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Obituary: Nanette M. Rodriquez 1953-2017

MomNanette M. Rodriquez passed away on August 15, 2017. She was born on August 25, 1953 in New York, NY to George and Belgica Andrick. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt. She is survived by her husband Mario; daughters Monica, Amanda, Kathy, and Rebecca; son Raymond, and nine grandchildren.

She had a career with the California Department of Corrections, California Institution for Women, beginning in 1981. She promoted to Correctional Sergeant in 1986 and Correctional Counselor in 1988. In 1996, she became a State Parole Agent, retiring in 2007.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, September 8 at the grove Church located at 19900 Grove Community Drive in Riverside at 11 a.m.

What It Do With the LUE: Actor, Model, Rapper T Win

By Lue Dowdy

Actor, model, and rapper T Win of the Inland Empire is What It Do! Now an official member of SAG/AFTRA this young man is beating the odds. Born a twin and extremely handsome, T Win whose real name is Donte Lazonn Mack turned a bad situation and turned it into good.

Growing up in the Inland Empire, T Win tried his best to avoid trouble. Reaching high school, he took to sports and began playing football which landed him two championships. After graduating Kaiser High School in 2005, Twin found himself in trouble with the law and was locked up for a total of four years. While incarcerated he linked up with a gentleman by the name of Monte Lindsey a.k.a. Devious and started to dabble in music. At that moment, he knew music was something he wanted to do.

Once he was released from prison in 2012, T Win took off running and hasn’t stopped. He began to take up acting and auditioned for a role in the block buster movie, “Straight out of Compton.” Although he didn’t receive a call back, his determination and love for his children kept him pushing. In 2014, he ended up landing a small part in the movie, “Dope” and in the summer Blockbuster movie “Spiderman Homecoming.”

This triple threat is currently working on a clothing line that is schedule to launch this year. While doing all that he still finds time to take it to the MIC. His mixtape titled, “Street Politics” will be dropping real soon. Please make sure to follow this talent on all social media sites under T Win. Until next week L’z!


Congratulations to I.E. Own Supermodel Miss Krystal Yvonne!

krystal1By Lou Coleman-Yeboah

For being chosen to walk the runway in this year “Ankara Fest LA” the biggest African cultural festival in the United States. With her beautiful features and at just 4′ 11″ tall, Krystal proves once again – that you don’t have to be super tall to become a successful model!  As the founder of MKY Petite Modeling Agency, she quotes Napoleon Hill, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve.” 

Yes, the Belasco Theater was the place to be September 1 to September 4. Festivities included Red Carpet and Cocktail, Runway Showcase, Artist Performance, Exhibitors/Vendors Showcase, Comedy, Best Dressed Male & Female Awards, dance and food with live music throughout the night and during the fashion show.  It was a fantastic, memorable evening.

“Los Angeles home to one of the largest celebrations of African fashion, culture, heritage, music, dance and art. In its mission to create social awareness for cultural pride, Ankara Festival serves as creative gathering place for fashion designers, models, exhibitors and individuals at the forefront of afro centric innovation.”

Miss Krystal Yvonne, “continue to be like the eagle: soar high, and drop your food onto rocks to crack them open.”  Heartfelt congratulations and best wishes for your continued success!