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What It Do With the LUE: Feeding the Homeless

By Lue Dowdy

Feeding the homeless is WHAT IT DO! Meet with us Monday, October 24 at 6 p.m. at the Starbucks located at 1181 S Mount Vernon Avenue in Colton.

Mobilize with us! LUE Productions and PitStop BBQ have teamed up along with a few other community entities. Our purpose is to serve 400 or more hot meals to the homeless located in downtown San Bernardino. We go out into the homeless camps, underneath the freeway ramps, behind the abandoned buildings, and into the fields with HOT MEALS.

Every year the number of homelessness increases in San Bernardino. We’re asking for your HELP! We’re in need of food donations and volunteers. Please consider being a part of our efforts. We’ll be sending out plates Tuesday, November 21 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the library located at 555 W. 6th Street in San Bernardino. We thank you in advance! To donate or volunteer contact us via email at Lue.info@yahoo.com or text (909) 567-1000 or (909) 556-7637.

What’s Needed: Delivery Drivers (8) Packers (10) Servers (10) Turkeys (20) large Cans of Corn (20) large cans of green beans (20) rolls (500) bottles waters (500) dressing/stuffing mix (20) cranberry sauce (20) boxes of mash potatoes (20)

Breast Cancer Survivor Earns Three Associates Degrees from San Bernardino Valley College, Maintains 4.0 GPA

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- Anyone who has met Rhonda Crayton will tell you she is a warrior.

This 40-year-old mother of two from San Bernardino is known across the San Bernardino Valley College campus for her infectious smile and positive attitude, which she credits with helping in her fight against cancer.

In 2014, Crayton was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer, and immediately started chemotherapy and radiation. Her oncologist told her she wasn’t allowed to work while undergoing treatment, but she did not want to sit at home, depressed. “I said, ‘If you don’t let me go to school, it will make it worse,’ so he said I could go, but if I got sick I had to stop,” Crayton said. “I prayed about it, and asked God to cover me and let me go to school. This is now my sixth semester, and I have straight As.”

Crayton, who already has her BA in criminology, will earn her AA in human services, communication studies, and liberal arts, plus a certificate in case management this fall.

Her doctor gave her permission to return to work in October, and Crayton?—?mom to Jasmine, 24, and Tiffany, 20?—?is now also involved in SBVC’s EOPS program, SBVC’s Honor Society, and her church. After she graduates this fall, Crayton would like to work at a high school or college as a counselor, helping young adults who need support and guidance.

“They need to know there is someone out there rooting for them, telling them ‘you can do this,’” she said. “I may also go back into law enforcement, as a probation officer, to help at-risk teens.”

Wherever she goes, Crayton takes with her the message that whatever curveball life throws at you, you should never give up.

“You never know what your purpose is, so I use my story to teach other people that you may think you have it bad, but someone has it worse,” she said. “I always say that if you have cancer, it does not have to be a death sentence. I am still here. You should stay positive, and whatever your faith may be, find something to believe in. I was determined not to give up, not to let the cancer win, and that’s what I tell people?—?I have cancer, it does not have me. You can do anything if you set your mind to it.”

The Community Packed Out Women’s Club for LUE Productions’ Inland Empire Youth Competition

By Naomi K. Bonman

When it comes to supporting our youth, people will come and show out! On Saturday, October 14, the Women’s Club of San Bernardino was standing room only for LUE Productions’ Inland Empire Youth. There was a total of nine talented acts that competed for a $500 cash prize.

“It wasn’t easy to score the talent,” Founder of LUE Productions, Luecreita Dowdy, stated. “We had the best panel of judges. They took their time when it came to scoring.”

Although each youth is a winner in their own and received certificates of appreciation from San Bernardino City Council, the overall breakdown consisted of first, second, third, and fourth place. In fourth place was Chozen Expressions, third place was Elizabeth Estrella, second place was Monea Parker, and first place was Jack Musgrove.

The judges consisted of Moniebee Henley, singer/song writer and radio personality; Demetra Kaye, PR Queen, Blogger, and Community activist; Wallace Allen, Founder and Publisher of Westside story Newspaper and Radio Personality on Empire Talks Back/KCAA Radio; Latisha Rushing, Artist Management and Development; Janet Kirtley, CEO of Something Extra Special Artist Management and Event Promoter and coordinator; and Annyett Royale, Singer, songwriter, and actress.

In addition to the competition, LUE Productions’ artist Gaim Over performed his single, “Camera” for the crowd and Gwen Rodgers, founder of Young Women’s Empowerment Foundation, spoke briefly on mental illness within our community. C.H.O.R.D.S. founder Edwin Johnson kept the show flowing along with his lovely co-host Kiaja Harper. DJ ST1 kept the crowd jumping on the ones and twos as the DJ for the evening.