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The Diamond Monologues Auditions This Saturday

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- If you loved “For Colored Girls,” then you’ll love author and playwright T’ana Phelice’s “The Diamond Monologues,” which will be coming to San Bernardino on Saturday, September 17. For all of our actresses in the city, you’ll have an opportunity to showcase your skills on the stage. Auditions for “The Diamond Monologues: will be held on Saturday, June 25 from 2 p.n. to 3:30 p.m. at 577 N. D. Street in San Bernardino. For more information and to receive a script to prepare, please email mstanaphelice@gmail.com or pr@sophisticatedrelations.com. Serious inquires only please!


Another Emmy Win For Loma Linda University Health Advancement Films Team

Loma Linda University Health advancement films pose with their new trophies after the 42nd Annual Pacific Southwest Emmy Awards over the weekend in Rancho Mirage. From left: Michael Wolcott, Maranatha Hay, Keturah Reed and Patricia Kelikani.

Loma Linda University Health advancement films pose with their new trophies after the 42nd Annual Pacific Southwest Emmy Awards over the weekend in Rancho Mirage. From left: Michael Wolcott, Maranatha Hay, Keturah Reed and Patricia Kelikani.

LOMA LINDA, CA – Loma Linda University Health advancement films earned, once again, the highest honor in the television industry – the Emmy. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded “Life on the Line” its first Emmy Award in the category of health/science program at the 42nd Annual Pacific Southwest Emmy Awards over the weekend in Rancho Mirage.

Produced by Advancement Films, The documentary TV series gives viewers an inspiring look into the resilience of humankind as it brings Loma Linda University Health’s mission to life.

The winning episode, “Rough Beginning,” features the Maternal Fetal Medicine Center and NICU at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

After an unexpected pregnancy, Janett and Gian find out their baby boy will be born with a life-threatening condition called gastroschisis, a birth defect in which the intestines are outside of the body. Without immediate medical treatment, baby Theodore’s life will be in danger as soon as he is born. Gastroschisis happens twice as often in California’s Inland Empire and researchers at Loma Linda University Health are working to find out why. The episode follows the journey of a young family, whose bond grows stronger during their biggest life challenge, and the doctors and nurses who pull together with hopes of giving Theodore a future.

This recent win brings the film team’s total Emmy count to 13. The advancement films team is currently in production of season 3 of “Life on the Line,” which is scheduled to air winter 2016.

BLU Educational Foundation Hosts Annual Scholarship and Awards Reception with More Than $150,000 in Financial Assistance Given to California Students Entering Colleges and Universities this Fall

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- California students heading to institutions of higher learning this fall are receiving much needed financial support thanks to BLU Educational Foundation (BLU).  On Thursday, June 9, BLU held its annual scholarship and awards reception at San Bernardino Valley College where more than $150,000 in educational scholarships was awarded to more than 40 students preparing to start their freshman year at colleges and universities around the country. The students are participants in BLU’s College Exodus Project (CEP), which assists students in obtaining undergraduate and graduate degrees from accredited colleges and universities.  The scholarships are made possible by a new partnership with the Masons of California, a grant from the College Futures Foundation, and private donations. The Masons awarded 12 students with 4-year scholarships totaling more than $80,000. The scholarships cover tuition, fees, and other educational expenses for students.

“We’re extremely proud of our students and very thankful to our funders and donors who make this scholarship opportunity possible,” said Dina Walker, President and CEO of BLU. “The scholarships provide some financial relief for students with limited income and pursuing higher education.”

This is the seventh consecutive year that BLU has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to students participating in the CEP, which provides comprehensive college information, assistance and support to help students with admissions, financial aid, retention, and graduation from public and private institutions throughout the country. In exchange, students are expected to contribute to the local economy through employment, internships and/or volunteer service while participating in the program.

“Our mission is to ensure that students in our program come full circle and exit as a college graduate. We stay in close contact with every student throughout their undergraduate experience. We’re dedicated to preparing students to enter college and successfully complete their education,” added Walker.

The CEP was created out of a need to increase the number of Inland Empire students graduating from college. BLU congratulates the following scholarship recipients:

Summit High School

  • Tiffany Abodoh
  • Tiarra Blanche
  • D’Ante Booker
  • Alesha Bowen
  • Amber Clay
  • Davina Clay
  • Jade Gayles
  • Taelor Gray-Arnold
  • Samantha Ndege
  • Ryan Rogers
  • Marcus Shields
  • Makayla Thompson
  • Jabari Watson
  • Angel Williams
  • Desmond Young

Vista Del Lago High School

  • Mario Hernandez
  • Alfonso Madrigal
  • Pearlene Phem

Wilmer Amina Carter High School

  • Jazmine Gray

Eisenhower High School

  • Taja Sinclair

Rialto High School

  • Breanna Earvin
  • Natalie Jews

Arroyo Valley High School

  • Ashly Brown
  • Cynthia Hernandez-Rendon
  • Austin Montoya
  • Maria Tamayo
  • Alejandra Tapia

Middle College High School

  • Jordan Brown

San Bernardino High School

  • Adam El-Sheriff

Rancho Verde high School

  • Ayzia Clowney

Pacific High School

  • Sharece Adams
  • Brahier Anthony
  • Janaye Browne
  • Darnell Collins
  • Kiana Flenor
  • Jasmine Garcia
  • Mister Gibson
  • Aryana Hernandez
  • June James
  • Korion Mabin
  • Casey Ortega
  • Allen Smith
  • Breana Smith
  • Tatyana Taylor
  • Sarah Tilo
  • Emily Turcotte
  • Dominique Whitfield


Val Verde High School

  • Markell Parker