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Buddy Guy Bluesman Buddy Guy Plays Hershey Theatre

Dane Tilghman

Tilghman Readies a New Canvas, Chester-based artist to liquidate warehouse

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Bluesman Buddy Guy Plays Hershey Theatre By Sonya M. Toler He has won five Grammy Awards, more W.C. Handy Blues Awards (23) than any other artist, Billboard magazine’s Century Award, the Presidential National Medal of Arts, and Rolling Stone magazine ranked him in the top 30 of its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Some call him a living legend, but 74-year-old blues heavyweight Buddy Guy shrugs at that designation. “That’s something people [call] you if you stay here long enough,” he says. “Everything I’ve got, should have gone to these people who should have got it long before me – T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters.” Guy, arguably the epitome of the genre he defines as “the facts of life,” will perform at Hershey Theatre Friday, November 18 at 8 p.m. Central Pennsylvania holds many fond memories for Guy. His first manager was the boyfriend of then budding guitarist Bonnie Raitt. He lived in Summerville and later Philadelphia. “We played a lot of coffee houses in the ’60s,” Guy recalls. “I used to live in his house because I wasn’t making much money at that time. I’ve got a lot of friends in that area.” He began playing the blues in 1943 at the age of 7 after crafting his own two-string instrument. In 1957, he made a move

that would change the course of history – he relocated from Louisiana to Chicago. One year later, Guy won a guitar-playing competition and landed a record contract. “Before the ’60s, we were always just R&B players,” Guy says. “Then they branded us – there was Chicago blues, Memphis, Motown, and so we were considered blues players. But in Chicago, if you wanted to keep your gig, you had to be able to play all the top tunes on the jukebox, whether that was Lloyd Price or Fats Domino or Ray Charles. Now if you play a Little Richard song, the audience looks at you like you’re crazy, but we always had to do that for a black audience back then.”

Join the Urban Connection, Hershey Theatre and Live Nation for a VIP reception prior to the concert. Purchase tickets online at Ticketmaster. Click the box that says Urban Connection Ticket plus reception. You will need to put in the password: UrbanConnection (no spaces, not case sensitive) Reception starts at 6:30 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. Located in the lower lobby of the Hershey Theatre. For more information, call (717) 534-3405

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Pulmonary Nodule Clinic Launches If your doctor has told you that there is something in your lungs that is “suspicious,” cancer may be the first thing that comes to mind. Fear and anxiety may be your first reactions. A nodule is a “spot on the lung,” seen on an X-ray or on computed tomography (CT) scan. Nodules show up on about one in every 500 chest X-rays. In many cases, lung nodules turn out to require nothing more than monitoring, or are found to be benign and not require treatment. Your lung nodule is more likely to be benign if: you are younger than 40, you are a nonsmoker, there is calcium in the nodule or the nodule is small. Determining whether a nodule is a benign tumor (not cancerous) or an early stage of cancer is very important. Assessing lung abnormalities properly is crucial to determining if you need any treatment, and if so, getting the treatment you need quickly. If you do have lung cancer, early treatment greatly increases your chance of survival. The PinnacleHealth Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery practice has launched a Pulmonary Nodule Clinic to provide rapid evaluation and treatment of pulmonary nodules. Your doctor may refer you to us to help evaluate your condition. Our Pulmonary Nodule Clinic includes a multidisciplinary team of specialists, including pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, interventional radiologists and a nurse practitioner. The team will review your case to develop your individual plan of care. You will receive comprehensive, efficient care coordinated by a nurse practitioner, who will help you understand and manage all aspects of your care, including helping you schedule appointments and diagnostic tests. If you or your loved one has been advised that you have a pulmonary nodule, ask your doctor about PinnacleHealth’s Pulmonary Nodule Clinic. For more information, please call us at (717) 231-8399 or toll-free at (855) 855-5864. UC

Tilghman Readies a New Canvas, Chester-based Artist to Liquidate Warehouse By Sonya M. Toler

There sits a warehouse in Chester County filled with some of the finest art – church prayer cards and fans, greeting cards, original paintings, drawings and silk screens. “All of it has to go,” says artist Dane Tilghman who will be liquidating his warehouse in December. The main floor of the building contains his studio. With his pencils, acrylics and watercolors, Tilghman immortalizes moments of humanity in a manner few others have. His work has been featured on The Cosby Show and Roseanne, presented to the likes of Nelson Mandela and given as gifts by the Nabisco Corporation. In the year 2000, 100 Black Men of America commissioned him to design its annual poster. Currently, he has licensing deals with Clarke American Check Corporation, Bruce McGaw Graphics and Frontline Publishing. Art collectors may be aware of his golf and Negro League Baseball images, which can be spotted at various festivals, galleries, trade shows and conventions throughout the U.S. One of his images hangs in the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. A mural can be viewed at Turner Field – the home of the Atlanta Braves, as well as Citizens Bank Park, where the Philadelphia Phillies play. He also has a following of music lovers fond of his reinventions of images of blues and jazz legends such as Buddy Guy and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown or Dizzy Gillespie and Cannonball Adderley. Tilghman describes his body of work to date as “eclectic, numerous, experimental, tight and free flowing.” Many of his works he has given away. These gifts to “key people” in his life, such as his now-deceased parents, are the most dear to him. He says, “It really wasn’t the art itself, but the moment in time and the people involved” who make those pieces special in his heart. Now Tilghman is readying himself for some major changes after compiling more than three decades of works. “I would like to see it all go,” he says. “It’s time to move on and I can’t take it with me.” By moving on, he is referring to freeing up the clutter so that new work can evolve. His intentions are to “keep painting new work, giving back more of my time to making a difference in my community,” and most importantly Tilghman says he will focus on expanding his ministry. There is much more to Tilghman than his God-given gift on canvas. He wants to “help others discover their calling and how to overcome the pitfalls of life; teach others how to win in life through the kingdom of God.” Everyone who has achieved a measure of success in their lives had to overcome something along that journey, and Tilghman is ready to share his story while helping others to achieve. His art journey is not ending; he is simply creating more space to bring to life images even more powerful than the ones that will be on sale. UC

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Diabetes: Do you Have Diabetes? Are You at Risk? By Rhonda Moore Johnson, M.D., M.P.H., medical director, Highmark Inc. November is American Diabetes Month Diabetes affects nearly 24 million Americans, and AfricanAmericans are more than twice as likely as Caucasians to have diabetes. Nearly 13 percent of African-Americans over the age of 20 are living with diabetes, and the numbers are still rising. If your mother, father or grandparents have type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes in adults, you are more likely to develop it, too. The good news is making healthy food choices and staying active can help you prevent or delay the disease.

• Unusual weight gain or loss • Blurred vision • Dry mouth • Slow-healing sores or cuts • Bleeding and sore gums If you experience any of these symptoms, see your health care provider as soon as possible and get tested for diabetes.

Control your diabetes if you have it • Don’t hide the fact that you have diabetes from your friends and family. • Set a goal to control your blood sugar. Take your medicine as recommended by your doctor. How to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes • If your doctor suggests that you need insulin, don’t be afraid of • Talk to your health care provider about a prevention plan. taking insulin. It may help you keep your eyesight, avoid kidney • Lose weight. Even losing 10 pounds can lower your risk. dialysis and amputations of your limbs. • Move more each day. Be physically active for 30 minutes, five days • See your doctor regularly. a week. You can walk, dance, work out, just move! • Set goals to achieve the best diabetes control: • Reduce portion sizes. You can reduce your calories by eating • Aim for a Hemoglobin A1c of less than seven percent smaller portions. You don’t have to cut out the foods you love to • Aim for a fasting blood sugar between 90 to 130 mg/dl eat. Just cut down on your portion size and eat it less often. • Aim for a blood pressure of <130/80 • Eat healthy and drink water – add more fruits and vegetables to • Aim for a blood lipid test of <100 mg/dl your diet and drink more water. For more information about diabetes, visit the National Diabetes Know the warning signs Education Program It offers many You can have diabetes and not know it. In addition, some of the free tools and information that can help you learn more about symptoms for diabetes are similar to other conditions. The warning diabetes including prevention, treatment and management. signs include: Dr. Johnson is the medical director of health equity and quality • Frequent urination services at Highmark, Inc. She leads Highmark’s efforts to reduce • Being thirsty racial and ethnic health care disparities among Highmark members • Feeling hungry a lot (especially after eating) through clinical interventions and improvements in health literacy, • Being tired all of the time language access and health plan cultural competency. UC

Dauphin County Announces Comprehensive Redevelopment Plan to Stimulate Economic Growth, Add Jobs On October 31, Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III hosted a summit to spell out their vision for a comprehensive redevelopment plan to turn empty lots, vacant buildings and underutilized spaces into rehabilitated and productive residential, commercial or mixed-use structures. Individuals and groups interested in developing these key sites in the county were invited to take part in this summit. The county’s campaign, “Dauphin County…We Are Open for Business,” is intended to be a collaborative effort between the county’s Redevelopment Authority and real estate professionals and developers to rehabilitate key sites within the county to create new residential, commercial and industrial opportunities. The major areas of potential growth within Dauphin County, as listed in the Redevelopment Authority’s plan, are, in no particular order: • Mid-Town Harrisburg, • The Rt. 230 corridor, • The Rt. 322/422 corridor 6 Urban Connection November | December 2011

• The I-81/Rt. 22/Rt. 39/Rt. 743, and • Northern Dauphin County. “The goal is to make use of and rehabilitate already-developed sites to re-energize neighborhoods and the local economy,” said Hartwick, who has oversight of the Redevelopment Authority. “We’re getting people back to work, in good-paying jobs and improving the quality of life throughout the county.” “In today’s anemic economic climate, we need to create opportunities for projects to move forward and for people to find jobs,” said Haste. “It’s these public-private partnerships that will allow Dauphin County to sustain a vibrant and dynamic economy.” “For the past year, we’ve met with local officials to develop this list of targeted areas for development,” said Pries. “It’s truly been a collaborative effort. Rather than bulldoze and build on green spaces, we can redevelop existing sites and ultimately revitalize our communities.” For more information about the Redevelopment Authority’s plan, please visit and click on the “Community and

M.C. School of the Blues By Michael Cloeren

The best gift that I can give to someone who I love and respect is the gift of music. Since we are approaching the holidays, below are some ideas that I hope you find as special to you as they are to me.   Current CDs: • Pinetop Perkins and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith: Joined At The Hip – Telarc Records • Ruthie Foster: Live at Antones – Blue Corn Music • Johnny Rawls: Memphis Still Got Soul – Catfood Records • Eugene Hideaway Bridges: Rock & A Hard Place – Armadillo Records • Travis Moonchild Haddix: Old Man In Love – CDS Records    Blues Websites: • Award Winning Mako Funasaka captures many videos of compelling Blues/Roots Artists – • Legendary Blues Cruise takes off two times a year to exotic locations always with a well thought out lineup – bluescruise. com. • Memphis Based Organization responsible for The Annual Blues Music Awards (the Grammy Awards of the blues) held every May in Memphis – • The World’s Largest Independent Blues Label based In Chicago formed in 1972 – • The best in roots music coming to you from The Crescent City of New Orleans, Louisiana –

Legendary Blues Cruise # 19 Southeast Caribbean, St Lucia, Martinique, etc (reserve now) –bluescruise. com. • June 8 through 10 Chicago Blues Festival The largest free blues festival in the world. A Few All-Time Favorite DVDs: • The American Folk Blues Festival, 1962-1966: [Volume 1] – HIP-O Records/Reelin’ In The Years Productions • The American Folk Blues Festival, 1962-1966: [Volume 2] – HIP-O Records/Reelin’ In The Years Productions • The American Folk Blues Festival, 1962-1969: [Volume 3] – HIP-O Records/Reelin’ In The Year Productions • Standing in the Shadows of Motown: Detroit, Michigan,1959 – Barry Gordy gathered the best musicians from the city’s thriving jazz and blues scene: Motown. They called themselves the Funk Brothers, and they were the greatest hit machine in the history of popular music. 2003 Artisan Home Entertainment Inc. • Lightning In A Bottle: February 7, 2003 – Renowned artists across several musical genres perform at Radio City Music Hall, Martin Scorcese Executive Producer.   Current TV Series  2012 Blues/Roots Events: • TREME: Sunday Nights at 10 p.m. on HBO. The third season • July 27 through 29 is being filmed now and will air soon. This series focuses on The Pennsylvania Blues Festival the music and culture of post-Katrina New Orleans with many Celebrating 21 Years Of Blues In The Poconos – musicians playing key roles. • August 16 through 19   The 51st Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival Michael Cloeren is the founder and producer of The Pennsylvania Blues The longest continuous festival In North America – Festival, (, director of The Philadelphia Folk Festival (pfs. • April 27 through May 6 org), vice president of artist relations for Bluesstock ( New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival For over 40 years, this world-class event attracts music fans from far curator of The Blast Furnace Blues Festival Bethlehem, Pa. (artsquest. org. Cloeren can be reached at or by calling Michael and wide – Cloeren Productions at (570) 350-7973. • October 27 through November 3

Write Now Good Writing Requires Reading Good Writing

By Sonya M. Toler

If you’re going to be a writer, you must market yourself. There is little room for modesty if you are to stand out from the crowd in a manner that will have people seeking your expertise to help them communicate their message. As a child, words interested me. First, it was the sound of voices. As I got older, written words fascinated me before I could read. One of my great grandmothers would tell the story of how I would “read” the New Pittsburgh Courier while holding it upside down. Twenty years later, I was hired as a staff writer for the Courier, one of the oldest African-American publications in the country. Soon columnist was added to my list of duties, and then news editor. It was through journalism that I realized the power of the written word and that there is a deficit of good writers. Though I had been writing for two years before joining the Courier’s staff, people didn’t notice my talent before because my bylines appeared in a variety of publications that did not share a common audience. The Courier gave me the opportunity to build a following while having the opportunity to write on a variety of topics. Others noticed my ability to craft compelling copy and began to ask if I would consider writing a speech for them or writing a press release or writing and/ or editing a project. Of course, I was pleased to have any opportunity to put my pen to the pad. continued on page 17 November | December 2011 Urban Connection 7

Williamsport Nonprofit Recognized By Department of Justice By Sonya M. Toler Williamsport is known for being the birthplace of Little League Baseball and the Lumber Capital of the World, but one nonprofit organization is putting the Lycoming County seat on the map for effective ways to combat juvenile delinquency. Community Alliance for Progressive Positive Action (CAPPA) was awarded the 2011 Organization of the Year Award by the Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Oct. 14 in Maryland. On the verge of celebrating its 10th anniversary, CAPPA’s mission is to instill youths with good character, high self-esteem and academic excellence. Its efforts include the Get Real About Violence program; a Saturday program that focuses on academic enrichment, performing arts and juvenile delinquency prevention; and an employment initiative. This designation by the U.S. Department of Justice positions CAPPA to be replicated across the nation. CAPPA’s founder Loni Gamble says he is fulfilling God’s plan for his life. The accomplished entertainer was the former guitar player for ’70s soul music vocal group The Stylistics. He currently performs with the Motown tribute group Loni Gamble & Sound Cheque. Gamble explained that his desire to help people began in 1973 when he was a student at Wilberforce University in Ohio studying sociology. Swayed by advice that he would never make any money in that area, he switched his major to business management and eventually ventured into the entertainment industry. In 2002, he started getting back on track working with the Williamsport Housing Authority.

“That was the eye opener for me,” he states. “But I got discouraged working with adults. I found it hard to help people who were set in a certain mind set. I didn’t feel like my mission was being fulfilled, you know, what God wanted me to do.” Considering what was available to him while growing up in Philadelphia, he started a summer basketball program that steadily grew. After three years, Gamble added a youth empowerment component. He also helped launch the successful African-American talent showcase for students in Harrisburg. At that point, he realized how he could include his musical expertise in his work, and called on relatives for help. His brother Gary, who was also instrumental in his music career, was quick to respond and became an important part of CAPPA. Sadly, Gary died last fall. Gamble said being recognized by the federal government after his brother’s death “is a bitter sweet kind of thing…He always said to me, ‘This is God’s ministry.’ People think that ministry is within the four walls of the church and forget about the ministry on the streets.” CAPPA’s formula is working. During the 2010-2011 academic school year, 89 percent of participants increased their reading/ language arts scores, and 44 percent of those increased scores were more up more than 50 percent. During this year’s summer program, 75 percent of participants increased their math scores by 50 percent or more. Additionally, 75 percent of participants improved their grade point average from the first marking period to the final marking period of the 2010-2011 school year. UC

The Greatest Gift of All – Safe & Healthy Families Protect your children with safe toys and gifts this holiday season. As Santa is making a list and checking it twice, The Tri-County Association for the Blind is helping to make sure all children and parents are asking Santa for the safest and most age-appropriate toys. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were an estimated 186,000 toy-related injuries treated in emergency rooms across the country. The majority of the injuries were to the head and face, including the eyes. Tips to help parents – and Santa – choose the perfect toy. Consider the Size of the Toy For infants, toddlers and all children who still mouth objects, avoid toys with small or sharp parts, such as buttons, eyes or wheels. These parts could be swallowed and could pose a fatal choking hazard. As a test, if any part of the toy can fit inside a toilet paper roll, it is considered a hazard and not appropriate for children under the age of 3. Consider the Shape of the Toy Make sure a toy doesn’t have any blunt ends or edges that have points. These toys can be very sharp and could puncture the skin or eyes. Avoid toys that shoot or include parts that fly off. BB Guns and air guns should not even be considered toys! Check the Label Be a label reader. Look for labels that give age recommendations and warnings. Look for any toxic substances that may be painted on the toy and check instructions for clarity. They should be clear 8 Urban Connection November | December 2011

to you and your child. Discard Plastic Wrapping and Strings Immediately discard plastic wrapping on toys and avoid all toys with strings. Plastic wrapping may have sharp edges and could cause suffocation, while strings can be very dangerous especially if the string gets wrapped around your child’s neck. Protect Your Child with Gear Gifts of sports equipment should always be accompanied by protective gear. For example, if you buy a basketball, buy a pair of eye goggles as well, or if you buy a baseball, buy a batting helmet with a face shield. Ninety percent of all sports-related eye injuries could have been prevented simply by using appropriate eye protection. Finally, educate yourself on products that have been recalled, on both new and old toys. Contact the CPSC at (800) 638-2772 or go to for more information. Follow these easy tips, and make this holiday season a cheerful one. Tri-County Association for the Blind (TCAB), is a 90-year-old, nonprofit organization committed to serving people who are the blind/visually impaired in Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin and Perry counties. TCAB works to improve the quality of life for individuals who are blind/visually impaired, helping each person to achieve his or her full potential. For more information, call Laurie Thompson at (717) 238-2531 or visit us on the web at UC

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Get Your Life MakeOver

Branding You

Not because you need it, But because you deserve it!

Imagine having it reflective of your total lifestyle!

Vera Cornish was selected as one of the 2011 Top Five Life Coaches in the Compass Community. She embraces the vision “Every woman deserves a coach.”

I invite you to join me on site at Macy’s as we explore the dynamic world of Branding You!

Imagine the power of creating your personal brand!

This series promises to be informative, interactive, fun and practical.

For more information, call Vera Cornish @ 717-343-1509.

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2012 MLK Breakfast and Career Fair “Resilient”

Monday, January 16th

Event Partner:

2012 Women of Heritage Breakfast and Bouquet “When A Woman Walks With Confidence” Friday, March 16th Harrisburg Hilton – Doors open at 7:15 a.m. Sponsorship Available For more information 717-514-2620 / 717-343-1509

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2011 - 2012 Event Calendar Sunday, November 6 – 7:30 p.m. Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet Miles Davis Experience: 1949 – 1959. A Collaboration with Blue Note Records Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center, York (717) 846-1111, Wednesday, November 9 – 7:30 p.m. Compania Flamenca Jose Porcel Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center, York (717) 846-1111, Wednesday, November 9 – 7:30 p.m. Soulful Expressions with MC Lyte Millersville University, Lehr Room, Bolger Conference Center, Gordinier Hall, Millersville Rita Smith-Wade-El: (717) 872-3090 Friday, November 18 – 8 p.m. Buddy Guy Hershey Theatre, Hershey (717) 534-3405, Saturday, November 19 – 7:30 p.m. Group Fuego: A Philadelphia Latino Dance Group Millersville University, Millersville Rita Smith-Wade-El: (717) 872-3090 Friday, December 2 – 5 p.m. Jazz in the City Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center, York (717) 846-1111, December 27, 2011 – January 1, 2012 Shrek The Musical Hershey Theatre, Hershey (717) 534-3405, Saturday, January 14, 2012 – 7:30 p.m. Sinbad Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center, York (717) 846-1111, Tuesday, January 24, 2012 – 7:30 p.m. MLK Celebration with Rev. Jesse Jackson Millersville University, Marauder Court, Student Memorial Center, Millersville Rita Smith-Wade-El: (717) 872-3090 February 3 – 25, 2012 – 7:30 p.m. August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Open Stage of Harrisburg, Harrisburg (717) 232-6736,

Saturday, February 11, 2012 – 2 p.m. Dance Arts Collaborative: Cultural Dance Group Millersville University, Millersville Rita Smith-Wade-El: (717) 872-3090 Saturday, February 11, 2012 – 7:30 p.m. Ladysmith Black Mambazo Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center, York (717) 846-1111, Thursday, February 16, 2012 – 8 p.m. H.O.P.E Diversity Scholarship Program, An Evening with Spike Lee – Lecture Luhrs Preforming Arts Center, Shippensburg (717) 477-7469, Saturday, February 18, 2012 – 8 p.m. 23rd Annual Winter Jazz Concert, Gettysburg College Jazz Ensemble with John Blake, Jr. Majestic Theatre, Gettysburg (717) 337-8200, Thursday, February 23, 2012 – 8 p.m. The Temptations Luhrs Preforming Arts Center, Shippensburg (717) 477-7469, Saturday, February 25, 2012 – 7:30 p.m. Spinners (Ask about the pre-show dinner) Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center, York (717) 846-1111, Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Hazel I. Jackson Lecture: Terry McMillan, best selling author Millersville University, Pucillo Gymnasium, Millersville Rita Smith-Wade-El: (717) 872-3090 Thursday, March 29, 2011 – 7:30 p.m. Chris Botti Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center, York (717) 846-1111, Thursday, April 5, 2012 – 7 p.m. Imani Winds Millersville University, Millersville Rita Smith-Wade-El: (717) 872-3090 April 10 – 15, 2012 Memphis Hershey Theatre, Hershey (717) 534-3405, November | December 2011 Urban Connection 13

Turn Up That Dial: Memphis Comes to Hershey Theatre

Second Annual Harrisburg Community Cancer Education Summit

From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves – filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Memphis is coming to Hershey Theatre on April 10 - 15, 2012. For tickets, call (717) 534-3405 or go to

The Second Annual Harrisburg Community Cancer Education Summit is sponsored by Harrisburg Community Cancer Network, a program of Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute and Harrisburg Community Partners. The event is free and offered to adults 18 years and older. This year’s focus is Breast Cancer Survivors & Caregivers: “Surviving Together.” Stories from cancer survivors and caregivers will be featured. They bring tremendous creditability and “reality” to the program. Audiences will hear the layman’s point of view in dealing with cancer. Unfortunately, in the African-American community, many will not discuss the “Big C,” especially when it pertains to their experience with the disease. Did you know that cancer will affect 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women in the U.S., and the number of new cases of cancer is set to nearly double by the year 2050? Panel topics include: A Caregiver Panel “We’re in this Together” and Myths and Facts on Survivorship Issues. There will be multiple door prizes, good food and Zumba throughout the event. A brief question-and-answer period will follow each panel. UC

See you in Hershey!

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Date: Saturday, November 5, 2011 Place: Zion Assembly of Harrisburg Church Time: 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, contact Robin Perry-Smith at (717) 531-4387 or via email

Note from the Publisher We at the Urban Connection express our sincere appreciation to all of our advertisers and loyal readers for what has been an amazing year. In the midst of adversity, controversy and trauma, there has been adventure, excitement, anticipation, joy and happiness. If there is a lesson I have learned about the capacity of the human spirit, it is that we are resilient. In a short span of 10 months, we have weathered ice storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, an earthquake, torrential rains and massive flooding. For many, the journey to recovery continues. So once again, I stand in awe of those that continue to dream, continue to hope, continue to “show up” every day taking action to create a better quality of life for themselves, their family and the community in which they work and live. For a moment, I encourage you put aside all of the difficulties, all of the challenges and all of the references to “in these economic times.” Take a deep breath and shift to a place of gratitude. The question I pose is, for what are you grateful?

Livin’ the Dream! with Harrisburg’s Newest Casting Agency

I am grateful for God giving me the courage to take back a portion of my life that I left almost 16 years ago. I will never forget the day Alana Moira and I cruised through the beautiful Pocono Mountains to the Pennsylvania Blues Festival. What an amazing journey home, the lush green of the forest, the beauty of the sun cascading through the trees, the buzz of activity on the Lehigh River and the serenity of Jim Thorpe. The depth of the healing, the joy of the moment and the happiness of the day only God could have planned. Clearly we are resilient. I invite you to journey with me through November with Buddy Guy and December with Dane Tilghman. Tap into the MC School of The Blues with Michael Cloeren and give the gift of music. Cast a vision for January and meet us at the Hilton for the MLK Breakfast and Career Fair. If you have always wanted to develop your personal brand, meet me at Macy’s on Dec.7 and 14. Can you imagine, Macy’s as our learning laboratory? Most of all, I encourage you to live in gratitude knowing that you are resilient. for more information, call 717-545-0199. UC

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You might recognize her from her BlogTalkRadio program, Livin’ the Dream! with JBlair Brown. The radio program features Brown’s interviews with celebrities, musicians and filmmakers, such as Harry Lennix, Tim Reid, Isaiah Washington, George Duke and others. And while the radio show has just reached the benchmark of 10,000 downloads, Brown is yet embarking on another endeavor: casting agent. Brown says, “There is so much talent here in Harrisburg. But when filmmakers come here to shoot, they’re generally forced to hire an agency from the Philadelphia area or, at the least, Lancaster.” Casting with Juice recently held its first casting call resulting in 50 local and not-so-local artists from as far as Philadelphia and New Jersey. What does a casting agent do? A casting agent is hired by a filmmaking or production company to select qualified candidates for upcoming gigs. Those “gigs” could range from local to national TV commercials, music videos, short and feature length films – generally anything (legitimate) that includes acting in front of a camera. How do I get seen by a casting agent? I can’t speak for all agencies; however, Casting with Juice will hold regular casting calls over the next several months – due to the influx of projects coming our way, so watch for postings on our Facebook page (CastingWithJuice), my radio program ( jblairbrown) and other social networks (Craigslist, Twitter, LinkedIn). What are some pointers when going in front of a casting agent? Off the top of my head, I can come up with three. Don’t be late! I know it’s inconvenient to wait, but nothing will eliminate you quicker than walking into an appointment late. Be prepared! If you’re asked to bring your headshot and resume, bring them. If you’re expected to read a two- to three-minute monologue, learn it! It doesn’t have to be perfect, but show that you care about your craft. And always remember, your gift is just that: a gift. It was given and it can be taken away. J Blair Brown can be reached via email at November | December 2011 Urban Connection 15

Help and Hope for Those Struggling with Substance Abuse Disorders Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick III For many people, the holiday season means a time of both joy and stress. For those dealing with alcohol and drug abuse tendencies, or are in their first year of recovery, the stress of the holidays can be overwhelming. Studies show that cases of depression, drunk-driving accidents, suicide and even domestic violence all increase during the holidays. Many of these are related to alcohol and drug abuse engaged in by people who are trying to cope with stress or despair. According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly 17.6 million adults in the U.S. are alcoholics or have problems related to alcohol abuse. Drug abuse is also a serious public health problem that affects almost every community and family in some way. About 8.3 percent of all persons age 12 and over are involved in the use of illegal drugs or the nonmedical use of prescription drugs, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Drug and alcohol abuse can lead to homelessness, violence, crime, missed work or joblessness. It can cause damage to the liver, brain and other organs; harm unborn babies; and destroy families. But there is help and hope for individuals struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. Dauphin County’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Services and its capable and compassionate professionals provide comprehensive care for adolescents and adults who are in need of treatment, prevention and/or intervention services. Despite facing significant state funding cuts, Drug and Alcohol Services has

worked with providers, community partners and other agencies in order to best serve the needs of individuals suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, and has been recognized by SAMHSA and the state for innovative service delivery models in both treatment and prevention. “Like other chronic illnesses, alcohol and drug addiction need to be managed over a lifetime, including the prevention of relapse,” said Dauphin Commissioner George P. Hartwick, III, who has oversight of the Department of Drug and Alcohol. “Our agency hopes to foster a movement of recovery, one that sheds the stigma and empowers individuals to live happy, healthy and drug- and alcohol-free lives.” “If you recognize you might be dealing with a substance abuse issue, or if you know a friend or family member who is, please seek help,” said Dauphin County Commissioner Jeff Haste. “For many, it can mean the difference between life and death.” “Any county resident who is in need of help should contact our Department of Drug and Alcohol Services to get connected to services,” said Dauphin County Commissioner Mike Pries. “Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.” Drug and alcohol abuse affects people of all ages, socioeconomic levels and backgrounds – and at any time. Holidays can be particularly stressful for individuals struggling with addiction or in recovery. Know how to help yourself or loved ones. Please contact Dauphin County’s Drug and Alcohol Services at (717) 6352254 or visit to learn more. For immediate help, call Crisis Invention’s 24-hour hotline at (717) 232-7511. UC

Lancaster PA Branch of the NAACP Annual Freedom Fund Dinner

HACC Hosts Annual Kwanzaa Celebration: Community awards included in Dec. 3 event at

The Lancaster PA Branch of the NAACP and the Millersville University College Chapter invite you to The Annual Freedom Fund Dinner. This year’s theme is “The Hope that the present has brought us…Working Together.” To purchase tickets ($60), become a sponsor or make a donation, please contact the Chair of the Freedom Fund Dinner, Patricia Hopson-Shelton at (717) 610-1651–ext. 107 or via email at Additional information can be found online at or lancasternaacp. Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in public and private sectors. The Lancaster Branch of the NAACP President is Blanding Watson. UC

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HACC’s Harrisburg Campus Celebrate the traditional holiday festival of Kwanzaa with music, dance and food from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend the 16th annual Kwanzaa Festival in the Cooper Student Center on HACC’s Harrisburg Campus, One HACC Drive. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. with the 12th annual Harambee Recognition Awards at which time community members/groups who emulate one of the principles of Kwanzaa are recognized. The ceremony will be followed by the Karamu (feast) until noon. Entertainment begins at noon. Performers include: • Noon-1 p.m.: X-Factor Jazz Band of Harrisburg • 1-2 p.m.: Southside Steppers of Crispus Attucks in York • 2-3 p.m.: Imani Edu-Tainers African Dance Company of Lancaster • 3-4 p.m.: Writer’s Wordshop of Harrisburg • 4-5 p.m.: ABW Productions of Harrisburg • Musical interludes will be provided by DJ HandyMan Kwanzaa is the modern African-American holiday created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor in the department of Black Studies at California State University, to promote the values of family, culture and community. For more information, contact Pat Thompson at (717) 780-2632 or email UC

Tropical Storm Lee Disaster Assistance is Available To assist individuals who had homes or properties affected by flooding caused by Tropical Storm Lee, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has established a Disaster Reporting Center (DRC) to facilitate applications for Individual Assistance (IA) on the second floor of Harrisburg Mall in Dauphin County. The DRC is the location for individuals to file their claims in order to receive financial assistance from the federal government, as authorized by President Barak Obama’s Disaster Declaration issued September 12, 2011. What information do I need to apply? • Your Social Security number • Current and pre-disaster address • A telephone number where you can be contacted • Insurance information • Total household annual income • A routing and account number from your bank (only necessary if you want to have disaster assistance funds transferred directly into your bank account) • A description of your losses that were caused by the disaster Once your application for assistance is completed, you will receive a FEMA application number. Please remember to keep it for future reference. The DRC is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and will remain operational until otherwise notified by FEMA. Individuals and business owners may also apply for assistance by registering online at or by calling (800) 621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call (800) 462-7585 directly. For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call (800) 6213362. Individuals seeking assistance for property loss are encouraged to apply for assistance as soon as possible to ensure their application is considered. UC For Advertising Opportunities

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Bluesman Buddy Guy Plays Hershey Theatre

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Over the years, Guy has brought his own style to the blues guitar and has amassed a worldwide following with his trademark performance style. He’ll play the guitar with his teeth or even by whipping it with a towel. He is charming as his weaves anecdotes with songs, playing the guitar as if it is an extension of his soul. “The blues ain’t nothing new to me,” explains the son of sharecroppers. “In this economy, people understand the blues.” Quoting blues great Bo Diddley, Guy says, “Everybody has the blues. Donald Trump has the blues. He has the blues trying to keep money; I have the blues trying to get it.” Concerned about the future of the genre, Guy has taken on mentee Quinn Sullivan. The 12-year-old phenom’s debut CD “Cyclone” features Guy and was among the top 10 on the Billboard Blues charts several times this year. He tours with Guy throughout North America and Canada. “I can’t believe he can play like that,” Guy says of his protégé. “I’m trying to keep him out there. That’s what keeps the blues alive.” The senior blues player’s own CD, “Living Proof” won a Grammy Award, but Guy says many people do not know about it because mainstream radio doesn’t play the music. That fact is a loss to the listening audience because “Living Proof” is a treasure trove. “The life I’ve lived is what we’re singing about,” he says. “These songs are exactly what I came up through in my life, what I’ve experienced.” For example, on “Thank Me Someday,” he recounts his early efforts learning to play the guitar, and his ability to keep his faith when his family chased him out of the house for making a racket. “I would go out in the yard, on the levee, to practice,” he says. “We didn’t have electric lights or running water—you could hear that guitar a mile away in the country, so I’d have to go a long way away so they didn’t say ‘Get out of here with that noise!’” Songs like “Much Too Soon” and the blistering instrumental “Skanky” come directly out of the roadhouse rhythm & blues tradition. To Guy, though, such genre distinctions are meaningless afterthoughts. Guy is committed to keep running with the blues and spreading the music to new audiences. “You’ve got to keep your fingers crossed. The blues has been like that. It has its ups and its downs. More ups than downs,” he says. UC

Write Now Good Writing Requires Reading Good Writing continued from page 6 In addition to reporting, I have worked as an editor, trained reporters, volunteered with public relations committees for a several nonprofit organizations, edited books, written speeches and scripted awards shows to name a few. However, the key to being a successful writer (other than getting over the fear factor) is actively reading as a habit. What is active reading? Reading should never be passive – simply running your eyes over words. You must take the time to understand and assess the words you are ingesting. This is a skill I learned in high school. I would often take notes while reading as a way to better learn the material. This philosophy should be used in reading books about writing. Here are three of my favorites: 1. When Words Collide: A Media Writer’s Guide to Grammar and

Style by Lauren Kessler and Duncan McDonald 2. If You Want to Write: A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ureland 3. Style: Toward Clarity and Grace by Joseph M. Williams Some are born with a knack for writing while others have to work to hone their ability. Regardless of your situation, successful writing is achievable. It takes a little dedication. Becoming a good writer will open other doors leading to greater success and personal satisfaction. Award-winning journalist Sonya M. Toler resides in Philadelphia and offers her more than 20 years experience in writing, editing and public relations on a freelance basis. She also founded Proclaim, a digital magazine for women in ministry. Contact Ms. Toler at UC November | December 2011 Urban Connection 17

Black Chronicle Black Chronicle is the first ethnic publication distributed to the public by World Chronicle, Inc. The publication is a collection of volumes designed to bring awareness and education to a variety of educational communities and to children and adults of all ages. The Black Chronicle is a new concept in multicultural education that captures authentic news articles, classifieds, and advertisements from the slavery period through the era of Civil Rights. Content is provided in short articles, written clearly, is easy to read and offers an alternative and enriching supplement to textbook curriculum. Also offered is a teacher’s guide and audio CD to enhance the publication. Each issue is paired with specific lesson plans offering history enrichment, along with geography, writing, speaking, technology and cooperative learning enrichment. The Black Chronicle is like no other publication. The design and content enhances multicultural education in the classroom and throughout the community. Black history is presented like never before. Please take a moment to preview samples of the Black Chronicle and email us with any questions. The teacher’s guide is an additional resource offered from World Chronicle, Inc. The teacher’s guide is designed to develop constructive discussions and active, hands-on lessons for students using the Black Chronicle. The teacher’s guide contains lessons devised for each issue. The lessons are cross curricular, including activities that enhance language arts, history, the arts and geography to name just a few. In addition, each issue contains a technology based activity, including 3-5 minute vignettes presented on compact disc. The teacher’s guide is easy to follow and allows for flexibility when dealing with different academic levels and student needs. The Black Chronicle is in all area Wegman’s and Giant Food Stores. To Order Call: 412-281-1899

The Holiday Gift and Craft Show November 19, 2011 11:30 am to 4 pm

Harrisburg Hilton and Towers 1 North Second Street Harrisburg, PA. 717 649 7189 or 717 503 2242

Hitting the Diabetes Epidemic Head-On By Lori Moran About 872,000 Pennsylvanians live with diabetes. The good news is that health professionals are committed to helping people with diabetes live healthier, longer lives. Holy Spirit Health System, a long-time leader in diabetes care and education, has enhanced its services with the addition of specialists who treat diabetes and other endocrine problems. Sola Osundeko, MD, FRCPath FACP, FACE, is a board-certified endocrinologist and the medical director of the Holy Spirit Endocrinology Center. He manages care for hospitalized patients who have diabetes and coordinates care at discharge, working with the Holy Spirit Diabetes Education Center and patients’ personal physicians. He is joined by Ann Bero, MSN, FNP-BC, a certified registered nurse practitioner who has specialized in caring for the diabetic patient for the past seven years. “Diabetes is so common,” Dr. Osundeko says. “Primary care physicians should be proactive in looking for it. But I think patients need to be more proactive. Unlike some other conditions, patients with diabetes can’t just count on their doctor to fix it with a pill,” he says. “They need to learn as much as possible and be in charge.” If untreated diabetes causes damage to many organs in the body, including kidneys, heart, eyes and the nervous system. Dr. Osundeko and Ms. Bero also treat patients with other problems such as thyroid and parathyroid diseases, pituitary and adrenal problems, polycystic ovary syndrome, osteoporosis and other general conditions caused by hormone disturbances. The Holy Spirit Endocrinology Center is located in Suite 503 in the Medical Arts Building, 890 Poplar Church Rd., Camp Hill. For an appointment, call (717) 972-7120. UC

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Community Connections Church/Faith Organizations


Bright Side Baptist Church Hershey Avenue, Lancaster (717) 295-9431

African-American Chamber of Commerce 1735 State Street, Harrisburg (717) 238-9804,

Dayspring Ministries 1600 Spring Garden Drive, Middletown (717) 939-9500 Goodwin Memorial Baptist Church 2447 Green Street, Harrisburg (717) 238-4400 Greater Zion Missionary Baptist 212 North Progress Avenue, Harrisburg (717) 541-0914 Martin Luther King Baptist 1501 Market Street, Harrisburg (717) 233-6421 Rev. Ronald Sparks Bethany A.M.E. Church 912 S. 21st Street, Harrisburg Tabernacle Baptist Church 1106 Capital Street, Harrisburg (717) 236-1774

Asian-American Central Pa. Korean Association 1079 S. Cameron Street, Harrisburg Shopping Broad Street Market 1233 North 3rd Street, Harrisburg (717) 236-7923 Lancaster Central Market 23 North Market Street, Lancaster (717) 735-6890 Ethnic Restaurant Bangkok-Wok Thai 125 Gateway Drive, Mechanicsburg (717) 795-7292

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