Category: Metro Written by Genea Webb - Courier Features Writer
COLLABORATION—Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on stage and Wilkinsburg community choir below. (Photo by J.L. Martello)
The decade-long partnership between the Wilkinsburg School District and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Community Engagement Concert for the Community has been beneficial for students, educators and musicians alike.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 June 2013 21:42
Category: Metro Written by Rebecca Nuttall - Courier Staff Writer
In 2011, nationally known radio personality Bev Smith signed off as host of the “The Bev Smith Show” on American Urban Radio Networks after more than 10 years with the station and a four decade career in radio. Some might’ve decided it was time to retire, but not Smith.
Instead she took her savings, built a radio studio in her home, and began soliciting radio stations around the country to get back on the air. In 2012, Smith’s show was on three stations, but by the end of this month, she’ll be featured on more than 20.
“I feel immensely blessed because women who are in my age category, we don’t get second chances. Show me other women locally or nationally, other than Barbara Walters,” Smith said. “I’m very thankful to God because I feel blessed. I’m blessed to be able to do something I really want to do.”
Now, the New Pittsburgh Courier has selected Smith as the Legacy honoree for their 2013 50 Women of Excellence. When asked about her legacy, and the highlights of her life, Smith said she’s most proud of her daughter.
However, she also reflected on a trip to Haiti where she brought children school supplies, and another experience where she helped families suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Other highlights included her trip to Israel and meeting President Barack Obama and the First Lady.
Smith began her career in 1971 when she was named Pittsburgh’s first African-American consumer affairs investigative reporter for WPXI Television. In the time since, she’s received nearly 300 awards and recognitions for her contributions to radio and television.
Next, Smith is planning a convention for 1000 women to come to Pittsburgh in August to address their role in the problems facing the African-American community. United States Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee has already agreed to take recommendations from the convention to the Congressional Black Caucus.
“We as Black women have fallen down on the job. We have to do better,” she said. “We want women to take the challenge. I want the women to unite. I want the women to come together.”
Smith is also passionate about childhood literacy and has been involved in the Reading is Fundamental and Head Start organization. In her spare time Smith is also writing a book “Interview with Jesus,” which she categorizes as spiritual mystery fiction.
“I have nothing to complain about. Broke yea, but who isn’t,” Smith said. “When people say you can’t do it, I think of the poem by Edgar Guest and the beginning of it says, ‘Somebody said that it couldn’t be done. But he with a chuckle replied that maybe it couldn’t, but he would be one who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried. So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin on his face. If he worried he hid it.’ Get ready.”
The 2013 50 Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon will be held June 20 at the Omni William Penn Hotel from 12-1:30 p.m. Celebrity host Robert Hill will be the master of ceremonies.
2013 WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE HONOREES
CAROL L. ADAMS - Senior Systems Analyst/Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Coordinator - ALCOSAN
MARLA D. BRADFORD - Senior Employment Recruiter - Duquesne University
CHARLOTTE BROWN, PH.D. - Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Health and Community Systems - University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
VICTORIA E. BRYANT - Nurse Practitioner - Pittsburgh Board of Education
FRANCINE CAMERON - President & CEO - Cameron Professional Services Group, LLC
MESSENGER ANNETTE CARSWELL - Founder and Senior Director - Mac Ministries
RENEE SMITH CLARK, Ph.D. - Dean of Student Development - CCAC, South Campus
TRACY L. CLARK - Paralegal - H.J. Heinz Company; and CFO - Full of Grace
DR. LUTITIA A. CLIPPER - Manager, Natural Gas Vehicles Business Development - Peoples Natural Gas Co.
MARY L. COFFEY - CEO - All Purpose Cleaning Service, Inc.
PAMELA COLLIER - President & Founder - Lord Marketing Group
ESA MATIUS DAVIS, MD, MPH - Assistant Professor of Medicine - University of Pittsburgh
STEPHANIE DURRETT - President - SD Transit, Inc.
MONICA EARLY - Customer Service Manager and Office Manager - Z Brand Group
KIM EL - Artistic Associate - Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company
ROBYN E. FRANCIS - Senior Scientist - Bayer MaterialScience LLC
OLGA T. GEORGE - Assignment Desk Editor - KDKA-TV
RONITA S. GILES - Assistant to the President - Robert Morris University
ROBYN GREER - Hair Salon Owner/Personal Trainer/Nutrition Coach - The Trevor James Experience
TERINA JETT HICKS - Entrepreneur Diva/CEO - Declaring Dominion, LLC; Talent Pittsburgh
IMOGENE MILES HINES - Professor - CCAC
RUTH J. HOWZE - Administrator of Alternative Housing and Reintegration - Allegheny County Jail
SHANICKA L. KENNEDY, Esq. - Chief Deputy Director - Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender
DR. MONICA D. LAMAR - Principal - Pittsburgh Dilworth Pre-K-5
DESIREE S. LEE - Project Manager - The Game Changers Project; and, Arts Partnership Associate - Gateway to the Arts
KILOLO LUCKETT - Director of Development - The Andy Warhol Museum
A. KELLY MCCORMICK - Director, Corporate Human Resources - Giant Eagle, Inc.
MONIQUE MCINTOSH, M.Ed - Senior Director of Programs - YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh
DONNA MICHEAUX, Ph.D. - Assistant Executive Director - Allegheny Intermediate Unit
CYNTHIA MOORE - Education and Community Engagement Director - Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
TRACEY NASH - Senior Accountant - Highmark, Inc.
CAROL AWKARD NEYLAND - Vice President, Community Development - Dollar Bank
CONSTANCE PARKER - President - NAACP Pittsburgh Unit
STAYCEE R. PEARL - Co-Founding Director - Pearl Arts Studios
EBONY PUGH - Public Information Officer - Pittsburgh Public Schools
MINETTE SEATE - Senior Producer - WQED Multimedia
BEV SMITH - 2013 LEGACY HONOREE
DEBRA VALENTINE-GRAY - Director of Regional Advancement - Indiana University of Pennsylvania
ALLEGRA WAKEFIELD - Guild President - Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
ANITA B. WALKER - Assistant Principal - Allegheny K-8 School
CAROL A. WASHINGTON - Executive Director - The NorthShore Community Alliance
DR. CHRISTINE B. WHITE-TAYLOR - Performance/Quality Improvement Coordinator - Every Child, Inc.
GAIL WHITEHEAD - Student Support Coordinator - Greater Pittsburgh Literary Council
TAMARA L. WHITING - National Sales Director - VisitPittsburgh
LISA A. WILDS - Sr. Residential Mortgage Loan Officer - First Niagara Bank
ARLETTA SCOTT WILLIAMS - Executive Director - ALCOSAN
DETECTIVE CHRISTINE WILLIAMS - Detective - City of Pittsburgh Police
DENISE L. WILLIAMS - Executive Director - Mt. Ararat Community Activity Center
DR. ERROLINE WILLIAMS- Director, Professional Development and Corporate Outreach - Duquesne University's School of Leadership and Professional Advancement
GAYLE M. YOUNG - Executive Director - United Way of Lawrence County
2013 Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon
Thursday, June 20, 2013
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m
Omni William Penn Hotel
530 William Penn Place – Pittsburgh, PA
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Last Updated on Monday, 10 June 2013 15:07
Category: Metro Written by Christian Morrow - Courier Staff Writer
ATTENTION HILL SHOPPERS—With the main structure enclosed the Centre Heldman SHOP ‘n SAVE is expected to open in September, bringing fresh food and 100 jobs to the Hill District. (Photo by J.L. Martello)
After four years, three presidents, three developers, two groundbreakings, and multiple funding shortfalls, the Hill House and its construction partner Massaro Corp. celebrated placing the last steel beam for the SHOP ‘n SAVE market that will anchor the Centre Heldman Plaza development.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 11:20
Category: Metro Written by Sharon S. Blake
NATHAN DAVIS (Photo Credit: CIDDE)
by Sharon S. Blake
(This article was reprinted from the May 28, 2013, issue of the Pitt Chronicle.)
University of Pittsburgh Professor of Music Nathan Davis, founder and director of the Pitt Jazz Studies Program and the long-running annual Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert, is retiring from the University effective June 28, 2013, it has been announced by N. John Cooper, the Bettye J. and Ralph E. Baily Dean of Pitt’s Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 June 2013 21:40
Category: Metro Written by Ashley N. Johnson - Courier Staff Writer
The homicides of May 2013 were filled with tragedies, senseless violence, and a loud call to end the “no snitching” code of silence and the need for changes in our communities. Out of the 38 homicides, 29 were Black and 24 were Black men, which is the same as this time last year. In May 2012, 29 of the 37 homicides were Black.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 10:25
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