** On Nov. 18, 1978 the world as we knew it was changed forever. 918 victims, of whom 305 were children—including 40 infants—lost their lives along with U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan and a United Press International film crew. The place was Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana—founded and led by James Warren “Jim” Jones, forever rendered infamous by its name “Jonestown.”
OAKLAND, CA: To keynote the 2018 Jonestown memorial, Martin Luther King, III will join Dr. Jynona Norwood—founder of Jonestown Memorial Wall and Services—along with victims’ family representatives, concerned citizens and community, civic, academia, and ministerial leaders to remember the 918 victims, giving special recognition to the 305 children (including 40 infants) who were slaughtered in—that Paradise of Pain, founded and led by James Warren “Jim” Jones, forever rendered infamous by its name “Jonestown.” The special event, titled “Beauty for Ashes: The Jonestown Memorial,” will incorporate the unveiling of the “Cherishing the Children Memorial Wall” in honor of the young people during the 40th annual Jonestown observance. The memorial wall dedicatory will commence at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 18th at Evergreen Cemetery, 6450 Camden Ave., Oakland, CA.
Dr. E. Faye Williams, national president and CEO of the National Congress of Black Women (appointed by President Barack Obama’s Presidential Scholars Commission), Rev. Ed Norwood, who was kidnapped/rescued by his mother to save him from going to Jonestown, Oscar C. Wright, former president of the Emeryville, Calif, NAACP chapter and community activist, will also address the audience.
The visit begins with Governor Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown Jr. in Sacramento on Friday, Sept. 21, where he’ll be accompanied by the Minister of Defense and Foreign Affairs Luis Filipe Tavares, the Ambassador to Washington, D.C., Carlos Veiga,along with Consul General Herminio Moniz. President Fonseca is expected to address issues of common interests between Cabo Verde and the United States in a year when the two countries celebrate 200 years of their official relationship.
California rang in the first weekend of August with its annual surfing competition. Seems pretty standard for a location known as the Golden State. The twist? This event was for dogs only. Continue reading →
*Honey chile listen up, this may be your time to shine! We just learned that NBC’s ‘The Voice — the hottest singing competition on TV — with four of the most successful recording artists (Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton) serving as coaches, is hitting the road this summer and wants to audition bad-ass talent at their OPEN CALL AUDITIONS!
Does this sound like you?
If so, hurry and brush up on those vocal chords — after all, you don’t want to end up like Adele and Sza.
*Have you taken a look at eBay since Saturday? Saturday, you ask? Yes. Saturday. The day the world stopped and more Americans than Brits watched the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle; making them, officially, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Back to eBay.
Word is guests at the wedding are selling their goody bags (Dang, they had goody bags, like at an awards show?) online for as much as $10,000. What guests are these? I mean, we know people like Oprah, Serena Williams, James Corden, the Clooneys, Idris Elba and folks of that ilk attended. THEY wouldn’t need, or even want, to sell something so priceless. I mean considering where it came from.
But then again, maybe it was Janina Gavanka, the bride’s actress friend. The one who wrote on Instagram that no designer wanted to dress her. She looked adorable in the vintage outfit she finally choose.
Nah, it was none of them, actually. As it turns out, a select group of the general public — 2600 of them to be exact — were invited to stand outside of Windsor Castle on Saturday to watch the wedding up close and personal. They got to see guests arrive and even witnessed the first kiss between the couple. Continue reading →
*H-e-l-l-o. Her daughter is getting ready to marry a prince, is it really any surprise Doria Ragland has seen fit to quit her job…now?
Last August Meghan talked to Glamour magazine and described her mom, a social worker and yoga instructor, as a “free spirit!”
“…My mom has always been a free spirit. She’s got dreadlocks and a nose ring. She just ran the LA marathon,” the former Suits actress who will tie the knot with her beloved Prince Harry as the world watches this weekend, said.
According to what a source close to Meghan’s mom told Us Weekly, Ragland, who works with the geriatric community, has been planning to leave her current job for a while now.
“Doria is no longer working at the mental health clinic in the Los Angeles area. It was Doria’s decision to leave.” She has talked about starting her own private practice, focusing on working with elderly patients.” Continue reading →
(Los Angeles, CA) Registration for the 2018 Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant is now open and Lisa Ruffin, Founder/Producer of the 25th Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant announced that applications are being accepted. Only 50 young participants, between the ages of 6 and 12 years old will be in the pageant, which will be held in August.
The Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant is an educational program. The girls learn to wear their “C.A.P.” which stands for Confidence, Awareness and Pride. Selected participants undertake a cultural enrichment program designed to promote teamwork, self-esteem, and heighten cultural awareness. They take classes in public speaking, science, technology and etiquette and are taught performances by award winning choreographers. The young ladies make new friends and learn about their rich African American history.
“By fostering these universal attributes at such a tender age, our girls grow to be leaders in their communities and help to change the world,” says Ruffin.Continue reading →
*Do you, your son or daughter want to get into the lucrative construction business? If your answer is yes, then you should consider attending a meeting tonight at Manuel Arts High School in Los Angeles.
Council District 9 is the “New Frontier for Economic Investment!” Come learn how you can be part of catalytic projects such as the $1 billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and $300 million Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum makeover.
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