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Olympian Whitney Ashley to Speak at Annual Young Women’s Conference

Whitney Ashley, graduate of J.W. North High School and former Olympian, will be the keynote speaker at the “I Am Enough” women’s conference.

RIVERSIDE, CA- “I Am Enough” is the theme for the 17th Annual Empowering Young Women Conference, a collaborative effort of the Adrian Dell and Carmen Roberts Foundation, Riverside Community College District, the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa, Riverside Police Foundation, Blumenthal Law Offices, and Dr. Kathy Wright. The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 in the Landis Auditorium located on the Riverside City College campus at 4800 Magnolia Avenue in Riverside.

This free conference, geared to young women ages 12 to 21 and their mothers/guardians, will feature informational workshops about health, nutrition, domestic violence, human trafficking, cyperbullying, social media issues, self-image and dress, college and careers as well as a fashion show, a poetry contest and a talent competition.

The morning keynote speaker, Whitney Ashley, is a J.W. North High School graduate and a former Olympian, whose specialty is the discus throw. She represented the United States at three consecutive Global Championships in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Dr. Leita Harris, professor at UC Riverside’s School of Medicine, and Obstetrician-Gynecologist, will be one of our afternoon keynote speakers.

The afternoon career panel includes Virginia Blumenthal, Member of the Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees and one of the top 100 lawyers in the nation; Dr. FeRita Carter, Vice President, Student Services, Riverside City College; Carmen Cuevas, Senior Field Representative for California State Assembly Member, Jose Medina; May Lynn Davis, Founder of the Asian Lunar Fest; Commissioner Belinda Handy; Ninfa Delgado, Vice President and COO Riverside Community Health Foundation; and other notable female leaders and entrepreneurs. These dynamic and accomplished women will share their experiences and the steps they took to achieve their personal and career goals with the conference participants.

“We are very excited about this year’s conference as we have a cadre of excellent keynote and workshop speakers willing to share their knowledge and personal experiences with the young women,” said Conference Chair Wanda Scruggs. “Participants will receive breakfast, lunch, a goodie bag and information on everything from how to defend themselves to identifying human traffic perpetrators — all at no cost, thanks to the generosity of our wonderful sponsors.”

Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz praised the conference for its excellence. “The Empowering Young Women Conference is a wonderful opportunity to expose young women to inspiring role models. The participants also receive practical advice for academic and professional success,” said Chief Diaz. “I am proud that the Riverside Police Department is able to contribute to the conference”.
All conference participants will receive a free continental breakfast, lunch, a goodie-filled tote bag and opportunities for great door prizes. Participants are requested to pre-register no later than Wednesday, April 11 at

About The Adrian Dell and Carmen Roberts Foundation
The Adrian Dell and Carmen Roberts Foundation (formerly Riverside Black History Parade Committee) is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization established in honor of founders Adrian Dell and Carmen Roberts. The foundation focuses on the development of events and activities such as: the Riverside Black History Parade, Expo and Car Show; Empowering Young Women’s Conference, and the Back-to-School Back Pack Giveaway event, which promotes positive family and cultural interaction in a cross section of communities.

Sheros “On A Divine Path Mission”

L/R: Shero Cherilynne Hollowell, Shero Twillea Evans-Carthen and Shero Gail Martin-Mathews

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- Sacred Sistahs, Inc.  10th Annual Shero and Scholarship Fundraiser Breakfast was held on Saturday, March 17 at Immanuel Praise Fellowhip Church.  Dr. Tonia Causey-Bush, Founder and Chief Executive Officer was pleased to honor Shero Twillea Evans-Carthen, University Ombuds Officer and Director of Ombuds Services at California State University, San Bernardino; Shero Cherilynne Hollowell, Educator for Riverside Unified School District; and Shero Gail Martin-Mathews, Retired Assistant Superindent of Curriculum and Instruction. 

Congratulations to the following 2018 scholarship recipients: Thandiwe Bush, Summit HS; Alondra Duncan, Summit HS; Jada Simone Gray, St. Bernard HS, and Kandace Simmons, Summit HS. 

The mission of Sacred Sistahs, Inc. is to empower serve, and improve the overall health, well-being, spirit, and vitality of African American and African women and children by nourishing and elevating the mind, body, and spirit.   For more information visit www.sacredsistahsinc.org.


Photo Recap: Fontana’s Black History Parade and Expo

By John Coleman, Community Photographer

FONTANA, CA- The North Fontana Black Awareness Parade Committee and Concerned Citizens for the Development of North Fontana held their 50th Annual Black History Month Parade and Expo, Saturday, February 24 in a North Fontana shopping center.  The celebration this year was on the theme, ‘Our Legacy’, purposely connected to the date February 24, 1968, during the period when the Black People of Fontana were prevented from obtaining housing or residing south of the roadway still known as “Baseline”.

The Parade honors Fontana’s early families who despite racism, segregation and other adverse circumstances opened businesses, raised families and like the Turners, contributed to the growth and welfare of the community.  Former longtime resident of North Fontana, Whitman Mayo, became an actor in Hollywood and co-star of the “Sanford & Son” sitcom. He served as Grand Marshall of one of the first North Fontana Black History Parade.

Following the Parade community service organizations, clubs, food vendors and neighbors mingled and filled the streets of the post-parade Expo event.

The Concerned Citizens for the Development of North Fontana meet monthly at 7 p.m. on the 3rd Monday.  Currently, they are continuing to ask people to help collect photos, records and/or memories of old North Fontana for the growing History and Archive Project.