Here’s a look at African American people and issues making headlines throughout the country.
Internationally renowned musician/composer/producer/entrepreneur, Stix Hooper, one of the top drummer/percussionists, and generally best known to music fans around the globe as the founder of the Crusaders, the seminal instrumental group famed for their amalgamated Jazz sound, returns with his ensemble, Viewpoint, to the stage on Oct. 6 at Zipper Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Utilizing all the diverse elements that have contributed to his unique style, Hooper will take to the stage and showcase the broad spectrum of Jazz and the universal language of music.
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More than 170,000 volunteers are expected at more than 2,100 sites across the country on Saturday, Sept. 29, to take part in the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States—National Public Lands Day (NPLD). Coordinated by the National Environmental Education Foundation, volunteers in every state will visit parks, urban green spaces, beaches, wildlife preserves and forests to chip in to help these treasured places that belong to all Americans. They will improve and restore the lands the public uses for recreation, education, exercise and connecting with nature. The event last year contributed an estimated $17 million in volunteer services to public lands, which include planting approximately 100,000 trees, shrubs and other native plants, as well as building and maintaining 1,500 miles of trails. NPLD is also supporting first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Outside! initiative’s emphasis on involving children and families in outdoor recreation as a way to help reduce and prevent childhood obesity. To get involved, go to publiclandsday.org.