*Inglewood – While writing this review, I was fortunate to have the song “Earth Day Every Day” by John Denver as a musical accompaniment. This soundtrack was provided by Tanya Torres, Program Host of Canto Sin Fronteras on KPFK 90.7FM in Los Angeles.
A Global celebration of Earth Day falls on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The City of Inglewood teamed up with the Social Justice Learning Institute for an early celebration of Earth Day on Saturday, April 19th. The title of this wonderful program was “Inglewood Rising: Earth Day Festival 2014.”
The well maintained, manicured South Lawn of Inglewood City Hall served as the perfect venue for the festival. The eco-friendly festival featured a kids’ zone, live entertainment, environmental workshops, nutritional information and demonstrations and an electric vehicle display. Festival goers’ awareness of how to positively impact the Earth was heightened through composting, healthy eating, drought tolerant gardening, Farm Stand, nutritional education, recycling and tree planting activities and demonstrations.
Nicole Steele, Health Equity Peer Educator, from the Social Justice Learning Institute (SJLI), prepared a healthy and tasty treat-watermelon salsa, which took only seven minutes to prepare. Ms. Steele “encouraged the attendees to pick the right kinds of nutrients to serve your body” and invited all to stop by their booth or the Social Justice Learning Institute for more information on healthy living.”
Live entertainment was provided by KJLH Radio Free 102.3FM Street Team Members Janet and Alex. These two lovely ladies played tunes that had the crowd groovin’ and movin’ while doing The Wobble, Cupid Shuffle and Cha, Cha.
The Sledge Grits Band is a talented pop-rock group made of four sisters: Keiko, guitar player and main songwriter, Mimi, singer, Kariel, bass and bo-Pah on drums. They came unto the scene to rock out. Rock out they did to the delight of a captivated crowd stationed in front of the stage.
Headliner Kenny Lattimore apologized for his delay in arriving to the festival due to an earlier commitment. He immediately got down to the business of singing a marvelous set of hit after hit for about an hour. Kenny Lattimore thrilled the crowd on the tunes “Sorta of Like We Used to Do,” “Love Me Back,” “Never Too Busy,” “Beautiful Girl” from The Best Man soundtrack. His set continued with “Find a Way,” “You Are My Girl,” “You Are My Starship” by Norman Connors featuring Michael Henderson, the crowd also sang along to this tune. “For You,” “And I Love Her” by The Beatles with a spot on British accent to introduce the song. He concluded his set with an acappella version of “Great is Thy Faithfulness” with Easter, Resurrection Sunday the following day.
Ricky Richardson is a Southern California based music reviewer, writer and photographer. contact him via: [email protected]