. Karen Hacker, took place this morning at the very first restaurant to make a commitment to the Live Well Allegheny campaign – Bridges Restaurant & Lounge, located in the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, 100 Lytton Avenue in Oakland. Click Here for Full Details
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“Rocks Landing Bar & Grille, McKees Rocks’ newest restaurant and bar. Located on Chartiers Avenue, Rocks Landing is owned by PK Brown, owner of Professional Limousine Service and Sam Woodson. Their mission? To create an old school, laid-back vibe where a more mature crowd can come relax and socialize in a comfortable, non-smoking environment.” — MRCDC, 29 Sept. 2015
Complete this survey and be automatically entered to win a gift card from Panera Bread! For more information contact the NAACP Office at 412.471.1024. http://bitly.com/NAACPSurvey
The 2015 Fall issue of Soul Pitt Quarterly Magazine features Troy Miles / The Miles Group. Read how he tackled life’s struggled and defeated them to make The Miles Group the fastest-growing and top-producing agency of the nation’s largest final expense company – Lincoln Heritage.
For more information call 412-351-3305
Apply in person or apply or email email@example.com
Anna Middleton Waite Adult Learning Center | Class from 6PM to 8PM @ St. Paul A.M.E. Church in McKeesport PA
St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in McKeesport is celebrating its 150th anniversary with the theme “A Faithful Past, A Hopeful Future, The Journey Continues…”
Part of that journey involves the introduction of the Anna Middleton-Waite Learning Center with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the 1350 Locust St. worship site.
Church members used the center last year and it now will be open to the community. Read more here on Triblive.com
For more information, call (412) 350-2739
APPLY NOW FOR THE 2015 – 2016 TERM
October 6, 2015 – August 12, 2016
Full Time (42.5 hrs/wk) – $12,530 stipend | $5,730 education award
Part Time (22 hrs/wk) – $6,633 stipend | $2,865 education award
Gwen’s Girls proudly announces that Dr. Kathi Elliott has been selected to serve as the organization’s Executive Director. Dr. Elliott’s mother, the late Gwendolyn Elliott, one of the first African American female police officers in 1973, and eventually the first woman promoted to Sergeant and ultimately Commander founded the organization in 2002. Since then the organization continues to equip girls and young women to become self-sufficient adults that build strong family units, develop strong support systems and contribute to their communities. The mission of Gwen’s Girls is to empower girls and young women to have productive lives through holistic, gender-specific programs, education and experience. Click Here for Full Details
Make sure you check out Pittsburgh Native Elise Wims “Diva Chef” on BRAVO’s new series Après Ski that airs on Nov 2 10/9c. Set in the stunning Canadian ski town of Whistler, British Columbia, we meet a cast of characters who will do anything to make it in the travel concierge business. Joey Gibbons, a Canadian hospitality mogul, recently launched his own concierge company and is committed to taking the tourism industry to the next level. He’s recruited a team to help him achieve this goal — and they’re up for any challenge guests throw at them, whether it involves backcountry heli-skiing and steamy hot spa treatments to fine dining in a ski gondola. Of course not everyone sees eye-to-eye.
If you recall, Soul Pitt featured Elise on our Summer 2012 cover of Soul Pitt Quarterly. Congrats to the Diva Chef from Soul Pitt!