community website and PRINT Magazine represents African American
Culture with class, dignity, style by promoting and advertising
events from BROTHA
as well as events, businesses,
health & church information from other organizations in the
Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. We also want you to know about
our rich heritage by educating the community about our black heroes.
Our main focus is to bring our African-American communities BLACK
together by promoting black history, events, black businessess,
churches, health and career information, artists, and covering the
latest news, while catering to all individuals and groups, regardless
of race, creed, religion, age and/or ethnicity.Whether
it is a BROTHA
or a production for another organization,
we give 110% every time. BROTHA
is an African American owned company, which
is original and places us in a unique position to showcase Pittsburgh's
diverse communities. We are BLACK AND PROUD and Pittsburgh's Official
#1 Community Web Site, Magazine and Entertainment Company.
Grace Kizzie, LSW, ACSW, EAP-Sp
BROTHA ASH PRODUCTIONS, LLC THANKS EVERYONE WHO VOTED FOR BAP TO WIN TWO PITTSBURGH HIP-HOP AWARDS IN FEBRUARY OF 2011 FOR WEBSITE OF THE YEAR (Brotha Ash Productions www.BrothaAshProductions.com) AND FOR FACEBOOK USER OF THE YEAR. CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE WHO ALSO WON IN THEIR CATEGORIES.
Council of the City of Pittsburgh recognized Mr.
Ashley G. Woodson for his strong will, determination, and
strong belief in the African American community by declaring Monday,
November 9, 2009, "Brotha
Ash Productions Day"
in the City of Pittsburgh. I thank God for this great honor,
City Councilwoman Tonya Payne, Darlene M. Harris, Theresa Kail Smith,
Bruce A. Kraus, Jim Motznik, Douglas Shields, Patrick Dowd, William
Peduto and Reverend Ricky Burgess. I also thank my family
and friends who came out to support me on this historical day and
a big shout out to Emmai Alaquiva of Yamomzhouse
that we have a day to continue doing what we do for the community,
look out for bigger and better things to come soon.
ASHLEY G. WOODSON
BY CARL PRINE OF THE TRIBUNE-REVIEW
READ THE FULL NEWS ARTICLE RIGHT
SITE COVERING EVENTS IN BLACK COMMUNITY
WINS NATIONAL AWARD
By Deborah M.
Todd, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Woodson, shown at Freedom Corner in the Hill District, founded Brotha
Ash Productions in 2001 and his community
Web site in 2004.
years ago, Ashley Woodson of the Hill District started a Web site
that would promote dance events and school reunions for his company,
Brotha Ash Productions.The Web site gained traction and grew to include entertainment,
news, black history profiles and celebrity interviews as well as
bring to light important social issues. Today, BrothaAshProductions.com,
which receives 450,000 page views a month, has become an important
voice for the region's black community. Because of these
accomplishments the Web site last week received the Black Web Award
for Best Local/Community Site East USA from Black
ASH PRODUCTIONS WINS BLACK WEB AWARDS
BEST LOCAL COMMUNITY WEB SITE THE
EAST COAST USA!!!
DID IT AGAIN
We want to take this time to THANK
YOU AGAIN for nominating BAP
and voting us to WIN for BEST LOCAL COMMUNITY SITE IN THE EAST COAST.
and once again we are very grateful for this honor. We
would also like to congratulate all of the other BLACK WEB SITES
that won in each category and the nominees that were in our category.
Keep making our communities proud. CLICK
HERE FOR INFO.
ASH PRODUCTIONS WINS AWARD
FOR "WEB SITE OF THE YEAR"
Writer Ashley G. Woodson
For Brotha Ash Productions
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
again the Pittsburgh Hip Hop Awards were phenomenal and historical.Before we talk about the actual event, we need to go back to
the Pre-Hip Hop Awards event which was held at Club DeJaVu in the
Strip District. The artist really came out and shined this night
and had the crowd hyped.Hip Hop Phenomenon "JOE
BEATZ" from the H.I. L.L. ripped the stage apart and
then B-FLAMES did his thing and a few
others performed that evening. There was the Pre-Hip Hop Awards
event which GQ from WAMO 106.7FM was on the 1's and 2's,
then there was the main event at the Hilton Hotel where DJ Schizo
held it down on the wheels of steel and finally their was the "After
Party" which was held at Club Krobar in the Strip District
where DJ BLAKK STEEL aka "Money Well Spent" from
WAMO 106.7FM was on the 1's and 2's. Brotha
Ash Productions was there to cover
all three events because that's how we do it. YOU KNOW!!! THANKS
TO ALL OUR SITE VISITORS - YOU DID IT RIGHT AND WE WON!!
THE FULL ARTICLE,
SEE THE WINNERS LIST, AND CHECK OUT EXCLUSIVE
PHOTOS FROM BROTHA ASH PRODUCTIONS
OFFICIAL - BAP
IS A NATIONAL WEB SITE
THANK YOU PITTSBURGH FOR VOTING US
BEST DIRECTOTORY SITE
DID IT PITTSBURGH!!!
We want to take this time to THANK
YOU for nominating BAP
and voting us to WIN for BEST DIRECTORY SITE (LOCAL) from BlackWebAwards.com.
We are very grateful for this honor. We would also like to congratulate
all of the other BLACK WEB SITES that won in each category.
THE LIST OF 2008 WINNERS FROM THE BLACK WEB AWARDS RIGHT
A PITTSBURGH NATIVE from the
H.I.L.L. DISTRICT is something that Brotha
Ash Productions is very proud of spreading
across the country. WE HAVE A REAL CONNECTION TO THE COMMUNITY AND
WE ARE OFFICIALLY NATIONWIDE!!!
OUT THE OFFICIAL CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE BLACK WEB AWARDS RIGHT
ASH PRODUCTIONS FEATURED IN POP CITY
By Karen Bryant for Pop City Magazine
9, 2007 - Throughout its history, Pittsburgh has reinvented
itself. The region has enjoyed great wealth, survived dire downturns
and created amazing new comebacks and opportunities. How? Strong,
determined and creative people. As Pittsburgh continues to transform,
the people behind the city make the difference. Pop City takes
a look at four Pittsburghers who have reinvented themselves and
in the process, are helping to reinvent our region.
Woodson, Founder and President of Brotha
Ash Productions - Ashley Woodsons
reinvention serves as a reminder of the unmet potential in all of
us. As he explains it, he was sidetracked by the streets for
awhile, like too many African American youth. But Woodson would
rather focus on how he turned his life around ten years ago and
how that is paying off for Pittsburgh.K.J.
Bryant writes about her year on the road collecting stories of reinvention
in her forthcoming book, Journeys: 50,000 Miles of Wise Women. Visit
This is her first article for Pop City.
THE ARTICLE ON BROTHA ASH PRODUCTIONS
Conversation with Brotha
BRENTIN MOCK - October 20, 2005
Woodson, of the Hill District, is a former hip-hop dancer/entertainer
whos recently begun a multimedia-and-events enterprise aimed
at bringing people together for positive vibes and purposes. After
an early life of running the streets, he says, hes become
a visible and vocal activist for African-American affairs in Pittsburgh.
This past January he began putting it all together for the world
to see on his Web site www.BrothaAshProductions.com
behind successful events by Bruce Atkins
For New Pittsburgh Courier
Entrepreneurs Ashley G. Woodson and Orlana
Darkins are filling a void in Pittsburgh’s social scene.
Most recently, Woodson planned the successful Uptown Uptown Second
Annual Cabaret Fashion Explosion and Darkins put together a Jeffrey
Osborne concert to raise money for Family Services of Western Pennsylvania’s
Ways to Work program.....read
was officially formed in the year of 2001 by CEO and founder - Ashley
G. Woodson. Ashley's development of BROTHA
ASH PRODUCTIONS has
been in correlation with his originality and diversity. Service
for all consumers include, EVENT PLANNING, MARKETING, ADVERTISING,
PROMOTION, JOB SEARCHES, RESUMES, and most import is educating the
community with BLACK HISTORY.
ASH PRODUCTIONS has
done numerous projects over the years working with other organizations
and people such asThe Partners Continuum, Hill
District Collaborative, Executive Director of The House
of Crossroads, Larry DeMarzo, Kuntu Reportory Theatre, Groove Productions,
Deputy Administrator, Drug & Alcohol Services Allegheny County Drug
& Alcohol Program, James Allen - A Tribute to Dot Talley,
The Seven Project, Inc., TriWorld Entertainment, Distinction Modeling
Agency, Cherilynn Fashions, and has also worked for former Pittsburgh
City Councilman and extended family member Sala Udin for the "Ebenezer
Baptist Church Resurrection just to name a few. "A Tribute to
Mrs. Mary Harvey - A Mini-Globe Reunion" was officially BROTHA
ASH PRODUCTIONS first
production and the rest is Black His-story.
At press time, BROTHA
ASH PRODUCTIONS is
planning The Annual Mother's Day Cabaret, The Annual All Alumni
Reunion for Brashear, Fifth Avenue, and Gladstone High Schools,
The Annual Blue Jean Cabaret, "OVERNIGHT" shopping trips to New
York City, Fashion Shows, Talent Shows, and other "DRAMA-FREE"
productions for all to enjoy.
encourages the African American community to utilize all black businesses
and organizations to find out what's happening in the 'Burgh because
there is so much going on in the black community. We have always
spread the word about BROTHA
events and events from other black businesses and organizations
in Pittsburgh by word of mouth. Since we keep growing and expanding
we now have African American website as of January 2005, where you
can advertise your black businesses, events in Pittsburgh,
news, health and church information, or anything happenin' in the
'Burgh with BROTHA
ASH PRODUCTIONS by
using the barter system. Bartering is the exchange of goods or services
for other goods or services, which businesses do all the time for
the greater good of everyone involved. We started out with
a basic website in January of 2005 and since March of 2005 it has
grown into a black website for Pittsburgh that is very well received
and respected. There are other African American websites in Pittsburgh,
but we want to make sure that our site is affordable to all, no
matter what your budget. Promoting businesses, news, events, and
other information is very important, but the most important promotion
of all with BROTHA
is BLACK HISTORY. The community will
benefit greatly from advertising with BROTHA
because our paid ads are nominal and most ads are FREE. BROTHA
plans to expand to bring in top-notch entertainment for their own
productions, or for events they are planning for other organizations. We
keep changing and growing and will always do our best as a black-owned
entertainment company and a Pittsburgh community website. We are
going to the next level by staying focused on bringing our community
believes that all positive black media, websites, radio, and
newspapers are important to our city and culture and looks forward
to working with each organization in the near future.
ASH PRODUCTIONS has
contacts and support from other media organizations in Pittsburgh
such as The New Pittsburgh Courier, in which BAP has
been featured in numerous articles, 106.7 WAMO, MTM Enterprises,
KNeely Images, and the Pittsburgh City Paper. We also want to
thank the New Pittsburgh Courier Staff Writer Chris Morrow for giving
us our first article and being there when we started our company
in 2001. BROTHA
ASH PRODUCTIONS has
interviewed and been in the company of many local and national celebrities
and political figures such as Reverend
Jesse Jackson, Sr., The O'Jays, Comedian Mike Epps, Katt Williams,
Earthquake, Luenell, Melanie Comacho, Pittsburgh Steeler Hall of
Famer Franco Harris, Judge and former Pittsburgh Steeler Dwayne
Woodruff, Allegheny County Executive Jim Roddey, The Whispers, President
and CEO of Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and the Bidwell Training
Center, Inc. Bill Strickland, Pittsburgh Steelers Jerome Bettis
and Hines Ward, Former Pittsburgh Steeler J.T. Thomas, Editor and
Publisher of The New Pittsburgh Courier Rod Ross, The Legendary
D.J. of Pittsburgh Sly Jock and his daughter Kiki from W.A.M.O 106.7
JAMZ, News Editor and Columnist of the New Pittsburgh Courier Sonya
Toler, Mayor Tom Murphy, former NAACP President and B-BEP founder
and CEO Tim Stevens, extended family member former Pittsburgh City
Councilman Sala Udin, Anji from WAMO morning show, Actors Charles
Dutton, Keith David and many more.
With out a doubt, Ashley's strong will, determination, discipline,
and strong belief in the African American community will make BROTHA
ASH more than just a household name when speaking of event planning
and promoting, but a black website and company that represents our
heritage with pride, dignity and respect.
CEO - ASHLEY G. WOODSON
determination, motivation, class and inspiration all describe the
person we know as ASHLEY G. WOODSON
Born and raised in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, PA, Brotha
has always wanted to be in the entertainment industry.
As youngsters, who had the dance moves of Michael Jackson and the
Jackson Five, Brotha
and his step-brothers Anthony and Bryan Dixon
formed a dance group called "The
Mini-Globe Steppers, which was
a part of the Mini-Globe Showcase from Herron Hill Middle School
in the late 70's founded by Mrs. Mary "Love" Harvey and
coached by Joseph Barlow. The Mini-Globe
in 1980, and Brotha
went on to perform solo in talent shows in which he always won 1st
place. Even though Brotha
is still a great dancer, he realized that he wanted
to be behind the scenes instead of on stage.From that moment, he knew he wanted to be in the entertainment
industry in some capacity..
Ash'sAunt Evelyn "Peaches" Smith, gave him the name
as a child, and it has been with him ever since. Brotha
mother, Andrea Lee Woodson, passed in 1979, which
more determined and focused to live his life to the fullest and
make his dreams a reality. His mother was his best friend and he
uses her for inspiration to keep going. Other family members who
have passed on are also inspiration for Brotha
to strive to be the best person he can be and they are his great-grandmother,
Lucy Curry, grandmother, Dot Talley,
father Bertrand "Goocher" Frye, cousin Anthony
"Torry" Dorsey, and 2nd step-mother, Nora Moorehead
great-grandmother, Lucy Curry,
instilled great work ethics in him as a child by putting him to
work in the family business, Vera and Rick's Lounge, while his grandmother
Dot Talley showed him how to be a free spirit and
be true to himself. Having family-owned businesses from Vera
Downing, Tim and Yvonne Myles, Lisa Woodson, Grace Kizzie,
and John Dorsey has been the inspiration for Ashley to
one day start his own company. His sisters Lisa Woodson,
Melba Freeman, Grace Kizzie, uncle George "Porgie"
Frye, mentors Jerome M. Jackson, L. Vernon Saunders,
and Drew Slaughter are all major inspirations
in his life always showing Ashley how to deal with people on a professional
level and also how to keep God first in his life. His
first step-mother, Emily Hyatt, his other sisters
Candace Woodson, Leonora Thomas,
brothers, Eric Woodson,Lonnie Freeman,
Anthony and Bryan Dixon, , best friends
David Macklin, Angela Brock-Germany, and church
mom and dad Ron & Jeanette Green from Ebenezer
Baptist Church show Brotha
how important it is to appreciate family and friends.
A special shoutout Antone Strothers for all of his genuine support.I have to shoutout my nieces Fatimah Hill, Nicole and Jazia
and my nephews Antonio, Joab and Ke'Von.
has always admired his heroes like Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr., Harriet Tubman, Malcolm X, and our present black leaders
like President Barack Obama and Reverend Jesse Jackson,
Sr. His great-grandmother, Lucy Curry,
told him stories of his ancestors, who came from slavery, and it
struck a cord with Brotha
He has learned a lot about where he came from so he can know where
he is going. He is a strong believer in bringing the black community
together. He is proud of his heritage and wants to share it
with anyone who will listen. Being black is a banner he wears
with dignity, pride, and respect. Chuck D.,
from the legendary hip-hop group Public
Enemy, is his favorite rap lyricist.
Having Public Enemy
focus on "BLACK
in the late 80's was a great time for the younger generation of
African Americans to come together through hip-hop to learn about
their heritage and Brotha
loved every minute of it. He would wear the "red,
black, green" clothes and mediallions
to display his black pride. Being young,
gifted, and black is something
is very proud of, and to this day he
is working hard to do his part in bringing the African
American community closer together.
has achieved a lot in a short period of time thanks to his Lord
and Savior, Jesus Christ and the support of his family
and friends. He has many awards and accolades from his hard work
in many arenas. He is a 1984 graduate of John A. Brashear
High School, and was a 13Bravo-Field Artillerist in the United
States Army and the Army Reserve serving from 1985-1993. He is a
Member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, and a 2000 graduate
of Bidwell Training Center, Inc. with a diploma in Information Sciences.
He was a Research Assistant for the University of Pittsburgh, a
Committee Member for the PA Mid-Atlantic Group, the Center
for Minority Health, The Dot Talley Initiative Program, and the
Equipoise Group, a Council member of B-PEP (Black Political
Empowerment Project), a Student majoring in communications
at the University of Pittsburgh until October of 2007. Brotha
is also a journalist and writer for the New Pittsburgh Courier and
plans to launch his own magazine and TV show in 2011. He
is still a R&B/Hip-Hop Dancer (his
favorite thing to do), and the CEO and Founder of
his own company: BROTHA ASH PRODUCTIONS.
is a very giving, loving, and caring person who knows that once
BROTHA ASH PRODUCTIONS
reaches the pinnacle of its success, he has to give back to his
community and take care of his family.
A DANCER TO AN ENTREPENEUR
Ash Productions is....
for African American and
Latino Events, Church and Health information, Career and
Job information, Artists, News, Entertainment, and most important
is Black History.
ARE PROUD TO BE FROM PITTSBURGH AND
WE WILL KEEP REPRESENTIN' BY GIVING YOU WHAT YOU WANT LIKE WE HAVE
BEEN DOING SINCE 2001!!!
WE ARE NOT GOING ANYWHERE, WE WANT YOU TO
KNOW THAT WE
APPLAUD ALL AFRICAN AMERICAN WEBSITES FOR SHARING
POSITIVE INFORMATION WITH THE COMMUNITY. WE KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING
IS AN ASSET TO EVERYONE AND WE ALSO LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH
YOU IN THE FUTURE.
ASH PRODUCTIONS WILL ALWAYS PUT THE
COMMUNITY FIRST BY EMPOWERING YOU TO BE THE BEST BLACK MAN OR WOMAN
YOU COULD BE!!!
WITH US IS GREAT,
BUT SHARING OUR BLACK HISTORY WITH YOU IS EVEN GREATER!!!
AMERICANS, LATINOS AND ALL ETHNICS ARE WELCOME TO JOIN PITTSBURGH'S
#1 COMMUNITY WEB SITE THAT SHOWCASES EVERYONE. WE TOLD YOU THAT
HONORED WITH AWARD FROM MESSAGE CARRIERS
Carriers is a derivative of The Society of Americans for Recovery
(SOAR), which was founded by the Late Senator Harold E. Hughes,
SOAR was a grass-roots organization of concerned people from all
walks of life.March
29, 2007, Robin Spencer (Director of Message Carriers) awarded
Brotha Ash Productions
with an "Award of Appreciation"
for the coverage of last year's awards ceremony."I
thank you and your organization for this great honor of recognition."
Awards were handed out to over 50 people who volunteer in
one way or another for Message Carriers. There was great food,
speeches, and entertainment by Eric Blackwell and Faithful Ministries.Keep up the great work Robin because what you are doing is a
great service to the community.Again,
thank you for the award.
LYNNE HAYES-FREELAND SHOW"
Ash Productions was invited to be on
the historical Lynne Hayes-Freeland Show.
May 20, 2006 on UPN Channel 15 and Sunday,
May 21, 2006 on KDKA
TV Channel 2 (Cable Channel 6)
@ 6:30am. Find
out how Brotha Ash Productions
got started over five years ago, our first events, covering news
and events, our cultural specific website and how Brotha
Ash Productions has grown into the
multi-media outlet it is today thanks to you our viewers.
ASH PRODUCTIONS RECEIVES AWARD
JAZZ CONCERT FOR OUTSTANDING
WORK IN THE COMMUNITY AND WITH B-PEP
the Black Political Empowerment Project, a non-partisan community
collaborative, in cooperation with the Pittsburgh Jazz Society hosted
a Pittsburgh star-studded jazz marathon fundraiser on Easter Monday,
April 17, 2006, sponsored in part by Mellon Jazz." The
musical extravaganza took place at beautiful "Dowe's on 9th"
in Downtown Pittsburgh from 5:30pm to 11:30pm. In one location and
in one great night area jazz fans were treated to the exciting sounds
of Pittsburgh's greatest artists. All the jazz legends came out
and gave us a great show. Awards were given to three Wards in
our city for their efforts in voter registration from their communities.
Tim Stevens, B-PEP Chair and Founder presented Brotha
the "B-PEP Jazz Marquee (pictured with
me and Urban League President Esther Bush) for outstanding
work in the community and for hard work and committment to B-PEP.
(THANK YOU!!) Pittsburgh Jazz Society President and Founder,
WDUQ's Tony Mowod, was the primary emcee for the evening. WDUQ's
Bob Studebaker, Debbie Norell of The New Pgh Courier, Jack Bogut
of WJAS Radio, Kevin Amos of WRCT Radio and legendary Pittsburgh
deejay "Brother Matt", WAMO's morning show DJ's Anji and
GQ, WPXI's Vince Simms also shared in the emcees duties. This
was a night that had all that jazz and more.
BIDWELL HOSTS A GATHERING OF INSPIRATION
stories of former students highlighted Manchester Bidwell Corporation's
annual appeal campaign kickoff on Wednesday, April 20th, 2005 from
5:00 to 8:00 p.m. " Alumni, Ashley G. Woodson, Ana Kelly,
Thomas Kellner, Nancy Hessler, Sharif Bey, Andrea Celani, &
Jennifer Peters took the stage to share personal stories of
adversity & triumph, all based on their learning experiences
at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild & Bidwell Training Center.....read