Wednesday, August 19, 2015
There was also a food component to cover - The 37th Annual Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) competitions, which included a YOUTH CULINARY Cook Off judged by renowned chefs: G. Garvin, Aaron Perez and Arnym Solomon.
Founded in 1978 by journalist Vernon Jarrett. ACT-SO is a year long youth achievement program sponsored by the NAACP designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among high school students of African descent. The program relies on the dedication local NAACP branches and the commitment of community and business leaders who volunteer as mentors and coaches to promote academic and artistic excellence. Through this collaborative effort, participating students develop the confidence and skills needed to excel in school and in life.
Actress Edwina Findley Dickerson "Kelly" from Tyler Perry's (OWN Network) If Loving You is Wrong opened the ACT-SO ceremony. Hosting the competitions was actress Yara Shahidi "Zoey" from ABC's "Black-ish".
|NAACP Act-So Culinary Competitor Chawntae Donegan|
|NAACP Act-So Culinary Competitor Gina Elizabeth Evans|
|NAACP Act-So Culinary Competitor Josseline Rojas|
|NAACP Act-So Culinary Competitor Labria Lanux|
|NAACP Act-So Culinary Competitor Rajon Rich|
|NAACP Act-So Culinary Competitor Rianni L. Tyes|
The highlight of the entire conference was being approved to be in the White House Press Pool during President Obama's address to the NAACP on Prison Reform. He's the first sitting president to ever visit a Federal Prison. He made some valid points during his speech: If you've served your time, should you be penalized by your record for the rest of your life upon getting out? The cost of keeping non-violent offenders in prison far outweighs the cost of putting that money into prevention and rehabilitation. The disproportion of black and Latino males being put away versus white, and other meaningful points.
"Our Criminal Justice System isn't as smart as it should be. It's not keeping us as safe as it should be. It is not as fair as it should be. Mass incarceration makes our country worse off, and we need to do something about it!" - President Obama.
Here's a highlight of his speech I shot with my cellphone (Note:video will not be visible to those receiving Tinsel & Tine via RSS Feed). Click HERE to view
Here's some pictures I took during The NAACP Commerce and Industry Show and some people I talked to while roaming around taking in the scene (Note those receiving T&T via RSS Feed will not see the slideshow Click HERE to view:
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