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On Saturday, September 20, 2014, the City of Inglewood will host a Hispanic Heritage Festival from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Crozier Middle School, located at120 West Regent Street. The event recognizes and celebrates Hispanic and Latino Americanheritage, culture and contributions.


The festival will include performances by Grupo Folklorico Macias, Sonsoles and The Reel Band.HOT 92.3 radio personality Josefa Salinas will serve as the mistress of ceremonies for the event.


“Inglewood is proud to acknowledge National Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, Jr. “We recognize the contributions made by and the important presence of Hispanic andLatino Americans to the United States and we celebrate their rich heritage and culture.”


Family activities taking place throughout the day include carnival and interactive games, face painting, vendor and information booths, health screenings, authentic Mexican food and much, much more. The public is invited to come and enjoy this free, fun-filled event.


For more information about Inglewood’s Hispanic Heritage Festival, contact the Parks, Recreation and Library Services Department at (310) 412-8750 or

National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group's heritage and culture.


National Hispanic Heritage Month had its origins in 1968 when Congress authorized and requested President Lyndon Johnson to issue an annual proclamation designating the week including September 15 and 16 as National Hispanic Heritage Week.  By directing that this week should include September 15 and 16, this law celebrated Hispanic Americans and the anniversaries of independence for the Latin American countries of Costa Rico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua as well as Mexico’s independence on September 16.  


President Lyndon Johnson approved Hispanic Heritage Week, and Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan issued a series of annual proclamations between 1969 and 1988. Reagan expanded its length to cover a 30-day period, and Hispanic Heritage Month was enacted into law on August 17, 1988. Mexico celebrated the bicentennial of its independence in 2010.



Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service. They have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multiethnic and multicultural customs of their community.


Contributions by Hispanic Americans are evident in every sector of society, as noted this month on; through a series of exhibits and events at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC; and a month of television documentaries and specials on PBS, including the Hispanic Heritage Awards, Sept., 29, 2014 at 10pm.  Local celebrations include the upcoming Hispanic Heritage Festival in the City of Inglewood, September 20, from 11am to 4pm.There is much to learn and appreciate about Hispanic heritage and no better time to learn than during Hispanic History Month.


FIESTA! At the Adobe

Thursday, September 11, 2014


For the 15th year, the Historical Society of the Centinela Valley invites you to attend their Fiesta! on the grounds of the Centinela Adobe, the birthplace of Inglewood.  The free event is Sunday, September 14, Noon-4PM at 7634 Midfield Avenue, Los Angeles 90045.


Step back in time as you stroll the grounds and listen to Mariachis, watch Folklorico dancers, and enjoy the Piñata Party.  You will also see a bit of Rancho life in the demonstrations of lace making and wool spinning for clothing, and butter churning.   You can even have a taste of the fresh-churned butter that early settlers used. 


Enjoy authentic period foods (at very small prices).  There will be period authentic warm handmade tortillas, quesadillas, and pan dulce (sweet breads), just the way they were made in the Rancho days.


Tour the historic buildings, Machado Adobe, built in 1834, and the Freeman Land Office, from 1887. 


The Adobe is the birthplace of Inglewood, and the seat of Centinela Rancho, the name of the combined Rancho Sausal Redondo and Rancho Aquaje de la Centinela.  Originally part of Inglewood, the Adobe was cut off from the rest of our city by the construction of the San Diego Freeway in the 1960s.  Though it is still part of Inglewood, the Adobe now sits in the Los Angeles suburb of Westchester. 


Inside the Adobe you’ll explore how the residents lived in the Victorian era of the late 1800s.   The Adobe was continuously occupied for 141 years, from the Machado family who built it in 1834, through a succession of owners and caretakers into the mid-1970s.  The Adobe has been furnished in the Victorian style, as that was the period in which Daniel Freeman, founder of Inglewood, and his family lived there.


Attached to the Adobe structure is the Armed Services Memorial Room.  This room has photos and other fascinating memorabilia from American wars.


Step into the Daniel Freeman Land Office to discover what a land office of the period was like.  Also in the land office are artifacts of early Inglewood, among them, an 1888 map of the city, displays of the Inglewood Poultry Colony and Chinchilla Farm, as well as bits and pieces of various other early businesses.


If all this weren’t enough to entice you, displays of the beginning of the aerospace defense and exploration industry, right here in Inglewood, will be available for viewing.   


Inglewood has a marvelously diverse history and this is your chance to learn all about it.  So, gather the whole family and spend the afternoon at the Centinela Adobe Fiesta! 


Inglewood Fosters Success for Hispanics

Thursday, September 04, 2014

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 to recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and honor their heritage and culture.


Nowhere does the light of Hispanic pride shine brighter than in Inglewood.  Unlike many other cities, the observation in Inglewood is more than symbolic.  It is deeply meaningful and personal.  With a population that represents nearly 50% of the city, Inglewood’s Hispanic population reaches into every sector of our community, including schools, businesses, churches, and government.


Last year, history was made when Alex Padilla was elected to the city council, becoming the first Hispanic councilmember for the Second District.  Joining Eloy Morales, representation on the Inglewood City Council by Hispanic members now comprises two-fifths.


As a city increasing its notoriety, with a sizable Hispanic community, I am expecting a lot from this group.  I am expecting many “firsts” to come out of Inglewood.  Will Inglewood be the home of the first Hispanic U.S. President, or the first Hispanic astronaut to walk on the moon? 


I would not be surprised at all.  We are certainly off to a great start.  Adding to the obvious economic progression of the city, is the racial diversity, so essential in fostering unique ideas and perspectives.   Inglewood is in an enviable position, in that declining crime rates and increasing revenue does not usually occur in cities where the leadership and residents are predominantly people of color. 


It speaks volumes.  It discounts the nay-sayers that insist that African Americans and Latinos cannot get along.  It dispels the myth that people in power cannot put their egos aside and do what is right for the city.  In my experience, there has never been a more united council.  The fact it is racially comprised of 3 black and 2 brown members is further evidence that race does not have to dictate how leaders lead.


The strides made by Hispanics in this country are inspired by the same basic needs and desires that other racial groups have—the desire for freedom, opportunity to live a decent life, enough prosperity to take care of their family and make the future better for their children. 


This can only happen when people are open-minded enough to allow their neighbors the same opportunity to go for their dreams.  There is plenty of room and opportunity in Inglewood for Latinos to shine, just as there is plenty of room for African Americans, Whites, Asians and others. 




New Network Creates New Opportunities

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Last October Sean “Diddy” Combs launched his independent music television network REVOLT TV, and it’s been nothing shy of a smash hit—something the mogul has made a career out of. To commemorate the successful completion of REVOLT’s first year in operation, the CEO and Brand Chairman has created the REVOLT Music Conference and will be touring the conference around the country for young artists, entrepreneurs, writers, musicians, and individuals looking to learn how to break into the industry on their own terms.


The REVOLT Music Conference was established to create strategic partnerships between the music network and technology companies and other brands. REVOLT CEO Kevin Clinkscales expounded on the music/tech conference hybrid.


“The REVOLT Music Conference presents an opportunity for industry professionals to have credible, informed conversations that can impact the future of the industry, including brands and technology leaders as catalysts,” he explained. He also said that recently hired Vice Chairman Andre Harrell’s first responsibility as vice chairman is “leading development and outreach for the conference." More information on the conference will be available by registering at


REVOLT TV focuses on engaging young consumers across multiple platforms. The music network features the latest music videos, exclusive interviews, live performances, and original programming. Through REVOLT’s mobile app, website, and television programs, over 50 million people have been reached in eight months. REVOLT TV is currently available on Comcast, Century Link, and Time Warner Cable in most major markets, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, D.C., Los Angeles, Miami, and New York City.


It’s interesting to see the likes of Diddy, Russell Simmons, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and others take their business savvy to unforeseen heights and create “Blueprints” for younger generations to follow. Their drive and dedication to ensuring that everything they associate themselves with is the best, echoes a famous idiom that’s been regurgitated throughout the ages, and probably flipped best by Russell Simmons who said, surround yourself with people who are smarter than you.”


When the REVOLT Music Conference hits the West Coast, I’m sure our newly renovated Fabulous Forum would make an excellent host facility, and a great classroom for the students of Inglewood Unified who may or may not be on a path to music industry, but could glean timeless wisdom from industry professionals who look like them and talk like them, and who’ve paid the ultimate price to be successful.


To conclude with another overly used idiom, “ask and you shall receive.”



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