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Monday, December 28, 2009

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

....And Another One

Classic Material - Timebomb - East Side Ent

A special holiday version of Classic Material
Dj Tony Touch (NYC-Rock Steady Crew)
The Smoken Sextion feat. Lord Digga(Formerly of Masta Ace's INC. Crew) (NYC)
DJ's-SMI, Selecta, Hank D
Toasted by B-Tree
Holiday giveaways and a special visit SC, himself.

Wednesday December 23rd-10pm-2:30am
Shadow Lounge 5972 Baum Blvd.
tickets available at 720, Timembomb, Natural Choice
or online at:


Come Party with Allure at Olive or Twist

Bid Farewell to 2009 (a il early) and Welcome 2010 In Style on Sat, Dec 26th @ Olive or Twist

Featured Bottle Specials Include
Contact 412-519-0182 or email for Bottle Service/VIP Reservations!

Also Featuring
$ 5 Martinis all night and complimentary hors d'ouveres from 9pm-10pm

Dance the night away to Hip Hop, Reggae, Top 40 and Mash-ups of the year's greatest hits

((((((((((DJ SCHEMES and VYBZ MACHINE )))))))))))

Dress is Holiday Chic and Doors Open at 9pm.
Paparazzi will be flicking away behind the camera

Admission is $7 before 10pm.

Voted "Best Place to Buy a Martini" Olive or Twist is Pittsburgh's premier martini bar and is located in the heart of Downtown's Cultural District @ 140th 6th Street across the street from Heinz Hall

Marketing Sponsors Include:
PUMP, Bro Ash, Ya Momz House, Spotlight Pittsburgh, Classic 1824, and Pittsburgh Reggae

Funky Soul Blowout

TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Dance Party
Post Holiday Groove Blowout

Saturday, Dec. 26 @ Shadow Lounge
5972 Baum Blvd. (at S. Highland in East Liberty)
Doors and dancing at 9pm.
18+ $5

To help spread the cheer before we head into the new year, TITLE TOWN is taking hip-shaking holiday GROOVES to the next level for a post holiday SOUL and FUNK BLOWOUT.

J. Malls and Gordy G. spin 5 hours of top-shelf soul selections, rare and classic funk, and some of that old school R&B for good measure. We'll provide the soundtrack - you do your thing on the floor - and the lovely staff at the Shadow Lounge serves up the rest.


The lights will be low. So get up on the down stroke to the Pittsburgh's finest showcase of vintage soul and funk vinyl ...that shows no signs of slowing down.

This month we're offering our first ever, limited release TITLE TOWN SOUL & FUNK 45 MIX free to the first 100 people. Don't be late!

The Shadow Lounge is a smoke-free venue committed to bringing the best in local and national music to Pittsburgh PA. The Lounge is located at 5972 Baum Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA. Phone: (412) 363-8277. Guests must be 18 and over to attend.

Soulful Sounds, Funk Bombs, True School Hip Hop ... REAL MUSIC! Wear your dancing shoes, or just lounge around and vibe to unparalleled sounds!!

We're doing it again, only this time around it's at New Amsterdam (Lawrenceville) and we have the other half of the hip hop duo Lone Catalysts in the house, Pittsburgh's own J. Sands (he was actually in the house blessing the mic the last time too)!

We got lots of positive feedback on the 1st Feel Good Music and the turnout was definitely higher than anticipated. We hope you'll join us again on the night before the night before Christmas at New Amsterdam.

Wednesday, December 23rd
Feel Good Music 2 @ New Amsterdam
45th & Butler St. (Lawrenceville)
9 PM - 2 AM, $5, 21+
(412) 904-2915

Parties on the 18th

Rick Ross and Triple C's Christmas Party
December 18,2009
Questions night club in the Strip District

The 3rd annual ULYP Urban Impact Holiday Party
December 18,2009
AVA Lounge

Happy Holidays

Well folks it feels like forever since I last blogged. However, it has not been that long. As you know the holiday season is upon us, and weather you celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, or any other holiday during this time, it is bound to get you stressed. The posts that follow this one are all fun and exciting things to do. So, de-stress, relax, and have fun!

I love to see my friends and hang out and have a great time. This past week, I had been low key and went hardly anywhere. I received texts and tweets asking, 'where are you at?' 'where are you going this weekend?' Since SpotlightPittsburgh is growing in popularity it is difficult for me to keep the pace even though I am out often. Again I ask, if you or anyone that you know likes to hang out, has an outgoing personality, and would like to represent SpotlightPittsburgh at events around the city, please send me an email, spotlightpittsburgh@gmail. Malik and I are only two people, and as much as we try to cover alot of ground, we cant make it to everything. I would like the Spotlight to shine on as much of our beautiful city as possible and I simply can not do it all, so help!!!

Ok, in the mean while, we will keep you up dated with what is happening the best we can. Also soon, I will post "after the event" blogs so you can get a better scope and know what the event was like even if you could not make it.

Thanks to Wadria Style & Steel Taylor for helping compile today's event list. One of the events listed is Allure. This will be the event to close out this crazy year. In my opinion, it is so nice that this celebration is not on new years eve, but on dec 26th. In the past I have been to several new years eve parties in the city, and they have been total wompers, because many folks leave town to celebrate the in coming year. These parties always lack a certain energy to me. December 26th however is a different story! Christmas will be over, it will be the first day of Kwanzaa, everyone wants to party from the 26th until the 1st, so here is the opportunity to jump it all off. do come to Allure, and have a great time!

Please pay attention to the dates of some of these listings, as many of them are this week. Connect hosted by Classic1824 @ Capri bar will be a great networking opportunity for everyone to connect with one another about our youth. If you work with and/or have a heart for our youth, this connect is for you.

Ok, I have typed enough. Check out each listing, mark the dates, and go.....

Thanks for holding SpotlightPittsburgh down!!!

Lets all Connect

We invite you to come out to our next Connect event entitled 'Save The Babies' for all professionals that work with youth. We'll have a DJ, free food, drink specials, give aways & more! Also, 1 dollar off for everyone who works with children! Come out, build & connect with us!
Thursday, December 17, 2009

Capri Bar
6001 Penn ave.

New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice

We will present all that is in store for Women of Color HERStory Month 2010 including our Opening Performance, Kinks, Locks & Twists: Environmental and Reproductive Justice Conference, Women of Color Political Breakfast with federal, state and a local women of color elected officials.

If you want to join the Planning Committee or Host Committee, Volunteer at our WOCHM Events, become a Community Partner, Contractor or Sponsor and be a part of national HERStory in the making, please plan to attend this Community Recruitment event.

Refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend. Bring a guest!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

5:30pm - 7:30pm

YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, 305 Wood Street, Downtown

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Salon Chair Minisrty

The Salon Chair Ministry a new web reality talk show

Waffle Shop 124 South Highland ave., 15206

(corner of baum and highland ave. btween shadow and ava lounges)

Friday, December 4, 2009 at 12:00am
Come be apart of the "studio" audience and enjoy watching while I style the hair of some of my favorite most opinionated clients, as we converse about some currently interesting topics. Want to join in, you can. Want to just watch and eat your waffle, you can do that as well. It is going to be a lot of fun!! The Salon Chair Ministry is like no other reality talk show that you have seen. Everyone knows just how good salon/barber shop talk can be!

Please click the post title to get familiar with what kind of shows the Waffle Shop produces.

The show will stream live on the waffle shop website that night. So if you cant make it to the waffle shop then please watch online.

Just to be clear, that is Friday night @ midnight, which is technically Sat. morning :-)

A Style & Steel and Queen of the 412 Production
Blackout Friday Black Light

November 27th, 2009

Music By one of Pittsburgh's Most Respected and Dopest Hip Hop DJs....
$5 with Canned Good

Alto Lounge is located in Shadyside's Business District
@ 728 Copeland St

YaMomzHouse, Classic 1824, Spotlight Pittsburgh, Jenesis Magazine

FMI visit or call 412-519-0182!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

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Kente Arts Alliance

Kente Arts Alliance is an African American arts organization whose mission is to present high-quality art of the African Diaspora. Heading into its fourth year, Kente’s aim is to present art with a purpose by offering programs that entertain, inform and uplift the residents of underserved communities. Over its short history, Kente has presented some of the finest names on the jazz scene including: Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Legacy Band, Geri Allen and the Mary Lou Williams Collective, Winard Harper, Roger Humphries and the Rh Factor, Steve TurrĂ© and Billy Bang.

Kente is even more pleased when it presents artists whose roots begin in Pittsburgh. Nelson was reared in East Liberty before leaving Pittsburgh to make his way through the jazz world. He has gone full circle as he returns to the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater which is only a mile from where he grew up.

The concert is sponsored by: The Multicultural Arts Initiative, The Heinz Endowments, and The Pittsburgh Foundation. DUQ 90.5 FM is the media sponsor.

Blues, Roots, and Spirit

Kente Arts Alliance presents the first installment of the season with its Blues, Roots and Spirits series, featuring vibraphonist and Pittsburgh native Steve Nelson and his quartet.

The jazz concert will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 8 PM at the Kelly- Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, in East Liberty. The concert will feature Nelson on vibraphFont sizeones accompanied by a blue ribbon rhythm section with Mulgrew Miller (piano); Ivan Taylor (bass); Rodney Green (drums).

Tickets are available through /event/87548 or by calling 800.838.3006. Advanced purchase - $20; $25, at the door. Group tickets are available for $15 for groups of 15 or more @ 412.322.0292. Also, students with ID pay $10.

Sunday, October 25, 2009



AYATOLLAH JAXX, two of Pittsburgh's elite emcees, are back with another opus for the world to hear...BLACK CONNECTION. Inspired with a mutual love for Hip Hop, the duo embarked upon creating a piece of music that can be appreciated from Pittsburgh all the way to up Toronto (Jaxx's second home), and onto the rest of the world!

BLACK CONNECTION serves as the first collaborative project from the duo. The project features production from Pittsburgh's own BUSCRATES, J-PAD THE JUGGERNAUT, PMC, SHADE COBAIN and more! Be on the lookout for several individual projects from each artist, as well as a full length collaborative LP in the future... Until then, enjoy!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Frequently Fly

This is a campaign from the Frequently Fly Clothing "Fly Everywhere I Go" campaign. The photos were shot in one day to promote the "I'm Frequently Fly" shirt release as well as the release of 3 other designs.

Youtube Video Link - "Fly Everywhere I Go - In Motion"

SpotlightlightPittsburgh will be interviewing the creator of the Frequently Fly clothing line soon. Stay Locked!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Outside the Lines – Second Annual Fundraiser and Celebration of Moving the Lives of Kids Community Mural Project

The Moving the Lives of Kids (MLK) Community Mural Project aims to empower youth through art and education. It has become one of Pittsburgh’s most anticipated art ventures. The MLK Community Mural Project brings over 100 kids together to provide them with artistic skills and bring out their talents. The art produced by the MLK Community Mural Project goes beyond city murals, of which there are now over 100; Pittsburgh youth create music, participate in fitness, learn about web design, video-production, and fashion design. The MLK Community Mural Project has used art to bring the youths of Pittsburgh together to create a stronger community.

At the end of the Moving the Lives of Kids Community Mural Project’s fall cycle, the August Wilson Center will host the second annual fundraiser, Outside the Lines. This fundraiser and celebratory event will showcase this year’s murals, raise awareness of the MLK Community Mural Project, and help the continuation of art to prosper in the city of Pittsburgh. Outside the Lines will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2009 with a VIP donor reception from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm and general admission from 8:00 pm to 12:00 am. The event will feature a new Dance Mural performance, the unveiling of the Video Mural, a silent art auction, spoken word, live musical performances and complementary food and drink. The event is for all ages. Tickets range from $20-$100 and can be purchased at

The August Wilson Center for African American Culture (formerly known as the African American Cultural Center of Greater Pittsburgh) is a not-for-profit organization that presents visual, performing, and educational programs celebrating African American contribution, culture, and talent. The August Wilson Center is located at 980 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Friday, October 9th @ Shadow Lounge (5972 Baum Blvd)

16 MC's have once again answered our call to compete in the most challenging MC competition on this side of the hemisphere. 6 newcomers, 9 returning competitors and 1 past champion will be spinning the Wheel of Skillz in 4 elimination rounds of rap competition. Who will take home the grand prize of $500 + studio time?

Hosted by Thelonious Stretch. DJ Huggy on the 1's & 2's.

Special Guest Performance by Hands Down (Charon Don & DJ Huggy).

Doors open at 9PM. Competition starts at 10PM. $10 / Or just $5 before 10pm. 18+

Party after the competition with DJ Vex til 2am.

Get there between 9 and 10pm to enjoy Stretch's Mom's Fried Chicken & Soul Sides and watch the Video Premiere of the Rhyme Calisthenics All-Star Competition.

Pittsburgh to Experience First City-Wide Boutique Crawl!

Whether you are shopping for your self or for someone else, its nice to see what lovely merchandise is hanging on the racks of some of the city's shops. This week end, while you are buzzing around the city, do visit the boutiques, bars and restaurants that are giving great discounts for this special Style & Steel boutique crawl!

Style & Steel Event Planning LLC offers innovative, transformative, and cost effective event planning services. Specializing in nightlife entertainment planning, special events, marketing and promotion, Style & Steel’s philosophy is that events are a vehicle to connect people, infuse cultures, and inspire and cultivate creativity.

Pittsburgh, PA- October 9 – 11, 2009 Pittsburgh will experience its premier City-wide boutique crawl. The shopping experience will occur throughout the weekend, as specialty boutiques in the business districts of Lawrenceville, Shadyside, Southside, and Squirrel Hill will feature special offers on their exclusive merchandise.

The event will offer consumers discounts on merchandise, as well as provide live entertainment, and drink/food specials being offered by bars and restaurants from each participating business district.

Participating boutiques are: EONS, Charles Spiegel. Hip’tique, Becoming Mommy, Capriccio, GWOP, Jupe, Decade, Soul2Sole, OneSkateShop, Pavement, Accesorize, Divertido, Littles Shoes, DDB, Bondstreet Shoes, Tiny Little Dots, and Ten Thousand Villages.

The Boutique Crawl is free and open to the public. Shoppers must present a boutique crawl flier to redeem discounts. The flier can be found online and printed at

For more information on the City-Wide Boutique Crawl, or Style & Steel’s event planning services, contact CEO Wadria Taylor or visit their website

Monday, September 14, 2009

Getting my Leno On!

Hey everyone! I like many of you have been very busy with work, family, and back to school business. Through it all Spotlightpittsburgh is still making connections, and still growing. To that end, I would like you all to tune into tonight at midnight! SpotlightPittsburgh is doing a waffleshop talk show tonight! Guests include: Hassan Howze, author of the book Life Tips, local musician Ricardo Robinson, and Shay Wafer, VP of programs for the August Wilson Center. The waffle shop streams live at midnight, so do check us out.

I will be posting a great piece done by Dr. Goddess soon about women, so check back for that as well. Please leave questions and/or comments below each post. Tell at least one person today to check out this site!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Wake Up World

Well Pittsburgh here is the Living Proofe interview that we have been anticipating. Turn your volume all the way up, it taped kinda low. Wise Malik and LP flowed well together and discussed many things. Please hit Living Proofe up on his Myspace page to listen/purchase his music. Also, please comment below to SLP and tell us your thoughts. As always, thank you for your support.

Look to the bottom of this page, if you can not find it on the blog go to

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


SpotlightPittsburgh is a blog of course, a brand indeed, and a place to transfer information. Yet in alot of ways this all is an extension of myself. So, like myself SLP likes to have people come and visit, and stay awhile, listen to some music and chill. Sometimes, when people come to Malik, Jordan and my home, they like it so much that they want to keep coming back. SLP has had the same experience. Kristin Renee is a blogger in her own right. She writes a popular blog for She is am enormously talented artist as well. Soon I am sure she will formally introduce herself to the SLP audience. For now, enjoy the local artist blast that she has written for us.

Finally, please also read and comment on the other posts below. More guest blogger introductions in the near future. For now, enjoy the music. New music added, old music taken away. Tell people about how sick the playlist is! A great alternative to the radio if I say so myself.

Artists to watch: Pittsburgh Edition

Thanks to the constant inspiration of greats like Andy Warhol and August Wilson, new generations of visionaries emerge in the city of Champions. Using Hip Hop as a vehicle, they promote messages of empowerment through entrepreneurialism. Transplants from cities like New York and Philadelphia and Pittsburgh natives alike all find this much less saturated market a gold-mine for independent and creative invention.

Your browser may not support display of this image.Though small, this city is filled with DJs playing everything from bhangra to samba. DJ Vex spins every Friday at the Ava Lounge in East Liberty. Creating his own following, Vex mixes Hip-Hop, House and Reggae. Originally from Virginia Beach, DJ Vex also produces eclectic instrumentals that blend R&B and Alternative music with the smoothness of a southern gentleman. Visit to hear The Launch promo mix.Your browser may not support display of this image.

Veteran vocalist Gene Stovall has been characterized by his peers as our generation’s George Benson. Co-Founder of Seriendipitty Ent., he has performed with countless acts like the Pittsburgh Trip-Hop Band Glory Box, Hip Hop/Rock group Eviction Notice, and is currently hosting an Open Mic Series in Erie, Pennsylvania while traveling and performing his signature vocal style with The Audible.

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Your browser may not support display of this image. Pittsburgh is not short of talented female artists either. Groups like the duo SolSis made of poet and dancer YahLioness and activist and comedian Ma’Ve, mix the soul of Hip Hop with R&B and a rebel yell. As headliners for the August Wilson First Voice Festival, SolSis has collaborated and inspired other artists. They are currently focused on their debut record.

Your browser may not support display of this image. Other women like Kellee Maize are embracing their femininity and voicing strength through Rap. Seeing Hip Hop as an outlet for activism, Kellee began an all female operated marketing and event coordination company, Nakturnal, which specializes in providing a platform for Pittsburgh women to promote their craft. Following her first release “Age of Feminine”, Kellee plans to release new work highlighting her mystical side. She believes “music and art will usher in the peaceful revolution we need,” and continues to promote this message through everything she touches.

While Top 40 is lots of fun, seeking out independent artists is vital to truly seeing the evolution of Hip Hop over the last decade. Take a chance to find out what local artists are creating near you by visiting an open-mic or music festival. Support the arts in your community and keep an eye for these artists; I’d love the opportunity to say “I told you so!” – Written by Kristin Renee