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    By Dianne Anderson Pulling together what it takes to serve 8-10,000 who roll through the OC Black History Parade and Cultural Fair seeking a taste of soul, top entertainment and trending diaspora, is not always easy. But it is the best thing going in the county since the legacy of parade founder Helen Shipp got ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Like never before, the Juneteenth tradition is proliferating across the nation to show the world that Blacks in America, despite the worst of times, are still on top, still creating, and still vibrant. Since the celebration became a federal holiday two years ago, festivities are gaining momentum in the gathering, which Dwayne ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Nothing attracts community and business attention like tens of thousands in potential foot traffic. While COVID-19 put the breaks on most Black History Parades last year, Dwayne Shipp said their program pulled 13,000 out, according to the city census. This year, he expects attendees to reach about 18,000. “We have more businesses ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Tough-minded and resilient is how the Orange County community remembers Warren Bussey, so dedicated that he would give the shirt off his back and his last dime to anyone that asked, if needed. He had enough personality to light up the room, and his smile would make others smile. This is the ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Nothing brings out the community for COVID-19 testing and vaccines like food and milk. Last June, Cathy Woodard connected with USDA Farmers to Families program, and has since distributed thousands of boxes packed with dairy, produce, and meats out to the community, but milk was the most striking example of local need. ...
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    40th Anniversary! By Dianne Anderson Batons twirling, drummers drumming and plenty of good eats are just a few attractions that will draw thousands of spectators to the Orange County Black History Parade Cultural Faire. And don’t forget the nonstop prime time entertainment. Shedrick Collins is thrilled with the outpouring of support, and says the community ...