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Exploring The Musical History of Africa

Curtis Wright

Curtis Wright

RIVERSIDE, CA – On Sunday, December 15 the Multicultural Council of the Riverside Museum and the Human Relations Commission will be presenting a special program featuring Historian and Master Musician, Curtis Wright, as he and audiences explore the history of the Banjo. The event will be taking place from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Box at the Fox Entertainment Plaza, 3635 Market Street in Riverside. This is a free community event; however, seating is limited so an early arrival is suggested. This program will assist the community in exploring the origins of the banjo from its roots in Africa and its evolution as a handmade instrument used by African American slaves to its current position in the country, folk, bluegrass and traditional music. Wright has worked as a professional cowboy, educator, and is currently a circuit pastor as well as an in demand musician, having performed with Buck Page and the Riders of the Purple Sage, the Frank Wakefield Band and Jimmy Collier. In addition to the banjo, Wright plays violin, mandolin, harmonica, guitar and the Indian flute. For more information, please call the Riverside Metropolitan Museum at 951-826-5273.

Hawthrone Elects Youngest, First African American Mayor

Hawthorne’s Chris

Hawthorne’s Chris

HAWTHORNE, CA – Surrounded by family, community leaders and elected officials throughout Los Angeles County, Hawthorne Mayor-elect Chris Brown will hold a community swearing in ceremony and outline his goals for the city on Thursday, December 5 at Hawthorne’s Memorial Center, 39010 W. El Segundo Blvd., Hawthorne, CA, at 6 p.m.

Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III (D- Los Angeles) will preside over the ceremony and administer the oath of office to Brown. Upon taking the oath, Brown will become the city’s youngest and first African American mayor. Following the oath, Brown will outline his priorities for his first term in office. He will also highlight his goals to increase public safety and improve public access to parks while protecting Hawthorne’s fiscal health. Additionally, Brown will announce the creation of the ‘Mayor’s Business Roundtable’, which will meet regularly to engage leaders in Hawthorne’s business community to foster innovation, create jobs and increase business and investment opportunities throughout the city.

A native of Los Angeles County, Brown was raised in local public schools and began his professional career in the technology industry. As a successful small business owner, Brown most recently operated a business to help homeowners dealing with foreclosure. Brown and his wife Hedako, an educator, are the proud parents of a two-year-old son and are expecting their second child in early 2014.

His Legacy Shall Live On Forever.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Next week we will be releasing a special tribute issue on #NelsonMandala and we want to include quotes, statements, etc from our readers and the community on the achievements and legacy of Mr. Mandala. How has he impacted your life? How has he inspired you to change?