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Nicole Moses and Michelle Moses are students who perform well both on the basketball court and in the classroom. Although they are sisters, the two attend different high schools. Nicole is a 16-year-old junior at Riverside Poly High School and plays on the girls' junior varsity basketball team. She loves playing basketball and is always striving to improve her game. Nicole works hard with her studies and maintains a 3.0 GPA while in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Program, a college preparatory program that exposes students to a rigorous curriculum. Nicole is preparing to go on a 4-day tour of five California college campuses with the AVID Program.

Michelle is a 14-year-old freshman at John W. North High School and plays on the girls' freshman basketball team. Like her older sister, Michelle loves basketball and continues to work on her skills on and off the court. She manages to maintain a 3.66 GPA while in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, a college preparatory program. Michelle has been selected to be a Student Ambassador for the summer of 2008 and will go on a 2-week international tour of Belgium, France, London and the Netherlands.

The Moses sisters are able to excel in school do to the support and encouragement of their mother, Jewel Moses and their grandmother, Doris Bundy. Doris was a Hall of Fame high school basketball player in her hometown of Glassboro, New Jersey. The girls also receive a tremendous amount of support from their great aunts and uncles.

Dell Roberts, organizer of the Riverside Black History Parade, also provides a great amount of support to the girls, whether it's by taking them to practices, attending games, or serving as a mentor.

The Moses sisters with their mother Jewel.

Foxwoods/Nancy Wilson Team Up For SESA

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By Earl Heath

It was a great evening of entertainment as jazz legend Nancy Wilson sang for an intimate setting of 100 people.

Songstylist Nancy Wilson
The fabulous Regency Club in Los Angeles provided the venue. The event was a fund raiser for the Southeast Symphony Association (SESA). Wilson performed such songs as ‘Guess Who I Saw Today', ‘How Glad I Am' and ‘The Best is Yet to Come'.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (MPTN) and Foxwoods assisted in sponsoring the event.

The Grammy winning artist was "pleased to hear" that Foxwoods donated to the 60th Anniversary of the SESA. The SESA and its Conservatory are the only classical music orchestra located in the inner-city of Los Angeles. They've had thousands of young people come through the Conservatory. One such attendee was 16 year old Chris Nash. Nash once played before Beverly Hills philanthropist, Barbara Fedor. She was so taken by his talent that she purchased a baby grand piano and had it delivered to his home.

Also on hand was comedian extraordinaire, Carl Reiner. Reiner directed and acted in one of the most famous sitcoms in television history ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show'. He also directed ‘The Jerk' and ‘Dead Men Don‘t Wear Plaid'. He also had roles in televisions ‘Family Law' and Boston Legal.

The Kazanjian Foundation had several pieces of jewelry that were donated to benefit the SESA. The evening was very successful as it help raise funds to help the Symphony continue its productiveness for young people. 

Earth, Wind & Fire Light Up the Stage

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By Lea Michele Cash

The soul, funk, gospel, blues, rock and jazz train left the station recently on Thursday, at San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino.  Every individual that jumped aboard was in for a heck of a ride.  Earth, Wind & Fire, (EWF) the legendary soul group, noted for energetic rhythms, sultry love songs, feel-good vibes and positive uplifting lyrics, lit up the stage with a glittering 13 piece band ensemble.

Earth, Wind & Fire: Verdine, Ralph & Philip.
Hands were waving and folks were dancing in the aisles to Earth, Wind & Fire's classic hit songs "Shining Star", "Sing a Song", "Let's Groove", "Got to Get You Into My Life" and "After the Love has Gone."  It didn't matter who you were or where you came from, the cross-cultural and cross-generational musical group, had everybody on their feet. 

EWF was formed in 1969 under the leadership of bandleader, Maurice White. For over 39 years, EWF tours and concert performances have taken them around the world spanning the continents of Europe, Asia, Africa, South and North America.  Verdine White, Maurice's brother and Philip Bailey are founding members of the legendary group and graced the Inland Empire with their presence along with talented performer and musician Ralph Johnson.

Verdine, known for his dance moves and high energy on stage while playing a variety of colorful bass guitars, did not disappoint swinging his long hair.  His performance was unforgettable as he flashed that world famous wide smile.   He was classically trained by Radi Velah of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and studied bass guitar with the late Louis Satterfield who died in 2005. Verdine is noted to be one of the greatest bass stylist, in pop culture history.

Philip and Ralph together

Philip Bailey, the long standing vocalist of the group, is noted to have a vast dynamic vocal range which was demonstrated in grand effect during the concert performance. When the legendary group took a stroll down memory lane and the first few cords of "Reasons" started up, the audience went bananas and Philip truly demonstrated his talents.

Feeling pretty good, Philip hit some vocal chords, even one of his band members, after the concert said, "I perform with Philip and on some occasions, I don't know where he pulls those octaves from. Tonight, Philip...just out did himself."

Over the years, EWF has accomplished and garnished countless awards with 17 million records sold worldwide.  They have received Grammys, American Music Awards, NAACP Image Awards, ASCAP Awards and the BET Lifetime Achievement Award.  In 1995, they were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 2000 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Last year the world watched as the band played a medley of their hits as the opening act for Fox's sensational broadcast of "Idol Gives Back" which raised millions of dollars for children in Africa.  Then, if that wasn't enough, the legendary group was asked to perform live for the world again, at the December, 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway. 

The group is so well loved in the Inland Empire, that their after concert memorabilia tee-shirts and accessories etc... sold out.  Ralph Johnson told the crowd, anyone who is a EWF fan should go to their website because they are known for giving free tickets to concerts and backstage access to their fans.

NAACP Image Awards Hold Luncheon for Nominees

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Recently on Saturday, I found myself driving down Sunset Blvd in Hollywood on a beautiful California day. The sky was a clear cornstalk blue and it felt like the beginning of summer in February.  My destination was Beverly Hills to its legendary hotel, which a day before, Brittany Spears had stopped to have a meal and dodge the photographers who followed her.

Today was no different. There were many photographers at the Beverly Hills Hotel, but for another reason.

Jurnee Smolett
They were there for the 39th NAACP Image Award Nominee Luncheon, for the 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards, scheduled to air live on Fox, from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, on February 14, 2008.  The opening remarks made by Clayola Brown, Image Award Committee Chair were, "They said we would not last, but here we are in our 39th year, even better than before. I am so happy to see everyone."

Denzel Whitaker & his dad Dale Whitaker.
This year the luncheon was hosted by best friends Tisha Campbell-Martin (My Wife & Kids) and Tichina Arnold (Everybody Hates Chris). These two have known each other since the age of 12. They have been through thick and thin together in Hollywood, from raising kids, boyfriends, marriages, and career challenges. Putting them together on stage as co-hosts was brilliant. The pair cut up and kept the audience in laughter. Each one seemed to feed off of the other and as comedians they spontaneously let their hair down and kept everyone holding their stomach, bending over in pain.  They are crazy together and it was like watching and old version of the hit series, "Martin".

Nate Parker (middle) with NAACP President and CEO Bruce Gordon and Clayola Brown, NAACP Chairman.
The nominees of this year's Image Awards turned out in large numbers.  Each year, it always amazes me the buzz that is created from the up-to-date star power that dominates the movie of that year.  This year, the oohs and uhs were sent to the young cast members of "The Great Debaters".  Denzel Whitaker, Nate Parker, and Jurnee Smolett were present at the luncheon and they created some magic.  Denzel and Nate are nominated for the category of best supporting actor in a movie, and Jurnee is nominated for best actress in a movie.

There are 44 categories to which five nominees are selected.  The winners, selected by NAACP members will be announced during the live airing of the telecast.  

Chandra Wilson, nominee for Grey's Anatomy with daughter
The NAACP Image Awards honors projects and individuals that promote diversity in the arts in television, recording, literature and motion picture. The theme of this year's celebration is "Stand Up and Be Counted."  Also, this year, the Image Awards is going "green".  In recognition of today's environmental crisis, the organization is incorporating eco-friendly initiatives to reduce the Image Awards carbon footprint and reduce the ceremonies impact on the world's climate.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Make sure to mark your calendars to watch this year's annual celebration.

It promises to be an exciting night.

SB Area Martin Luther King, Jr Activities Well Attended

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By Black Voice Staff Report

Hundreds remembered Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  as San Bernardino, Fontana and Rialto as King Week activities took off.

Councilman Rikke Van Johnson, Supervisor Gloria Negrete McLeod, Assemblymember Joe Baca, Assembly member Wilmer Amina Carter, Pastor Raymond Turner, Supervisor Josie Gonzalez, and Cheryl Brown congratulate Hardy Brown (seated).

Starting on Friday at Cal State University the Black Faculty and Staff held a special luncheon, Building Bridges: Keeping the Dream Alive. The guest speaker was Charles Brown, Principal of Rio Vista Elementary School. His riveting story was about how he always wanted to be a principal and how he used King's principles to shape his life, "I am learning about being a servant, I feel comfortable serving others," he said. Brown said that he wants to provide support to his teachers, parents and staff. CSUSB Black Faculty President Kathy Ervin said she was pleased with the attendance. Most of the elected officials were represented and President Dr. Karnig,  was on hand to celebrate Dr. King's memory.

Saturday in Fontana Bishop T. Larry Kirkland, AME  9th Episcopal District, Birmingham, AL  joined Dr. Isaiah Jones, author of "God Has Smiled On Me", and the Los Angeles Chapter of the Gospel Music Worship of America at New Ephesians New Testament Church. Pastor Emory James was proud that the community-wide event was celebrating 20 years.  Joining them were local ministers.

l-r: Councilman Rikke Van Johnson, Supervisor Josie Gonzalez, Mayor Patrick Morris, Donald Nydam, Patricia Nichols, Assembly member Wilmer Amina Carter, Congressman Joseph Baca and Cheryl Brown.
"Remember, Celebrate  and Act...A day on not a day off," said Kirkland who told the story of his involvement in the Civil Rights movement and specifically Bloody Sunday crossing the Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL. "King would say remember, celebrate and act. It is not enough to celebrate we must act. We must not fail to act in this technological world, or to accept our brains being enslaved. Don't forget your heritage and remember who's shoulders on which we stand," he said.

Bishop Kirkland also spoke again on Sunday at Allen Chapel AME in Riverside.

The Inland Empire Concerned African American Churches held the 28th Prayer Breakfast at the Inghram Community Center.

Arriving long before 7 a.m. were many of the nearly 400 community citizens who wanted to attend the 28th Annual Prayer Breakfast. This year's speaker was Rev. Larry Campbell, the pastor of St. Paul AME Church. Awards were presented to Hardy Brown, who received the Gertrude Whetzel Award, presented by Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter, Dr. Dorothy Inghram received the Trail Blazer award, presented by Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod, Ray Culberson received the Beyond the Boundaries Award, (for his work with youth in the San Bernardino School District) For Public Service, the DA's office was recognized, Mike Camber, Public Defender's office, Karen Bell and  Mike Martinez, District Attorney's office, (Community Plea and Expungement  program) Don Nydam Philanthropist, (president of the community's only Christian College)  Patricia Nickols, head of the Community Action Partnership for her work on homelessness, and working with the poor; and the Sacrificial Giver award was presented by Rev. Raymond Turner to young Jon Nae Overstreet. Jon Nae  attended the breakfast last year and decided she wanted to help so all year she donated her ice cream money.

l-r: Councilman Rikke Van Johnson, Cheryl Brown, Mayor Patrick Morris, Supervisor Josie Gonzalez, Patricia Nichols, Assembly member Wilmer Amina Carter, and Congressman Joseph Baca

Rev. Campbell preached about the importance of staying in the community and making it a better place. He noted problems in San Bernardino that seemed insurmountable but that we should not give up hope.

Wallace Allen, publisher of Westside Story served as the emcee. There was a  performance by New Hope Baptist Praise Dancers led by Rev. Bronica Martindale.

Sponsors included: Stater Bros, Market, Mr. Jack Brown, Supervisor Josie Gonzales, Assemblywoman Amina Carter, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Dr. Robert Fairley and Cathedral of Praise, Bishop Craig Johnson.

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