Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Episode 49 Black History Events in Pittsburgh

EPISODE49 - Black History Events in Pittsburgh

Guests: North Hills Ebony Women, Africa Quest. Learn about Black History events in Pittsburgh. Sage Berlin of Keepin' It Clean. Black History and More presented by Doma Productions, Sound the Alarm Ministries

The North Hills Ebony Women, Inc., is a support, service and social organization that next year will celebrate 30 years of sisterhood.
This organization is made up of women of similar interest and background, who are devoted to the continuous recognition of African-American heritage, education and unity.
On Friday, February 15, 2008, NHEW co-sponsored along with the North Hills Anti-Racism Coalition, "The Genesis of African Thought", presented by John Ford, a local historian with national renown. Mr. Ford presented on the history and struggle of African Americans and their allies. Additionally, the students of LaRoche's MOSAIC club performed a skit entitled "The Kings and Queens of Africa".
PPL guest from NHEW, Joy Maxberry Woodruff , came to Pittsburgh from Louisville KY in 1979 with husband Dwayne, to whom she has now married for nearly 30 years. Joy currently serves as vice president of North Hills Ebony Women, Inc., is a member of the LaRoche College Board of Trustees, Allegheny County Democratic Committee, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the NAACP Human Rights Dinner Committee, YWCA Study Circles Alumni and a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts. She and Dwayne have also teamed up as honorary chairs or emcees of several events recently including; The Red Cross’ Red Tie Affair, Global Links’ Jammin’ in Jamaica and the Job Corp Annual Dinner. Joy previously hosted “Inside/Outside Pittsburgh”, a public affairs show on WCWB-TV but most recently, she has worked as COO of the family business, Woodruff Enterprises, Inc., a marketing and promotional company. In that capacity, she served as the manager of “Woodruff for Judge Campaign”, resulting in the election of her husband as a judge on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas in November 2005.
• Topics of discussion with joy on NHEW:
• NAACP Community Impact Award
• Pittsburgh YWCA Racial Justice Award
• North Hills Anti-Racism Coalition Diversity Award
• "The Life and Times of Martin Luther King, Jr."
• North Hills Anti-Racism Coalition?--who is involved, how did it start?
• "The Genesis of African Thought", presented by John Ford, a local historian with national renown.

Keepin’ It Clean (KIC)
The Nations “ONLY” Cross Cultural Faith Based Open Mic/
Performance Art/Concert Series
Sage Berlin
Creator/Executive Producer & Marketing Coordinator

Berlin International presented "Keepin It Clean" at the Improv (Waterfront)"Americas Original Comedy Showcase and Restaurant" 166 E. Bridge Street, Homestead, PA 15120 KIC takes place the third Sunday every month at the Improv, Pittsburgh. Keepin’ It Clean will feature a special local/national faith based performance artist each month. On February 16, the host was Christian Rapper/Comedian Minister “Real Deal” Brady Hill and Special guest Dwayne Fulton and Kingdom People.

KIC encourages all spoken word artists, Musicians, Dancers Comedians, Groups, Mimes and Poets from the tri-state area to come and share their gifts on the Open Mic. Just remember to keep it clean. KIC was designed to bridge the gap between denominations and cultures to bring all the Lords people together.

Proceeds benefit Mad Dads of Greater Pittsburgh (Men Against Destruction-Defending Against Drugs and Social Disorder).
For more information about “Keepin’ It Clean” send and e-mail to with your name and contact information.
Our second guest, Sage Berlin is Director of Creative Marketing & Special Events for Mogul Mind
Sage had a successful boxing career well into his 20’s building an impressive record of 239 wins and 5 losses.
In 1990, Sage became production stage manager for the Kuntu Repertory Theater under the direction of Dr. Venell A. Lillie. Sage was also a member of the poetry group “I Dream a World”, an African American history, poetry, and theater group that performed various pieces from different eras in Pittsburgh public schools.

An avid baseball fan, Sage created “The Great Black Baseball Diamond” a theatrical and musical tribute to the players of the Negro baseball leagues.. Sage is one of the top researchers on Negro baseball History (1867-1947) in the US.
Doma Productions and Sound the Alarm Ministries has created a program: Black History and Evening of drama celebrating culture and our God!


Our third guest: Harvey Johnson is currently the Director of Theatre, and an Associate Professor of Theatre at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA. He earned his B.F.A. in Acting from Kent State University and his M.F.A. in directing from Carnegie Mellon University.

Harvey keeps himself busy as Chairman of the Board of Director for Christians In Theatre Arts (CITA), a national networking organization. In addition to his work in academic theatre, he is a freelance director and actor. His directing credits include directing for professional and amateur theatre companies including

Saltworks Theatre Company, The Kuntu Repertory Theatre, The Karamu and Ensemble Theatres of Cleveland, Ohio and The MasterWorks Festival of Winona Lake, IN. Harvey and his family are members of Sound the Alarm Ministries, Aliquippa, PA


The mission of Doma Productions is to sponsor, support, train, develop and present artistic expression individually or in combination from the four art forms of Music, Theatre, Dance, and Graphics.

About Sound The Alarm Ministries:

Sound The Alarm Ministries is a prophetic voice, heralding to the Body of Christ the present move of God in this hour, ministring restoration and healing to the total man. Included in the ministry's outreach is the Hope Christian Academy, a school for grades K-12, The Hope Center, a community outreach to administer educational, social, cultural, economic, and health programs, The Agape Center, a mission outreach to the poor and needy and The Sound The Alarm Ministries Bible School.

To Celebrate Black History Month Africa Quest held an African Buffet on Friday, February 22nd, 2008. Featured were a selection of all African, Caribbean as well as as all Soul Food Restaurants. The buffet featured food from the following countries:
Cameroon ,Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Ghana, Liberia, Egypt, Congo, Trinidad Haiti, Jamaica, Ethiopia, Mali, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Zambia, Gambia, Togo, Benin, the USA, and many more. This was a great opportunity to show African culinary diversity while promoting at the same time African Restaurants. The event was held at the Envy Lounge; 4923 Penn Ave: Pittsburgh, PA 15224 Email for more information. Infoline: 412.537.6163

David A Burton, spokesperson for Africa Quest was actually our fourth guest born in Greenville South Carolina. He is the Chief operating officer/Senior consultant of “Global Wellness.” David is also an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh, and Point Park University. His course at The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work is SW 2098: The Foundation of General Social Work Practice. He teaches at Point Park University Department of Protective Services School of Arts and Sciences; CRMJ 541: Criminal Psychopathology

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