On March 30, 2012, SMUD Employees and Combined Charities representatives gathered together in a St. Baldrick's fund raising event to raise money to conquer kids' cancer. Employees showed their support for one of their own, Stan Ichiho, whose daughter 15 year-old Katie Ichiho was recently diagnosed with Leukemia. The event was a huge success due much in part to the tremendous support of SMUD employees and management. Above is a photo story of the day’s event.
Annually SMUD hosts the Youth Energy Summit (YES), a training event aimed at nearly 100 high school juniors and seniors. The event serves as a comprehensive and intensive forum to learn and discuss a wide range of energy issues that will impact them in adulthood. The summit, Sponsored by SMUD, Roseville Electric, Lodi Electric Utility and coordinated by Sacramento State's LegiSchool Project, took place at the SMUD Customer Service Center.
Featured speakers at the summit included climate change lecturer Kavi Reddy and Rebecca Anderson, team scientist for ACE. Summit students, who will be energy users and customers someday, also learned about SMUD's efforts to reduce the region's overall energy use and create a more sustainable energy future. SMUD's approach of forward-looking energy planning could promote economic development and influence legislative processes.
During a recent visit to Los Angeles, I sat down with noted motivational speaker Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe to discuss the importance of black males seeking higher education. The 5th annual African American Summit was the perfect backdrop to explore the troubles of young black males in society and the ways to ensure their success. The two-day conference is presented by A2mend, a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to educate and mentor young black males into academic success. Above is a short video highlighting the issue at hand.
Is An Electric Vehicle Right for You
On March 10th, 2012, more than 200 people came to the SMUD campus for a workshop and exhibit on electric vehicles. With several electric car representatives on hand to answer questions about the popular vehicles, spectators garnered knowledge and hands on experience with some of the hottest automotive technology on the market. Featuring SMUD representatives, Major EV car manufacturers and EV activists, the event was filled with knowledge for future EV owners.
Choosing to focus on the being a survivor rather than a victim, Rose Kwett charges on in her fight for Meningitis awareness. Rather on capital hill fighting for vaccination rights for children of lesser ages or in the classroom presenting to a class of at risk teens, Rose is committed to sparing others the grief of loosing a loved one to this deadly disease. For more info about Rose’s organization and her work please visit the MAK website.
In the wake of her passing, Whitney Houston not only left behind family and friends but those who looked to her for musical inspiration as well. As aspiring artists, both Sam Brown Dawson and Bronche Tayson looked up to the superstar for the sheer power and presence her voice commanded throughout her career. In the video above is their account of what Whitney meant to the music industry and them personally.
Much like her superstar counterpart Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston’s fans are honor choosing to honor through her music. In the days since her death, fans have surpassed previous sales of the singer’s albums by more than 4000%, according to Soundscan. In memory of the star’s tremendous talent, fans have responded by increasing album and DVD sales of Houston’s most popular album and movies. See the video above.
Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Alex Guimoye of Effusion pictures to talk shop and discuss his rise as a filmmaker. Guimoye came to the U.S. from Peru at the tender age of 10. As a theater major in college, Guimoye easily made the transition to making films due to his love for the art of story telling. On the heels of the release of his first film “El Viaje De Ana Maria”, Alex discusses what matters most to a film and whom he looks up to in the film industry.
As we celebrate Black History Month, paying tribute the legacy left by the Tuskegee Aireman seemed like a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon in late winter. The Aerospace Museum of California has a small but modest display honor the underdog heroes of WWII. The display features, historic news articles, authentic airmen flying gear and several of the various accolades honoring this brave collection of individuals. Please view the video above.
Could black fighter pilots prove themselves in World War II and dispel any notion that they lack the intelligence and courage to be successful in battle? This is the question addressed by Redtails, a war action film inspired by true events that took place surrounding the Tuskegee Airmen. Who better to comment on such events than Elijah Smith, a 26 year Airforce veteran and former Tuskegee fighter pilot. Read More