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Female African American Director Launches Campaign for Feature Film

Shequeta Smith

Shequeta Smith

LOS ANGELES, CA- Hollywood is chalked full of great Directors and the alumni of talented African American Directors such as Steve McQueen, Lee DanielsSpike LeeTyler Perry, and John Singleton is growing. However, what we are not seeing is an equal presence of female African American Directors, but one woman hopes to change that and that woman is Shequeta Smith, CEO of Rayven Choi Films.

A graduate of North Carolina State University, Smith possess a professional resume that includes working on shows such as VH1’s Flava of Love, the CW’s Everybody Hates Chris, and a handful of successful short films she has directed. She now has her sights on feature films and has a hilarious comedy in the works and has launched a crowd funding campaign to get it off the ground.

The film is titled The Gestapo vs. Granny and is a comedy set inside a retirement home that centers around Agnes Monroe, a no nonsense eccentric senior citizen who has been kicked out of eighteen retirement homes and been arrested nine times for bad behavior while leaving a trail of outspoken victims from her shenanigans. In a hilarious twist Agnes is recruited to take on the shrewd owner of a retirement home that the residents have nicknamed The Gestapo. Agnes’ major “Senior Moment” is never realizing she is a senior…not even for a moment.

Smith launched her crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo with a goal of $75,000 that her team is marketing as Agnes’ bail money and promoting on social media as “Free Agnes Monroe”. Confident the campaign will succeed, Smith plans to shoot the film this Fall in Los Angeles with a dream cast and if all goes according to plan, Betty White will star in the film as Agnes Monroe. Smith has even initiated an online fan petition for Betty White to star in the role of Agnes.

To support The Granny vs. The Gestapo’s Indiegogo campaign, log on to www.FreeAgnesMonroe.com. Follow the campaign and film on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FreeAgnesMonroe and on Twitter, www.Twitter.com/FreeAgnesMonroe.

 

Letter to the Editor: Get to Know Danny Tillman

Danny Tillman

Danny Tillman

I am Danny Tillman and I am running for United States Congress for District 31. We are just days away from determining who will represent our community in Washington D.C. I am humbly asking that you vote for me on Tuesday, June 3, and elect me as your Representative for Congressional District 31.

Please allow me the opportunity to tell you a little about myself and just a few of my personal and community accomplishment in my 51 years of life. I am a lifelong Democrat born and raised in our district, right here in the City of San Bernardino and never left. I know what we need to grow our economy and I will work hard to make our district a better place for us all. I am a product of the San Bernardino City Unified District. I graduated from San Bernardino High School, San Bernardino Valley College and received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an Information Technology concentration from California State University San Bernardino.

I have worked for the County of San Bernardino for 34 years and presently as the IT Department manager for Human Services. I was raised in New Hope Missionary Baptist Church where I play the drums in the Men’s adult choir. I have been a mentor for 30 years, serving as President of the Black Future Leaders. In addition, I served as Vice President to the San Bernardino NAACP for 2 terms and sat on the San Bernardino Valley College Foundation. I have been on the San Bernardino City Unified School District Board for the past 19 years and was re-elected this past November to my fifth term. After locating 40 million dollars my first year as a school board member, I have led my colleagues in effectively balancing the multi-million dollar budget, building 17 new schools, along with  creating thousands of new jobs in our area.

Now it is my desire to go to Washington and fight for jobs, education, seniors, safety and to make sure we continue and expand Obamacare. This election is VERY important and your vote does count! Today, I am asking for your vote to assist me in fighting for our community in a much larger capacity than I have ever done before. If you have not had the opportunity to visit my website, visit it at www.dannytillmanforcongress.com.

We have been blessed to have a campaign office for the past two months. I need you to help me cross the finish line by making a donation and volunteering to call voters and walk door to door these last few crucial days of my campaign. Our Campaign phone contact is (909) 888-7042 or (909) 567-0222. We are located at 577 North ‘D’ Street, Suite 103—104 in San Bernardino (92401). Our hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

If you have not voted yet you can vote early at the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters Office at 777 East Rialto Avenue in San Bernardino, May 5 – June 2  Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Election Day, Tuesday June 3, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you have questions as to where your polling location is you can call the Registrar of Voters Office at (909) 387-8300.

“Don’t Fool Yourself!”

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Lou Coleman

“You cannot serve both God and riches.” {Mt. 6:24}.  You cannot live a double life and have a fulfilling spiritual life.  Have you forgotten that whatsoever a man sows, that shall he reap? Serve God and reap eternal glory, or serve the world and the devil and reap eternal death. The choice is yours, but “Don’t Fool Yourself!”

God says, “He know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. He wishes you were either one or the other! But, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold—He is going to spit you out of His mouth.” {Rev. 3:14-16} There is no hiding or pretending before God. Open your eyes! Jesus asked the Laodicea’s to make a firm decision not to be lukewarm, and He is asking you the same thing today. Choose Whom This Day You Will Serve… God or the Devil, for there is no middle ground.

God is not satisfied with knowing you on a superficial level, but wants to become intimate with you. He doesn’t want your relationship to be lukewarm, because the nature of the relationship does not allow for that. “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Him will find it.”

Don’t you know that Jesus loves you and wants to give you true life, but in your heart, you are undecided concerning Him. You are not rejecting Him, but you are not committing your heart to Him either. Because of this, you are in danger of losing your salvation. It is not enough to be aware of God and acknowledge Him mentally. Real Christianity is not just an idea or set of moral principles to abide by. It is an intimate relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

Being a Christian is not something you can be complacent about. You cannot afford to fall into that pitfall.  The price is too high. The cost is your soul!  I ask you, was Jesus complacent?  Was He indifferent to our fate? No! He loved us so much that He paid for our sin with His own life. How then can we be lukewarm in our relationship with God? How can our hearts be undecided? Every man should wisely examine their life and determine what assumption they are living.  And by all means, consider the risk/reward of your choice!

Elijah told Israel to stop halting between two opinions and decide on the God they would serve (I Kings 18:21). Why would you choose the temporary and deceiving things of this world, which are here one day and gone the next, when God offers to give you the “Bread of Life?” The gift of God is incomparable to anything you can keep here on earth. It is definitely an offer you shouldn’t refuse. Don’t Fool Yourself!