Here’s a look at African American people and issues making headlines throughout the country.
The National Council of Negro Women Inc. (NCNW) of Southern California Area is presenting the return of the “Black Family Reunion Celebration 2013” (BFRC 2013). The BFRC 2013 is hosted by NCNW Southern California Sections: Mary McLeod Bethune, Compton, High Desert, Inland Empire, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Orange County, Pomona Valley, San Diego, San Gabriel Valley, Santa Monica/Venice and View Park. The BFRC 2013 honorary chair is Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas; honorary co-chairs are Congresswoman Diane Watson (retired), Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks; NBC’s “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” star Reatha Grey and “Mrs. Ethnic World International 2012” Daisi Pollard Sepulveda; BFRC 2013 community Partner is Los Angeles Metro Transportation authority. The NCNW “BFRC 2013” profiles the Black Family in a positive culturally based event that focuses on historic strengths and traditional values. The event will be held July 13, 2013, at 3720 West 54th St., L.A., from Hillcrest Boulevard to Keniston Avenue. BFRC 2013 has openings for vendors (food and non-food), local performers, Gospel singers and persons wanting to volunteer. Please visit NCNW BFRC 2013 website for updates at: www.ncnwscarea.org.
Prison Fellowship—the world’s largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families—is partnering with the film “Unconditional” to bring the movie’s life-changing message of hope to thousands of inmates nationwide beginning Easter weekend. Through a special arrangement with Provident Films, Prison Fellowship will screen the film March 30 at Orlando’s Central Florida Reception Center and March 31 at the Desoto Correctional Institution in Arcadia, Fla. The events also feature Prison Fellowship CEO Jim Liske and “Papa Joe” Bradford, a former maximum security inmate now working to improve the lives of Nashville’s at-risk kids, whose life is the inspiration behind the film. “I know what it means to be the man in prison,” Papa Joe said. “And I’m so excited that my story in the film can be used to bring hope to these men and their families. There are more than 2 million children of incarcerated parents in the U.S., and they need our love and encouragement.”