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.
CORONA, CA- This past Saturday (December 7), the Riverside Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., held a courthouse field trip day for its Kappa Law Day. The fraternity took a group of 30 youth from Moreno Valley’s March Mountain High School to the Corona courtroom of Judge Eric Isaac, member of the alumni fraternity group and a mentor in its Guide Right Program. The Chapter’s Guide Right Program focuses on getting the students to select a field trip that most closely matches their career goals. The Guide Right Program exposes students to mentoring and professional fields that the students will be considering in the next few years. Members of the Chapter are given the assignment to present information about their fields, which include business, law, medicine, armed services, education, law enforcement and pharmacy.
The field trips allow the students to witness the day-to-day activities involved in the selected career. The Chapter thanks Brother Isaac, Brother Edward Moore, Jr., VADM USN (ret) and Julie Alexander and Jamie Bernard teachers at March Mountain High School. The National Education Association and Kappa Alpha Psi are nationally recognized partners to support Priority Schools.
SAN BERNARDINO, CA- On Saturday, November 23, Street Positive Inc., along with several other community organizations, hosted a forum on mental awareness through a series of song, dance, theatrics and spoken word. The purpose of the event was to showcase the reasoning of why mental health is important to the Black community. The event was held at the Steelworkers Auditorium in Fontana. Some of the entertainment for the event included saxophonist Grover who opened the program and played during the intermission and comedian Etta Mae McPherson.