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Inland Empire Resident Pens Book on Growing Up in the South

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William Roosevelt Leggette is no stranger to overcoming obstacles. Having been declared legally blind, Leggette, an Inland Empire resident, recently released a book, “Big Mama’s Little Black Jesus.” A labor of love, the book tells of the many issues Leggette experienced while growing up as a Black person in the South during the 1930’s and 1940’s in the United States.

Not only were the conditions trying, but getting an education was bleak and almost impossible, not just due to the segregation, but from the internal conflicts among the families. Leggette wanted to leave a testimony for his childre n and grandchildren so they would know the things he experienced and how he was able to overcome and make a better life for his family.

He states: “I am currently on the downside of being a septagenarian, and unfortunately have lost my eyesight due to a disease called diabetic retinopathy. I am dependent on my wife and my sister to assist me in getting this book completed. I have been trying to get the book finished for the past fifteen years and I hope this book gives insight to not only my family, but to all that would care to read it.” Big Mama’s Little Black Jesus can be purchased at all major book stores

Million Father March Movement Draws National Attention

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By Natasha Simone Ferguson

Street Positive C.E.O. and Million Father March Organizer, Terry Boykins announced recently that the 2012 Inland Empire Million Father March will be hosted by Bishop Lacy Sykes Jr., and Cross Word Christian Church on Sept. 8, 2012 kicking off at 8 a.m.

The 2012 Inland Empire Million Father March theme; "I Am My Child's Superhero", will pay special tribute to active duty and veteran military fathers as the nation's largest campaign encouraging fathers to take their children back-to-school, gets underway. The procession will begin at Cross Word Christian Church located at 14950 Riverside Dr. next to the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, Calif., led by those fathers who have distinguishably served in the U.S. military. The proposed march route is approximately 2.2 miles. However, the march is not just open to fathers but single mothers are also expected to join the event and are welcome.

The goal of the campaign is for a million fathers nationwide to be involved in their children’s education, beginning the first day of school. Boykins states, "The choice of Cross Word Christian Church is both symbolically and logistically practical given the goals and objectives we have set with this year's march. Those participating will truly be part of the kind of history their children's children will speak about one day. So, participants definitely want to make sure they bring their cameras and walking shoes. On-lookers will truly see the power of fathers moving as one, in support of their children's education." A petition will also be circulated for fathers to sign in efforts to secure key resources from both state and federal agencies to support more fatherhood engagement in early childhood education. According to statistics, children in father-absent homes are five times more likely to be poor (U.S. Census Bureau).

Dr. D.C. Nosakhere Thomas and son Kamaal Thomas, who was recently awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship and featured on ABC Channel 7’s ‘Cool Kids’, will serve as father-son emcees for the event. Dr. Thomas, a renowned community and youth advocate, stated: "I am elated to join Bishop Sykes, Street Positive and the Black Star Project in a movement that encourages fathers to take their children to the first day of school. I will be taking my son Kamaal to his first day of college at UC Davis in late September. So, sharing this opportunity with him as he prepares to leave home and begins manhood is truly a special moment for me as a father."  Street Positive CEO, Boykins says he will take his daughter, Genevieve (Dean's list), back to school at UC Berkeley and then join Million Father March organizers and supporters in time for both the Inland Empire (September 8th) and Los Angeles (September 29th) marches.     Boykins, who since early 2007 helped organize the national outreach effort founded by Black Star Project's Phillip Jackson in 2004, says he and Bishop Sykes have met and discussed the importance of father involvement on numerous occasions. Sykes has spoken widely on the subject and routinely interacts with "Men of Valor", a church ministry at CWCC, to progress those who are fathers and those who one day will become fathers. In addition to providing the welcome and greetings to attendees, he will also conduct the event's annual "Back-to-School" prayer.  Another instrumental community partner involved in bringing the Million Father March to the Inland Empire is Pastor James Baylark of Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Perris, Calif. Pastor Baylark is slated to speak on "The Church and the Streets."

Important topics covered during the 2012 Inland Empire Million Father March will include mental health, academic achievement, child safety, student violence, incarceration, parent-teacher partnerships, graduation rates and goals, college and trade-school support. In addition, the event will also feature special guest speakers, panel discussions, open mic, entertainment, and other important resources.

A commemorative, "I Am My Child's Superhero" t-shirt will be available, as well as a book entitled; "A Fragile Child's Cry" by author H. L. Stampley to promote literacy. Stampley participated in the 2009 Million Father March, which was dedicated to fathers of disabled children. Participation and attendance is expected to be significant. An east coast/west coast movement has been stirred up between the Detroit Million Father March organizers and the West Coast organizers on the challenge of having the largest number of fathers to participate in this initiative of fathers taking their child or children to school on the first day.

Exhibitor space is limited and will be available on a first come-first served basis. To request an application contact Ms. Jessica Garcia at 909-556-4650. For additional updates and information regarding the Inland Empire Million Father March, visit  HYPERLINK "http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=&msgid=0&act=11111&c=18240&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.streetpositive.com" \t "_blank" www.streetpositive.com.Those wishing to volunteer for the 2012 Inland Empire Million Father March should contact 909-880-9427. Additionally, efforts are also being made to collect canned goods and bottled water to support youth and families in transitional living facilities.

Note: The Los Angeles Million Father March will be hosted by the Los Angeles Father Million March Organizing Committee (LAMFMOC) and held at Mona Park in Compton, Calif. on September 29.

The Book Of Mormon Announces Lottery Ticket Policy

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Previews Begin September 5

Los Angeles – The Book Of Mormon, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, is pleased to announce a lottery ticket policy for the West Coast premiere which begins September 5 at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles and plays a limited 12-week engagement through November 25. In Los Angeles, the production will conduct a pre-show lottery at the box office, making a limited number of tickets available at $25 apiece; cash only. This lottery will be held prior to every performance except for the gala Opening Night on Wednesday September 12.

The lottery for the Broadway production has proven to be wildly popular. The producers of The Book Of Mormon are pleased to offer low-priced lottery seats for every city on the National Tour as a thank you to the show’s fans on the road.

Entries will be accepted at the box office beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance; each person will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided. Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $25 each. Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability. The Book Of Mormon features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, “South Park.” Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q. The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.

The Book Of Mormon is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.

For more information about the Los Angeles premiere engagement of The Book Of Mormon, please visit the official website of the Pantages Theatre, www.BroadwayLA.org.

School Rivalry is it Real?

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By Jordan Brown

Many schools have fights at sporting events for a simple reason: they don’t like the other school. This problem has been going on for years. It’s really about having pride in their school; students should express their spirit in different ways. If they met the people from other teams and worked with them, this problem would happen less often, because they know the teams personally.

On August 11th and 12th Pacific High School in the San Bernardino School District held a cheer camp at Indian Springs High School. There, the teams (Pacific High, San Bernardino High, Rialto High, Cajon High, Indian Springs High, and Arroyo Valley High) showcased their different talents by performing. On day one after their performances, the teams were brought together and learned two dances. They also did stunting.

In this, the teams worked together on new stunts and helped each other like one big team. During lunch, the cheerleaders could eat with their teams or venture with others. Some cheerleaders even went to tell the other team how excited they were to see the new performances. It was definitely a team building experience. I noticed how they weren’t afraid to talk to other teams.

On day two of the event, certain activities (cheer, dance, or stunt) split the teams because of interest. During the classes the cheerleaders worked with instructors and fellow cheerleaders. In the pom-dance, cheerleaders had to face school rivalry and mixed groups. There had to be at least one person from each team in a group. Those groups had to showcase the dance to the entire class. This was an interesting way to cool down some rivalry now that the cheerleaders knew each other as friends and during games tthat friendship will remain.

At the end of camp, all the classes showcased the new skill they learned to the other cheerleaders. The individual teams performed again, but with the dances they learned throughout the camp. Altogether it was a learning experience for the teams and they reflected about this at the end of camp. Some rivalry has certainly cooled down because they’ve made new bonds with other teams.

Understanding Interest Rates

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By Luis Dominguez

Union Bank, N.A. Vice President and Branch Manager Miracle Mile

Whether you are borrowing money for a large purchase, such as a home or business, or are deciding where to invest your savings, interest rates can be a key factor. Interest is the cost of borrowing money, and is based on the concept that lenders are entitled to a return on their investment. Interest compensates a lender for allowing a borrower to use their money for a period of time, and assuming the financial risk of doing so. This also applies to when one deposits money into an interest-bearing account. They are essentially “lending” money to a financial institution that it can in turn use to make loans, so the depositor is paid interest on their deposit. The amount of interest paid on a loan depends on a number of factors: the dollar amount loaned or borrowed, the interest rate, length of time involved in the transaction and the repayment schedule, and the method used to calculate interest.

Simple interest Whether making a deposit into a savings account or obtaining a loan, interest is expressed as a rate and is calculated as a percentage of the total amount borrowed (the principal). Simple interest is figured once. For example, if you purchase a $1,000 savings bond at 5 percent interest, you would earn $50 in interest at the end of the year in simple interest.

Compound interest Compound interest is interest paid on the principle as well as previously earned interest, so the money you earn in interest becomes part of the principal, and also starts to earn interest. If you are saving money in an account, compound interest works in your favor by increasing your earnings. Compound interest works the same way for certain loans and credit cards, but in these cases grow the outstanding balance, making it increasingly difficult to pay off the loan if only the minimum payment is made.

Periodic Interest Rate Interest rates are often quoted on an annual basis. However, most financial institutions do not calculate interest annually, but rather at the end of a certain time period, such as semi-annual (every six months), quarterly (every three months), monthly (12 times per year) or even daily (365/366 times per year). The more frequently an investment or debt compounds, the more quickly the principal grows, so in order to calculate how much interest is being charged or earned over each compounding period, you must consider the periodic interest rate. The periodic interest rate is the interest rate charged on a loan or realized on an investment over a specific period of time. This calculation is made by dividing the annual interest rate by the number of compounding periods.

For example, let’s say you have $1,000 in an interest-bearing account that is earning 5 percent interest and the compounding period is monthly, instead of annual as in the previously mentioned savings bond scenario. The interest is calculated monthly and therefore as 1/12th of 5 percent, or 0.417 percent each month. When calculated this way, the account will yield $51.20, thanks to the compounding interest effect taking place on a monthly basis.

APR vs. APY Interest rates are also often quoted as an annual percentage rate (APR) or an annual percentage yield (APY). The APR reflects the measure of interest on an annual basis without taking into account compound interest. The APY is the same interest rate measure, but it takes into account the interest rate and compounding period to give you a single number that represents how much you will earn from that investment in one year.

As in the previous example, the account that paid $51.20 in interest due to compounding monthly interest had an APY of 5.12 percent, even though the APR was 5 percent. APR and APY are tools that give you a single number to help you compare “apples to apples” when shopping for financial products. When in doubt, it may helpful to consult your banker or financial advisor to walk you through and give you an accurate picture of the impact interest rates have on your financial future.

The foregoing article is intended to provide general information about interest rates and is not considered financial or tax advice from Union Bank. Please consult your financial advisor.

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