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SCE Recognizes Energy, Education Champions at Black History Month Celebration

 Jaylin Miller holds certificate of excellence alongside Janet Clayton, Senior Vice President, Edison International.(Photo Credit: Naomi K. Bonman

Jaylin Miller holds certificate of excellence alongside Janet Clayton, Senior Vice President, Edison International.(Photo Credit: Naomi K. Bonman

ROSEMEAD, CA- Los Angeles County’s top attorney Jackie Lacey joined Southern California Edison (SCE) in celebrating the utility’s business and community partnerships, serving as the keynote speaker at the company’s 12th Annual Black History Month celebration held on Friday, February 7 at SCE headquarters.

“Our annual Black History Month event is our opportunity to show our appreciation to the communities we serve,” Lisa Cagnolatti, vice president of SCE’s Business Customer Division and host of the celebration, said. “Our partnership with our business and community leaders is the cornerstone of service we provide to our customers.”

Returning as the emcee of the afternoon was KTLA Morning News anchor Chris Schauble. He kept the momentum going in between each speaker and presenter. Other speakers in addition to Jackie Lacey (who is also the first woman and African American to serve as the Los Angeles County district attorney since the office first opened in 1850), was Faye Washington. Washington is the president and CEO of YWCA Greater Los Angeles. She is well positioned to lead the YWCA in its mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.

In addition to the speakers, there were three award recipients who were honored which included Imperial Heights Church of the Brethren in Los Angeles (Energy Efficiency Participation Award); St. Hare Capital Investment Bankers (Diverse Business Enterprise Award); and YWCA Greater Los Angeles (Community Partnership Award). Jaylin Miller, an eighth-grade student at Marshall Fundamental School in Pasadena, also recited a poem that she wrote entitled, “The African Pledge”. Miller dreams of becoming a pediatrician and is involved in the YWCA and actively volunteers and gives back to her community. She was also a 2013 YWCA Girls Empowerment Scholarship award recipient.  (Edited and Written by Naomi K. Bonman)

35th Annual Riverside Black History Parade Honors Mr. Dell Roberts

RIVERSIDE, CA- On Saturday, February 8, The Riverside Black History Committee held the 35th Annual Riverside Black History Parade and Expo in Downtown Riverside. This year was a very special one because the event also recognized Dell Roberts for his philanthropic efforts and civic leadership that he provides to the community.  For more photos of the parade, please visit www.wssnews.com.

Opening Night of the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) a Star Studded Occasion

(l-r) Vanessa Williams, PAFF Celebrity Juror Erica Gimpel, PAFF Life Time Achievement Award recipient Charles Dutton, Kristoff St. John,  Jamil XT Qubeka, CCH Pounder, Nicki Micheaux & "Of Good Report" Co-Star Petronella Tshuma  (Venus Bernardo)

(l-r) Vanessa Williams, PAFF Celebrity Juror Erica Gimpel, PAFF Life Time Achievement Award recipient Charles Dutton, Kristoff St. John, Jamil XT Qubeka, CCH Pounder, Nicki Micheaux & “Of Good Report” Co-Star Petronella Tshuma (Venus Bernardo)

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) held its opening night gala on Thursday, February 6 at the Rave Cinemas in Los Angeles, with the premiere of the film ‘Of Good Report’ directed by Jahmil X.T. Qubeka which starring Mothusi Magano, Petronella Tshuma, Thobi Mkhwanazi, Nomhlé Nkyonyeni and Tshamano Sebe. After the film, a question and answer session was held with the cast and filmmakers.

The film is about Parker, a shy and mysterious high school teacher, who arrives at his new assignment in a rural school. While he is earnest in his passion for teaching, his extra-curricular attentions are drawn to a gorgeous young girl. When he realizes she is a student at his school, and forbidden fruit, he grows increasingly obsessed. She ends up missing and a female detective comes snooping around, fueling Parker’s unstable, dangerous behavior. ‘Of Good Report’ won Best Feature Film in the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) in Nigeria.