Home / Author Archives: WSS News (page 71)

Author Archives: WSS News

Local Area Talent Invited to Participate in the Annual Palm Springs Black History Month Gospel Fest

PALM SPRINGS, CA- Gearing up for another outstanding season of cultural festivities, the Palm Springs Black History Committee invites members of the community to participate in its yearly ceremonial Gospel Fest. The event, which heralds the official kickoff of the year’s Black History Month celebrations, is scheduled to take place Sunday, January 31, 2016.

Promising to be an afternoon rooted in culture and tradition, the Gospel Fest will set the pace for the 2016 Black History Month theme “Hallowed Grounds of African American History.”  It aims to highlight the rich cultural legacy upon which the Palm Springs African American community has forged here in the desert region.

“Gospel music has always been important to our community,” says Linda Gray, Gospel Fest committee chairperson and long time Palm Springs resident. “It has been a means by which we gather and communicate to express our spirituality along with our connection to each other.”

According to Gray, the Gospel Fest has traditionally held a very significant role in the Black History Month celebrations. It first started out as an all community choir made up of desert residents from across the Coachella valley.  The choir, which sung at the grand opening celebration, became the official launch to the season’s programming.  This tradition soon evolved into an event all within itself allowing the Gospel Fest to garner the position as the official opening of Black History Month for the Desert residents. It serves as a catalyst to gather the community and set the tone for the festivities to come.

Members of the community of all ages are invited to participate as we gather to celebrate and share the vast talent represented in our region. The event is scheduled to take place United Methodist Church 1555 E. Alejo Road in Palm Springs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission to the general public is $2. The deadline for talent to apply is Friday, January 15, 2016. For more information contact Linda.gray@palmspringsca.gov or visit www.Palmspringsblackhistory.org

Athlete Spotlight: Boxer Rock Blackwell Teams with Africa Orphan Organization to Give Back

c81ab654-e87b-440f-84a1-93503b36976fBy Josh Dreiband

 Rock Blackwell, The World Boxing Union (WBU) novice world champion who has gone 15-0 as a pro internationally in the IBL (Spain, Great Britian, Scotland) and is now currently ranked with the WBU and IBU. Over the summer, Blackwell announced that he would be using his skill in the ring for good. Rock Blackwell has teamed up with The My Sister Cares Foundation, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to giving food, shelter and clothing to orphans in Africa, to rebuild orphanages in Cameroon.

On June 5, 2016 the WBU and IBU ranked boxer and the My Sister Cares Foundation will travel to Cameroon to break ground on their first orphanage. Blackwell, who was born and raised in Baltimore with heritage from  Yehuda, Israel. The champion of the Hebrews believes it is his calling to help restore his people, and he’s going to begin with Cameroon.

Upon their arrival on June 5th, Rock Blackwell and My Sister Cares will supply $65,000 worth of food, gas, clothes, shoes, toys and books to the children and families of Cameroon. Rock Blackwell will also be holding a boxing seminar for the kids in Cameroon’s capitol, where the Cameroon Boxing Federation will honor him for his charitable efforts

Rock Blackwell’s first trip to Africa will be one with a warm welcome. The first lady of Cameroon will be in attendance at Cameroon’s capital to receive the champ and do a traditional royal dressing, in honor of his charity.

2016 Blackwell will return to boxing under the traditional ABC, a year filled with Tv fights, championship bouts, guest star appearances and more.

Los Angeles Toy Drive Unites the City of Carson through Philanthropy and Music

Torrey Adams with some of the attending children at the Music is a Part of Everyday Life Toy Drive, Tues., Dec. 22, 2015. (Photograph courtesy of Robert Byrd of BE-Radical Productions).

Torrey Adams with some of the attending children at the Music is a Part of Everyday Life Toy Drive, Tues., Dec. 22, 2015. (Photograph courtesy of Robert Byrd of BE-Radical Productions).

LOS ANGELES, CA- KhyKel Music Enterprises and The Beat Series, in conjunction with Underground PR, hosted the first annual Music is a Part of Everyday Life Toy Drive, Tuesday, December 22 at the Carson Community Center.  With sponsors and supporters such as Taxx Pros and Jan’s Christian Academy, the Music is a Part of Everyday Life Toy Drive successfully gathered a number of toys to be distributed to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Carson and House Full of Toys; used instruments were donated to the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center, in Los Angeles.

The children in attendance enjoyed arts and crafts like making bracelets, customizing photo frames and coloring pictures.  Attendees also enjoyed an open photo booth provided by Fotos on the Go, gift bags and live performances from upcoming musical artists.  KJLH was present during the first half of the event, where Bigg Pwee did Block Hits to encourage the community to donate new, unwrapped toys and used instruments.

Performers graced the stage by delivering musical performances throughout the event.  These performers included a 10-year-old female emcee by the name of Charlee Hines; R&B recording artist, Auree “Honey Blu” Edmundson; R&B recording artist, Ashley Manley (shown in the picture to the left; photographed by Robert Byrd of BE-Radical Productions); and a dance performance by creative artist Lamont Easter, Jr.  DJ BaD provided sounds on the turntables during the second half of the toy drive and aided in playing soundtracks for the performers.

Toward the close of the toy drive, a raffle was conducted raffling off items at $1 per ticket.  Some of the items included: gift baskets, tickets to the R&B Rewind Fest and an autographed basketball from Los Angeles Lakers’ Power Forward, Julius Randle.  All proceeds were donated to Christ Centered Community Church.

Torrey “Tact Boogie” Adams, founder of KhyKel Music Enterprises and The Beat Series gave a short speech, at the end of the event, about the importance of music, philanthropy and the passion behind his creativity.  “Often times my passion gets mistaken [for other emotions].  I just love what I do…music is a part of everyday life.”   His ultimate goal, as a music producer and engineer, is to expose and involve more children in the art of making music.