Last Updated on June 24, 2022 by BVN

Aryana Noroozi |

On Saturday June 18th, a number of Juneteenth events were held across the Inland Empire. The Black Voice News spent time at the Black Collective X Itoas’ annual Juneteenth Celebration at White Park in Riverside as well as San Bernardino Juneteenth Committee’s Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom at San Bernardino Valley College.  At these events community members, local merchants and artists came together to celebrate the holiday and its meaning, uplifting community voices and sharing joy.

Black Voice News photojournalist Aryana Noroozi was born in San Diego, California and graduated with a master’s degree from The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Her love for visual storytelling led her to document immigrant and deportee communities and those struggling with addiction. She was a 2020 Pulitzer Center Crisis Reporting Fellow and a GroundTruth Project Migration Fellow. She is currently a CatchLight/Report for America corps member employed by Black Voice News. You can learn more about her at You can email her at