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Diversity Career Fair | April 22 at the Marriott Pittsburgh City Center

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Look what’s about to Sprout for Spring >> A FEW Spots Still Open! | Deadline April 3rd

To advertise in our next issue call
412.407.SOUL (7685)
or email

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CHRIS TUCKER Live on May 1st at Heinz Hall! Ticket giveaway 4 SoulBlast subscribers ONLY!

Stay tuned for details.  In the meantime, make sure you sign up for our Soul Blasts!  See the signup box on the right side bar at the top of this page>

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Tia Fuller Quartet LIVE at Cabaret at Theater Square on April 7th | Don’t miss her quartet at their first Cabaret Theater appearance!!!


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Giant Eagle – View Weekly Sale!

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Who’s Who In Black Pittsburgh® Call for Submissions | Deadline April 17,
With great enthusiasm, Who’s Who Publishing Company celebrates African-American achievement in the Pittsburgh area with the inaugural edition of Who’s Who In Black Pittsburgh®. This publication will be one of more than 26 books that recognize and highlight the achievements of African Americans in various cities across the United States. When you are included in our coffee-table style book, you join a community of honorees that demonstrate professional excellence and provide inspiration for future generations.


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The Wilkinsburg Vacant Home Tour | Saturday, May 9th

The Wilkinsburg Vacant Home Tour is a self-guided tour, showcasing abandoned and vacant properties, and leading tour participants on a journey back in time through the narratives of these homes and buildings. Stories of the families and people who lived and worked in them, who cared for and were sheltered by them, will be unearthed and revealed throughout the tour route.

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SPX Internet Radio Show with Donna Baxter & Terina Hicks – Week of March 26, 2015
Donna holds it down in the studio and salutes promoters in Pittsburgh from the small to the large production event promoters. Kudus too goes to the public for supporting these “soulful” events that are coming to our city more and more lately. Diverse entertainment draws diverse people to your region. Let’s keep on supporting these great events!

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Rosemary Crawford for JUDGE | Alleghengy County Court of Common Pleas

Tel: 412-345-8041
Facebook: Rosemary C. Crawford for Judge


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Easter Monday B-PEP JAZZ Marathon | A Musical “Fun-raiser” on April 6th at Bridges

B-PEP JAZZ is the only annual fundraiser for the Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP), the Greater Pittsburgh Coalition Against Violence (CAV) and the Corporate Equity & Inclusion Roundtable (CEIR). Click Here for Full Details

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1st Annual School Bus Cabaret presented by Style by Glo on April 11 at the Coliseum

Style by Glo’ present the 1st Annual School Bus Cabaret! Come party with us as we enjoy a DRAMAFREE evening of family, co-workers, friends, fun, food & music! HIPNOTIK spinnin; Classics all night!

And a SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER “Gerald Brooks aka Grindwire!
Dress to impress! Grown & sexy attire only! This is a BYOB event!
$12 pre-sale tickets and $15 at the door!
Ticket Locations:  Dorsey’s, Upbeat Records, Sons of Stedefords
or Call 412.414.9435

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N-Motion’s – Jazz Intervention w/ ART SHERROD JR 4/19 at Latitude 360

Art Sherrod, Jr. has been playing the saxophone for a quarter of a century now. He’s pretty well known within the DC/MD music community that he calls home. Smooth and urban jazz saxophonist Art Sherrod Jr. has opened for or co-headlined shows with Roy Ayers, Natalie Cole, Boney James, Cuba Gooding & the Main Ingredient and his mentor Gerald Albright.. Now, on the brink of nationwide distribution of his latest CD, Seasons, Art Sherrod, Jr. is ready for his close-up. It’s time for DC and MD to share this talented saxophonist with the rest of the world!

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General DutiesAgent handles inbound calls for a major international company.  In this position, you will handle technical and billing issues related to customer accounts.  Ability to handle customer complaints and trouble shooting skills is required.  You will work in an independent, timely and efficient manner while maintaining quality standards for customer satisfaction.

Start Date: March 27th
Paid Training:$9:00 per hour
Production Rate:
$10.00 per hour
Training Hours:
9:00am – 5:45pm – 2 weeks
Hours of Operations:
12:00pm – 12:00am – Possible shifts are 11:45am – 8:30pm OR 1:15pm – 10pm

General Duties: Agent handles inbound calls from customers with the purpose of retaining customer loyalty or selling products and services.  Average $250 – $500+ per month in Bonus/Incentives!  Some agents Average over $1000 Per Month.

Start Date: April 13th
Paid Training:
$9:00 per hour
Production Rate:
$10.00 per hour
Training Hours:
9:00am – 5:45pm (3 weeks) OR 10:00am – 6:45pm (23 Days)
Actual Shift:
  12:15pm – 9:00pm OR 10:00am – 6:45pm (One weekend day off and one day off during the week)

Alorica is an equal opportunity employer.


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The 2015 Morris “Doc” Turner 5K Walk Run & Health Expo


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Who’s Who in Black Pittsburgh Official Unveiling Reception | May 29th at 6PM

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3rd Annual Make a Joyful Noise Gospel Extravaganza w/ Marvin Sapp + Other Artists LIVE at Mt Ararat on May 1

Three Rivers Adoption Council’s
3rd Annual Make A Joyful Noise Gospel Extravaganza
Presented by McDonald’s

This year’s featured performer MARVIN SAPP! Hosted by Lillian Cannon, also performing Travis Malloy, Deborah Moncrief, & Chozen 1 Mime.
Buy your tickets online now!!
$25 in  advance; $30 at the door.

Purchase Tickets Online Here:
Or at Dorsey’s Records and Stedeford’s Records


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Save the Date (May 21) NAACP 61st Annual Human Rights Dinner w/ April Ryan as Keynote

The keynote speaker will be April Ryan – White House Correspondent
& Author of the Presidency in Black & White.

For ticket information please contact the NAACP office at 412-471-1024
or by email at

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Former rap artist, Donna Baxter, CEO/Tech Diva of Soul Pitt on Hustle & Heart TV with Darieth Chisolm

Donna Baxter, former rap artist (Misfits in the Attic) and CEO/Tech Diva of Soul Pitt Media says why you need to get online or get left behind. Watch at on Hustle & Heart TV with Darieth Chisolm. #?HustleandHeartTV

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Judge Dwayne D. Woodruff for Supreme Court

    Woodruff first came to Pittsburgh in May 1979 when drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers as a defensive back – #49, after earning a degree in Business Finance from the University of Louisville that same month. He went on to play 12 seasons—including playing in Super Bowl XIV as a rookie in 1980, being named Steelers MVP in 1982 and serving as team captain his final three seasons.

During his professional football career, Woodruff earned a Juris Doctor (1988) from Duquesne University School of Law, which allowed him to have a dual career for three years from 1988 to 1990, simultaneously practicing law with the Meyer Darragh law firm and playing football for the Pittsburgh Steelers—setting a precedent for the NFL and professional sports. In 1997, Woodruff became a founding partner of the law firm, Woodruff, Flaherty & Fardo. Click Here for Full Details

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Ed’s Old School Get-Together Apreciation “Cook-Out” on June 13 @ Highland Park

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April is National Fair Housing Month

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Greater Destiny’s “Becoming a Woman of Grace” Women’s Conference April 17-19


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CCAC Open House | April 16 & July 14

Join us for an exciting and informative open house taking place at all CCAC campuses and centers. Take care of all the details to enroll in one day while enjoying live entertainment, refreshments, prize giveaways and fun. 


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DINAH Starring Pgh Songtress Delana Flowers | Runs March 14 – April 5


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Vocal Great PHIL PERRY “Call Me” just added to WILL DOWNING concert trip > Seats Still Left!



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Allegheny Health Network

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Gateway Health Medicare Assured

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Mt. Carmel will “Celebrate” Pastor Barbara Gunn’s 15th Year Anniversary on April 9th, 10th & 12th

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church located at 90 Port Perry Road
North Versailles, PA 15137 – Phone: 412-823-2841
Contact: Yawatta Sayles @ 412.823.2841 for further info.

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Keeping Keith’s dream alive! | GoFundMe Campaign to Help Mother & Daughter Keep Local Dealership Open

Keith Bullard was a pioneer in the automobile industry. He was one of the first eight black Chrysler dealers. Keith Bullard passed away unexpectedly in Dec 2013. He had just come out of retirement and opened his car dealership in August 2013 in order to have something for his family. Everything was in his name at the time of his untimely death. His wife and daughter have been struggling to keep the dealership going.  CLICK HERE TO HELP KEEP HIS DREAM ALIVE

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Wilkinsburg CDC Will Pursue Liquor License Referendum this Spring

The Borough of Wilkinsburg has been a dry community since 1870, but the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation (WCDC) aims to change that this spring.

The WCDC Board of Directors voted to pursue a liquor license referendum to legalize the sale of liquor licenses to restaurants in the Borough of Wilkinsburg. The WCDC believes restaurant liquor licenses will attract new businesses to Wilkinsburg and increase investment in the area. This effort is supported by the WCDC Five-Year Strategic Plan and the Wilkinsburg Business District Revitalization Plan, which was approved by Wilkinsburg Borough Council in 2010. Click Here for Full Details

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Get Your Fat Tuesday Grub on with SP’s New Food Critic Briana White

Fat Tuesday is the traditional name for the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It is more commonly known as Mardi Gras, which is simply Fat Tuesday in French. Fat Tuesday marks the day with feasting before the fasting season of Lent begins.

Our newest member to The Soul Pitt family, Food Critic and Foodie Blogger Briana White has came of with a list of some good spots in Pittsburgh to get your grub on for those of you who plan to have that big feast before giving up one of your favorite foods for Lent. Click Here for Full Details

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New Business! Ashley’s Boutique in McKees Rocks >> Women’s Clothing, Shoes & Handbags

Click here to see products on their Facebook Page

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Hilltop Alliance and the Allentown Community Development Corporation (ACDC) Welcomes Leon’s Caribbean Restaurant to East Warrington Avenue in Allentown

Leon’s Caribbean Restaurant has the
Best Jamaican food in Pittsburgh, PA!

Owner: Leon Rose, Jamaican-American, owner of Leon’s
Located at 823 East Warrington Avenue in Allentown
Business open in Dec 2014 / Business hours > Monday – Saturday 10am – 10pm
Contact us at 412-431-5366

Are you looking to open a business in the Allentown area 
See how Hilltop Alliance can help YOU!
For detail visit
or call Siena Kane, Allentown Business District Manager
at 412-712-3306

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Sisters Helping Sisters Win on March 7th Downtown Pittsburgh


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Ma’at Construction Group

By Bonita L. Penn

The City of Pittsburgh is experiencing another major economic Renaissance of rebirth and renewal. The City falls in line with many U.S. urban communities in gentrification and revitalization, such as Washington D.C., Brooklyn and Harlem. It is the dawn of economic abundant in our communities when it comes to opportunities for construction companies. One such company Ma’at Construction Group, located in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood, has been selected by Bridgeway Capital as the General Contractor for the first stage of the 7800 Susquehanna Street project.

Click Here for Full Details

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Pittsburgh Business owners Curtis and Cassandra Brown have launched a Pgh Fish Fry and Food Festival mobile app!

Pittsburgh Business owners Curtis and Cassandra Brown have launched a Pgh Fish Fry and Food Festival mobile app. Traditional Pittsburgh Food Festivals & Fish Fry’s all at the touch of your fingers. The best eats and fun times with menus, turn-by-turn directions, pics, social media & web links. You’ll have to share this app with your family and friends then meet them to grab a bite at a few of your favorite spots. Download it Today!

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Look Who’s Selling to Who! | Meet Leah Baker Fowler, owner of Cupcakes Most Wanted

Photo by Dayna Delgado of Pink Lady Photos

Soul Pitt’s own Craig Dawson, VP of Sales & Marketing, ran into this sweet pint size baker extraordinaire during the Rosemary Crawford for Judge Campaign launch party last week.  Ten-year-old Leah Baker Fowler, owner of Cupcakes Most Wanted, was quick to sale something to Craig, instead of the other way around and of course Craig’s sweet tooth couldn’t resist purchasing a few cupcakes from this high energy little business lady.  If you haven’t tasted one yet, you definitely should because as she’s says herself, “IT’S A CRIME NOT TO TASTE EM’!”

Read her story that was featured in the Fall 2014 Issue of Soul Pitt Quarterly

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Tasty Treats Makes Her Business Sweet!

by C. Denise Johnson

When I first heard about this enterprising ten year-old I thought, “How adorable!”  More often than not, tweens and teens want to do for themselves as soon as possible. Their quest for independence sometime involves earning their own money to do with as they like. Such as the case with fifth-grader who is building her brand, one batch at a time. And it doesn’t hurt that she is absolutely adorable and cute as a button!

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Classic Soul Music & Mementos

By Sheila Beasley

If you want to find everything from Doo Wop and R&B autographed pictures to memorabilia, Johnny Angel’s Ginchy Stuff, has it all! Ginchy Stuff is located at 3623 California Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212. Johnny Angel is a legend with over 45 years in the music and entertainment industry.

Click Here for Full Details

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Johnstown Spotlight: Black Lives Matter

By Ron Fisher

In light of the recent tragedies and marches engulfing the Country, I wanted to take a moment to speak on the inequality and injustice that you can find in any neighborhood.  This article isn’t my typical piece, only because it’s not about someone I know; it’s about someone you know.  We are all human beings, yet time and time again we have been given clear examples of how the “majority” still rules.  As the black community is making strides to better itself, African-Americans are being forced to believe that their lives have no value.  With the steadily increasing number of Blacks dying by the hands of police officers, tension continues to build across the Country, and the nation finds itself in what I believe to be this generation’s civil rights movement. Click Here for Full Details

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Nazura Asaseyeduru | Community Organizer & Activist

By Dessie Bey

“Sankofa is how I show homage to the ancestors; Sankofa is how I take responsibility in strengthening the community; I have learned to take the spirit of Sankofa in all that I do.” — Nazura Asaseyeduru

A participant in marches, rallies and protests since 2004, Nazura Asaseyeduru is living out her life purpose as a social worker focusing on community organizing.  “I love uniting our people and bringing a sense of urgency to community work.”  Asaseyeduru explains, “The community constantly needs improved; it will take all of us to contribute, contributions such as serving disadvantaged people with food and clothes on the corner of Frankstown and N. Homewood Avenue; marching down the street not for a cause but to celebrate the legacy of Black people living in Pittsburgh; I am fulfilled by serving the community in this capacity.” Click Here for Full Details

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Award-Winning Hair Stylist Pushes on With Fashion Dreams

By Shelia Beasley

Stephanie Moye, proprietor of Moyé Hair Etc., has expanded her recognized hair salon services to fashion wear with the new BLINGWEAR designs. With her new fashion house, Smoyé, she has created a line of clothes that are fun, chic and comfortable for women who have ‘on-the-go’ lifestyles. Click Here for Full Details

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SPQ 2015 winter edition Honors MLK Jr. with Symbolic B/W Cover and Special Articles

Hitting the streets later this week, our Soul Pitt Quarterly 2015 winter edition honors Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a symbolic all black and white cover design and special articles to help continue the conversation about race, equality and justice in America.  Along with our feature “3 Women on a Mission for Human Rights, Arts and Technology” and stories on Activist Nazura, Genealogical research, Ma’at Construction Group, commentary on why Black lives matter and more, this is sure to be a collectors’ edition and one to uplift and inspire the entire community!

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Tuition-free fellowship leading to M.Ed. in one year at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA.

Tuition-free fellowship leading to M.Ed. in one year at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA. Fellows graduate in one year with a Master of Education in Community Engagement (M.Ed.) – equipping them to pursue careers as nonprofit leaders, social change activists, and leaders in the national service learning movement. (Tuition-free M.Ed. but no stipend or funding).  DETAILS HERE

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Hustle and Heart TV with Darieth Chisolm

Watch more shows online featuring:
Candi Castleberry SINGLETON on Dignity & Respect in the Workplace
Sabrina SAUNDERS on how young girls become strong women
Chuck SANDERS on How to Dominate in the Mortgage Industry
Roberto CLEMENTE JR. on the Business of Baseball & Brain Science

All shows are available on several podcast directories including
iTunes Video & Audio, Stitcher Radio, YouTube and at
For show sponsorship or Advertising Opportunities
please call 412-692-1600 or email

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Donna Baxter to be featured on Hustle and Heart TV

Donna Baxter, CEO/Tech Diva of Soul Pitt will be featured on a future episode of Hustle and Heart TV with Darieth Chisolm. So make sure you sign up to know when new video podcast shows are released at so you can check out how Donna gets her hustle on.

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

Apply in person or apply or email

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Check out Photos from Ladies Fest & Soul Pitt Fans who stopped by our booth

We had a great time at Pittsburgh Ladies Fest
on Sunday Jan 25th at the Convention Center!
Check out the photos of the many Soul Pitt fans (and new fans) who stopped by the Soul Pitt booth at Ladies Fest to take a #SoulfulSelfie with our Facebook prop that we made, along with other photos of Ladies Fest.  You just might see someone you know.  Enjoy.  Also, we’d like to welcome all the new email subscribers to our growing Soul Blast email list!


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Wilkinsburg Awarded Main Street Program Designation

Last summer, the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation (WCDC) applied for Main Street designation through the Pennsylvania Department of Economic and Community Development and Pennsylvania Downtown Center’s Main Street Program. Earlier this week, Wilkinsburg was accepted into the prestigious program.

“We are thrilled to have been selected for Main Street designation by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development and the PA Downtown Center. The WCDC was formed in 2008 to revitalize our business district and we have been following the Main Street Approach from the beginning. Thanks to the dedication and commitment of our residents, business owners, community stakeholders, and government officials, the Wilkinsburg Business District has made tremendous progress,” WCDC Executive Director, Tracey Evans, said. Click Here for Full Details

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Great Opportunity for Stylists, Braiders, Makeup Artists at Dana’s Styling Salon!
Building a team of professionals who want to stay on the cutting edge.
Willing and ready to go to hair shows,
come back to Pittsburgh and set it off!
Now Hiring.  Stylist.  Braiders.  Makeup artist.
Call for a great opportunity today!


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Now Enrolling: The Omega Dr. Carter G. Woodson Academy at the Kingsley Center | Feb 7 – April 11

The Omega Dr. Carter G. Woodson Academy

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Pittsburgh Criminal Defense Attorney Recognized as Nationwide Top 100 Black Lawyers

Full Details here–>

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SPX Internet Radio Show with Donna Baxter & Terina Hicks – Week of Jan 13, 2015
Donna and Terina got a lot going on.  From Ladies Fest to Christian Book Clubs; Jazz shows to Afro-Pop, listen up for soulful things to do in our area.  Also, this weekend on Jan 17th, Donna is celebrating her birthday, so check out two awesome events that she wants you to attend so you can celebrate too :)


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PHDA, Inc. Receives Subsidies Grant for First-Time Homebuyers

WILKINSBURG, PA, January 5, 2015 – The Pittsburgh Housing Development Association, Inc. (PHDA, Inc.) recently secured funding from the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation to support the First-Time Home Buyers Subsidy Grant Program for an additional year. The program assists eligible first-time home buyers with down payments and/or closing costs.

The grant will be available in early 2015 and will be dispersed through an application process. To be eligible, applicants must be a first-time home buyer, meet income eligibility guidelines, and complete a certified Home Counseling Program. Interested applicants should email or call (412) 242-2700 for additional information and an application.

Funding for the grant program was provided in part by a grant from the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, a national foundation, which provides funding to assist nonprofit community organizations in achieving and sustaining their missions through strategic leadership in servicing low-wealth communities. More information is available at

About PHDA, Inc.

PHDA, Inc. was formed in September 1982 with a mission to assist low to moderate income first-time home buyers with educational workshops and resources to achieve their dream of homeownership. More information is available at

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Let’s Take THE BUS to Canton!

The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s selection process continues towards its final stages. The 46-person committee will gather for the annual selection meeting held the day before Super Bowl XLIX to discuss and debate the merits of the 18 finalists and then determine the newest class of enshrinees.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame invites fans to evaluate the careers and legacies of these all-time greats and select who you think should comprise the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015.  CLICK HERE TO CAST YOUR FAN VOTE!

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Wilkinsburg is Open for Business | Find out how the WCDC can help you!

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August Wilson’s “How I Learned What I Learned” March 5, 2015 – April 5, 2015 @ O’Reilly Theater

Two years before his death in 2005, August Wilson wrote and performed this one-man play about the power of art and the power of possibility. Recently produced at New York’s Signature Theatre and directed by Todd Kreidler, Wilson’s friend and protege, How I Learned explores his days as a struggling young witer in Pittsburgh’s Hill District and how the neighborhood and its people inspired his amazing cycle of plays about the African-American experience. A must-see theatrical event.

Enter to WIN 2 Tickets  to August Wilson’s
“How I Learned What I Learned” – Click Here

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FLEXIBLE for when you need it…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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Make Your Mark on PCTV-21!

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