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Highmark – Save Time. Save Money.

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The Very Funny Church Comedy Show Featuring Sherri Lynn on Sept 26th at Covenant Church

Fresh off the heels of her sold out stage play “The Bold and the Sanctified”, comedienne and radio personality Sherri Lynn brings together some of Pittsburgh’s best singers and actors for this insanely funny and entertaining variety/comedy show.
You have never seen ANYTHING like this.
With music, comedy, skits and more you’ll leave this event with your heart merry and your sides splitting from laughter. It’s sure to sell out quickly. Get your tickets early! It’s clean, fun comedy for the WHOLE FAMILY!!

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SP Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month {Sept 15 – Oct 15} w/ This Week’s Profile Picks!


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FREE LECTURE! “The Art of Leadership” presented by Bill Strickland | Oct 8th at University Club

President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and Bidwell Training Center, Bill Strickland, presents the American Experience Distinguished Lecture titled, “The Art of Leadership”.

For more than 40 years, Bill Strickland has been in the business of shaping – and changing – lives. It’s a business model that works.  At the heart of their unique interrelationship under the Manchester Bidwell Corporation, the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and Bidwell Training Center, Inc. share a dedication to helping disadvantaged individuals by offering them exceptional quality educational and cultural opportunities.  Strickland will also touch on his mission to bring his working model to communities in the US and to the international community.
Lecture:  7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.  Location:  University Club / Ballroom B
Free and open to the public.  Seating is limited.  Registration is requested.


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Giant Eagle – View Weekly Sale!

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Pittsburgh Do the Write Thing Challenge (DtWT) “Say What?!” Spoken Word Fundraiser on Sept 23
The Do the Write Thing Challenge (DtWT) is pleased to announce, Say What?!, a spoken word event featuring past and present Do the Write Thing National Ambassadors, students, sponsors, volunteers and spoken word artists.  Please join us for a fun and inspiring evening where we will not only raise funds, but awareness through our spoken word pieces.  CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

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Passion Meets the Road Awards Dinner to Recognize Service Providers on Sept 25th
Awards Dinner for a night of recognition for service providers
doing exceptional and amazing work in Pittsburgh!

@ The Union Project, Grand Hall
(801 N. Negley Avenue | Pgh PA 15206)
Thursday, Sept 25, 2014 from 5PM to 8PM

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Advertise in the Next Issue of Soul Pitt Quarterly – Deadline Sept 28, 2014

Be part of Western Pennsylvania’s fastest growing Minority publication
and recent winner of 2 Vann Awards!
Place your ad in Soul Pitt Quarterly’s Fall Edition.

Have your product or services profiled to Soul Pitt Quarterly’s ever increasing readership! For more information on being part of our Fall Edition call
Craig Dawson, VP Sales and Marketing
at 412-407-SOUL (7685).

Deadline – Sunday Sept 28, 2014 at 8PM

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Fall Open House Events at Grove City College – Because Faith and Freedom Matter
Learn more about the Grove City College experience.
Click here for more info on upcoming open house events.

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SPX Internet Radio Show with Donna Baxter & Terina Hicks – Week of Sept 18, 2014
This week on Soul Pitt Xtra we kick off Hispanic Heritage Month and put you down will cool stuff going on this weekend and upcoming free lectures, retreats, comedy shows and more!  Take notes and listen up ya’ll.

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“Women and Men Exalting Jesus” Sept 28, 2014 10:30 AM and 3:30PM

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The Street College Fair for all high school students Oct 4th 8:30AM to 12:30PM
At Barack Obama Academy of International Studies
Formally Peabody High School Building
515 N. HIGHLAND AVE. Pittsburgh Pa, 15206

WHEN?  Saturday October 4th | 8:30AM – 12:30PM

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African-American Heritage Day Parade | Saturday Oct 4th | Downtown Pittsburgh

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Employment Opportunity – Director of Workforce Development at Steel Center

Director for Workforce Development

Steel Center for Career & Technical Education is seeking a dynamic self-starter to develop and coordinate workforce education and training programs in Southeastern Allegheny County.  CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS & TO APPLY

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Darieth Chisolm, Former Channel 11 News Anchor to Launch Brand New Podcast Hustle & Heart TV!

Small Business Owners & Entrepreneurs are always in search of cutting edge information to help them grow and expand their business. Noted TV Host and veteran news anchor Darieth Chisolm explores the rituals and strategies of inspiring and successful people, celebrities and leading authorities in business development in her new Video Podcast show “Hustle & Heart TV”

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SPX Internet Radio Show with Donna Baxter & Terina Hicks – Week of Aug 28, 2014
With Labor Day just around the corner, there are a lot of things going on.  We can’t believe the summer is over and it’s back to school time, but Donna & Terina still have enough for you to do to keep you busy through the fall.

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Julius Boatwright presents “Wisdom to Survive” Monthly E-Book Series on Sept 1st

The E-Book series will launch on September 1st, 2014.
Each one contains 30 messages to help you get through the month.

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POISE Foundation receives $250,000 in grants from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in support of initiatives aimed at strengthening Black community

PITTSBURGH (Aug. 14, 2014) – In support of programming and activities that re-assert “family” as a core institution in the re-development of Pittsburgh’s Black community, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield provided $250,000 in grants that will benefit POISE Foundation’s Strengthening Black Families (SBF) and Sustainable Black Community (SBC) initiatives.

Black families living in the Greater Pittsburgh Region experience significant disparities in the areas of health, education, employment, family structure and income compared to white families, as evidenced in a 2007 report on racial disparities by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Race and Social Problems (CRSP). According to a 2012 PittsburghTODAY Quality of Life Survey, the rate of African Americans in our community living without health insurance is 60 percent higher than other racial groups, and unemployment rates are twice the rate of other demographics.

Click Here for Full Details

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RACE: Are We So Different? A groundbreaking exploration of race in America. Runs March 29–October 27, 2014
The exhibition weaves together personal stories of living with race along with expert discussions of the history of race as a concept, the role that science has played in that history, and emerging research that challenges the foundations of what we perceive as race. Interactive multimedia components, historic artifacts, iconic objects, and compelling photographs offer visitors an eye-opening look at a topic that is fundamental to our shared human experience.  CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

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REPLAY of Community CALL to Discuss Mental Illness in the Black Community & R&B Will Set You Free Benefit

Did you miss Soul Pitt’s LIVE Community CALL to Discuss Mental Illness in the Black Community with guests Bob Regis and Michelle McMurray, MSW, hosted by Leslie Askerneese? KEEP CALM & LISTEN ON to the recording here:

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Back to School Blowout at Dana’s Styling Salon in East Liberty


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YouthBuild Program Will Pay You to get Your GED – Sign Up Today!!!
YouthBuild is Looking For 50 Adults
Ages 18 – 24 Who Need Their GED
Contact Linda L. Giles – Job Developer Asst.
* First priority to Veterans *

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SPQ Summer Issue is Out! Our Soul Pitt SOULJah’s will be hitting the streets promoting the magazine :)

Our little SOUL Pitt SOULjahs will be hitting the streets passing out the NEW SPQ Summer issue featuring Pittsburgh’s own Tamara Tunie on the cover (yep she’s from Homestead) – be on the look out for these 4 little SOULjahs!

112 full color pages of Pittsburgh Soul, Community Stories, Soulful People, Soulful Places & More!  Thanks for your support and please continue to support our advertisers that support SP — They make it possible for us to do this. :)

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Small Seeds Developments, Inc.’s 5th Annual Signature Event on Sept 25 at LeMont

For more event information contact
Roxanne E. Epperson
at: 412-665-2810

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Brightside Academy
Brightside Academy provides early education and child care that prepares children to be life-long learners. Our program combines state-of-the-art facilities, a nationally recognized curriculum and learning quality credentials that work together to help each child achieve kindergarten readiness.

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EASIER…Port Authority ConnectCard

Port Authority of Allegheny County is now rolling out ConnectCard, a new smart card fare system that will eventually replace paper transit passes and tickets. With ConnectCard, passes and fare value are loaded onto a reusable plastic card that’s more convenient and secure than paper passes or cash.

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ED’s 2014 Steeler Football Party on the Run Bus Trips
Tickets On Sale Now!

Ed’s (Up & Back Same Day)  2014 Steelers Football
Party On The Run Bus Trips
(Wear Your Steeler Gear On All Trips)
(Free Beer, Snacks, On All The Bus Trips) Baltimore MD (Partying With Raven Fans)
Steelers Vs Ravens Thursday, Sept 11, 2014
Bus Price $70.00 Per Person (No Refunds Unless Trips Canceled)
Money Due “Now” Til Aug 31st
Bus Leaving The Coliseum Frankstown & Sterrett St @ 11:00 AM
1st Stop to Maryland Outlets Shopping, 2nd Stop to Casino,
Get Back $25.00 in Free Slot Play
3rd Stop to the Bar to Watch Game on Flat Screen TV’s (Free Food)
Game comes on @ 8:25PM, After Game Head Home.
To Cleveland OH (Partying with Browns Fans)
Steelers Vs Browns Sunday Oct 12, 2014
Bus Price $40.00 Per Person (No Refunds Unless Trips Canceled)
Money Due “Now” Til Sept 30th
Bus Leaving the Coliseum Frankstown & Sterrett St @ 6:00AM
1st Stop to Tailgating Party,
2nd Stop to Bar to Watch the Game on Flat Screen TV’s (Free Food)
Game Starts @1:00PM
3rd Stop to Casino. We Get $15.00 in Free Slot Play, $5.00 Towards Food
After Casino Head Home.
To Cincinnati OH (Partying With Bengals Fans)
Steelers Vs Bengals Sunday Dec 7, 2014
Bus Price $75.00 Per Person (No Refunds Unless Trips Canceled)
Money Due “Now” Til Nov 8th
Bus Leaving The Coliseum Frankstown & Sterrett St @ 5:00AM
1st Stop to Bar, Tailgating, Watch Game, Big Screen TV. Game Starts @ 1:00PM (Free Food) @ The Bar. (Free All You Can Eat Buffet) @ The Casino
2nd Stop To The Casino

Ed 412.537.2484 Always Call to See if Any Seats Left on the Bus.
“Hurry” Get Your Bus Tickets, They Sometimes Go Fast!

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Soul Pitt Letter to the Editor

Big thanks to all the individuals that take the time to write us to express their gratitude for what we do, and of course to the staff at Soul Pitt that made it happen. Comments like these make it all worthwhile: is my pleasure to THANK YOU and SOUL PITT for the “loan” of Brother Craig Dawson for our 30th Annual Scholarship Banquet. He was nothing short of spectacular. His message was spiritual, informative, and encouraging to our youngsters. Most of the adults in attendance remember Craig, and his brothers and sister, as well mannered, well dressed, determined neighborhood kids. So although we expected what we heard, we were pleased and proud that he delivered. He kept God in his message and the young people’s attention. Those of us who mentor our youth know that’s not an easy task.   It is our mission to give a little financial help toward secondary education; and invite Upper Ohio Valley Alumni to bring an encouraging message to our youth. Thanks to Bro. Dawson; our mission was accomplished. — The George C. Smith Scholarship Committee, Steubenville, Ohio

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Gateway Health Medicare Assured

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Anderson & Son’s Pressure Washing and More
We specialize in residential and commercial
pressure washing, and vehicle detailing
When you want the job done professionally, on time, and on budget, call on us to take care of your cleaning needs! Fully Licensed ~ Fully Insured
412-716-8301  or

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PLS Introduces Our NEW Party Limo Bus for Wedding, Corporate Outings, Reunions & More!

Rent our NEW super plus Party Limo Bus for a variety of occasions
to make your day or night outing more special!
Call Today to Book our NEW
or 1.800.292.2525
Ask for DELL, Party Limo Bus Coordinator

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The Miles Group Presents Steel City Happy Hours & LAVISH Fridays @ XTAZA
Each & Every FRIDAY
The Miles Group (“TMG”) Insurance Agency
Steel City Happy Hours & LAVISH Fridays
@ XTAZA Nightclub, 1630 Smallman St.
Starting Friday 5:30pm, 21+ Event
FREE Admission & FREE Buffet (while it last)

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SPX Internet Radio Show with Donna Baxter & Terina Hicks – Week of July 17, 2014
We’re smack dab into summer and Donna and Terina put you down with many of the events going on from the Summer Concerts at the Rivers Casino to the Back to School Jams at the end.  Oh and business people are not left out. There are upcoming networking happy hours, conventions, workshops and more!

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Goodwill GoodGuides® – Become a Mentor Today!

Reserve your spot ASAP – limited placements available.
For more information, contact:
Phone: 412-281-6629 x211
Or visit:

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Panera Bread | Now Seeking Salaried/Hourly Management & Hourly Associates

Apply in person or apply or email

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PAT Riders Got Soul and they’re SAFER by using ConnectCard instead of carrying cash!

Port Authority Transit Bus Riders enjoying their copy of Soul Pitt Quarterly :)

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Hunger costs the State of Pennsylvania $6 billion every year

PITTSBURGH, June 24 – Gateway HealthSM received the Growth Award from the Laurel Highlands Council Boy Scouts of America for surpassing  last year’s food drive contribution in their company-wide Scouting For Food Campaign.

The Scouting for Food Campaign is the largest food drive campaign in Allegheny Country and runs throughout the month of April. Each year, local companies, as well as community organizations and families, are encouraged to hold independent food drives. The Pittsburgh Community Food Banks assists with delivering the collected food items to the appropriate centers and distributing food and other supplies to local families and individuals facing food insecurity issues, many of which are also Gateway members.

“It was a great honor to represent Gateway Health at the awards luncheon and during the campaign. The Boy Scouts support Gateway’s mission of caring for others and echo our mission of meeting individuals where they live,” stated Harry Manley, Sr. Community and Program Development Specialist, Gateway Health, who was the coordinator of Gateway’s 2014 Scouting for Food campaign.

About Gateway Health SM:

Gateway HealthSM is a nationally ranked managed care organization that delivers quality and affordable healthcare to Medicaid and Medicare eligible individuals. Gateway Health serves the needs of at risk and vulnerable citizens. Gateway members have benefitted from services such as disease management, health and wellness programs and preventive care. With more than 20 years of service to the community, Gateway strongly believes in doing things “a better way.” To learn more, visit

About Boy Scouts of America:

Since its inception, the Boy Scouts of America has become one of the nation’s premier youth development organizations, with more than 100 million youth and adults participating since 1910. For a history of Scouting for Food, read here. Scouting For Food campaign.

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SPX Internet Radio Show with Donna Baxter & Terina Hicks – Week of July 3, 2014
It’s the 4th of July Weekend and we have a lot going on.  From the big Forty party and more.  Listen up as we let you know what’s up and to remind you to keep it safe.

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Sparklez Beauti Bar located in Homestead PA | 412.205.3025


Sparklez Beauti is here for you!!
We Specialize in Healthy Hair Care!!!!
Follow us on Instagram @Sparklez_Beauti_Bar
810 Amity St | Homestead, PA 15120 | 412.205.3025

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Restore Your Credit and Change Your Life Forever | Call Veron Reed @ 412.727.7782
Restore Your Credit and Change Your Life Forever!

Veron Reed, Independent Sales Agent

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Meeting Kathleen Bradley – Another African-American to be the 1st

It’s always an honor for me to meet any African-American that was the 1st to do something because they’ve opened the door for the next one. Kathleen Bradley (1st Black Price is Right model) it was our pleasure :)

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Thanks to First Baptist Penn Hills

Thank you Dr. Sheila Johnson – Hunt, Pastor Hunt and the Women’s Ministry at First Baptist Penn Hills church for the Entrepreneur Recognition award today!!! I thank God for the talent he’s given me and it’s always a blessing to get recognized for your work, but it never seems like work — cause I love what I do :)

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That’s Sharp Boutique – For Men and Women (All Sizes) | 412.404.7565 ] Veda Weathers, Owner
That’s Sharp Boutique
5165 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA. 15224 | 412.404.7565

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Gateway Health (SM) receives National Recognition at Case in Point Awards

PITTSBURGH, May 16 – For the second consecutive year, Gateway HealthSM has earned a prestigious national award at the Dorland Health’s Fifth Annual Case in Point Platinum Awards. Gateway Health was named winner in the Behavioral Health category for its successful Behavioral Health program and received an honorable mention in the Disease Management/Population Health category for its successful Gateway to Lifestyle Management Program.

The Case in Point Platinum Awards Program is a unique program that recognizes the most successful and innovative care management programs that successfully deliver programs that improve healthcare across the continuum of care coordination. The awards were presented this week at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, D.C.  The following is a brief synopsis of the two care management categories for which Gateway was honored: Click Here for Full Details

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Meet Mr. Richard Ward, Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Richard Leon Ward

Financial Advisor
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management


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Meet the Nurses Week Nominees!

Mary Fran Reidell

Barbara Johnson says, “My colleague Mary Fran makes a great nurse because she is so honest, genuine and caring. She is an amazing listener and looks at any health concern from a holistic perspective. When she has a diagnosis in mind she explores each possibility and is very mindful of issues that may cause great anxiety for the patient. She is always learning and has been involved in many cases that required culturally relevant care as well as cases where mental disorders needed consideration. I would trust her completely to advise me on any health issue because her work is informed, respectful, wise and lovingly considerate.
Kimberly Ragsdale

Kayla Bowyer says, “I’ve known Kim for over 12 years and she has always been a hard working person who was determined to be successful. She followed her dream of becoming a nurse and is now living that dream. As a young, Black professional nurse, Kim is an excellent role model for other young aspiring nurses. A nurse’s hard work sometimes goes unnoticed or unappreciated, and Kim deserves to be recognized for the work she does to help keep the people of Pittsburgh healthy.” Click Here for Full Details

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SPX Internet Radio Show with Donna Baxter & Terina Hicks – Week of May 7, 2014
Happy Mother’s Day!  This is the special edition where we tell you all kind of awesome things to take your mama to.  Donna wants you to take your Mama to a retreat, out to eat, to a play and so much more.  Ternia of course wants you to take your Mama to church :) — but then there’s the free vacation bible school with free dinner too.  You’ll have to listen to understand :)

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SPX Internet Radio Show with Donna Baxter & Terina Hicks – Week of May 29, 2014
Donna is holding it down in the studio and putting you down with all the cool events around town.  It’s getting hot outside and the events are heating up as well.  So much to do and not enough time to make them all, but Donna will let you know which events are worth checking out!

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37th Running of “The Great Race” Set for Sunday, September 28, 2014
For more info and to register visit
or call 412.255.2493

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Photo Review: Macy’s Fashion Show on April 12, 2014

Review by Winter D. Epps  (Click photos for larger view)

The birds are chirping and the sun is shining. You awake with that fresh morning face, ready to begin your day. Look in your closet and you think what to wear? Well, I hit the scene Saturday April 12th for Macy’s Spring Fashion show at their South Hills Village store. To my delight and those of the audience we were treated to a parade of fashion forward clothing just in time for the spring season.

Kiya Tomlin, fashion designer and wife of Steeler’s coach Mike Tomlin, hosted this year’s Macy’s Spring Fashion Show and there were a lot of great looks to enhance your spring wardrobe!

Trending now:

  • Floral, abstract and animal print
  • Pink with black and white detail
  • Graphic prints
  • All shades of pink

After the fashion I had a chance to speak with Kiya Tomlin to get some quick insight on her clothing line and her thoughts for the spring wardrobe.

Bright colors and floral pastels are Kiya’s key pieces to a fun spring wardrobe. She said, “Just like spring flowers. Floral brings energy and makes things come to life.”

She would love to see the return of hats, like the ones rocked at the fashion show, saying, “They are always comfortable.”

Kiya has a studio space in East Liberty on Broad Street; here she meets her clients to create custom made clothing for them. She is gradually moving toward selling her items wholesale for retail shops to purchase.  Her custom pieces are all about comfort. To check out her designs visit Kiya’s website at

Visit a Macy’s near you to shop their spring/summer clothing lines.

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Paying Homage to Boss Beauticians in the Spring Edition of Soul Pitt Quarterly – Also featuring other “Boss” women like Aja Brown, Tamica “Pied Piper” Wade, Tiffani Walker + a Whole Lot More!
“We at Soul Pitt Media are proud to present our Spring Edition to our readers and advertisers in the Tri-State Area. This must read edition is packed full of great stories and advertising.  I  dedicate this edition to the memory of my late father Mr. Roosevelt Dawson who taught me that nothing can beat hard work and dedication.”

– Craig Dawson, VP Sales and Marketing | Soul Pitt Media


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PRESS RELEASE: HACP to Open Lottery for Housing Choice Voucher Program April 28-May11

HACP to Open Lottery for Housing Choice Voucher Program, April 28 – May 11, 2014

The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP) will help address the city’s growing demand for affordable housing by opening its Housing Choice Voucher Program to new applicants, with the goal of adding 5,000 families to its waiting list through a lottery system. Applications will be accepted online between April 28 and May 11, 2014. At the conclusion of the application period, a lottery process will determine which applicants will be placed on the HACP’s waiting list as well as the order of placement on the list.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

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SPX Internet Radio Show with Donna Baxter & Terina Hicks – Week of April 24, 2014
So much is happening around Pittsburgh.  Spring seems to be getting in full swing and so are the events around the city.  Donna and Terina has a lot happenings to tell you about so stay check it out!


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Soul Pitt’s CEO Donna Baxter featured in TribLive story about women business owners in our region

Thanks to TribLive, writer Chris Fleisher and photographer Guy Wathen for a great article on women business owners — Read it here:

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SPX Internet Radio Show with Donna Baxter & Terina Hicks – Week of April 17, 2014

Check out what’s going on this week!

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University of Pittsburgh

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Nominate someone for NAACP’s 2014 Homer S. Brown Awards to be presented at the NAACP Human Rights Dinner on May 1st! Homer S. Brown is considered the first African American judge in Pittsburgh. He served the Pittsburgh community for over 50 years. Along with his many accomplishments Brown was the founder and first President of the Pittsburgh branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and member of the Allegheny County Bar Association.

The Judge Homer S. Brown award is presented annually at the NAACP Human Rights Dinner to an outstanding recipient who has positively impacted the lives of others, by demonstrating that she/he has been a constant force in the struggle for humanity, equality, and shared resources. This year’s recipient will be honored for their work in bringing wealth to the community.
Click here to download a Nomination Form

Submit answers along with the nomination form to: by Friday, April 4, 2014 at 1 p.m. for consideration

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Who’s down with SPQ? Lamman, that’s who!
Pittsburgh native and Actor Lamman Rucker was in Pittsburgh on March 20th to keynote Duquesne University’s Unity Banquet.  Afterwards, Soul Pitt’s Terina Hicks  put him down with a copy of Soul Pitt Quarterly.

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Pastor LaShawn Youngblood Invites you to The Life Church’s Women’s Conference 2014 | May 1-3
For more info call 412.464.0241
or visit

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Soul Pitt Wins Daymond John’s Moguls Mobile Contest Pitt’s CEO Donna Baxter loves social media — especially Twitter.  One of the people she follows on Twitter is FUBU Founder & Shark Tank member Daymond John and his new company Moguls MobileDaymond had a national contest on Twitter which gave away a Moguls Mobile prize pack to the top three people, out of his over 175K followers, that referred the most friends to sign up for the launch.  Donna sent out the tweet via Soul Pitt’s twitter account and won – Daymond even shared her excitement with all of his over 175K followers!  Wow, look at the power of Twitter and the influence that Soul Pitt has in social media. So make sure you follow Soul Pitt on Twitter, like us on Facebook and even add us on Google +We are not only a leader in marketing to Pittsburgh’s minority community, but we are social media marketing experts as well.  Thanks Daymond John & Moguls Mobile!

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