Behind the scenes at the Farmers Angel City Classic Press Conference

9 08 2008

This week we had our official launch and introduced the 2008 Farmers Angel City Classic event to the public at our Press conference on August 4th. Walking into the press conference the first thing you

You can win this car!

You can win this car!

could see were two brand new BMW’s parked on both sides of the stage area. If you haven’t heard about this yet, then you should. This is serious folks. In conjunction with our Title Sponsor , Farmers Insurance Group and Long Beach BMW, someone is going to be selected a winner and handed the keys to a brand new BMW 1 series at this year’s Angel City Classic. This is a guarantee. No jokes, no catches…this is a guaranteed “give me the keys , Willis.” Have you registered yet?

Actress Jennifer Freeman and Kenneth Adams (Farmers)

Actress Jennifer Freeman and Kenneth Adams (Farmers)

When I walked, in I’m thinking that “if I wasn’t working to put this event on I would have signed up at least 50 times by now.” You NEED to sign up. Your chances are pretty good that you will win this new series of BMW at our event. This car is hard to get right now throughout the entire country. Don’t believe me? Look out at the street and tell me how many you see drive by….Either go to our website and click on the banner that says “Are you the 1” and register to enter. Or you can go to Long Beach BMW and register in person. Take a test drive and you might just receive a ticket to the Angel City Classic while you are there

Wait, wait, wait. Sorry, I got distracted there for a minute, but that’s how impressive those cars looked to me when I walked into the press conference. Someone is going to be one happy ACC fan at the end of this event!

So, at the press conference, I look around and see no other than long time Los Angeles radio personality Cliff Winston. If you don’t know by now, this man has been hitting the airwaves with Herculean strength over the past years. Odds are you have listened to his entertaining morning shows at some point or the other if you live in LA. But that’s not the most exciting part…the fact that we announced to the public that he will be doing the play-by-play announcing on game day is what’s most exciting. For those that didn’t know, Cliff Winston started his career in the press box with play-by-play. The man is incredible and an absolute riot! You don’t want to miss hearing him narrate the afternoon for us. You are either going to get a cramp in your side or have a sore face from laughing so hard!! (Do some research and let me know your comments below.)

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I’m telling you that we couldn’t imagine finding a better personality that would be a better fit for the play-by-play during this game. Personally, I can’t wait to hear him live. No telling what he might say!

We had impressive folks in attendance: State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas, Bernard Parks, Jr., church leaders such as my fellow frat brother and mentor Rev. Eric Lee of the esteemed Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) which was founded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and LA Mayor Representative Reverend Leonard Jackson, Dr. Anthony Samaad of the Los Angeles Chapter of 100 Black Men, and Jennifer Freeman from the Daman Wayans hit show “My Wife and Kids” fame. No worries here–if you are wondering: Jennifer Freeman is on the team as well. She will be doing interviews throughout the week and just might spot you in the crowd to do an interview with you. You need to seriously think about that Saturday outfit right now (and if you are one of a few who will be attending the Scholarship Gala) that Friday night outfit as well because I guarantee you your friends will put you on the spot if Jennifer catches you on the camera in something other than TV worthy! And NO, platform shoes have not come back in style fellas unless your name is Shaft or Sugar Bear.

Oh wait a second….did I mentioned to you the 5th quarter concert? We might just see some platform shoes during that time on stage in which it will be COMPLETELY acceptable. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about then you might want to take a look at our website again. Would tell you more about that right now, but with all joking aside……it was amazing to see so many community leaders present at the news conference as well as others who are also so supportive. We even had Tanya Walters (Founder, GYO), who you may have seen on Oprah, drive all the way up from Palm Springs then after the press conference drive all the way back. That’s a 3 hour drive people! It touches me when I see people who truly care and understand that this event makes a tremendous impact in the community and has a dynamic domino impact on our nations HBCU’s. But, it all starts when each of them decided to do something about encouraging others to remain excited about education and the advantages it gives to those who have it. Regardless, we all do things individually that we believe make a statement and perhaps a difference, but when we do things COLLECTIVELY it makes us so much more effective and so much more of a potential difference maker. Think about that for a second. Remember when they used to say that “it takes a village to raise a child”? Well, those folks were NOT playing. I couldn’t imagine where I would be if a village didn’t get a “switch” out on me, build me up, EDUCATE ME and then allowed me to walk back into the village with the expectations of me doing the same for others. You have a sense of pride and, most important, a more rooted caring for your community. That old saying is more relevant today then ever before. Where is your village? And does that village look like it is collectively being constructed? Get together with you neighbor, then the both of you get together with your other neighbor, then go across the street and get someone else’s neighbor or little Johnny if his parents aren’t home and then get your other neighbor from across the block (don’t forget Maggie)and then come pick me up and then let’s make sure we grab Big Momma before we stop at Uncle Ray’s and then let’s call a few others to meet us for a meeting about how important it is to come together every now and then. If you don’t do it today then let’s at least do it on September 27th. Just let me know if you need a ride. I’ve got a an SUV….but I’m going to need some gas money!! And don’t play, I’m serious about that gas money!!

Look for the next blog. I’m going to let you know about some entertainment and some additional news about a familiar face that has been in the news VERY frequently over the past few weeks. Even have an Exclusive Interview with this person to share with you. Waaayyy toooo much going on! But, I will try my best to let you know the details first RIGHT HERE!

John III,

Proud graduate of Hampton University

PS: Group Tickets are now on sale. Remember if you buy in a group you will most likely sit with your friends or alums from your school. We want all HBCU’s on deck! Click here to order.

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