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Emergent, Independent Filmmakers To Showcase Their Latest Filmic Works During Shorts At Caam A Two-Day Film Screening

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Los Angeles - The California African American Museum (CAAM) presents Shorts at CAAM, a free, two-day screening of independent short films the weekend of Saturday, August 11th and Sunday, August 12th. The screenings will begin at noon until 4 p.m. Shorts at CAAM is a non-competitive short-film screening featuring independent filmmakers followed by a “talk back” session with the independent filmmakers, producers and actors whose work will be shown.

“As the perfect opportunity for indie filmmakers to showcase their short films to the community, Shorts at CAAM will provide an entertaining weekend for Exposition Park. This year marks the second annual weekend of Shorts at CAAM with more than 15 films slated to be shown. Last year more than 10 independent films were showcased,” says Elise Woodson, CAAM’s Program Manager and Education Curator who curated the shorts to be screened this year.

Designed to promote the work and vision of emergent filmmakers in the Los Angeles community, Shorts at CAAM supports fresh, young talent whose work otherwise might not have the opportunity to be seen by a diverse audience. Films screened at CAAM are for a mature audience only (18+), and may contain mild profanity, violence and adult content. This event is free and open to the public. CAAM is located at 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, 90037. Parking in the adjacent lot is $10.00 all day at Figueroa and 39th Streets. For

more information on CAAM, visit www.caamuseum.org. RSVP for Shorts at CAAM by calling (213) 744-2024.

An Open Letter to the Christian Community

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Over the past few days, I have read about Chick-fil-A “Appreciation Day” when throngs of individuals descended upon stores across the nation to purchase food in support of the fast food chains’ anti-gay stance.

I do not criticize the necessity to deliver an important societal message about our values. It is good to stand for what we believe. I do wonder about what I have not seen. I have not seen an organized effort to focus our local and national leaders on the plight of women and children sleeping on our streets. I have not seen our ministers express concerns about the number of individuals at our local county hospitals without health insurance waiting 10 to 12 hours to see doctors; nor have I heard an outcry about the capability for any one troubled soul to purchase high capacity weapons and subsequently wreak havoc in our cities.

Do we really care about widows and orphans? What are we doing to help teenage girls who don’t abort their pregnancies? Has anyone challenged that nationally known radio personality about his/her racist statements, and/or do we secretly smile when we read a bumper sticker that reads “don’t re-nig in 2012?” Oftentimes I am reminded of a sentiment expressed by the enemy (the devil’s angel) in the “ScrewTape Letters,” that if followers of Christ are allowed to focus on events that are emotionally charged, they will forget their mission. Are we Christians allowing the enemy to divert us from our mission?

M. Jean Peacock, Ph.D

First Stop Big Apple, Next Stop Westwood

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By Earl Heath

New York, NY - There's plenty to smile about in Westwood as super southpaw Paige McDuffie will be attending UCLA this fall. This reporter recently caught up with her at the Triple Crown Sports National Tournament held at Randalls Island in New York City were I asked why she chose to play for the Bruins. "The coaches are cool and the school has a great history and tradition. The academics are also good,” said McDuffie.

The Woodlands (Houston, TX) ace had a super high school career haven been named the 2010-2011 Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year after putting together a 37-1 record and a 0.97 ERA. She struck out 244 batters in 216 innings. She's also good with the bat hitting .415 with 42 RBI's. The Class 5A Player of the Year, she led the Lady Highlanders to a 44-1 record and a No. 1 national ranking to go along with a state title. McDuffie, also pitches for a travel ball called Impact Gold. "She can throw all the pitches - rise, drop, curve, and change-up," said Impact coach K.C. Jackson. She has hit 70-miles per hour regularly with her fastball.

"Paige is a powerful left-handed pitcher who had an outstanding junior year in Texas," UCLA coach Kelly Inouye-Perez told Softball Today. "She has command of all pitches and we look forward to her joining the Bruin family and the history of powerful pitchers in the circle for UCLA." The talent filled tournament also brought in more than 125 college coaches from around the country that included the University of Arizona and Olympic coach Mike Candrea. St. Johns University head coach Amy Kvilhaug was also looking at players. "We get a chance to see the players in action. We can see how they react after a bad play at bat and after a tough loss. Are they going to get up and come back strong?" said Kvilhaug. "A tournament like this can show what's in a player." St Johns is in the Big East a conference that sent five teams to the 2012 NCAA Tournament highlights: some games were televised on the CBS sports channel. However the ultimate at bat came from Lindsey Wilmon from Pleasant, California (Pleasant Grove High School), the So Cal 18U Choppers ripped a grand slam homerun. The unusual thing about the towering blast is the ball traveled over the outfield fence, over a moving car, over a parked eighteen wheeler, over another parked car, over a picnic table, took a bounce and landed on a smoking barbecue grill. In all, the ball travelled more than 375-feet.

Cheryl Brown joins fight for safe communities

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By Mark Feliece

FONTANA, CA-The Fontana Speedway paid host to one of the region’s most significant law enforcement gatherings, California Attorney General Kamala’s Inland Empire Public Safety Conference. San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Rod Hoops hosted and power packed event where police chiefs, prosecutors, public safety advocates, victims organizations, policemen, highway patrolmen and deputy sheriffs gather to discuss pressing issues of public safety and recognize the year’s past accomplishments. Cheryl Brown actively participated and celebrated the event on behalf of Assembly Member Wilmer Carter, who was unable to attend due to pressing Sacramento business.

Among those honored were the outstanding K9 Squad of the Fontana Police Department, Highway Patrolman Chris Solberg and San Bernardino County Supervising District Attorney Investigator Maurice Landrum.

The event was well attended and substantive. It began with a presentation of pressing challenges to crime fighting across Inland California. Among those were narcotics, domestic violence and gang warfare. Public officials from across the regionjoined the ceremonies, among them were Assembly Member Kevin Jefferies (theonly Republican in the State Legislature to support the landmark Homeowner’s Bill of Rights), Assemblyman Mike Morrell, Fontana Mayor Aquanetta Warren, Senators Gloria Negrete McLeod & Robert Dutton.

Safer Neighborhoods = Better Neighborhoods

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Enjoy a Night Out with the Fontana Police Department

Fontana - The Mayor and City Council invite the public to attend the Fontana Police Department’s 29th annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7th from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at the Jessie Turner Health and Fitness Community Center, located at 15556 Summit Ave. The event will feature free food, live entertainment, raffle prizes, giveaways, police demonstrations and many more entertaining activities.

National Night out promotes Neighborhood Watch, police-community partnerships, neighborhood unity and the building of a safer, more caring community. “The event has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight for a safer nation,” said Fontana Police Department’s Heather Howard. Thousands of people across the nation participate in this once a year event that unites citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials.

Children will be thoroughly entertained with free games, face-painting, arts and crafts and appearances from McGruff the Crime Dog as well as Eddie the Gun Safety Eagle Mascot. The Lewis Library Bus will also provide fun-filled activities for children. Those in attendance can enjoy free hot dogs, compliments of the Fontana Police Department and 7-Eleven.

The Fontana Police Department will display the FPD Helicopter, motorcycles, SWAT team weaponry, vehicles and put on K-9 demonstration as well as provide child safety seat inspections. Farmers Insurance Group will sponsor free digital child identification. Their program, called M.I.L.K., (Managing Information on Lost Kids) is meant to aid in the recovery of missing children. For more information or questions regarding National Night Out, please contact the Fontana Police Department at (909) 350-7740.

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