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PRESS ROOM: World of Opportunity Kickoff Set for June 19 at the CrossPlex

THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES — The World Games 2021 will kick off its World of Opportunity program on Wednesday, June 19 at the Birmingham Crossplex. The program helps connect certified, diverse businesses to compete for opportunities with The World Games 2021

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By The Birmingham Times

The World Games 2021 will kick off its World of Opportunity program on Wednesday, June 19 at the Birmingham Crossplex.

The program helps connect certified, diverse businesses to compete for opportunities with The World Games 2021

The kickoff will feature Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin; DJ Mackovets, CEO of The World Games 2021; Jonathan Porter, Chairman of The World Games 2021; Marcus Lundy, Co-Chair, World of Opportunity program and Glenda Thomas, Co-Chair, World of Opportunity program.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. with breakfast and networking provided by Mixtroz and the program begins at 9 a.m with a welcome by Jonathan Porter, Chairman of The World Games 2021.

The program will also mark the official launch of the World of Opportunity supplier database, providing attendees the first opportunity to register for future business opportunities with The World Games 2021.

In addition to launching the supplier diversity database, a number of supplier diversity experts will be on hand and businesses are invited to register in the system onsite. Local business owners can RSVP for the event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-of-opportunity-kickoff-presented-by-the-world-games-2021-tickets-62528076159

The morning will also include a panel discussion – “Creating a Legacy with Diverse Suppliers” – with Chincie Mouton, Vice President of Community Engagement & Projects, Atlanta Host Committee; Glenda Thomas, Co-chair, World of Opportunity program; Tene Dolphin, Deputy Directory for Business Diversity & Opportunity, City of Birmingham and moderator Darlene Wilson, Managing Principal, Relay Accounting Management.

This article originally appeared in The Birmingham Times

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PRESS ROOM: Oakland Pic Hosts New Year’s Career & Resource Expo 

OPIC CEO Pastor Raymond Lankford expressed his enthusiasm for the event, stating: “This Career Fair is not merely a gathering of employers and prospective employees; it’s a platform for opportunity, growth, and community collaboration. We are thrilled to bridge the gap between Oakland’s talented residents and the employers who recognize their potential. Together, we are building a stronger Oakland.” 

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Connecting Employers and Talent in Oakland and Beyond 

OAKLAND, CA – Oakland Private Industry Council, Inc., is hosting the New Year’s Career & resource Expo on Thursday, February 8, 2024, at 12 noon at the Oakland Coliseum – Eastside Club – 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland CA 94621.

This exciting event brings together over 70 employers, all seeking to hire Oakland residents with various skill levels to fill a wide range of employment opportunities. Additionally, a collaborative of resource agencies will be in attendance, providing further assistance to job seekers.

OPIC CEO Pastor Raymond Lankford expressed his enthusiasm for the event, stating: “This Career Fair is not merely a gathering of employers and prospective employees; it’s a platform for opportunity, growth, and community collaboration. We are thrilled to bridge the gap between Oakland’s talented residents and the employers who recognize their potential. Together, we are building a stronger Oakland.”

For more information or to request media access, please contact Yawo Tekpa at yawot@oaklandpic.org.

OAKLAND PIC HOSTS NEW YEAR’S CAREER & RESOURCE EXPO 

  • Who:             All job seekers, with all ages and experiences welcome
  • What:              Connecting Employers and Talent in the Community
  • When: Thursday, February 8, 2024 at 12 noon
  • Where: Oakland Coliseum – Eastside Club – 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland CA 94621.

OPIC INVITES YOUR ORGANIZATION TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR UPCOMING NEW YEAR’S CAREER & RESOURCE EXPO!!!

Dear Esteemed Employer & Community Organization Partner,

Oakland Private Industry Council, Inc. (OPIC) is excited to wish you a warm welcome into 2024! A new year, a new HOPE!!!

We enthusiastically invite your organization to participate in our NEW YEAR CAREER & RESOURCE EXPO at the OAKLAND COLISEUM!!!

DATE: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2024

TIME: 12:00 NOON – 3:00 P.M.

LOCATION: OAKLAND COLISEUM – EAST SIDE CLUB

ADDRESS: 7000 COLISEUM WAY, OAKLAND CA 94621

Participating Employer & and Community Resource Partners will receive one six-foot table and two (2) chairs for this event. Additional information, including event details and logistics, will be forwarded after you sign-up.

Please confirm your attendance by completing the online registration link below by JANUARY 31, 2024 at the latest.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1bfv0LXBexc26AeE_cosSoQrpYrx2HXOIwn1bG47chwU/edit

Thanks to our invaluable network and partnership, we are giving HOPE to many community members through quality employment opportunities and supportive resources.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact Yawo Tekpa, Assistant One-Stop Operator/Events Coordinator, at (510) 419-0392 office/ (510) 499-6657 cell.

Sincerely,

Raymond Lankford                Yawo S. Tekpa,

CEO                           Assistant One-Stop Operator/Events Coordinator

raymondl@oaklandpic.org                   yawot@oaklandpic.org

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The Tina Turner Musical Excites in San Francisco

The Broadway musical about the late Tina Turner was developed in 2016, previewed in England in 2018, brought to Broadway in New York from 2019 to 2022, is now touring nationally, ending it’s San Francisco run on Aug. 27. It will run from Aug. 29- Sept. 3, in San Jose at the San Jose Center.

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Naomi Rodgers portrays Tina Turner in the Broadway production of “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.” Courtesy photo.
Naomi Rodgers portrays Tina Turner in the Broadway production of “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.” Courtesy photo.

By Lee Hubbard

“Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” brings the life of the soulful rock star to vibrant life onstage at the Golden Gate Theater in San Francisco.

The three-week run was well received, unfolding the story of Tina Turner, the Queen of Rock n’ Roll, who started out as a talented child whose given name was Anna Mae Bullock.

Her life story was made into a successful movie starring Angela Bassett as Turner in 1993, where it was met with worldwide acclaim and newfound stardom for Bassett and a refocus on Turner’s career.

The Broadway musical about the late Tina Turner was developed in 2016, previewed in England in 2018, brought to Broadway in New York from 2019 to 2022, and is now touring nationally, ending its San Francisco run on Aug. 27. It will run from Aug. 29- Sept. 3, in San Jose at the San Jose Center.

The two-hour and 45-minute production opens with Turner, born in Nutbush, Tenn., with a young Anna Mae Bullock, portrayed by Ayvah Johnson, singing in a church.  Johnson has a strong and very mature voice and gets the crowd excited in the scene opening, prompting her mother, Zelma (Roz White), to tell her to tone it down.

Abused by her husband, Zelma takes her daughter, Alline (Paris Lewis), to St. Louis and leaves Bullock to be raised by her father and grandmother, Gran Georgeanna (Ann Nesby).

The now-grown Bullock, played by Naomi Rodgers, moves to St. Louis to reconnect with her mother and sister. There is a slight resentment from her mother, but Tina’s sister bonds with her, and the two are happy. Alline wants to get her out of the house and away from doing daily chores.

Out one night, the two sisters go to a nightclub where they meet Ike Turner (Roderick Lawrence) and his band, the Kings of Rhythm. Anna Mae jumps on stage and mesmerizes the crowd; the rest is history. Ike sees a star and goes to Zelma to ask permission to have Anna Mae join his band.

Bullock joins and becomes the female lead. Ike then renames her Tina Turner, and the two have a rocky friendship, relationship, marriage, and music career that spanned the 1960s and most of the 1970s. She garnered several No. 1 hits with Ike Turner and then as a soloist with Grammy-winning producer Phil Spector.

After divorcing Ike, Turner is at a low point, but her career gets a second wind in the 1980s after she meets a young producer, and she goes to Europe to record. An emancipated Tina Turner recorded the hits “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” “Private Dancer,” and “The Best,” making her a household name in her own right.

As Tina, Rodgers has a commanding stage presence, and she is a star.  Full of energy, she is relentless on the stage.  She meshes well with Roderick Lawrence, who, as Ike Turner, is also a compelling figure.

“Ike was a complex and broken man,” said Lawrence in an interview.  “He went through a lot of trauma as a young man.  He was a man who started Rock n’ Roll and never got the credit for it.”

He also had an eye for talent. At one time, Turner had Jimmy Hendrix in his band, but he kicked him out for using drugs.  It would be his own drug use that would turn Ike Turner into a batterer and abuser in his personal relationships.

Once he got the role as Ike Turner, Lawrence wanted to make sure he didn’t go back and watch “What’s Love Got to Do With It.”

“He had everyone taken from him and a lot of things taken from him,” continued Lawrence.

As a result, Ike was always on edge, leading to his drug usage and worsening things in his musical and personal life.  Ultimately, at the end of Zelma’s life, in real life and in the play, Ike asks Tina for forgiveness.

“I was able to sit down and talk to his family members, who saw the play,” said Lawrence.   “He was like an August Wilson character, a very complex man, and I wanted to make sure I really made him more well-rounded.”

Lawrence said he is pleased with his portrayal of Ike and the reception of the play in San Francisco and across the country, where it will be running through the spring of 2024.

“The reception to the play has been great,” continued Lawrence. “It has been phenomenal.”

“Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” is playing at the Golden Gate Theater at 1 Taylor Street in San Francisco through August 27 and from Aug. 29-Sept. 3 in San Jose at the San Jose Center.  For more information on the play,

https://www.san-francisco-theater.com/theaters/golden-gate-theater/tina-the-tina-turner-musical.php

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Pinole Valley High Student Wins County Poetry Out Loud Competition

The 2023 Contra Costa County Poetry Out Loud event was hosted by Contra Costa County Office of Education and Contra Costa County, serving as the countywide culmination of the 1,200 students who participated in Poetry Out Loud at their respective schools and districts.

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Harper Iles, left, and Kayla Morales each hold the scholarship checks they received for winning in the Poetry Out Loud competition on Feb. 11. Photo courtesy of Contra Costa County Office of Education.
Harper Iles, left, and Kayla Morales each hold the scholarship checks they received for winning in the Poetry Out Loud competition on Feb. 11. Photo courtesy of Contra Costa County Office of Education.

By The Richmond Standard

With expressive recitations of works by Emily Dickinson and Stephen Dunn, Harper Iles, a sophomore at Pinole Valley High, won Contra Costa County’s 2023 Poetry Out Loud event at Las Lomas High School on Saturday, Feb. 11.

The win earned Iles a $200 scholarship and she will now compete at the state level.

Keyla Morales, a junior at Contra Costa School for the Performing Arts in Walnut Creek, earned second place and received a $100 scholarship.

The 2023 Contra Costa County Poetry Out Loud event was hosted by Contra Costa County Office of Education and Contra Costa County, serving as the countywide culmination of the 1,200 students who participated in Poetry Out Loud at their respective schools and districts.

Six participants faced off at the Saturday morning event, including Kinger Huang of Las Lomas High, Enzo Martinucci of El Cerrito High, Aaron Yi of Independence High and Isabella Zendejas of Deer Valley High.

“Poetry Out Loud is so much more than just a poetry reading,” Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey said. “Studying and performing poetry in front of a live audience gives students confidence, comprehension, and life skills they will draw upon throughout a lifetime. As a poetry major, I enjoyed the competition and was inspired by these scholars. Thank you to the coach, volunteer judges, and teachers who helped these students thrive on a competitive level.”

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