By Naomi Bonman
Last weekend, local church youth groups and the "buck" dance community throughout the Inland Empire came out to support and experience "Buck World One" a theatrical performance directed by UCR Professor Rickerby Hinds and co-sponsored by San Bernardino Valley College Arts & Lectures Committee and The Black Voice News.
Buck World One features the dance style called "buck," a form of expression often related to dancing honoring a higher power or divine entity. The performers, local youth that "get buck" to stay away from street life as well as poets in the production include: Crystal Davis, Davion Clayton, Demetrius Welch, Evan Harris, Jarrett Lacey, Christopher Jackson, Joesanna Osborne, John Muldrew, Ralphy Burris, Timothy Dupree, Tyrone Sutton, Alexander Brown-Hinds, Tamara Florence, and Alex Avila.
Youth from Loveland Church came out both nights. Some became emotional and teary eyed during the production. Pastor Corey Singleton, known as Pastor Corey the youth and young adult pastor of Loveland, said that the youth were able to relate to the casts' personal stories and how they took negative experiences in their life and began "getting buck" to express themselves in positive ways. He said, "it was amazing... every young person should see Buck World One."
Riverside's Vine Life Christian Church brought a busload of youth, who were excited about the production and quality of the show. Other churches in attendance over the two-day run were: Cathedral of Praise, Quinn AME in Moreno Valley, The Way, St. Paul AME Church in San Bernardino, Victory Outreach, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, The Rock, Rubidoux SDA Church, and Park Avenue Baptist Church.
Special guests included Mayor Pat Morris from the City of San Bernardino.
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