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Who is Moop made for? Our customer base ranges so widely, but most of our customers buy from us because we’re solely made and sourced in the U.S. and we’re not mass manufactured.
What’s your design inspiration? I really respond to function first, but then I find inspiration in art, music and dressing minimally—my personal style is unembellished.
THE ACCIDENTAL ACCESSORY Written by Reese Randall Photography courtesy of Moop
Does Moop incorporate a signature mark? Yes—every bag is pop-stitched in medium gray.
“I was making a dress and it just didn’t work,” recalls Wendy Downs, owner and designer of Moop, a wax canvas bag company in the Northside. “The dress and I reached a point of frustration and all the elements felt like they weren’t working, so I turned the dress inside out, added a strap and thought to myself ‘this might work’.” This moment of improvisation created Downs’ first bag called the Market Bag. After friends saw her bag they told her she should sell it online. Although armed with a background in art and photography, Downs had no background training in fashion design. The Pittsburgh transplant by way of Massachusetts holds a BFA in photography from George Mason University and an MFA in photography from Ohio State University. “It was March 2007 and selling online was a thriving business with a community of DIY designers. It was that philosophy of handmade-by-an-individual-for-an-individual that led me to Etsy [an e-commerce website that sells handmade and vintage products],” says Downs. “I joined Etsy and in a few days I sold my first bag for $35.” Her first customer lived in Australia and had no personal connection to Downs whatsoever and that was her affirmation that she might have something marketable with her bags. “So, I made a second bag and put it up on Etsy and it sold. But, every time I would reinvent the wheel—sewing with no pattern, then shoot it and sell it,” she recalls. Downs did this for forty bags straight. Throughout that entire process she learned how to make a pattern, source materials and run a business. “I’ve learned so much and I’ve made a million mistakes, but I’ve also had a million successes—including the success of designing Moop right here in Pittsburgh.” 6
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Describe what’s new for Moop this spring. Our gray wax canvas Envelope Clutch lined in fabric made of recycled soda bottles. It’s the perfect size for everything from day-to-day living, to throwing it into a larger bag or just for a fun night out.
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Describe your introduction to Pittsburgh and how the city has embraced Moop. Jeremy, my husband at the time, is a native Pittsburgher. We were living in Massachusetts while he was teaching at Amherst College. Moop was growing and we had to make a decision as to what to do with its growth. Jeremy decided to leave academia to help with Moop and that’s when we moved here six years ago. We found that we could get space for very little—including housing. What I liked then and what I continue to like, is that the people of Pittsburgh want to support other Pittsburghers and their craft. How would you describe Moop’s aesthetic? Indie-minded with a minimalist function. We’re on-trend, but we’re not trendy.
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From contemporary designer frocks to mod style home accentsâ€” floral and graphic prints bloom in bold springtime fashion.
Double Vision Usher in the season with these eye-catching numbers: (l) black and ivory Amazon stretch strapless dress and (r) tangerine birdcage embroidered silk organza fit-and-flare dress ($435/each); both by Yoana Baraschi. Available at Carabella, 328 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont; 412/828-2187, carabellaoakmont.com and yoanabaraschi.com.
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The annual DICK’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon is just about a month away. A May 3rd run in this city means that training began in the frigid winter months, but now that the days are getting warmer it’s time to get excited and get outside. You might be new to 26.2 miles or you might already own that bumper sticker. Either way, we’ve got a few tips and treats to get you through these last few weeks leading up to race day.
Your First Marathon There are so many reasons to sign up for your first marathon. Maybe it’s on your bucket list, maybe you just want to get fit, or maybe, like Mount Washington resident, Jennifer Makowski, you signed up because the Pittsburgh Marathon is “a new and exciting way to meet people and enjoy the event.” No matter what your reason, rather than mapping out training routes and 14
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doing mileage math on your own, grab your new kicks and meet up with the Steel City Road Runners (www.steelcityrrc.org). Pittsburgh’s very own running organization, made up of coaches and ambassadors who offer a wealth of inspiration and information, hosts weekly sessions that will have you training up and down the hills, across the bridges, and through the tunnels of our fine city.
Train on the Trails Forget the treadmill. If you’ve been itching to take your training outside,
you’re in one of the best cities. Most of Pittsburgh’s trail systems link together, and most all routes follow a river and end up on one of the scenic paths downtown. Having the right kind of running shoe is important (sufficient tread and fit to your gait and stride), but equally important is knowing the correct way to run on the trails. “My cardinal rule for learning how to tackle hills and bridges is to focus on form, and place more emphasis on effort rather than pace,” says the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s Marathon Ready Program’s head coach Tim Lyman. “Runners should try
to exert the same amount of energy over changes in elevation, not necessarily try to run as fast as they would on a flat surface.” Tim’s favorite run? The North Shore trail to Herr’s Island and through Washington’s Landing.
Running in Pittsburgh For many 2015 participants, this is not your first go-round on the 26.2 miler. In fact, you might know this P3R route by heart—cross five bridges, pass through 13 neighborhoods, and climb 225 feet to the tune of 60 plus bands and the roaring crowd. This steel city is all about community, and in the past five years the marathon has been a nod to how this city is
building and growing. In 2009, the year it was resurrected, the marathon had 6,000 runners. Last year the DICK’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon was voted one of the 25 best marathons in the world (#8 if you’re curious). This May, you can expect to run with over 30,000 others, so whether you’re sporting a “Don’t Run Like a Jagoff” t-shirt, high-fiving the folks on the sidelines, handing out free beer and fresh perogies, or hashtagging #GameOnPGH with all your friends, know that you are participating in more than just a road race.
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YOGA FOR RUNNERS Written by Janna Leyde Photographed by Carmon Rinehart
Flexibility. That’s the reason most runners turn to yoga—or turn away from it. Sure, it will be a good stretch, but runners who practice yoga claim to have better form and improved lung capacity. The following poses will help you restore muscular balance, increase your range of motion, and breathe easier.
Low Lunge Vinyasa
Broken Toe Pose
Step your left foot back so that your right heel is underneath your right knee for Low Lunge. Inhale, rise to your fingertips, lift your chest, drop your left knee, and feel a stretch in your right hip flexor and left psoas. Exhale, press into your fingertips, lift your belly, round your spine, straighten both legs, and feel a stretch in your right hamstring and iliotibial band (the ligament that runs down from the outer hip). Move through five rounds. Repeat on the left.
Begin by kneeling on your shins. Lean forward and tuck all ten toes underneath. As you sit back up, let the weight of your seat rest on top of your heels for Broken Toe Pose. Feel the balls of the feet connected to the earth. This is a mega stretch for your ankles, arches, Achilles, and the joints of your toes, so hang tight. It’s fondly called Broken Toe Pose for a reason. Breathe for seven long breaths. To come of out of it, lean forward, untuck your toes, and tap the tops of your feet.
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Supine Spinal Twist Lie on your back, hug your knees in, and drop them over to the right for Supine Spinal Twist. Reach your arms away from you—palms up. Relax every muscle. Let the body do nothing. Running occurs along the sagittal plane, which means it’s forward and backward motion. This twist is not only a great way to lengthen the spine, but it will add to your range of motion. Breathe ten deep breaths. Repeat on the left.
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THE CITY’S ART SCENE BRINGS THE HEAT Written by Andy Feathers Photographed by Katie Krulock
s spring and summer draw people out of hibernation— excitement for more to come from Penn Avenue and the city’s energetic art scene. Not so long ago it may have been difficult to envision yourself getting ready for a night out in Garfield or Friendship, and if you’re not into art, music, dance, glassblowing, craft drinks and food, diverse culture, pottery, fashion, or a generally stimulating atmosphere for a broad range of social connectivity, then you still may be bored by all this. But you’re certainly missing some good stuff. The Penn Avenue Arts District has developed into a place of major interest since the early days of the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative in 1998. Commissioned murals, street art, and a variety of unique storefronts have transformed dismal streets into an area of intrigue—a “must” stop on any tour of the city.
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Thriving Vegan and vegetarian friendly spots like Commonplace Coffee and Spak Brothers Pizza have established themselves as deliciously progressive places to eat in eclectic company (from punks to bourgeoisie bohemians), and Unblurred, a.k.a. “First Friday” (happening on the first Friday of every month), has become the premier night for the public to “gallery crawl.” Like “bar crawling” only with less spills and hand-cuffs, Unblurred opens all the doors in the Penn Avenue Arts District and beyond. The best work by local and visiting artists is on display at versatile venues like Roboto, which hosts a slew of art and music events each week. Or Bunker Projects, a residency space designed to stimulate creative possibilities for Pittsburgh artists. Or the International Children’s Art Gallery, which houses a collaborative art event each month with live music and apparel hosted by VRNAQLR (ver-nac-u-lar)—a collection of young artists who were all around 3–5 years old when the Arts
Initiative was first implemented. “The major barrier is getting work to the people. Unblurred is an invaluable, face to face platform that allows us to make a much greater impression than on the web or in print media,” Pete Sorek of VRNAQLR explained. “… I had never been to this part of Pittsburgh before the gallery crawl, [but] as Pittsburgh evolves, I think the future of the art and entrepreneurial scene will be built on the foundation that is developing in these neighborhoods.”
Five Year Plans That future is always the rub. For the last 20 years people have been saying “Pittsburgh is going to be so cool in five years.” But what about now? New innovations arise daily. Select artists are regularly invited to show in popular venues like Bar Marco, Constellation Coffee, and Pittsburgh Public Market. Studio A.M. in Homestead blends art and entrepreneurship with “black tie soirée” live painting events, branding and marketing consulting services, and
Sunday brunches. And budding spaces— like Runaway Studios in Bloomfield, Delanie’s Coffee in the South Side, and The Night Gallery in Lawrenceville— host regular exhibitions, readings, music performances, and events incorporating mediums from photography and film to fine art and interactive installation. Five years ago is today. But can it last five more? The construction on Penn Avenue that stymied two years of auto-traffic is now beginning on the sidewalks. More importantly, though, will be how each space gains support from a large community to experiment with other cool things. As spring and summer draw people out of hibernation—optimism. “It’s always a familiar crowd,” Sorek says of Unblurred. “It would be beneficial to … attract the interest of the average Pittsburgher. I think many people would be pleasantly surprised. Get out to these events and talk to people. Make moves. Build projects. And give back.” | Issue 6 19
UPCOMING EVENTS APRIL Written by Andy Feathers Photographed by Katie Krulock “Learning through making” is the mantra of Assemble Gallery and its founder Nina Barbuto. Located on Penn Avenue in Garfield, Assemble has been working with STEAM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) since its founding in 2011. They open to show youth and local art during Penn Avenue’s “Unblurred,” but most important are their daily, hands-on, educational programs including Saturday Crafternoons and after school classes for kids and teens, birthday parties, and adult courses like their Sewing Circle and painting workshops. They integrate art, technology, and DIY accessibility for Pittsburgh makers of all ages. Experienced artists, engineers, scientists, and others are invited to come facilitate workshops along with its regular core of instructors so that kids have the opportunity to learn, discuss, and experience the creative process alongside passionate innovators. And the impact is clear. Much of Assemble’s regulars are Garfield youths, walking together eagerly—rain or shine—to spend time making specific crafts or experimenting freely with a certain material to create original works. Assemble provides all the essentials, from tape and scissors to a laser engraver. And they’ve grown so familiar with employing LED lights in their creations that the kids and teachers have modified a saying from the hit Portlandia sketch “Put a Bird on It” to a version of their own, encouraging each other to “Put an LED on it.”
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What about a dish or a style of cooking you just aren’t comfortable with? It would have to be Indian cuisine; it’s one I love to eat but no matter how I try, I’m not comfortable with it. Do you have any bad cooking or eating habits? In this industry it’s hard, late hours lead to some bad eating habits. One thing I always have at home is biscuits and gravy, it’s a staple in my fridge. What would be your "last request" dish? A huge perfectly marbled Delmonico steak, cooked rare, and a good bread to soak up the juices. Do you enjoy the impact social media has had on the restaurant business? Not at all. This was a tough enough industry before, when there were just media food critics, now everyone thinks they are a food critic. People also seem more likely to get online to complain then talk about how good a dish was. I don’t like it [social media], I don’t use it.
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When did you know you wanted to be a chef? I grew up around the business, my dad owned restaurants, but he always told me don’t go into this business. I went to college for accounting and computers but realized 9 to 5 wasn’t for me. When I got into culinary school and discovered quality ingredients, I knew I had found my passion. Describe your path to where you are now. As a teenager I worked in restaurants, cheese steak places, etc. After culinary school, I got lucky with my first job at the Bigelow Grille under Kevin Sousa, and you couldn’t ask for a better first stop than that. I was with Kevin for three years until he left, and then Anthony Zallo came in. He’s such an amazing chef, I learned most of what I know from him. I was at the Bigelow for 9 years, and when there was really no where to move up I went to Lola Bistro for 2 1/2 years. When I go to a place I stay. I don’t jump around like a lot of people seem to in this city. How would you describe your style of cooking? I don’t know if I necessarily have a style. Look at my menu. I love everything from south asian to latin to the classics. When it comes to ingredients, I treat them simply—the way they are meant to be—and with respect to the dish.
Is there a local chef that you most admire? That is a term I feel can be over used in Pittsburgh, I don’t consider myself to be a chef. I feel there’s only a few in the city worthy of being called a chef, Anthony Zallo hands down, he’s at the Bigelow Grille, he’s amazing. What’s the next big Pittsburgh food trend? I feel offal (organ meat) is coming back. Beef cheeks and pork belly were the hot menu items recently but they seem to have fallen off. I really feel it’s offal that’s making a comeback and I’m personally excited. Down the road would you like to own your own place? No, not at all. I enjoy cooking and running the kitchen, the business end doesn’t interest me. Any advice you would give someone just getting started in the culinary arts? Do not go to culinary school, get in at the bottom and work your way up. If you don’t really LOVE this industry, don't get into it. Social media and The Food Network has made this look glamorous. Most people I know in this industry don’t go home happy.
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We’re keeping our eyes on some up-and-coming Pittsburgh spots that will definitely become your new favorites. First up, The Commoner, located in the Hotel Monaco, offers a modern take on comfortable tavern-style food. We can’t get enough of chef Dennis Marron’s hearty dishes, like Lamb Shank, Seafood Chowder, and Bone Marrow. Their Brown Butter Brussels Sprouts are already legendary. In Shadyside, Trapuzzano’s Italian Chophouse opened its doors this winter,
baked, flavorful breads (which are sold by with gorgeous décor and classic Italian the pound, instead of by the loaf) – and dishes, including truly delicious fresh their inventive pizzas. And we absolutely pasta. Also in the neighborhood, keep can’t wait for Tako to open its doors. The your eyes open for Pallantia, a Spanish team at Butcher and the Rye have been tapas spot set to open this summer. putting the finishing touches on their Cure’s Justin Severino is also exploring downtown taqueria (it’ll be right next to Spanish food with Morcilla, a Spanishtheir original restaurant), and are hinting inspired restaurant with an oak-fired grill and charcuteria that he plans to open this at a spring opening date. A new vegan summer in Lawrenceville. Lawrenceville is delivery service is also promising to make also home to Grapperia, from the owners getting dinner on the table a little easier. Chip and Kale offers weekly of Piccolo Forno. The newly-opened bar deliveries of five vegan dinners to your offers a cozy space for cocktails, wine, home each Sunday. Each homemade espresso, and grappa, of course. dinner comes in a East liberty will be the home of frozen meal pack and offers three to four Pizza Taglio, a traditional Roman style servings. For more, visit chipandkale.com pizzeria. Open for lunch and dinner, they will specialize in “al Taglio” or pizza by the slice, and creatively topped individual To stay up-to-date on all of the latest Pittsburgh food news, visit us daily at “tondas”. Other Italian specialties will be GoodFoodPittsburgh.com available, and it’s BYOB friendly. Bread and Salt Bakery, the newest addition to the Bloomfield neighborhood, is winning rave reviews for their fresh-
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OCA Celebrating Pittsburgh’s Diversity: the Organization of Chinese Americans Sharon Dailey OCA Pittsburgh Treasurer Photographed By: Edwin Shaw
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cultural preservation through the Chinese Nationality Room and Chinese schools in the area which include language programs, Chinese dance and martial arts. Although forty years have passed since the beginning of the OCA Pittsburgh Chapter, they continue to be an active presence in the fabric of the Asian community in Pittsburgh today and are working to adapt to the changing Pittsburgh demographic while supporting all Asian Pacific Americans in the Pittsburgh area. Kai Lin, current President of the OCA Pittsburgh chapter, sees the future unifying all APA organizations as well as other APA civil rights, cultural heritage or globally focused groups. OCA will focus on growing membership with younger APA families and the professional community. We have evolved
to provide networking opportunities in the area, targeting medical, engineering, and financial and real estate professionals. We are looking to build a strong, vibrant community based group that is here to support Asian Americans in many
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strong vibrant community based group that is here to support Asian Americans in many areas that will evolve as our needs and lifestyles change.
Born from a need to represent civil rights advocacy for Chinese Americans, the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) has transitioned from representing Chinese Americans to including all Asian Pacific Americans. At the National level, the primary focus is to affirm the human rights and dignity of all Asian Pacific Americans as contributors, citizens, and defenders of democracy. In Pittsburgh during the 1970s and 1980s, the OCA worked for professional recognition of Asian medical professionals & researchers. They continue to reach out to the new immigrant community and support those who are first in their household to attend college. Additional goals of educational outreach, community, visibility and cultural heritage were achieved through participation in events like the Pittsburgh Folk Festival, the Lunar New Year Banquet and
areas that will evolve as our needs and lifestyles change. Social dinner groups, entertainment and cultural events, and participation in Asian educational and cultural events throughout the city are in the planning process. For our young teens we offer a youth program providing them an opportunity to raise awareness about the Chinese culture and perform community service as a group. We will continue to provide services including a free medical clinic each year to new immigrant families and will focus on civil rights education and advocacy in this region. A unique aspect of OCA Pittsburgh is the Youth Performance Ensemble. Led by VP of Cultural Affairs, Chiapih Shaw has been teaching youth the art of Chinese dance for over 20 years. The Youth Performance Ensemble performs regularly at a number of events throughout the city. First Night Pittsburgh, Celebrate Pittsburgh, Celebrate the Season Holiday Parade and the Children’s International Festival have become performance staples for this group of children and teens who are keeping their cultural heritage alive through the art of dance. They also support the APA community during the Lunar New Year, providing entertainment for a variety of New Year celebrations. This vibrant group of Chinese dancers, yo-yo performers and lion dancers showcase the Chinese culture through an artistic format that all can enjoy. The colorful silk costumes, graceful movements, flowing props and strength of the martial artists need no explanation for one to enjoy, learn, and appreciate this aspect of the Chinese culture.
OCA YOUTH PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE OCA Pittsburgh chapter is the only chapter nationally with a VP of Cultural Affairs serving on the Board. OCA Youth Performance Ensemble is a group of enthusiastic youngsters, between the ages of 8 to 18, who are OCA Youth members interested in learning Chinese dances and other Chinese folk arts. This group is fully supported by the OCA and led by the OCA’s VP of Cultural Affairs, Chiapih Shaw, since 1981. The objective is to educate and share with these Chinese American teens the glory, splendor, and richness of the Chinese heritage and to promote Chinese cultural events in this community.Initially created to teach teens the art of Chinese dance, the OCA Youth Performance Ensemble has now grown to include Lion Dance and Chinese Yo-Yo teams. These youngsters receive tuition free classes as part of their OCA membership and in return have the opportunity to perform at many events throughout Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas. Their recent performances include the OCA Lunar Year Banquet, First Night Pittsburgh, WPXI Holiday Parade, Celebrate Pittsburgh (formerly Pittsburgh Folk Festival), and the Nationality Rooms Gala at the University of Pittsburgh, just to name a few. | Issue 6 29
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Two Burgeoning Communities: Braddock meets Granada Written by Julianna Bagwell Photographs provided by BYP
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Hope (BNH), an organization that has been supporting Central American development projects since 1992 and currently have two elementary schools in Nicaragua. To fund this journey, BNH and BYP reached out to the Heinz Foundation and received a grant for their trip. During the summer of 2014, five teens and four staff members from Braddock began a ten day, immersive trip to Granada, Nicaragua. They spent this time exploring the city and working with elementary school students to build a sustainable garden. They introduced the students to gardening terminology using the Spanish they had learned before their trip to aid them in their communication. The teens imparted their
knowledge of garden maintenance to these young children and helped them cultivate skills that will stay with them their whole life. They gave these students an opportunity to create something that will not only benefit them but will also serve as a renewable resource for the entire community. Upon their return to Braddock, the teens discussed their observations while in Granada. Eighteen year old BYP members Deon Archie and Autumn Wilson talked about seeing more than two people on one bicycle and houses made of concrete painted with vibrant colors. Although the differences these teens took note of were small, the similarities observed by the students were what made this experience so
“ The teens recognized that Braddock and Granada, although an ocean apart, are striving to make life better for their residents. “
Since the 1970's, Braddock has experienced urban decay in the shadow of Pittsburgh’s fallen steel industry. But with the help of entrepreneurs like Kevin Sousa and emerging nonprofits, the area is steadily moving towards economic revitalization. Braddock Youth Project (BYP), an organization that originated in 2009, recruits teenagers who are looking to make an impact. Through art, volunteering, and the creation of urban gardens these teens have become an asset to the Braddock community. The Braddock Avenue Youth Garden and the Washington Avenue Flower Farm were once vacant lots that have since been transformed into lush gardens. These teenagers are taught which plants are best suited for their region, given the resources to build a garden from the ground up and are shown how to maintain a sustainable garden that can be enjoyed by the entire community. Current director Jesse Schmidt, who spends time volunteering overseas, wanted to expand the program's reach, giving current members an opportunity to experience community development in a foreign country. Schmidt and BYP joined forces with Building New
important. The teens recognized that Braddock and Granada, although an ocean apart, are striving to make life better for their residents. The five teens who took this trip had the chance to impact a group of children’s lives who, much like themselves, have struggled due to financial limitations. These students found common ground and were able to come together to help a community in need. The trip inspired Autumn Wilson and Deon Archie to create a series of screenprints, with the help of Braddock Carnegie Library’s print shop, documenting their time in Granada. The student art was displayed at the East End Food Co-Op for the month of February, 2015. BYP hopes to find a new home for
these pieces as Spring approaches. BYP is currently striving to fund a trip to Puerto Rico. They hope to make this an annual tradition so that they may focus on local development while giving their teens an opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences. These kinds of initiatives are crucial for the renewal of Braddock and have the potential to inspire cultural and educational exchange amongst students all over the world. Braddock Youth Project continues to create opportunities for all community members that are dedicated to rebuilding Braddock and surrounding communities. Visit braddockyouth.org for information on the organization and news on upcoming projects and events.
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THE DOUBLE V CAMPAIGN & THE PITTSBURGH COURIER
Written by Ben Hamrick
Founded in 1907 by Edward Harleston, the Pittsburgh Courier served as a premier resource for the African-American community over the course of the 20th century, calling for economic and social equality while promoting patriotism and political involvement. By the 1930’s, the paper had grown to national prominence under the leadership of attorney Robert Lee Vann, becoming the largest AfricanAmerican-owned newspaper in the country. After Vann’s death in 1940, his successor Ira Lewis spearheaded the continuation of the Courier’s political and social influence through the “Double V” campaign, a nationwide response to AfricanAmerican segregation at home and abroad during World War II. The “Double V” campaign began with a letter written to the Pittsburgh Courier in 1942 from 26-year old cafeteria worker and Wichita, Kansas native James S. Thompson. The letter stated African-Americans should not fight for a country that does not recognize them as full citizens, while expanding on the “V for Victory” movement Allied powers had used to enlist patriotic assistance against the Axis nations. Thompson suggested African-Americans adopt the VV; the first V for victory over foreign enemies, the second V for enemies from within. Once published, this letter sparked an immediate response from Courier readers, supporting Thompson’s reasoning. As of February 9, 1942, the Double V began appearing in the upper left-hand of the Courier’s front page; the following week it devoted 5 times as much space as it had before to accommodate the overwhelming response the campaign was receiving.
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politicians, writers, athletes and influential figures of both white and African-American tradition supported the Double V wave across the country.
1. James Thompson, Letter to the editor, Pittsburgh Courier, originally published January 31, 1942, reprinted April 11, 1942, pg. 5. 2. Pat Washburn, “The Pittsburgh Courier’s Double V Campaign in 1942 (paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism, East Lansing, Michigan, August 8-11, 1981).
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Many celebrities, politicians, writers, athletes and influential figures of both white and African-American tradition supported the Double V wave across the country. Songs, mottos, and other literature promoting the Double V filled airwaves and newspapers. Prominent Republican politician Thomas Dewey praised the Courier’s campaign, proclaiming it to be necessary for all Americans to participate in the “terrible struggle.” The rapid growth of the campaign in 1942 also led to its detractors as well. Many whites were concerned over the expanding and evolving radical responses to the Double V symbolism. In combination to this, the campaign’s fast rise faded quickly. Support peaked in April and May but faded through the rest of 1942, with Double V-related publications dwindling through 1943, when it finally ended. Though brief, the Double V’s effect was visible throughout the country. The Pittsburgh Courier served as the driving force of the campaign, especially in Northern states, though it could not maintain its revolutionary status for long, as dwindling interest and rising opposition formally concluded the Double V outreach movement. Other scholarly arguments suggest pressure from the FBI and the government as the premier cause, while others claim a new movement intended to improve black morale, as the Double V campaign had incited radical responses. Regardless of the cause, the Pittsburgh Courier’s influence on the Double V campaign was crucial to publicize African-American issues in America, and served as a worthy precedent for the American Civil Rights movement.
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THE PROCESS Written by Brittany Conkle
Long thought of as the catalyst for blurry nights and difficult mornings, there is much more to tequila than just its party reputation. Like fine whiskey or wine, tequila can be complex and refined and offers a unique tasting experience for beginners and experts alike. LOCALp happily did the research and got the facts you need to appreciate this spirit from south of the border. Salud!
7 YEARS Wait, on average, seven (!) years for the blue agave plant to mature. At precisely the right time, the Jimadores, use a special knife to cut away the leaves from the heart of the plant, the piña. The piña can weigh up to 240 pounds.
The Piñas are placed in ovens to bake which breaks down their starches into simple sugars. The Piñas are then shredded or mashed to extract the agave juice.
The agave juice is poured into vats to ferment and then distilled twice.
FACTS: The second distillation produces clear tequila (“blanco”). The tequila is bottled and shipped or goes into oak barrels to age.
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Tequila can only come from five states in Mexico. If it’s not from one of those five, it can’t be called tequila. Tequila is made from the nectar of the blue agave plant. Accept no mixtos! Look for 100% agave on the bottle. There are three types of tequila. Blanco is clear, unaged and bottled or stored immediately after distillation. Blanco is the purest expression of the agave with bold flavors and heat on the finish. Reposado is aged anywhere from 2 months to just shy of a year in oak barrels of any size. Añejo is aged from a year to just shy of three years in small oak barrels. Smoother and subtler than Blanco. Reposado and Añejo are great for sipping. It is a misconception that tequila contains a worm in the bottle. Only certain Mezcals are ever sold with a worm (and it’s just a marketing gimmick). The men who harvest the blue agave plant are called Jimadores, and they pass down their knowledge of the plants from generation to generation.
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wanted to be near my Pittsburgh family. Dominick and I were living in NYC and I reached a point where I was frustrated by apartment living (I was in my 40s and had never hosted a Thanksgiving dinner!). The dream home needed to be affordable, have a rental unit, and be in a culturally rich and diverse neighborhood. And walkability was absolutely key. (Our New York friends and family can have an amazing car-free visit thanks to this location.) Deutschtown was also attractive because East Ohio Street has so much potential. We love Stedeford’s, Sweet Time General Store, and Bistro To Go. (Three cheers for local, non-chain businesses!) We’re also super excited about
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LOCALpittsburgh approached home renovator and returning Pittsburgher Sarah Sims Erwin and asked that she report on her North Side project. What follows are her candid comments on the highs and lows of a home in transition. My husband Dominick, a native New Yorker, and I are in the middle of a gut renovation of a 160-year-old historic worker’s duplex. And while it’s safe to say most renovation projects are life changing, ours had a devastating beginning. We unwittingly hired someone who was an unlicensed architect and unregistered contractor. We’re back on track now. But it took us 14 months of spinning our wheels to get here. Along the way we modified our construction loan, liquidated a 401(k) account, and took an unofficial crash course in DIY contracting. 54
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What happened? Eight months after hiring the contractor: no construction had started, we had a partially demolished interior, we were about to start paying a mortgage on a house we couldn’t live in, and we would soon find out the contractor wasn’t going to return our unspent money without a battle. So without any prior experience, a handful of extremely helpful advisors who were friends (or friends of friends, or family of friends), and a revised floorplan by neighbor Bob Baumbach, we forged ahead. How do you build when your former contractor under-bids your job by 100%? First, we had to wake up from the dream and admit we couldn’t afford a new general contractor at all. But our advisors led us to the right people who understood the project and had experience with very old houses, and they in turn refered others. So we built our own team of subcontractors. But why buy a tiny Pittsburgh double house in the first place (each home measures just under 1,000 square feet)? We
the new Arnold’s Tea and the third year of the Deutschtown Music Festival. There’s talk of a few blocks of dedicated bike lanes (cross fingers), and we see construction dumpsters all over the place. In March’s Historic Review Commission hearing, house historian Carol Peterson said our “building is of city-wide significance.” It’s among the oldest in the neighborhood. But it has an appeal beyond its age; it’s small and ordinary but standing strong. It embodies our working class past. We’ve been told these houses are worth cherishing. So we will. Please check upcoming issues for project updates, product ideas, and photos of our progress. As the saying goes, “Slowly, slowly. Even an egg will walk.”
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neighborhood. But it has an appeal beyond its age; it’s small and ordinary but standing strong.
Dominick and I started a fundraising campaign. The worst is behind us, but we don’t have enough money to give our case its day in court. (A $13,000 legal bill never made it into our construction budget.) So we’re asking for financial support. We know a community isn’t built by one person. (Or two people!) So our dependency will become our strength. We figured we’d move in, then become part of the community. But instead, out of necessity, we’re building the community first! We have hope and a dream, and invite you to share it with us. https://life.indiegogo.com/fundraisers/you-canhelp-restore-an-historic-home/x2255575
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One of the first things that should be considered is whether or not you, as the owner, have a dog-friendly lifestyle. Dogs require structure, consistency and lots of attention. Most dogs require 2-3 hours of individual attention a day (not including bathroom breaks). If you have an inconsistent schedule, you should think about a support system (family, friends, or a dog walking service) to help you out. Additionally, is your residence dog-friendly? With all of the new residences popping up around town, there are bound to be some friendlier than others. Some questions to consider are:
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Shih Tzu Slightly larger than the Chihuahua, the Shih Tzu is a mild mannered, loving, and easily trainable dog. Similar to the Chihuahua, they have good health and can live up to 18 years. Trips to the groomer are required every 6-8 weeks as their coat is made up of hair as opposed to fur. Because of this they do not shed or release dander like furcoated canines do, making them a better choice for those with allergies.
Also, as a courtesy to those around you, make sure that your dog is stimulated enough throughout the day (to try and limit bored barking), keep your dog on its leash in any common areas and pick up after it!
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Comparable in size to the Shih Tzu, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a good-mannered, loving, family dog. These pups, on average, can live up to 14 years. They are fairly easy to train and with regular brushing, require trips to the groomer every 6-8 weeks.
SUMMER GROOMING TIPS • Brush and de-shed to get rid of extra winter fluff Use a special de-shedding brush (like a FURminator®, www.furminator.com) or ask your groomer if they offer any de-shedding treatments • Keep the fur between paw pads trimmed. This will help keep gravel and debris from becoming lodged between pads on long summer walks. • Use a paw wax (like Musher’s Secret Paw Wax, available at The Dog Stop®) to protect paw pads from scorching pavement in high temperatures. • For pups with white fur and white skin, lather them with 30 SPF children’s sunscreen before spending time outside for extended periods of time.
Greyhound English Bulldog Larger in size, ranging from 4855 pounds, the English Bulldog is an easy-going dog who loves to lounge. Their stubborn streak, however, can make training challenging. They require little grooming, as long as attention is given to cleaning the folds of the face every 2 days. They are susceptible to respiratory issues and typically have more allergy issues than most dogs. These dogs live up to 10 years.
Looking to adopt? Consider a Greyhound. A breed sometimes not thought of as apartment-friendly, the Greyhound works well in the city because of its even-tempered, inherently lazy nature. Fairly easy to train, they require little grooming, and are up to 85 pounds in size. Besides your standard walk, a game of fetch daily will satisfy the greyhound’s need for running and chasing. They can live up to 13 years, with their framework making them susceptible to joint issues.
Great Dane Even with a size up to 200 pounds, a Dane’s laid-back attitude makes them perfect for city living. Training is fairly easy, but necessary due to their massive size. Danes require little grooming. Their life span is shortened due to their size, up to 8 years, with bloat being one of their biggest health issues.
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Edible Earth Farm: Edible Earth Farm’s CSA typically starts in mid-June and lasts 20 weeks. Members can choose to receive either a small or large share each week. Shares include a selection of over 200 varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. http:// edibleearthfarm.com
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Clarion River Organics: This 25-week CSA runs from the beginning of June through the week before Thanksgiving. Members receive a bag of fresh organic produce each week, at various locations throughout the city. www. clarionriverorganics.com
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After a long, cold winter, spring is finally in the air. And that means that it’s time to start thinking about one of the best parts in Western Pennsylvania – farm CSAs. A CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is a share of a farm’s harvest that you pay for at the beginning of the season. Each week, you collect a bushel of produce that’s been selected based on what’s in season at the farm. There are dozens of great farms to support in the area, so making a decision about
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