Monday, August 2, 2010

SOUL LINE DANCING WITH ROLAND FORD - 2010

The Best Summer Sunday evening Party in the Park is FREE!!!
Citiparks Summer of Activities
http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/soul_blast_line_dancing.htm



SOUL LINE DANCING WITH ROLAND FORD

Whether you're an experienced dancer or just a novice on the dance floor, step out to an area park for Citparks' ever-popular Soul Line Dancing.

Instructor Roland Ford incorporates R&B music in free classees that begin with basic steps and finish with more advanced moves.

Highland Park (at the fountain)
Highland Avenue and Reservoir Drive, Highland Park
begins at 7 p.m. (following Reservoir of Jazz concerts)
Sundays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Schenley Park Skating Rink
Overlook Drive, Oakland
6:30-9 p.m.
Thursday August 12

Mellon Park Tennis Center (in the Bubble)
Fifth Avenue at Beechwood Boulevard Shadyside
2-4 p.m.
Saturday August 14

For more information about Soul Line Dancing
call Roland 412-225-9190 or email: rollinstone352@live.com

KDKA Pittsburgh Today Live Broadcast on Monday July 26, 2010
http://kdka.com/video/?id=74604@kdka.dayport.com
Our part of the interview starts after 2:30 have elapsed.
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August Wilson Center for African American Culture
Downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District
offCenter
Noon -1:15 pm / 5:30-8 pm / 9-10:30 pm
free admission

offCenter goes from 12:00-1:15 pm, then from 5:30-8 pm and continues from 9-10:30 pm every Thursday this summer! Free admission. Food for purchase by Jean's Southern Cuisine. Cash bar.

Next Week –Thursday August 5
New Soul Line Dancing w/ Roland Ford

Eat your lunch beginning at noon, then get ta steppin' with Pittsburgh's Dancing DJ, Roland Ford. This dancing style uses simple line dancing steps and applies them to R&B, Pop, and Motown classics of today and yesterday. Food for purchase by Jean's Southern Cuisine.

The party continues after work and into the night with Pittsburgh's Dancing DJ, Roland Ford. This dancing style uses simple line dancing steps and applies them to R&B, Pop, and Motown classics of today and yesterday. Cash bar and food for purchase by Jean's Southern Cuisine.

AugustWilsonCenter.org - 412.258.2700
Questions? E-mail programming@AugustWilsonCenter.org.

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August 2010
Sunday August 1 Citiparks Highland Park 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Wednesday August 4 Petra Gospel Line Dance class 7:15 – 8:30 pm
Thursday August 5 August Wilson Performances 12:00, 6:00, 9:00 pm
Friday August 6 Smooth Jazz Fridays 8:00 pm – until
Saturday August 7 DJ forAudrey and Paul Wedding Reception
Sunday August 8 Black Family Reunion Schenley Park 3:30 – 4:15pm
Sunday August 8 Citiparks Highland Park 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Thursday August 12 Citiparks Schenley Park 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Friday August 13 CJs Happier Hour 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturday August 14 Mother to Son Program 12:00 – 1:15 pm
Saturday August 14 Citiparks Mellon Park 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Saturday August 14 African Arts in the Park Northside 5:00 – 5:30 pm
Saturday August 14 Absolute Ballroom 8:00 pm – 12:00 midnite
Sunday August 15 Love Ministry Outreach MellonPark 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Sunday August 15 African Arts in the Park Northside 5:00 – 5:30 pm
Sunday August 15 Citiparks Highland Park 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday August 21 Soldiers & Sailors event 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Sunday August 22 Citiparks Highland Park 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Friday August 27 IAKJ dance summit – New Jersey
Saturday August 28 IAKJ dance summit – New Jersey
Sunday August 29 Citiparks Highland Park 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Check out our YouTube page…Pghdanceambassador
http://www.youtube.com/user/Pghdanceambassador

Ongoing Weekly Classes
Mondays 6:30 – 8:00 pm Detroit Ballroom Homewood YWCA
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm Detroit Ballroom Homewood YWCA
Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm Homewood YMCA Line Dance Class
Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm Warren U M Church Line Dance Class

Call for updates on classes and events Roland Ford (412) 225-9190

Get on the emailing list to receive weekly updates email: rollinstone352@live.com

Monday, August 10, 2009

BROTHA ASH PRODUCTIONS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH NATIONAL CARES MENTORING MOVEMENT & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF EMERITUS SUSAN L. TAYLOR & THOMAS DORTCH



The Heinz Field Club was filled with hope and inspiration by all who attended. With the anticipation of waiting for Susan Taylor to show up, everyone mingled, ate food and communicated with each other. Orlana Darkins of the Darkins Groups, Inc was in attendance as well as radio personality Anji Corley. Pittsburgh's elite came out to get involved and here how they can help to become a mentor after this event was over or to keep the mentoring relationships going that they already have established.

It was great to see a lot of people come out such as Orlana Darkins of the Darkins Group, Sage Berlin of Berlin International, Donna Baxter of the Soul Pitt and many more. The highlight for me was getting to speak with Thomas Dortch who is the chairman of 100 Black Men of America. It is always a pleasure to see our people come together for something positive and for the community. Here what they all had to say here about the National Cares Mentoring Movement, Susan L. Taylor and mentoring across the country....READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE AND SEE EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

"EBONY PEGS CORLEY A "SUPER SEXY SINGLE" By Ashley G. Woodson for Brotha Ash Productions and The New Pittsburgh Courier

Ebony magazine named former WAMO deejay Anji Corley as one of the Super Sexy Singles of 2009.

“I first heard about the contest from my publicist at Beckham Media. She suggested that I fill out the application to be a Super Sexy Single. I had initially forgotten about it and one day said let me go ahead and do this...like they say, “Nothing gained, nothing earned.”

Then I get a call from the magazine requesting more information, then informing me that I’m a finalist and next thing I know, they are calling me announcing the great news! I was selected as a Super Sexy Single for 2009. I was at the airport and I screamed!”



“I first heard about the contest from my publicist at Beckham Media. She suggested that I fill out the application to be a Super Sexy Single. I had initially forgotten about it and one day said let me go ahead and do this...like they say, “Nothing gained, nothing earned.”

Then I get a call from the magazine requesting more information, then informing me that I’m a finalist and next thing I know, they are calling me announcing the great news! I was selected as a Super Sexy Single for 2009. I was at the airport and I screamed!”

READ THE FULL STORY ABOUT ANJI CORLEY BECAME ONE OF THE WINNERS TO BECOME A SUPER SEXY SINGLE OF 2009 RIGHT HERE

WAMO'S LAST RIDE - By Ashley G. Woodson for Brotha Ash Productions and The New Pittsburgh Courier

B. Marshall Productions, Matt Dillinger, NUVO, and Kaski Jewelers presented WAMO’s appreciation party and final celeb boat ride featuring America’s top super-Model Eva Pigford and actor Lance Gross of Tyler Perry’s “House of Pain.” The atmosphere was great and the boat ride was the last event honoring WAMO. Those who came out to show their appreciation for the station will miss it. Even though the boat ride got off to a late start, it was a major success.



It brought all the dee-jays together one last time before WAMO goes off the air next month. You could see the unity that has developed between the dee-jays and other staff members that were present. While some were laid back and reserved, others looked at it as a time to accept change and move forward. Everyone agreed that WAMO will be missed, but some hinted the fact that there may be another urban radio station in the works.

READ THE FULL STORY FROM THE COURIER RIGHT HERE

Friday, February 22, 2008

LIVING PAST THE MOMENT - BY BAP STAFF WRITER "LXR"

Brotha Ash Productions welcomes our BAP Staff Writer Lawrence "LXR" Ryons. He's been away for a while, but we are glad to have him back. A current resident of Philadelphia, PA, LXR is a spoken word artist/actor/writer who focuses on black culture.

Well this seems to be an ongoing chapter in my life as I get older, the more I realize that growth is substantial to a species development, the more obvious the way of the world is becoming to look quite different. How would you come to grasps with reality not knowing about tomorrow? Then again we never do in our existence, and it almost can be a little frightening to the weaker minded individual living in fear of uncertainty. How about being so afraid about prolonging our life with change, if we dared to open our eyes to the doorway ahead to a new beginning. Some of us would never want to grip the door- knob in ear of what lives ahead. Fear is the ultimate obstacle for human change, but living past the moment or moments of life experiences that holds us in place is even harder. Everything in existence has dealt with change, including the planet, from the days of the super continent, climate shifts, even the species that occupy the space on this planet have changed.

These moments in time can consume an individual such as set off a chain of emotions and push for another form of acceptance, such as never moving forward with the change. It can be rolled into an emotion or an event that has already occurred in time. Black Americans has seen its share of moments in history, and unfortunately some of these precious moments have been erased from our history. That’s when knowing thy self and learning about your past is so important, because those moments in time can help us push for a suitable future. Take a drug addict for instance; no matter how much drug the person seems to consume, it’s the feeling that the person is attempting to obtain. The same feeling of euphoria, and a nearly perfect model of self-satisfaction that puts them back into that same moment of ecstasy and complete and total freedom. Now I am not saying that living in the moment is not something that a person shouldn’t do, but staying in the moment and denying change becomes the problem. Some people that continuously travel to retro parties and so called reminisce about the good ole days cannot live past the moment. They allow the feeling to overwhelm them and take them back to that period of time. And what is it about that period of time that makes it so special? Can we assume that their habits and mentality never seemed to adjust to the times, or can we say that they denied the changing of the days? Well I will be the umpteenth person to say that time waits for no one, because even though humans may see it as a measurement of life to death, moments can take over a persons mind.

What happens is we allow our emotion to overcome our logic, so instead of saying it’s time to stop being addicted to this one moment in my life, some will say I like this moment and no matter what I will live here forever. When a love one dies we feel sorrow, for years we hold on to that pain but the truth of the matter is that person would not want us to become embodied in their dead memory. Rather just hold them close to your heart, never forget them but never live in the pain of their untimely death. I can add myself to the equation of living in the moment and staying in that particular place. I don’t hold grudges anymore because I do not wish for my mind not to grow, that includes coming to an understanding with certain black people, and realize that an uncomfortable situation has forced us to change our ways to create new and sometimes not better moments. I have just accepted myself as an American citizen but not African American; I am like most of the people in this country of mixed breed. To throw me into one category would be to ignore my bloodline. The reason being is that like myself, most of the black people in this country are mixed with a little European, also myself includes, Jamaican, and Indian. Now, because of all the mix breeding, we can still revert to ourselves as African Americans but that is not all most of us are mixed with. Remember, mental growth is viable to our own well-being and self-preservation of the human race, we owe our ancestors that much.

In the end, due to the fact that the greater creator blessed us with darker skin and wool nappy hair, some of us have not become conscious of how beautiful we look compared to the minorities. Blacks will disrespect their own people and themselves because we were taught to hate each other and look at each other in total disgust. Do you believe blacks where sprayed with fire hoses and marched up and down the street for real justice, and equality just for the next generation can think of a whole new way of staying ignorant? This Presidential election on the democratic side is about pushing for change, for blacks can stop looking at Hilary as Bill and praying that she wins to place Bill Clinton back into the white house. Barrack Obama would be a new face with new ideas, so would Hilary with her experience but some of her ideas our old. Not saying that Barrack would make a better candidate with his inexperience, but the focal point is about change, new direction, and an end to these political dynasties. But that’s another story for another moment in history.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

STATE OF THE BLACK WORLD CONFERENCE II & COMMUNITY DIALOGUE


1ST EVENT: Rally to welcome Brother Ron Daniels President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW 21) to launch the campaign to organize STATE OF THE BLACK WORLD CONFERENCE II (SOBWC II) New Orleans November 19-23, 2008, Sunday February 17th from 4 PM to 6 PM Monumental Baptist Church, 2041 Wylie Avenue, Pittsburgh Pa. 15219.

Hosts: Rick Adams, SOBWC Chair of the National Planning Committee, Dr. Kimberly C. Ellis SOBWC National Planning Committee member and Rev Tom Smith organizer of Haiti Youth Brigades Project

Thanks to the Un. of Pittsburgh's Africana Studies Department and CCAC's Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity for making Mr Daniels' visit possible.

Bio: Ron Daniels, Ph. D.
Veteran civil rights/human rights leader. Distinguished lecturer at York College of the City University of New York. Dr. Daniels served as Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights for twelve years. He has experience as a scholar-activist and has convened seminars, workshops, and conferences to offer lectures of relevance to colleges and the community. Dr. Daniels is listed in "Who’s Who in Black America." He was Executive Director of the National Rainbow Coalition in 1987 and Deputy Campaign Manager during Rev. Jesse Jackson’s bid for President in 1988. Over the years he has played a leading role in some of the most significant social and political movements of the times including the African Liberation Support Committee, National Black Political Assembly, National Black Independent Political Party, National African American Leadership Summit, the Million Man March and he is deeply engaged in mobilizing support for the struggle for democracy and development in Haiti.


2ND EVENT:
"Obama and the Relevance of Race in the 21st Century" Community Dialogue, Tuesday, February 19, 2008 noon until 2pm at the Student Service Center (SSC)building, Auditorium, 2nd floor, Allegheny Campus northside Pittsburgh. Free and Open
to the Public.

The University of Pittsburgh's Africana Studies Department and the Community College of Allegheny County's Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED) invites you to participate in a guided discussion featuring a presentation by Dr. Ron Daniels, syndicated columnist, first Distinguished Lecturer at York College of the City University of New York and founding President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century with reactions provided by Dr. James Stewart, Penn State Greater Allegheny and CCAC’s own Dr. Ralph Proctor. Q & A session follows.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW AND PHOTOS WITH HIP HOP LEGEND DMC FROM BROTHA ASH PRODUCTIONS


By Journalist Staff Writer
Ashley G. Woodson
For Brotha Ash Productions
Command Operations and Protection Services (COPS) presented legendary hip hip artist DMC to Pittsburgh to speak with adopted and foster children at Second Chance on Frankstown Avenue and to perform at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum for the "Down With The King Cabaret". We know about the DMC the artist, but he wants everyone to know Darryl McDaniels, the man who recently found out he was adopted in 2001 at the age of 35, the man who has a new album and a new lease on life. Realizing his purpose and destiny McDaniels decided to make it possible for those less fortunate children without parents to have a life changing experience. McDaniels and his fellow adoptee Sheila Jaffe have started Camp Felix through our Foundation, The Felix Organization to send children without parents to camp. I had the pleasure of interviewing and hanging out with DMC for two days in a row. First I interviewed him at CJ's in the Strip, he spoke with the children at Second Chance in Homewood, and he performed The Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum. After the initial interview we sat in his car and listened to a few tracks from his latest CD. We also went to Arts across the street from CJ's for diehard fans to take photos and get autographs. It was plain to see from the beginning that DMC was a changed man from the experiences of his adoption. He was focused on the children of the world and how he could help.

CHECK OUT OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW AND PHOTOS RIGHT HERE!!