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Goeske Center Holds Annual Black History Luncheon

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The Janet Goeske Center will hold it's 11th annual Black History Luncheon on Friday, February 26th, 2010 from 11:00 am to 1 p.m. The center is located at 5257 Sierra Street, Riverside, Ca. For directions or information call 951-351-8800.

The purpose of the luncheon is to celebrate the rich heritage of the African American culture.

This year's theme is "African-American Women In History". Accomplished women from the Riverside community will acknowledge the powerful legacy of their female ancestors and leaders. They will share how the roles of historical Black women laid a foundation for them to be models of success today as they lay the foundation to empower women of tomorrow. The speakers include: Waudieur E. Rucker- Hughes, Educator and President of the Riverside NAACP; Ennette Morton, Museum Director, Riverside Metropolitan Museum; Dr. Carolyn Bennett Murray, Professor UCR; Dr. Germaine Strother MD, Physician and Professor USC; Christina Reid-Brown, Director of Business Development and Marketing at Riverside Community Hospital; Rev. Jerry Hobby, Assist Pastor Riverside Community Center for Spiritual Living.

The cost of the luncheon is $6.00 for nonmembers and $5.00 for members. The menu of "Southern Cooking" has been a highlight of the event over the

Isom Advanced Marketing Introduces New Site for Localized Job Search

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In order to stimulate and accelerate the Inland Empire's return to a “working” economy Isom Advanced Marketing & Communications, LLC partnered with Simply Hired, the worlds largest job search engine, today to announce a new localized destination website for the Inland Empire, The I. E, Job hunter (www.IEJobHunter.com). With thousands of jobs available locally, Isom Advanced's expansion into the I. E. will help job seekers in the third largest economy to find work that they love. The new partnership with Isom Advanced Marketing broadens Simply Hired’s presence in the I. E. and joins localized websites in 16 countries across five continents and in nine languages.

Without requiring membership, the new site will provide local job seekers a simple online job search experience.

The I. E. Job Hunter immediately shows returning users which new listings have been added since their last visit and offers an advanced search option to return job listings that match specific criteria.

More than five million jobs are available worldwide from the leading job boards, content websites, newspapers and company career pages. The I. E. Job Hunter also provides a variety of other economy stimulating tools. Through its international partnership with LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter the I. E. Job Hunter will also allow job seekers to discover the connections they have within companies, providing them the inside track on the hiring process.

“As we work to provide localized job search opportunities for every major country in world, Simply Hired is excited to further expand our job search services in the Inland Empire with our new partnership with Isom Advanced Marketing, and the launch of their site in the Inland Empire,” said Sachin Shah, Director of International, Simply Hired.

“ Simply Hired is confident that www.IEJobHunter.com comes at a good time. Our goal is to provide our worldwide users with free, valuable tools and resources that benefit job seekers and employers, alike.”

Aric Isom, a community activist, and local businessman, started the website with the idea of putting local talent in local job. “With so many people out of work in the I. E. and the clogged freeways we needed a way to alleviate both problems.”, says Isom, “We have the talent and will to work here. We don't need to go all the way to Orange County or Los Angeles for our workers.” Isom wanted to emphasize the importance of clearing the freeways and the conservation of fuel.

For recruiters and direct employers, the I. E. Job Hunter offers the ability to add their open jobs into these international sites through RSS Job Feeds. To express interest in including your open jobs visit the site at www.IEJobHunter.com and click the “Add A Job” link at the top of the page. For information on bulk discount rates email info@IEJobHunter.com.

Black Heritage Day Celebration in Banning

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The front doors of the Historic Banning Woman's Club will open at noon on February 27, for a FREE event that will celebrate cultural diversity, while honoring a part of history rich in art, music, dance and so much more during the Black Heritage Day Celebration.

Highlights for the event include more youth participation this year, opening with the Pledge of Allegiance by the Boys and Girls Club of the San Gorgonio Pass and the ever youthful Yve Evans who will sing the National Anthem. This is the second year that the Banning Cultural Alliance will host the free event that will include performances by singers Yve Evans, Zelyne Ruldoph, and Jerome Robinson of Second Generation Platters fame.

As a part of the event Mayor Bob Botts will present Marion Johnson, Estelle Lewis and a surprise honoree with Mayoral Proclamations. Assemblyman Paul Cook's office has confirmed that they will be participating in the events with a special presentation of their own. Presentation speakers include Mayor Bob Botts, Art Welch, from Cook's office, Councilwoman Debbie Franklin and School Board President Deborah Dukes, who will also MC the event.

"I am very excited about the entire event and the youth participation this year," said Cindy Watson the event's coordinator.

"We have tap and jazz performances by Dance Spectrum of Beaumont," she said. Thirty local youth from Dance Spectrum are schedule to perform in a variety of routines that honor this part of Black culture.

The Alliance's own dance troop will also be part of a trilogy tribute performance to Michael Jackson (MJ).

According to Watson, who is the youth program director for the Alliance, there are three separate dance routines that combine for this portion of the program.

Performances are by the dance crew Beyond the Others, a solo performance by Judah Ruiz, as MJ and the Hyper Active Dance Troop. Ruiz is the star performer and is in all three dance routines, according to Watson. Ruiz was one of the top award winners, for his MJ performances in last summer's Pass Has Talent competition.

"These kids ages 6 to 16 have been working hard on their routines," said Watson. "They began practicing for the event in mid January with their new dance instructor Moses Ruiz and have been meeting Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings to prepare especially for this event," she added.

Additional performances include the Pass Area Gospel Choir and readings: by Shameca Tankerson and Beverly Rashidd.

After presentations and general performances the evening will wind down to performances by Jerome Robinson and Zelyne Ruldoph and a "Soul Full" Bar Be Que chicken dinner and dance.

"The dinner is on a first come basis," said Watson, who said that there is a suggested donation of $5 to $10 per plate.

"We need donations and support to allow us to continue such great events and programs here locally," said Watson. This free event will be at the Banning Woman's Club, 175 W. Hays, one block North of Ramsey at Second Street and is brought to you by the Banning Cultural Alliance.

For more information call (951) 922-0500 or (909) 645-6545.

Movie Producer Tommy Ross Appointed To California Film Commission

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Businessman Tommy Ross, C.E.O. of Pinnacle Strategic Group, has been appointed to the board of the California Film Commission by Assembly Speaker Karen Bass. Says Bass:

"Tommy Ross has been a diligent and dedicated individual throughout his career in both the public and private sectors, always acting as the consummate professional. With his appointment to the California Film Commission, the administration and the people of California can be confident that his exemplary work will continue to pay dividends for our state in an industry that is vital to our future."

The California Film Commission works to enhance the economic climate in California by keeping film industry jobs and projects in the state. The Commission has an advisory board of members appointed by the Governor, Senate Pro Tem and Speaker of the Assembly.

Ross retired in 2009 from Southern California Edison where he was appointed by the Board of Directors as corporate Vice President, Public Affairs and oversaw the Sacramento Public Affairs office which included a team of lobbyists, analysts, administrative staff and consultants. He has more than 30 years of legislative, political, public affairs and management experience and has developed a reputation as a master political and corporate communications strategist.

Ross recently formed and is President/CEO of Pinnacle Strategic Group, Inc (www. pinnacl est rategy. net ) which provides political and corporate strategic communication guidance to clients in Sacramento, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, DC.

He is also founder and Chairman of the Board/President of the Research and Policy Institute of California, a Sacramento-based public policy non-profit that provides leadership training, research, and assists public policy makers in formulating proposals specific to the African-American community (www.calresearch.org).

Ross also ventured into the world of entertainment in 2005 when he formed and served as managing partner for Hormones, LLC. As an Executive Producer, he produced his first film, “American Hormones”, which was subsequently distributed to DVD by Vanguard Entertainment. (American Hormones is available on Amazon.com and Netflix). In 2008 he became managing partner of Gospel Jam, LLC and subsequently served as Executive Producer of their recently completed production of the first African-American faith based musical film “Church” (www. churchthefilm. com).

Gospel Jam, LLC is currently seeking to secure a distribution deal for this historic production.

In 2010, Ross was elected to the Board of Directors of Premier Power Renewable Energy, an El Dorado Hills, California based solar panel installation company with business interests in the United States, Spain and Italy.

SB NAACP Hosts Image Awards Trip Fundraiser

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The San Bernardino Branch of the NAACP is hosting a fundraising bus trip to the 41st Annual Image Awards, to be held on February 26 at the historic Shrinner's Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

The cost of the event is $60, which includes admission and bus transportation. Seats will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

Join us to see the stars and enjoy a great evening What will win the Outstanding Motion Picture award, The Blind Side, Invictus, Michael Jackson This Is It, Precious or Princess and the Frog. Or who will win in the over 40 categories.

The bus will leave at 2:00 p.m. from the New Hope Family Life Center, 1505 W. Highland Ave. The show may be seen live on Fox at 8 p.m. For information or to reserve your seat call, Linda Hart (909) 246-2078. Hurry to get your seat.

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