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Journalist and Photographer, John Coleman, Will Be Awarded by Riverside NAACP for Community Efforts

John Coleman

John Coleman

RIVERSIDE, CA- The Riverside Branch of the NAACP will be honoring community photographer and journalist, John Coleman, at its ‘Freedom Fund’ celebration which will be held on Wednesday, May 14 at the Riverside Convention Center, 3637 Fifth Street in Riverside. The Theme for this year’s event is “Forward: The Movement That Changed the World”. Mr. Coleman (MSSW, LCSW) is a retired military veteran who served in Korea. He was also employed with the California Department of Mental Hygiene from 1958 to 1968 where he provided ‘in-patient’ services at Patton State Hospital.

From 1968 to 1992, Coleman was recruited to the University of California Riverside where he served as Campus Ombudsman, University Admissions Officer, Placement Officer, Medical Social Worker and Counseling Psychologist. Also during this period of time, the military veteran taught part-time at San Bernardino Valley College in the Community Services Certificate Program, and he briefly served as a Medical Social Worker at the Loma Linda Veterans Hospital.

Mr. Coleman’s has a resume of tremendous community service where he sits on several Boards of Directors, which includes Redlands Humans Relations Council (President); Inland Area Urban League; Arrowhead United Way; National Association of Social Workers; American Cancer Society; and a countless of others. He was appointed and reappointed by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors to represent the public on the Development Disabilities Area Board, XII (Area 12).

Currently, Coleman continues years of community service as the ‘community member’ on the Institutional Review Board, (IRB) , California State University, San Bernardino,  the organization responsible for protecting the rights & interests of human subjects of University research. Prior to his retirement, he was recognized as the ‘historic’ value of photography in his current role as a ‘community photographer’. He attempts to identify and photograph certain individuals, organizations and events upon submitting them for dissemination to local Black Press and Media outlets. (Rewritten and edited by Naomi K. Bonman)

Book Review: ‘Never Lose Your Head for A Little Bit Of Tail’

front cover onlyInterview by Naomi K. Bonman

TEMECULA, CA- As women we are bombarded by how we “think” we should conduct ourselves by what’s portrayed in the media. The media has portrayed, Black women in particular, to as promiscuous and loud individuals with little to no class. This misjudgment often clouds ones thinking and alters decisions that lead to life mistakes.

I recently interviewed the author of ‘A Little Bit of Tail’. Miss Cherry wanted to make a difference in the lives of woman, so she decided to put together a format where young ladies can not only relate to what is going on through the pages of the book, but also learn as well. She wants other women to know that it is okay to make mistakes because we all do, but we have to learn from them and be able to move forward. Our mistakes should not hinder us, but they should give us that extra boost and strength to move on.

‘A Little Bit of Tale’ is a fast paced, page turning novel about what happens when love clouds judgments, alters decisions and leaves you hanging out to dry on a limb by your lonesome. Throughout the book the reader will witness powerful storylines that combines real life stories of the most humiliating and embarrassing mistakes women have made in love. It is full of secrets they would rather take to the grave out of shame and fear of being judged. The book is a tool to expose actual heartaches by giving women the chance to learn from other women’s mistakes in love so they do not make all the mistakes by themselves. The moral of the story is to never lose your head over ‘A Little Bit of Tail’.

For more information on Cherry and her novel, please visit www.tocherry.com.

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Ron Cochran, Assistant Sheriff, to Be Awarded the Public Safety Award

Assistant Sheriff Cochran

Assistant Sheriff Cochran

Assistant Sheriff Cochran began his career with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in 1984. He rose through the ranks over three decades, landing him in his current position. As an Assistant Sheriff, he is responsible for all support operations. He is the first African-American to hold the position of Assistant Sheriff in the history of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. He will be awarded the Public Safety Award at Time for Change Foundation‘s Annual Awards Luncheon on Thursday, April 10 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the National Orange Show Events Center, located at 690 S. Arrowhead Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92408. The theme of this year’s luncheon is “Celebrating Life’s Precious Jewels”.  The event will celebrate the life successes of Time for Change Foundation while awarding the members of the community who contribute to the success of those in need.

“Sherriff Cochran is one of those rare law enforcement officers who understand the issues in our community and believes in working together to ensure safety for all,” Kim Carter, Executive Director of Time for Change Foundation, said.

Cochran started his law enforcement career as a deputy at the West End Station and was transferred to Backgrounds and Recruitment. He was promoted to detective and served as a Community Liaison in Media Relations. As a sergeant, Cochran was assigned to Internal Affairs and the Highland Station; as lieutenant he worked at Employee Resources and the Rancho Station. Cochran held the position of Captain at the Highland Station and the Scientific Investigations Division. Prior to his appointment to Assistant Sheriff, Cochran was a Deputy Chief, responsible for directing, planning, coordinating, and managing all functions within the Field Support Services Bureau for the Sheriff’s Department.

Cochran is most recognized in the area of Ethics Training, Community Development Strategies and Community Oriented Policing. He combines his vast knowledge of law enforcement with his desire to help the community to foster an attitude of effective and accountable service to the residents of San Bernardino County.

His desire to better the community is evident in his personal life also, as he is involved with various service organizations. Cochran is active in Life Changing Mentoring and is a member of the Kiwanis Club in Highland and the NAACP of San Bernardino.

Other awardees at this year’s event include:  Dan and Melissa Carlone for the Community Champion Award; Safety Employees’ Benefit Association for the Ramos Family Spirit of Compassion Award; Michael Gallo for the Humanitarian Award; Brenda Dowdy and Vicki Lee-Nichols for the Community Service Award; and Ron Cochran for the Public Safety Award.

City of Fontana Mayor, Acquanetta Warren, will be emceeing the event;  while County of San Bernardino Supervisors Josie Gonzales and James Ramos are also listed as speaker on the programs.

The mission of Time for Change Foundation is to empower disenfranchised low income individuals and families by building leadership through evidenced-based programs and housing to create self-sufficiency and thriving communities.  Event sponsorship opportunities and seats are available.  Please call (909) 886-2994 or visit www.timeforchangefoundation.org for more information or to make a donation.