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Relationship Novelist Inspires High School Students to follow their Dreams

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By Lea Michelle Cash

 

On March 9, 2012, twenty special students at Bob Murphy Community Day School in Rialto received an inspiring visit from guest author Sheryl Mallory Johnson coordinated by the nonprofit organization The Brightest Star, Inc.

The student’s visit began with a roundtable discussion on dream building.  There were several dreamers in the room with aspirations of becoming an astronaut, a doctor, a psychologist, a musician, hairdresser, teacher and horror film screenwriter.  But, the precious moments belonged to the aspiring writers to which there were several in the room.   They listened carefully and sent a myriad of questions to the relationship novelist who was excited to share her story and life experience with the kids.

Johnson took the long route through life to accomplish her dream of becoming a writer.  She was a good student, graduated from high school, and went to college.  She received a Bachelor and a Master’s degree.  She became a social worker and worked in the San Diego Child Welfare division for many years.  However, something was missing in her life.  Something that gave her passion and drive—something that gave her purpose. So she returned to her childhood dream—that delivered all those things.   She turned simply to writing.

At first, she just wrote screenplays then she made the switch to writing fiction novels.  Novels that explored the human spirit and the things African American people do in relationships.  In time Johnson wrote several popular books and has become a creative voice in contemporary fiction, providing book coaching and novel writing to aspiring authors.  She loves to speak with high school students. In 2009, she wrote a young adult novel, “L.A. Summer” which she discussed with the students.  Last year, this young adult novel was voted by Conversation Magazine to be the best top 50 summer reads for teens.  The novel explores three teenagers. One dying to escape from small town living in Texas and gets the opportunity to spend the summer in South Central Los Angeles with her rowdy and protective best friend.  The third best friend in the trio has freedom issues with a mother who gives her no freedom.  The teen’s collaborative efforts lead to a summer unlike no other, providing life changing experiences they will remember forever.

The Bob Murphy students held onto Johnson’s every word. The teens asked repeatedly “where can we get the book?”  At the end of the visit, Johnson surprised the students with their own personal copy of “L.A. Summer.” The current novel written by Johnson for adult readers is Love & Regrets.   This novel exposes the relationship struggles of commitment and the human capacity to rise above hatred and revenge, and the power of love and kinship.  This novel can be found at Barnes and Nobles or ordered on Amazon.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Community Briefs

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Youth Art Exhibit

Imani Christian Cathedral is hosting “Developing 2 Destiny Youth Art Exhibit” a collaboration of young voices expressed through canvas, photography and poetry; creating a vibrant atmosphere that examines their present while formulating their future.

March is Youth Art Month. The entire community is invited to support this one day art fund-raiser featuring bold and exciting artwork from today’s young artists and influential visionaries.

The special guest is Maurice Slaughter. Slaughter has been doing art since the age of 6, and is currently working on a Bachelors degree in Animation.

Developing 2 Destiny Youth Art Exhibit will be held on March 4, 2012 at the Twenty Miles East Gallery located at 558-A West Second Street, Pomona, California. Art demonstration starts at 1:30 p.m. The exhibit is from 2 – 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Ticket cost will be applied toward your art purchase. Refreshments will be served.

IM INC, Free Music Lessons! Free Music Lessons

Inter-Prevention Meaningfully Intercepting The Negatives Toward Children, will start free music lessons for Rialto Unified School District youth only, starting March 3, 2012, from 8:00 – 12:00 P.M., applications will be accepted on March 3rd, at Werner Elementary School, 1050 West Rialto Avenue, Rialto, Hughbanks Elementary School, 2241 North Apple Avenue, Rialto and Kucera Middle School, 2140 Buena Vista Drive Rialto.

Free lessons will be on the electric guitar, electric bass, piano and drums from instructors with over twenty-five years experience on each instrument.

If you are interested for your child, who must be a Rialto school student grades 3rd through 12th, please register them in person on March 3rd, at any of the above school sites. No phone calls will be taken by IM INC.

Rev. Dennis Morgan Brown, is the Program Administrator and Founder.

Share Electric Bill Assistance Available For Eligible City Of Riverside Residents

(Sharing Households Assist Riverside Energy) is a program of Riverside Public Utilities to assist qualified low-income residential electric customers with their utility bills and deposits. The program is administered by Community Action Partnership of Riverside County (CAP Riverside), and it is supported by voluntary contributions by Riverside Public Utilities customers.

SHARE funds are available to Riverside households who meet the Federal poverty income guidelines. Annual household income ranges from $16,335 for one person up to $44,985 for six persons in the household. Qualified customers are eligible to receive assistance of $150.00, once a year, toward the electric portion of their utility bill.

Assistance is provided to walk-ins from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at CAP Riverside, 2038 Iowa Avenue, Suite B-102, Riverside, CA 92507. The Utility Assistance office is located at the right rear of the Summit Business Center.

The following documents are required when applying for SHARE: valid photo I.D, Social Security card, birth certificate, current (within the last 4 weeks) proof of income for all household members or an award letter, and current (within the last 4 weeks) Riverside Public Utilities bill or an urgent notice.

To view income guidelines and download an application, visit www.capriverside.org For more information, please contact (951) 955-6478

Mount Moriah Baptist Church Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Mount Moriah Baptist Church will be celebrating their 50th Church Anniversary Sunday, March 11, 2012, 3:30 p.m., 18991 Mariposa Avenue, Riverside, CA 92508. Our theme this year is “Our Church: Making A Decree To Have The Lord With Us.”

Genesis 39:2-6, 21. We have done our best to make this event more special by making this a two-day event. Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. will be our Gospel Explosion Concert featuring gospel groups, choirs, and soloist with songs to praise God and fill our hearts. For more information, please contact the church office at (951) 780-2240 or Mozzell Brown at (951) 689-2265.

Community Briefs

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Youth Art Exhibit

Imani Christian Cathedral is hosting “Developing 2 Destiny Youth Art Exhibit” a collaboration of young voices expressed through canvas, photography and poetry; creating a vibrant atmosphere that examines their present while formulating their future.

March is Youth Art Month. The entire community is invited to support this one day art fund-raiser featuring bold and exciting artwork from today’s young artists and influential visionaries.

The special guest is Maurice Slaughter. Slaughter has been doing art since the age of 6, and is currently working on a Bachelors degree in Animation.

Developing 2 Destiny Youth Art Exhibit will be held on March 4, 2012 at the Twenty Miles East Gallery located at 558-A West Second Street, Pomona, California. Art demonstration starts at 1:30 p.m.

The exhibit is from 2 – 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Ticket cost will be applied toward your art purchase. Refreshments will be served.

IM INC, Free Music Lessons! Free Music Lessons

Inter-Prevention Meaningfully Intercepting The Negatives Toward Children, will start free music lessons for Rialto Unified School District youth only, starting March 3, 2012, from 8:00 – 12:00 P.M., applications will be accepted on March 3rd, at Werner Elementary School, 1050 West Rialto Avenue, Rialto, Hughbanks Elementary School, 2241 North Apple Avenue, Rialto and Kucera Middle School, 2140 Buena Vista Drive Rialto.

Free lessons will be on the electric guitar, electric bass, piano and drums from instructors with over twenty-five years experience on each instrument.

If you are interested for your child, who must be a Rialto school student grades 3rd through 12th, please register them in person on March 3rd, at any of the above school sites. No phone calls will be taken by IM INC.

Rev. Dennis Morgan Brown, is the Program Administrator and Founder.

Share Electric Bill Assistance Available For Eligible City Of Riverside Residents

(Sharing Households Assist Riverside Energy) is a program of Riverside Public Utilities to assist qualified low-income residential electric customers with their utility bills and deposits. The program is administered by Community Action Partnership of Riverside County (CAP Riverside), and it is supported by voluntary contributions by Riverside Public Utilities customers.

SHARE funds are available to Riverside households who meet the Federal poverty income guidelines. Annual household income ranges from $16,335 for one person up to $44,985 for six persons in the household. Qualified customers are eligible to receive assistance of $150.00, once a year, toward the electric portion of their utility bill. Assistance is provided to walk-ins from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at CAP Riverside, 2038 Iowa Avenue, Suite B-102, Riverside, CA 92507. The Utility Assistance office is located at the right rear of the Summit Business Center.

The following documents are required when applying for SHARE: valid photo I.D, Social Security card, birth certificate, current (within the last 4 weeks) proof of income for all household members or an award letter, and current (within the last 4 weeks) Riverside Public Utilities bill or an urgent notice.

To view income guidelines and download an application, visit www.capriverside.org For more information, please contact (951) 955-6478

Mount Moriah Baptist Church Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Mount Moriah Baptist Church will be celebrating their 50th Church Anniversary Sunday, March 11, 2012, 3:30 p.m., 18991 Mariposa Avenue, Riverside, CA 92508. Our theme this year is “Our Church: Making A Decree To Have The Lord With Us.”

Genesis 39:2-6, 21. We have done our best to make this event more special by making this a two-day event. Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. will be our Gospel Explosion Concert featuring gospel groups, choirs, and soloist with songs to praise God and fill our hearts. For more information, please contact the church office at (951) 780-2240 or Mozzell Brown at (951) 689-2265.

Upcoming Black History Month Events

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The 33rd Annual Black Culture Festival will be held Saturday, February 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  at Pomona Public Library.

Fontana Art Association, Celebrating Black History Month will be held from February 1 until March 25, 2011. For more information about classes or showcases, please visit arts.fontana.org or call (909)823- 6036.

Frederick Douglass from Slavery to Freedom: the Journey to New York City. San Bernardino County Museum presents a touring exhibit thru February.

MORE INLAND EMPIRE EVENTS

Feb. 24 - Black History Program - Janet Goeske Center
Feb. 25 - Black Heritage Celebration - Banning
Feb. 25 - Black History Parade - Perris
Feb. 25 - Black History Parade - Palm Springs

SCE Lauds Partnerships During Black History Month Event

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Edison International (NYSE: EIX) subsidiary Southern California Edison (SCE) hosted its 10th Annual Black History Month celebration at its Energy Education Center in Irwindale.

This year’s event, “Connecting the Evolution of Electricity to Black History,” featured keynote speaker Blair Hamilton Taylor, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League for the past five years. Taylor has built upon his organization’s mission to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights through advocacy activities, programs and services.

In support of this year’s theme, Celebrating Business and Community Partnerships, special guest speaker Nelson Davis, president of The Making It Institute and Nelson Davis Productions, joined Taylor.

Davis, a nationally recognized small business expert, shared business advice and discussed economic empowerment by highlighting keys to business success.

SCE recognized businesses and organizations that made significant contributions through resources and programs designed to uplift the communities they serve.

Through recognition and acknowledgment, SCE hoped to motivate businesses and community organizations to continue their good works.

The city of Inglewood and Behavioral Health Services was honored for a long-standing partnership with SCE to employ energy solutions that help save energy and money. LeRoy Haynes Center was recognized with a Community Partnership Award for programs geared to more than 450 children with special needs relating to emotional development, autism, learning disabilities, abuse, neglect and abandonment.

Freeman Alternative Resources received the Diverse Business Enterprise Award, as one of many African-American suppliers that provide service to Southern California Edison.

“At Southern California Edison, we do not simply celebrate African- American history. We embrace it by recognizing and supporting the important contributions of African-Americans,” said Lisa Cagnolatti, SCE’s vice president, Customer Service Business Unit’s Business Customer Division.

“The 10th anniversary demonstrated our continued commitment to promoting the positive empowerment and influence African-American inventors, businesses and organizations have on the community. This year, we looked forward to celebrating with our customers and community partners to recognize the successes and contributions of African- Americans.”

Emcees for this year’s celebration were news anchors Chris Schauble and Michaela Pereira of KTLA5 morning news.

Founded 10 years ago by SCE employees Afarah Board and Dave Ford, the Black History Month celebration has attracted more than 3,200 business customers, nonprofit organizations, community leaders and political representatives. The founders established the event to celebrate Black History Month with SCE employees, while recognizing the accomplishments of African-American inventors for their influences in the evolution of electricity and electrical technology.

The mission now encompasses a celebration of SCE’s partnerships with its business customers, diverse suppliers and charitable organizations.

Business and community partners are acknowledged for contributions to the region’s economic growth and stability, and for being energy-efficient.

SCE provided attendees with information about tools, programs and services that can help them become more energy-efficient, use less energy and reduce costs.

“Due to the business economic climate our customers are facing, we wanted them to be aware that Southern California Edison has many programs to help them save energy and money, while we acknowledged the many contributions of community- based organizations and businesses that provide much-needed support to the communities we serve,” said Cagnolatti.

For more information on African-American inventors, visit www.sce.com/inventors.

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