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Alliance for Women in Media, Southern California Prepares for Highly-Acclaimed Speed Mentoring Event

LOS ANGELES, CA- The Alliance for Women in Media, Southern California (AWM SoCal) Prepares for their highly-acclaimed Speed Mentoring event, presented by Sag-Aftra. Held Sunday, May 3, 2015 at Carla’s Café at CBS Radford Lot 4024, the event brings industry leaders together with students and job seekers in a fun, interactive environment similar to the speed dating concept.

Mary Schaffer, Director of Students and Scholarships for AWM SoCal, explains, “Mentors and mentees will be seated at tables. A five-minute stop watch will mark the time and when the bell rings, mentees will move down the line to the next mentor. It’s not only fun, but a great way to meet a lot of people and network with the top leaders in media and entertainment fields.”

The list of scheduled mentors includes:

  • Corinne Baldassano, Senior Vice President, Programming and Marketing, Take On The Day, LLC/The Dr. Laura Program
  • Samantha Brown, Vice President of Strategic Sales for Vubiquity
  • Tish Ciravolo, Founder and President of Daisy Rock Guitars, the only girl guitar company in the world
  • Vic Cohen, TV comedy writer (Emmy nominated), producer, show creator and comedic actor who has starred/written on comedy shows on Fox (“Mobbed”), NBC (“Deal or No Deal”), TBS (“Deal With It”), and other cable networks
  • Bill Denton, General Sales Manager, KFI/KEIB/KLAC, iHeartMedia
  • Tanya Memme, host of two Emmy Nominated TV shows on A&E “Sell This House” and “Sell This House Extreme,” Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family “DIY” Expert, and KTLA’s Best Vacations and mom entrepreneur
  • Jenn Sherry Parry, Emmy award winning television producer with 14 years experience in the Los Angeles market. She is currently Senior Field Producer of “The Doctors”, a daytime medical talk show on CBS.

Desiree Duffy, Co-President of AWM SoCal, adds, “It’s all about meeting people, making connections and helping each other. All ages and career levels, both women and men, are welcome because everyone needs a little mentoring once in a while!”

Speed Mentoring takes place inside Carla’s Café at CBS Radford from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Space is limited. Advance registration is required no later than Thursday, April 30. Tickets are $20 for AWM SoCal members and $30.00 for non-members. Students who bring a copy of their unofficial transcript will receive a free AWM SoCal Student Membership with their registration. To register and for more information, and to see a complete list of mentors, visit www.AWMSoCal.org.


NAACP Riverside Branch’s 2015 Freedom Fund Celebration Theme to commemorate the 50th Anniversary March on Selma

RIVERSIDE, CA – The NAACP Riverside Branch’s annual fundraising gala, the “2015 Freedom Fund Celebration,” will recognize community leaders and organizations that have made significant contributions in their communities. This year’s theme: “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: One Nation, One Dream, United” commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the March on Selma. This formal affair will take place on Wednesday, May 13 at the Riverside Convention Center located at 3637 Fifth Street in downtown Riverside. Doors open at 5 p.m. with social networking, followed by a strolling dinner and awards at 6 p.m. The evening will also include live entertainment, special performances, dancing and more.

This year’s honorees include: Judy White, PhD, Superintendent of Moreno Valley Unified School District (Education); Joan Roberts, PhD, Owner/CEO-Visiting Angels Riverside County (Business Entrepreneur); Victory Outreach Riverside (Community Service); The Honorable Rita Rogers, Councilwoman-City of Perris (Government/Political); Angela D. Martin, M.D., Physician in Charge-Kaiser Meridian Clinic (Health); Wallace J. Allen, Founder/Editor, West Side Newspaper (Media/Journalism); Rev. Marrix Seymore, Sr., PhD, Pastor-Amos Temple CME Church (Religion); Bruce Wilson, Sergeant, U.S. Army (Military); and William Kennedy, Esq., Attorney at Law-Law Firm of Kennedy and Jimenez (Law/Justice). Presidential Honorees include: William Chamberlain, V.P. Sales and Marketing for Raceway Ford (Roy Wilkins Award); Tanya Humphrey, Consultant-Non-profit management and funding (Griot Award); and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Eta Nu Omega Chapter (Stratton Award).

Tickets are $75 per person or $750 per table. Tickets can be purchased online at www.naacp-riverside.org. The RSVP deadline is April 29th. For more information contact the event chair Dr. Regina Stell at 951-217-0055 or 951-324-9603. Email rivnaacp@gmail.com and visit www.facebook.com/RiversideNAACP.

Mr. Khari Bush Crowned Sir Knight

Sir Knight Khari Bush featured center in picture with parents Dr. Edward Bush and Mrs. Jenise Bush as future Knights look on.

Sir Knight Khari Bush featured center in picture with parents Dr. Edward Bush and Mrs. Jenise Bush as future Knights look on.

HIGHLAND, CA- On the evening of Saturday, April 18, seven outstanding young men were presented to society. The young men included Mr. Khari Bush who was crowned Sir Knight, Mr. Sir George Bernard Davis who was awarded 1st place, Mr. Arlington Rogers III who was awarded 2nd place, Mr. DeVon Clay, Mr. Myles Jones, Mr. Anthony Montgomery, and Mr. Brandon Watts at the 48th Social Lites, Incorporated Beautillion Ball at the Hampton Inn & Suites Resort Event Center, Highland, California.

This affair celebrated the accomplishments and efforts of the Inland Empire young African American men.  In addition to saluting these young men for their accomplishments, two participants were recognized and awarded scholarships for their outstanding academic achievements which included Mr. Khari Bush and Mr. Brandon Watts. Mr. Watts was also awarded the “Mr. Congeniality” award.  Collectively these young men were awarded over $20,000 in scholarships and gifts.  Dr. Wil Greer, professor at California State University, San Bernardino College of Education was the keynote speaker who personalized his presentation to all seven participants with words of encouragement associated with their career aspirations. The Social Lites, Incorporated under the leadership of Mrs. Bettye Brewster, president expressed her appreciation to all for supporting the Beautillion program.

Back Row Left to Right: Sir Knight 2015 Mr. Khari Bush, Brandon Watts , Dr. Wil Greer (Keynote Speaker), Anthony Montgomery, Arlington Rogers III (2nd), Myles Jones Front Row Left to Right: DeVon Clay and Sir Davis (1st)

Back Row Left to Right: Sir Knight 2015 Mr. Khari Bush, Brandon Watts , Dr. Wil Greer (Keynote Speaker), Anthony Montgomery, Arlington Rogers III (2nd), Myles Jones
Front Row Left to Right: DeVon Clay and Sir Davis (1st)