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Nation’s First 24-Hour Native American TV Channel

A $6 million donation by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will allow San Bernardino-based KVCR Television to launch the nation’s first 24-hour Native American television channel, tribal leaders and the station announced today.

The Channel is a groundbreaking media initiative emphasizing the factual history, culture and current events of Native Americans and Alaskan Natives. Planned to reach the airwaves in spring 2011, this one-of-a-kind channel will tell the stories of indigenous North American peoples and is the result of an ongoing partnership between KVCR and San Manuel.

“We fully anticipate this unique channel to become a model for public-television programming across the country,” said, Larry R. Ciecalone, President of KVCR, a Public Broadcasting System affiliate.

“The commitment of the San Manuel tribe to informing audiences about the contributions and achievements of Native Americans in history and modern times is precedent setting.”

This is the first time a Native American tribe has taken the lead in using a powerful medium to plan, produce and communicate cultural, historical and contemporary messages to be told on a scale previously not possible, Ciecalone added.

“The power and influence for the good this channel will achieve cannot be overstated,” he said.

James Ramos, chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, said becoming a partner with KVCR supports the tribe’s mission of eradicating stereotypes that often stem from inaccurate depictions of American Indians in commercial television.

“Supporting this endeavor will help achieve that objective by allowing us to tell the story of Native Americans through themes and images that speak the truth and educate our audiences,” said Ramos, who also serves on the San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustees, Ramos said the content will demonstrate the broad appeal and educational and entertainment potential of Native American filmmakers, actors and story tellers.

“We truly will represent the Native voices of America,” Ramos said.

Noted Native American actor Wes Studi, who earned accolades for his work in Academy Award-winning films such as “Dances with Wolves” and “The Last of the Mohicans,” praised KVCR and San Manuel for their vision and commitment.

“As the first TV channel of its kind, it will be in a unique position to expose viewers to the untold stories of Native Americans. The channel will be in a position to break stereotypes while preserving and celebrating our rich culture and collective history before a larger audience,” Studi said.

Establishing more outlets for Native American produced film and television is an important focus for Native American and filmmakers.

“There is a wealth of content produced by, and featuring Native American talent,” said Georgina Lightning, director of “Older than America,” an award winning motion picture of contemporary suspense that focuses on the lasting impacts of Indian boarding schools.

The Rodeo is Coming

Save the date for this year’s Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo scheduled for July 17th and July 18th. The ticket prices are as follows: $18 for Adult and $15 for Children on a first come first served basis.

Tickets can be purchased at The Black Voice News office, 4290 Brockton Avenue, Riverside. For more information, contact 951.682.6070.

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SB Got Talent Features Youth

San Bernardino’s Got Talent Variety Show, featuring some of the city’s most entertaining young people, takes place 6 p.m. Saturday, June 19 at the Sturges Center for the Fine Arts, 780 North E Street.

Ticket prices are $7 if purchased online at www.sb200.org or $10 at the door.

Free Bulky Item Drop Off 6/12

On June 12, 2010, the City of Riverside Public Works Department is hosting a free expanded bulky item drop off and mulch pick up event for City residents. The event will be at the City Corporation Yard located at 8095 Lincoln Avenue, Riverside, California from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Proof of residency, such as your utility bill, will be required.

Acceptable bulky items include TVs, computers, mattresses, refrigerators, passenger tires (no rims please), and yard trimmings – basically anything that will not fit into your curbside container and is not hazardous.

For added convenience, the City is launching a new pilot program to collect all household batteries and fluorescent light bulbs. Fluorescent light bulbs include the standard fluorescent tube as well as the newer energy efficient Compact Fluorescent Lights “CFLs”.

With the overwhelming success of the March FREE garden mulch pick up, the City will once again be providing mulch. Mulch will be loaded directly into pickups or vehicles with trailers. Passenger cars or vans must bring containers or bags.

There are many benefits to using mulch for your landscaping and garden needs such as increasing soil’s organic content; reducing water usage; controlling soil erosion; suppressing weed growth; and building sound root structures.

“As more Riverside residents turn to home and community gardens, the City’s free mulch program benefits individuals, and the environment itself,” said Mayor Ron Loveridge.

Free mulch is also available at the Agua Mansa Transfer Station Scale House located at 1830 Agua Mansa Road, Riverside, California Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

If you have Hazardous Waste such as paint, oil, or pesticides, you can drop those items off on any non-holiday Saturday at the Riverside County Permanent HHW Collection Facility located at 1780 Agua Mansa Road, Riverside between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Visit www.rivesrideca.gov/CURE or call “311” for additional information.

DA Pacheco Names New Chief Assistant District Attorney

Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco has named William E. Mitchell as the new chief assistant district attorney, the No. 2 position in the office.

Mitchell, 53, will begin his new duties on Thursday, June 17, 2010. He was named to succeed Sue bSteding who is retiring after steadfastly serving in the Riverside County District Attorney’s office for 34 years. Her last day is June 15.

He and his wife Karen live in Riverside. His son Kevin attends Chapman Law School and his daughter Kasey will begin UCLA Law School in August. His stepdaughter Kasey is a court reporter doing freelance deposition work in Southern California.

Office of Economic Development Attends Groundbreaking for March LifeCare

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SACRAMENTO – Governor’s Office of Economic Development Director Joel Ayala today attended the groundbreaking of the March LifeCare campus in Riverside, California. The complex represents the largest private development project of its kind in the state of California and the Inland area.

March HealthCare Development, LLC is developing “March LifeCare” at an estimated total cost of $3.3 billion. The 6 million square foot 236 acres project is being developed on surplus land of the former March Air Force Base. Once it is completed, the complex will include a hospital, medical office buildings, skilled nursing and ambulatory care facilities, wellness centers, and other facilities with the goal of improving the quality of medical care.

“The March LifeCare health innovation project represents the future of healthcare and a significant investment for Riverside that will result in approximately 20,000 jobs,” said GoED Director Ayala. “This $3.3 billion project is the first-of-its kind in California and its impact on our region’s economy and the well-being of our residents will be profound.”

The Inland Empire’s population represents one of the fastest growing populations in both California and the United States. The Inland area also has the 10th largest population of veterans out all the counties in the country. The March LifeCARE campus will provide services to the underserved veteran population and others who don’t have adequate access.

“The March LifeCare project, is a once in a lifetime opportunity for these organizations to participate in the building of America’s Health & Wellness City on land that was formerly part of March AFB,” said Donald N. Ecker, Founder and Managing Director of March Healthcare Development and CEO Strategic Solutions.

Catholic Healthcare West and St. Bernardine Medical Center today announced that they have entered into a partnership with the Riverside Medical Clinic (RMC) and March HealthCare Development for the purpose of defining a new integrated health care delivery system on the March LifeCare Campus.

Focusing on the development of an Accountable Healthcare Organization (ACO), this delivery system will provide access to high quality, cost-effective care. “We plan to take full advantage of the opportunities offered under health care reform,” stated Steve Barron, President of St. Bernardine Medical Center. “For the first time, there is a true opportunity to align the incentives of hospitals and physicians, and that is a change we welcome,” Barron concluded.

According to the March HealthCare development team, the March LifeCare campus is expected to create over 5,000 construction jobs for the region in the first phase. The total number of jobs the project is expected to create includes 12,700 constructions jobs and 7,200 full-time health care and other related jobs.

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GoED) was launched by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to help stimulate and facilitate economic growth across the state. GoEd serves as a one-stop shop for business needs and can offer assistance, resources, and other tools to assist with the creation, expansion and retention of businesses. GoED’s mission is to make it easier to do business in the state.

 

Stroke A Concern for All Americans, Especially Blacks

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Online health and wellness tools can help identify risks and improve health.

By Corliss Hill, national director, UnitedHealthcare’s Generations of Wellness®

Families are a powerful force and serve as the bedrock of the African-American community. From multigenerational households to family reunions and Sunday dinners, strength comes from the appreciation and celebration of familial bonds.

However, being part of a family also means we inherit certain health risks, including stroke.

Stroke is our nation’s No. 3 killer, behind heart disease and cancer, according to the American Stroke Association. About 795,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year; and stroke will cost the nation more than $73 billion this year in health care and other related costs such as loss of productivity.

African Americans have almost twice the risk of first-ever stroke compared to non- Hispanic whites. That’s because African Americans have higher risks of high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, according to the American Stroke Association. Plus, one’s risk of stroke is greater if a parent, grandparent, sister or brother has had a stroke.

However, we can decrease our risk of stroke if we take charge of our health and encourage our families to do the same. Now is the time for us to take steps toward improving our health and well-being. One way to start is to create a “Family Health History Tree.” Available online at www.uhcgenerationstree.com, the Family Health History Tree walks users through simple steps to create a family health history.

The tool then draws up a detailed maternal and fraternal family tree, creating a visual record that can be printed or e-mailed to share with family as well as a doctor to learn how to reduce health risks such as stroke.

As an incentive to use the Family Health History Tree, people who register and complete the online tree and e-mail it to at least five family members by the end of the year will be entered into a sweepstakes with AfricanAncestry.com. The winner will receive a free DNA testing kit to trace their genealogy*.

There are other valuable online resources and tools that help educate and empower African Americans about health and wellness. The following resources are available at UnitedHealthcare’s Generations of Wellness website, www.uhcgenerations.com:

• Ask the Doctor answers frequently asked questions about health issues that affect African Americans across generations.

• Health Tip Flyers share information about conditions that disproportionately affect African Americans such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.

• Online Wellness Center offers exercise regimens and healthy alternatives on family-favorite recipes.

• Quizzes and Self Assessments test knowledge of health and wellness and review risk factors for chronic illnesses.

• Community Resources lists local groups and organizations that work to improve African Americans’ health.

• African-American Physician Directory is an online nationwide listing, in collaboration with the National Medical Association, to find health care providers who understand African Americans’ unique health concerns.

Everyone inherits certain health risks; however, we can decrease our risks of many conditions – including stroke – and even overcome them by adopting healthy habits and staying current on important checkups and tests. The key to good health is prevention and education, and early diagnosis, so that a small problem today doesn’t become a chronic or disabling condition – or a matter of life and death – later.

Bill Cosby and Malcolm-Jamal Warner Launch Duets & Dialogues Series

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The California African American Museum (CAAM) has played host to some of Los Angeles' most culturally significant events over the last 30 years.

From art openings to book signings to vintage film screenings, CAAM has shone a fresh perspective on the rich traditions and legacy of African American art, history and culture.

On Friday, June 11, 2010, CAAM will set yet another precedent with the launch of its new series, Duets & Dialogues featuring television's most beloved father and son duo, Bill Cosby and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. Produced by Friends, the Foundation of the California African American Museum as a fundraiser for CAAM, this great evening will begin with dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. followed from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. by conversation between Cosby and Warner before a general audience with a closing question and answer session. KNBC-TV's Morning News Anchor Chris Schauble will serve as program host for this special evening.

A limited number of dinner/ reserved seat program/postprogram dessert tickets are available for $150. General admission tickets for $50.00 include program and post-program desserts. CAAM is located at 600 State Drive in Exposition Park, in Los Angeles. Parking is available at Figueroa and 39th Streets for $10 per vehicle.

"We are extremely excited to have the very distinguished Bill Cosby, alongside Malcolm-Jamal Warner for the launch of our series, Duets & Dialogues," states Charmaine Jefferson, executive director of CAAM.

"Our program is designed to pair African American celebrities of note and accomplishment in a setting that allows the easy flow of memories and thoughtful examinations of the present and the future. For so many of us, Cosby is a pivotal role model within the African American community and beyond. His television role as father to Theo, played by Warner on 'The Cosby Show,' continues to speak volumes to generations of sons and fathers, and Mr. Cosby regularly uses his celebrity to keep asking our young people to be all that they can be."

"And then there is the extremely talented Malcolm-Jamal Warner," Ms. Jefferson continued.

"We all watched Malcolm- Jamal Warner grow into an accomplished and talented young man in his own right. Whether it is his project selection as a director and actor, or the power of the messages and composition in his brand of jazz and hip-hop style music, Warner is impressive in the scope and range of his talent and human generosity....and we would have expected nothing less. We know the dialogue from this duet will be stimulating, thought provoking and entertaining."

Internationally renowned comedian, actor, philanthropist and activist, William H. Cosby, Jr., Ed.D. has dazzled generations of fans with his comedy routines, iconic albums, bestselling books and the groundbreaking television hit series, "The Cosby Show." Perhaps his greatest contribution to American entertainment and culture, "The Cosby Show," portrayed a closeknit, upper class black family and dominated the #1 spot for years, earning popular and critical praise and altering the previous characterization of black families.

Actor, spoken word artist, poet, composer and musician Malcolm-Jamal Warner first rose to national prominence starring in "The Cosby Show." He has continued to achieve success as an actor, but also has received accolades as a poet and bass player. A seasoned director as well, Warner directed several episodes of "The Cosby Show" along with the comedy series "Malcolm & Eddie," "All That," "Keenan & Kel," and a host of music videos. He can be heard on the audio book version of Simon & Schuster's "Fatherhood" by Bill Cosby. Warner also heads his own band Miles Long and independently distributes their CD's, "The Miles Long Mix Tape" and "Love and Other Social Issues," both of which are extremely popular in the underground music scene.

Both men have recognized CAAM in the past, Cosby supported and made a performance appearance with his friend Sammy Davis, Jr. at the public opening of CAAM in its then new building back in 1984. Warner and his band Miles Long have twice headlined CAAM's once a month family performance series Target Sundays at CAAM.

The California African American Museum (CAAM) researches, collects, preserves and interprets for public enrichment the history, art and culture of African Americans. In addition to Duets & Dialogues, the CAAM galleries will be open on June 11 to showcase CAAM's current exhibits which include Dance Theatre of Harlem, Forty Years of Firsts, Our Love of John T. Scott, and the Gallery of Discovery. CAAM's newest exhibition, How We Roll, will open July 22, 2010 and feature a glimpse into the African American influences in the surfing, skating and very contemporary skateboarding culture.

Chartered by the California State Legislature in 1977, the California African American Museum is a state supported institution. In addition to its permanent collection, CAAM hosts specially borrowed and selfcurated exhibitions, free public and school-age education programs, and tours CAAM-owned exhibitions throughout California and the nation.

Admission to CAAM is generally free and open to the public, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm.

Friends, the Foundation of the California African American Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that exists to provide resources, staffing, programming and exhibition resources in support of CAAM's mission. Net proceeds from this June 11th Duets & Dialogues program will benefit and further the collections, programs and exhibitions of the California African American Museum.

Explore the California African American Museum's offerings at http://www.caamuseum.org. For general CAAM information call (213) 744-7432.

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