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SCE Black History Month Celebration Honors Energy-Efficiency Champions, Community Partners

Tremaine Mitchell (second from left), director of Operations for the Youth Action Project, receives the Community Partnership Award from Southern California Edison (SCE) during SCE’s recent Black History Month celebration.  SCE President Pedro Pizarro (second from right), Tammy Tumbling, director of Philanthropy and Community Involvement (right) and Qiana Charles (left), local public affairs manager, presented the award to the organization for successfully helping youth and young adults in the development of skills and habits needed to experience economic and social success. Since 2007, it has hired and trained more than 200 local college students, provided more than 90,000 work experience and community service hours and provided tutoring and mentoring to more than 1,000 high school students within the San Bernardino Unified School District.

Tremaine Mitchell (second from left), director of Operations for the Youth Action Project, receives the Community Partnership Award from Southern California Edison (SCE) during SCE’s recent Black History Month celebration. SCE President Pedro Pizarro (second from right), Tammy Tumbling, director of Philanthropy and Community Involvement (right) and Qiana Charles (left), local public affairs manager, presented the award to the organization for successfully helping youth and young adults in the development of skills and habits needed to experience economic and social success. Since 2007, it has hired and trained more than 200 local college students, provided more than 90,000 work experience and community service hours and provided tutoring and mentoring to more than 1,000 high school students within the San Bernardino Unified School District.

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Edison Scholar Kyanne Parchment, 18, spoke at Southern California Edison’s 13th annual Black History Month celebration.  A graduate of Henry J. Kaiser High School in Fontana, Kyanne engaged the audience by discussing how the $40,000 Edison Scholarship she received last year to pursue her studies in the STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) fields has provided her with much more than the funds needed to attend and graduate from college.  Before entering college, the college freshmen dreamed about developing programs and apps.  But now, she strives to create a virtual classroom to make STEM classes more readily available to diverse students.  “I think we need more ‘Edisons’ to help give a greater number of minorities a chance to succeed and explore the STEM fields,” she said. “There are many other students with tremendous abilities who just need a helping hand.” More of her story can be found at Edison’s newsroom.

Edison Scholar Kyanne Parchment, 18, spoke at Southern California Edison’s 13th annual Black History Month celebration. A graduate of Henry J. Kaiser High School in Fontana, Kyanne engaged the audience by discussing how the $40,000 Edison Scholarship she received last year to pursue her studies in the STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) fields has provided her with much more than the funds needed to attend and graduate from college. Before entering college, the college freshmen dreamed about developing programs and apps. But now, she strives to create a virtual classroom to make STEM classes more readily available to diverse students. “I think we need more ‘Edisons’ to help give a greater number of minorities a chance to succeed and explore the STEM fields,” she said. “There are many other students with tremendous abilities who just need a helping hand.”
More of her story can be found at Edison’s newsroom.

ROSEMEAD, CA- Southern California Edison (SCE) will honor the Compton Unified School District, the Inglewood Unified School District, the Moreno Valley Black Chamber of Commerce and the Youth Action Project at its 13th annual Black History Month celebration today at SCE’s Energy Education Center in Irwindale.

A crowd of 300 is expected at the event, which honors the achievements of local African-American businesses and leaders, their contributions to economic growth, service to the community and participation in energy-efficiency programs.

“This celebration recognizes the importance of African-American contributions to our communities, our state and our nation,” said SCE President Pedro Pizarro.  “SCE serves one of the most ethnically diverse regions of the country and serving our customers means embracing and incorporating diversity into everything we do.

Bonnie Boswell, a reporter, producer, commentator and talk-show host, served as keynote speaker during Southern California Edison’s recent Black History Month event focused on “Celebrating Business and Community Partnerships” with the theme of “Giving Back.”  She is executive producer of “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights,” a film about her uncle that first lady Michelle Obama presented at the White House during the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington.

Bonnie Boswell, a reporter, producer, commentator and talk-show host, served as keynote speaker during Southern California Edison’s recent Black History Month event focused on “Celebrating Business and Community Partnerships” with the theme of “Giving Back.” She is executive producer of “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights,” a film about her uncle that first lady Michelle Obama presented at the White House during the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington.

“Our partnerships with our business and community leaders are the foundation of the service we provide to our customers,” added Lisa Cagnolatti, vice president of SCE’s Business Customer Division.  “Southern California Edison’s annual Black History Month event is an opportunity to show our appreciation to them and to the communities we serve.”

Bonnie Boswell, a reporter, producer, commentator and talk-show host, will serve as keynote speaker. She is executive producer of “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights,” a film about her uncle that first lady Michelle Obama presented at the White House during the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington.

The Compton and Inglewood school districts will be honored with SCE’s Energy Efficiency Participation Award for energy conservation at their respective school sites. Their participation in the School Energy Efficiency Program has saved both school districts money on electricity consumption and helped create more comfortable learning environments for students.

Alvin Jenkins, director of Facilities for the Compton district, and Joe Dominguez, chief deputy superintendent for the Inglewood district, will accept the award for their school districts.

The Moreno Valley Black Chamber of Commerce is the recipient of SCE’s Diverse Business Enterprise Award for its commitment to the economic, civic, commercial, cultural, industrial and educational interests of the area. Linda Wright, president/CEO/founder of the chamber, will accept the award.

The Youth Action Project will receive SCE’s Community Partnership Award. It has successfully helped youth and young adults in the development of skills and habits needed to experience economic and social success. Since 2007, it has hired and trained more than 200 local college students, provided more than 90,000 work experience and community service hours and provided tutoring and mentoring to more than 1,000 high school students within the San Bernardino Unified School District.

Tremaine Mitchell, director of operations for the project, will accept the award.

Kyanne Parchment, a 2014 Edison Scholar who attends the University of California, Davis, will give a testimonial highlighting the difference her $40,000 scholarship has made in her life. The West Covina resident, who graduated from Henry J. Kaiser High School last year, is majoring in engineering and computer science.

This year’s event theme is “Giving Back” and the focus is “Celebrating Business and Community Partnerships.”

Chris Schauble, a co-anchor for the KTLA 5 Morning News, will serve as emcee.


 

About Southern California Edison

An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.

 

Linda Wright (middle), president/CEO/founder of the Moreno Valley Black Chamber of Commerce, shares a moment with Southern California Edison (SCE) President Pedro Pizarro (left) and Lisa Cagnolatti (right), vice president, Business Customer Division during SCE’s annual Black History Month celebration.  The chamber was the recipient of the Diverse Business Enterprise Award for its commitment to the economic, civic, commercial, cultural, industrial and educational interests of the area.

Linda Wright (middle), president/CEO/founder of the Moreno Valley Black Chamber of Commerce, shares a moment with Southern California Edison (SCE) President Pedro Pizarro (left) and Lisa Cagnolatti (right), vice president, Business Customer Division during SCE’s annual Black History Month celebration. The chamber was the recipient of the Diverse Business Enterprise Award for its commitment to the economic, civic, commercial, cultural, industrial and educational interests of the area.

Compton Unified School District Director of Facilities Alvin Jenkins (fourth from left) and Superintendent Darin Brawley (third from right) accepts the Energy Efficiency Participation Award for energy conservation at schools in their district during Southern California Edison’s recent Black History Month celebration.  SCE President Pedro Pizarro (second from right) and Lisa Cagnolatti (right), vice president, Business Customer Division joined other company representatives in honoring the district for its commitment to save money on electricity consumption and create a more comfortable learning environment for students.

Compton Unified School District Director of Facilities Alvin Jenkins (fourth from left) and Superintendent Darin Brawley (third from right) accepts the Energy Efficiency Participation Award for energy conservation at schools in their district during Southern California Edison’s recent Black History Month celebration. SCE President Pedro Pizarro (second from right) and Lisa Cagnolatti (right), vice president, Business Customer Division joined other company representatives in honoring the district for its commitment to save money on electricity consumption and create a more comfortable learning environment for students.

Inglewood Unified School District Chief Deputy Superintendent Joe Dominguez (fourth from left) accepts the Energy Efficiency Participation Award for energy conservation at schools in his district during Southern California Edison’s recent Black History Month Celebration.  SCE President Pedro Pizarro (third from right) and Lisa Cagnolatti (second from right), vice president, Business Customer Division joined other company representatives in honoring the district for its commitment to save money on electricity consumption and create a more comfortable learning environment for students.

Inglewood Unified School District Chief Deputy Superintendent Joe Dominguez (fourth from left) accepts the Energy Efficiency Participation Award for energy conservation at schools in his district during Southern California Edison’s recent Black History Month Celebration. SCE President Pedro Pizarro (third from right) and Lisa Cagnolatti (second from right), vice president, Business Customer Division joined other company representatives in honoring the district for its commitment to save money on electricity consumption and create a more comfortable learning environment for students.

Some of the Media representatives (Photo courtesy of Charles Jackson, City Pride Magazine)

Some of the Media representatives (Photo courtesy of Charles Jackson, City Pride Magazine)

Publisher and Co-Founder of California Black Media Hardy Brown Honored at State Senate

Hardy Brown is honored on the floor of the California State Senate. Included in this photo from left to right: (back row) son-in-law and Stockton City Manager Kurt Wilson, granddaughter Kennedy Wilson, brother Vince Brown; (middle row) daughter and California Black Media chair Regina Brown Wilson, wife Assemblymember Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino); (front row) Senator Richard Roth (D-Riverside), Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino), Hardy Brown, and Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga).

Hardy Brown is honored on the floor of the California State Senate. Included in this photo from left to right: (back row) son-in-law and Stockton City Manager Kurt Wilson, granddaughter Kennedy Wilson, brother Vince Brown; (middle row) daughter and California Black Media chair Regina Brown Wilson, wife Assemblymember Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino); (front row) Senator Richard Roth (D-Riverside), Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino), Hardy Brown, and Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga).

SACRAMENTO – In recognition of his work in the community and role in the California media industry, Senators Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, and Connie Leyva, D-Chino, presented Black Voice News publisher and California Black Media co-founder Hardy Brown, Sr. with a Senate resolution on Monday.
“Hardy’s life story is an inspiring one,” said Morrell. “The Black Voice News is an important news outlet in our region and provides valuable insight to its readers every week. But as much as Hardy and his wife Cheryl are known for their contributions to the publishing industry they are also generous philanthropists. They do incredible work on behalf of kids and families in neighborhoods across the Inland Empire. We are fortunate to have them as leaders in our community.”
The son of North Carolina sharecroppers, Brown came to California in the 1960s and held various positions with Kaiser and the California Electric Company (now Southern California Edison). In 1980, he and his wife Cheryl, now an Assemblymember representing the 47th District, founded Brown Publishing Company to produce the Black Voice News, a newspaper focusing on local news in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Together, they have the distinction of being the only living publishers to be included in the 175th anniversary of the Black Press of America.
Brown is also founding President of California Black Media, a network of African-American media owners across California, which will meet in Sacramento this week during the annual conference of the California Newspaper Publishers Association.
“I’m truly humbled to be honored by Senators Mike Morrell and Connie Leyva during Black History Month, and am deeply appreciative of the graciousness displayed by the entire Senate body,” said Brown. “As the son of a poor-sharecropper from North Carolina, I never imagined that I’d be here today in front of you all, partaking in the American Dream. Words cannot fully express my appreciation. Thank you to my family, friends, community and employers who all believed in me and supported me over the past 50 years. I’ve dedicated my life to community service. This honor is a strong testament to the power of God and what he can do with someone who believes in Him.”
Over a decade ago, Hardy was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as ALS, but the disease has not defined his life at all. He has fought it courageously and continues to write a regular column or Black Voice News on today’s issues of importance.

Verizon Wireless Partners with Harlem’s Fashion Row Making a Splash in Los Angeles with its First-Ever West Coast Event

(Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)

(Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)

Four talented and diverse fashion designers showcased their collections to a select group of celebrities and influencers during Grammy weekend

LOS ANGELES, CA- Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR) presented Style Beat, its first-ever West Coast event during Grammy Awards weekend in Los Angeles.  The glamorous daytime affair took place on Friday, February 6th at a luxurious Beverly Hills estate.  HFR is a unique movement founded to increase diversity in fashion by producing events to educate, stimulate, and advance opportunities for emerging designers of color.  Collections by four talented and diverse fashion designers were showcased to a select group of 250 tastemakers.  The featured designers were the legendary L.A.-based designer Kevan Hall, custom menswear designer Waraire Boswell, and emerging designers, Joseph Bethune and “Project Runway” finalist Kimberly Goldson.

As a partner, Verizon Wireless was able to help HFR’s Founder and CEO Brandice Henderson- Daniel pursue her passion through technology and bring Style Beat to life, which was co-hosted by actress/entrepreneur/model/TV personality Vanessa Simmons (styled by Shop Le Look) and recording artist/actor Quincy.  Attendees were able to take part in Verizon’s 360 Glam Cam to share their fashion and style. There was also a special one-on-one conversation with Kevan Hall discussing his career and influences.  The event culminated with the poolside runway fashion show featuring designs by Hall, Boswell, Bethune and Goldson.  Celebrity and influencer guests included Vanessa Williams, Tamala Jones, Melissa De Sousa, Michael Jai White, Gillian Waters, Cedric Sanders, Gloria Govan, Laura Govan, AJ Johnson, VaShawn Mitchell, Malina Moye, Kwame Boateng, Kofi Siriboe, Davidson Frere, V Bozeman, Kay Cola, Ugo Mozie, Daver Campbell and Harriette Cole, among others.  Guests were treated to a complimentary beauty bar, gifting, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and much more.

“Style Beat could not have happened without the generous support from Prudential and Verizon Wireless.  Because of them, we were able to show four incredible designers, all of whom I’m thankful for their participation.  I am still blown away by the amazing welcome we received in Los Angeles and we look forward to presenting more events here in the near future,” said Brandice Henderson-Daniel, Founder/CEO of Harlem’s Fashion Row.

About Harlem’s Fashion Row 

Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR) is an influential arts and entertainment organization that engages audiences and aligns brand partners with emerging multicultural designers.  HFR’s mission is to discover and showcase rising talent of color through a platform of national events and customized multi-platform programs.  HFR has gained corporate support from companies such as AOL, Target Stores, Iman Cosmetics, Smartwater, Dark & Lovely, and BET. Harlem’s Fashion Row has also been covered by Women’s Wear Daily, NY Daily News, Fashionista, New York Time Out, and Jones Magazine, as well as, “That’s So New York”, The Cut, NY Racked, Black Enterprise, and Centric.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network.  As the largest wireless company in the U.S., Verizon Wireless serves 108.2 million retail customers, including 102.1 million retail postpaid customers.  Verizon Wireless is wholly owned by Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ).  For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com.  For the latest news and updates about Verizon Wireless, visit our News Center at http://www.verizonwireless.com/news or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/VZWNews.