ISELIN, NJ- History was made at the legendary Newark Symphony Hall breaking the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for Largest Gospel Choir. The McDonald’s Gospel Super Choir was made up of 1,171 singers of all ages, from across the New York Tri-State area and as far away as Philadelphia and Florida. This record breaking event was produced and directed by Emmy Award winning A. Curtis Farrow. The previous record of 1,169 singers was held by the London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC) joined by hundreds of singers from gospel choirs across Europe. As a launch to Black History Month, this record breaking choir was sponsored by the McDonald’s New York Tri-State Owner Operators Association and McDonald’s Corporation. For more information and photos, visit http://www.lovepeacejoy.info.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA- On target to delivering a carefully crafted taste of African culture and pride several African American community organizations are gathering for a Day of the African Community and Family: Cultural Faire & Celebration. The event, which brings together local African storytellers, dancers, musicians and poets is scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 15, at Immanuel Praise Fellowship, 9592 7th Street in Rancho Cucamonga, from 11:30 am to 4 p.m. The fair will culminate with two lectures beginning at 5 p.m. from internationally recognized ancient African Egyptian historians and lecturers Merira and Ashra Kwesi. Entrance to both lectures is $15 pre-sale and $20 at the door and $10 for students with valid I.D. Another community favorite is the multifaceted performer and dancer, Makeda Kumasi, who will be featured with her group the Umoja Ensemble of the Inland Empire. Kumasi who is known for her one- woman shows has captured the hearts of audiences both young and old.This is an event that is offering fun for all ages the program also promises African drumming, dancing, poetry and a host of other activities. General admission to the cultural faire is free and open to the community. For more information or to become a vendor call 951-552-3923. Tickets can be purchased as www.blackdotcommittee.com or www.5ontheblackhandside.com.
SAN BERNARDINO, CA- Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) is proud to announce that she is running for re-election to the California State Assembly’s 47thAssembly District. The 47th Assembly District encompasses the cities of Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rialto, the southwest parts of San Bernardino and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy. Her re-election campaign is set to launch on Sunday, February 16 at the Hampton Inn, 250 North 9th Street in Colton, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. During her first year in office, jobs, economic development, small business growth, education and public safety were among her top priorities. She also sponsored and supported various bills to promote economic development, spur small business growth, support student success and assist homeowners and veterans.
The California State Legislature approved four of her bills last year, two of them, AB 379 and 1094, becoming laws. AB 379 protects financing for manufactured home owners and AB 1094 increases CalWORKS benefits for veterans, allowing them to receive the financial assistance they need to care for their families.
Additionally, she hosted 16 community events that brought resources into the District, including a back to school giveaway, where she distributed 400 free backpacks to students in Bloomington and Muscoy; a green collar jobs fair; and a business summit to help small businesses gain access to resources to further their development. Assemblymember Brown has already won the pre-endorsement of the delegates from the California Democratic Party. To RSVP contact Ashley Jones at 909-645-3853.