Allentown PA Celebrates JUNETEENTH: Saturday June 19th 5:00pm to 10:00pm


Join us Saturday, June 19th, from 5pm -10pm.

Spread the word! Juneteenth is a holiday in the city of Allentown and Lehigh County. Get ready for a Juneteenth Celebration in downtown Allentown, PA. Event will include local and national live entertainment, vendors, soul food vendors and cuisine, children’s area, and activities, spoken word, art, 5x5 football tournament, Juneteenth pageant crowning ceremony, and a firework show.


Union Baptist Presents: June Teenth Event: Friday June 18th @ 7:00pm. An open Zoom session celebrating the true, untold history of Juneteenth and the role of the African American Church


Tony Todd to star in August Wilson’s How I Learned What I Learned at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival Summer 2021


Contact: Tina Slak

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival has announced its re-opening for Summer 2021, with exciting plans for a variety of outdoor, indoor, and virtual performances. The season will run June 25 to August 1 at, and adjacent to, the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA. 

Though the full season will be announced soon, the summer season will feature August Wilson’s one-man theatrical memoir How I Learned What I Learned, starring veteran stage, film, and television actor Tony Todd.

With an acting career spanning more than 30 years, Mr. Todd has an extensive list of credits in all genres. His films include Oliver Stone's Academy Award-winning Platoon; Lean On Me with Morgan Freeman; Clint Eastwood’s Bird; and the voice of the Fallen in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen; among many others.

The charismatic six-foot-five actor is perhaps best known for his chilling performances in horror and sci-fi films including the title role in the Candyman franchise, as well as the Hatchet and Final Destination franchise hits, along with Night of the Living Dead, The Crow, and The Rock.

On television, he has had prominent guest starring roles in numerous critically-acclaimed television series including Riverdale for the CW, Room 104 for HBO, Scream for MTV, the villain Zoom on the CW series The Flash, recurring roles on all three incarnations of Star Trek, and many more.

Mr. Todd has received accolades for numerous roles on stage including a coveted Helen Hayes Award for his performance in Athol Fugard’s The Captain’s Tiger at the La Jolla Playhouse, Manhattan Theatre Club, and The Kennedy Center; and originating the title role in the world premiere of August Wilson’s King Hedley II in Pittsburgh, Boston, and Seattle. (Variety lauded, “Todd’s King Hedley dominates the stage.” His performance “was a memorable tour-de-force.”)

How I Learned What I Learned will be performed on the Festival’s indoor Main Stage to a limited capacity, socially distanced audience. The show will preview at 6:30pm on June 29 and 30. Opening night is Thursday, July 1 at 6:30pm, and the production runs through July 11.

Read more about the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival here

ASD Foundation Virtual Reality Gala: 'High Notes' set for Wednesday March 31st 8:30pm (register by March 25th)

Ticket Purchases, Production Date & Time,  How to Purchase Tickets

High Notes Show Only @ $20 per viewer Wednesday, March 31 @ 8:30 PM 

High Notes Sponsorship includes: Zoom registration Wednesday, March 31 @ 8:30 PM. 

For post show YouTube Show, Contact Susan Williams, Gala Chair 610-216-3334

Vicki Newhard: 484-765-4121 


New coronavirus grants for small Pa. businesses aim for inclusivity, but can’t track success

by Charlotte Keith of Spotlight PA | Feb. 25, 2021

HARRISBURG — Applications open next month (March 15 2021) for $145 million in state grants for small hospitality businesses, with a significant change by lawmakers intended to ensure the money is more accessible to low-income and minority owners shut out from some relief last year.

But assessing whether it’s a success will be difficult, as the legislature failed to give the Wolf administration the authority to collect data on race or ethnicity from applicants.

Since the start of the pandemic a year ago, the state has rushed to deliver aid to a variety of sectors of the economy damaged by the economic ripple effects of the coronavirus. But in that haste, the earliest effort catered mostly to white business owners, a previous Spotlight PA review found.

Officials have acknowledged that shortcoming, and have since taken steps to fix it. A second round of funding last summer set aside half of the money for businesses owned by people of color.

Now, a new COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program is giving counties the option to tap into a state network of small business lenders that focus on communities often neglected by mainstream financial institutions.

The first business relief program relied on a different network of economic development groups. Now, counties can take their pick between the two, or use both.

“Our concern was, you’ll exclude the low-income, minority-owned businesses,” said Chris Hudock, director of Rising Tide Community Loan Fund in the Lehigh Valley.

Youngest and first Black chair of Harrisburg Regional Chamber ‘energized’ to shape city’s future

Pennsylvania Real-Time News Updated Feb 24, 2021; Posted Feb 24, 2021

Meron Yemane said he has the energy to shape a more inclusive Harrisburg.Born and raised in Susquehanna Township, the 35-year-old is the youngest and first Black man to serve as chairman of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber. He was nominated last year by the executive committee and approved by the board of directors for 2021.

“I see the future as being very bright,” Yemane said. “When you look at the next generation and the possibilities, the region is a very exciting place. I am energized by working with the people — business owners — and seeing their desire for a more equitable workplace.”  Read more