Black princesses compete for Ms. Antelope Valley crown
AVBCC hosts first pageant
PALMDALE, Calif.—The first Antelope Valley Black Chamber of Commerce Miss A.V. Pageant will take place this Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Art Center.
Thirteen African American young ladies from all over the Antelope Valley will compete for scholarships and for the coveted crown. All participants fall between the ages of 7 and 18 and will vie in one of three categories: Little miss, junior miss, and miss.
Contestants will be judged on their personal appearance, knowledge of current events, etiquette, interview skills, personality and an impromptu speech.
Wuanette Cullers, coordinator of the pageant said she is excited to reveal the young ladies who have been working hard to be the positive representatives of the chamber.
“The girls are getting nervous and excited,” Cullers said. “It’s kind of neat watching them evolve from not wanting to wear a dress to wearing heals and learning to walk up stairs in heals … we’re ready to get out there on the stage.”
“I’m kind of (nervous). It has a different spin than a traditional pageant (because we’ve) added a little flavor with the music,” Cullers commented. “It’s a little more upscale than a traditional pageant.”
She said it would be more than an on-stage show. The Chimoble Center will turn into a high-class social event with vendors, entertainment, and a diverse blend of music.
The newly crowned queens will become the first members of the AVBCC junior chamber, attend community events, head ribbon cuttings, and participate in local parades. The girls will also spearhead a service project within the community and work with the city on other projects.
Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. The Larry Chimbole Cultural Arts Center is located at 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Doors open at 3 p.m.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Reported hate crimes in Los Angeles County increased by 15 percent in 2011 from the previous year, but the total is the second lowest in 22 years, according to the county Commission on Human Relations’ annual report released today.
The commission defines a hate crime as one where hatred or prejudice toward a victim’s race or ethnicity, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation was a substantial factor in the crime.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Reported hate crimes in Los Angeles County fell by 28 percent in 2010 to the lowest level in 21 years, according to the county Commission on Human Relations’ annual report released.
The commission defines a hate crime as one where hatred or prejudice toward a victim’s race or ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, or sexual orientation was a substantial factor in the crime.
According to the 2010 Hate Crime Report, there were 427 reported hate crimes countywide last year, a decline of 166 from the previous year.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — In light of a 63-year-old woman being mauled to death by pit bulls in the high desert community of Littlerock, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today asked staffers today to evaluate a proposed change in the county’s definition of a dangerous dog.
Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who said “four killer pit bulls” attacked Pamela Devitt, called for the change.
Reducing salt consumption below the currently recommended 2,300 milligrams — about 1 1/2 teaspoons— per day maybe unnecessary, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).
The news follows a decades-long push to get Americans to reduce the amount of salt in their diet because of strong links between high sodium consumption and hypertension, a known risk factor for heart disease.
Common knowledge holds that African Americans are reluctant to take part in clinical trials for the pharmaceutical industry, and some say for good reason. Such horrific experiences as the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male have made many African Americans wary of such testing.