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Charles Bibbs Named Official Artist for Leimert Park Book Fair

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The Leimert Park Village Book Fair Planning Committee has named world renown artist Charles Bibbs as the official artist for the 2011 Leimert Park Village Book Fair (LPVBF).

Bibbs unveiled his work, "The Reader II," in celebration of the book fair's fifth anniversary on Saturday, June 25, from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. “The Reader II” will appear on all LPVBF marketing and event materials.

“Charles Bibbs is a national treasure and we are thrilled to have an artist of his caliber create our signature artwork,” commented LPVBF Executive Director Cynthia Exum. The Leimert Park Village Book Fair will take place in the lot adjacent to the Vision Theatre, 3341 43rd Place in Los Angeles, California 90008.

The LPVBF 2011 line-up includes over 100 authors, exhibitors and vendors, including many of the top African American authors and celebrity speakers.

“Every year we’ve grown bigger and better,” says Exum. “This year, we’re very excited to have many amazing authors and celebrities guests and expect over 5,000 festival attendees. We’ve also organized some very relevant panel discussions that touch on a variety of current issues in our community. There’s definitely going to be something for everyone at this year’s book fair.”

Applications for the author’s tent and vendors are still available online at www.leimertparkbookfair.com or by calling (323) 730-0628.

Bibbs' works displays a unique, strong and stylized quality done in a combination of abstract and realistic interpretations of a contemporary subject. Using his ethnic heritage as inspiration, along with a mixture of realism and fantasy, he has developed a distinctive style. A native of Southern California, Bibbs' exposure to African and Native American art, which both have a distinct spiritual motivation, is strongly reflected in his works. “My most important goal is to make profound aesthetic statements that are ethnically rooted, and at the same time, arouse spiritual emotions within us," says Bibbs.

Mr. Bibbs is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, presented by the African American Chamber of Commerce; a Community Recognition Award from the National Council of Negro Women; a NAACP Freedom Community Award; an Appreciation Service Award by the California State Assembly.

His work has been exhibited at museums around the country and overseas. A partial list of Bibb’s art collectors are Frankie Beverly, Najee, Steve Harvey, Dr. Bernard and Mrs. Shirley Kinsey, Marc Brown, Earl Graves, Queen Latifah, Drs. Frank and Marsha Glover, Dr. And Mrs. Charles Mitchell, the University of Arizona and Fox Searchlight Pictures. Charles Bibbs will also be on hand at the Book Fair to meet and greet festival attendees. For more information on the event, visit www.leimertparkbookfair.com or call (323) 730-0628.

The book fair is produced by Cynthia E. Exum and Associates in partnership with Los Angeles City Councilmember Bernard C. Parks, 8th District, and in association with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and City of Los Angeles.

Governor Brown Appoints UC Riverside Chancellor to Student Aid Commission

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By Kris Lovekin

RIVERSIDE — UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. White, 63, has been appointed to the California Student Aid Commission by Governor Jerry Brown. The announcement came Friday from the Governor’s office as part of a wrap up of recent appointments to state commissions and boards. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is a $100 per diem.

The Student Aid Commission is responsible for administering financial aid programs for students attending public and private universities, colleges, and vocational schools in California. The commission provides analysis and leadership on the issue, in partnership with colleges, universities, financial institutions, and financial aid associations. The goal is to make higher education financially accessible to all Californians. Eleven of the 15 members are appointed by the Governor and represent segments of the State’s higher education community, students, and the general public. The Speaker of the Assembly and the Chair of the Senate Rules Committee each appoint two members as representatives of the general public.

White has been chancellor and professor at the University of California, Riverside since 2008. White is a product of California’s public education system, having attended public k-12, community college, two Cal State Universities, and the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned his doctorate in the physiology of exercise. He was president and professor at the University of Idaho from 2004 to 2008. He served in multiple positions at Oregon State University from 1996 to 2004, including dean, provost, executive vice president and interim president. He served as professor and department chair at the University of California, Berkeley from 1991 to 1995 and professor and chair at the University of Michigan from 1977 to 1991. He lives in Riverside.

Our Children Sing Holds Annual Program

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By Deborah Ealy

‘Our Children Sing’ will hold their annual program at Norman F. Feldhym Library on September 8, 2012 at 2 pm. This year’s recipient of The Alice F. Page Award will be The San Bernardino Public Libraries. ‘Our Children Sing’ is an annual program held in San Bernardino around September 11th of each year. This event was founded by the late Alice F. Page, community leader, entrepreneur, and peace major in September 2002. The “Our Children Sing’ program allows a venue for many of the talented youth in the schools, churches, and gang-riddled communities to come together in peace to celebrate one another without the fear of violence. In this world of grown-up wars, national rivalries, and teen and young adult gang violence, Page believed that we should start our peace outreach by reaching out to our children while they are still young and impressionable and teach them how to work, play, fellowship, perform, and communicate with one another without resorting to violence.

After the devastating events of 9-11, Page felt that she could no longer sit idly by without doing something, anything, to help in the fight against violence and in the push towards peace. She began her fight by reaching out to numerous public officials and people of influence in the city and state in an effort to bring about a National Day of Peace which would be observed annually on September 11th; - just one day of peace when there would be no guns, no violence, and no fighting. She felt that there was no better time to observe this Day of Peace than on the memorable anniversary of the day that our nation was forever transformed and we honor the thousands of lives that were lost.

Page worked tirelessly to bring about peace and non-violence one step at a time, starting here in her own backyard. She measured her own success not by her own wealth or comfort, but by the lives she touched on a daily basis. Like the heroes of 911 she knew that she needed to do something to make the world a better place. She chose to put her words, her beliefs, her dreams into action and stepped forward with a plan to promote peace.

Participants for Our Children Sing include: The Rockstarz from The Rock Church and World Outreach Center, Jayon Dumas from New Hope MBC, Gloria Chavez and The Ballet Forklorico Cultural Group,Pastor Joshua Beckley, Elder Larry Ealy, Garrett Ostrinski, Bronique Martindal, JuuMani Chess, and the Master of Ceremonies will be Terrance Stone from The Young Visionaries. We must remember why our children sing. They are not just singing because their group was invited. They are not just dancing because their parents and friends are watching. They are not here just to support another community event. They are not performing just to showcase their talents. No: they dance, they perform, they sing for peace.


Gov. Signs Assembly Member Carter’s Bill Targeting Foreclosure Blight

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Black Voice News Staff Report

In the Riverside San Bernardino-area, one in every 155 housing units had a foreclosing filing in June 2012 according to a report by RealtyTrac.

Now a bill giving homeowners who have recently purchased a foreclosed home additional time to remedy any code violations and would help compel the owners of foreclosed property to pay for upkeep has been signed into law, the State Attorney General’s office announced Monday. Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 2314, which was sponsored by local assembly member Wilmer Carter (D-Rialto). The bill provides additional tools to local governments and receivers to fight neighborhood blight caused by vacant homes, said officials with Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office.

“The foreclosure crisis has had a devastating impact on many families and communities,” Harris said through a news release. “This legislation will help victims of the crisis who remain in their homes, but have been forced to endure the negative economic, health and safety consequences of blight in their neighborhoods.”

In Walnut, there were 155 foreclosures reported in July, according to RealtyTrac.com. The entire county had 57,570 total foreclosures last month. “We need solutions to the problem of blight which threatens the health and safety of California communities hit hardest by the mortgage crisis,” Carter said. “AB 2314 will ensure that local jurisdictions continue to have the tools to prevent and fight neighborhood blight due to foreclosures.”

The new law is part of the California Homeowner Bill of Rights, which builds upon and extends reforms first negotiated in the recent national mortgage settlement between 49 states and leading lenders, according to Harris’ office. Harris secured up to $18 billion for California homeowners in that agreement and built a Mortgage Fraud Strike Force to investigate crime and fraud associated with mortgages and foreclosures, state officials said.

In July, two key parts of the Homeowner Bill of Rights were signed into law. Those bills, which came out of a two-house conference committee, provide protections for borrowers and struggling homeowners, including a restriction on dual-track foreclosures, where a lender forecloses on a borrower despite being in discussions over a loan modification to save the home, according to Harris’ office. The bills also guarantee struggling homeowners a single point of contact at their lender with knowledge of their loan and direct access to decision makers, officials said. Other components of the Homeowners Bill of Rights are pending in the state legislature. These will enhance law enforcement responses to mortgage and foreclosure-related crime, in part by empowering the Attorney General to call a grand jury in response to financial crimes spanning multiple jurisdictions. A bill to provide enhanced protections for tenants in foreclosed homes has passed both houses and is awaiting action by Governor.

Lifelong Resident, Business-woman and Educator Announces Candidacy for SBCCD Board of Trustees

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Retired Crafton Hills College President Gloria Macías Harrison has announced her candidacy for the November election for the San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD) Board of Trustees. Community activities in support of the campaign will begin after the Labor Day Holiday, but those interested in volunteering or contributing to the campaign are encouraged to contact the Committee at (909) 800-3286 or to visit the website, MaciasHarrison4Trustee.com. Macίas Harrison brings a unique perspective to her candidacy, having spent her professional career as an educator in the SBCCD, in addition to founding and continuing to serve as publisher of a number of weekly newspapers serving the Inland Empire.

Raised in San Bernardino and an alumna of San Bernardino Valley College, she earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of California at Riverside. Macίas Harrison began her career in academia as a professor of Spanish, spending 24 years in the classroom before she moved into educational administration. She served as the Dean of Humanities at San Bernardino Valley College, then Vice President of Instruction at Crafton Hills College, prior to her appointment as President, where she served from 2000 to 2012. Macίas Harrison is also the founder/owner publisher of the El Chicano Community Newspaper, and co-owner/co-publisher of the Colton Courier, Rialto Record, Inland Empire Weekly and Sun Newspaper Group. A first-time candidate for public office, she pledges to make sound policy decisions that emphasize providing quality education and training opportunities to the most students possible while implementing efficient oversight of the district administration. Known throughout her career for always considering students first, she is committed to making the most of limited resources in these challenging times by the effective use of every tax dollar. Gloria Macias Harrison, in her campaign statement, said, “As an educator and business owner, I am uniquely qualified to be a trustee.

I know firsthand that our future depends on providing our students with quality opportunities for higher education and training.

I am a testament to this belief - without my education I would not have been able to form IECN weekly newspapers. My education, in concert with running a successful small business, has taught me to manage money and to maximize limited resources. A continuingly active force in the community, Macias Harrison was a governor’s appointee to the California Commission on the Status of Women and served on the California Council for the Humanities and on numerous state committees on education. Locally, she is a member and past chair of The Community Foundation of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, a member of the Kiwanis Clubs of Yucaipa and of Greater San Bernardino, a member of the San Bernardino Symphony Association and Guild, a board member of Planned Parenthood for Orange and San Bernardino counties, and secretary of the Crafton Hills College Foundation.

She also belongs to many professional organizations, including the American Association of University Women, the Hispanic Council of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, and the Association of California Community College Administrators. She is the recipient of numerous awards. For additional information, please contact Gloria Macias Harrison at (909) 800-3286 or by email at gloharrison@me.com

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