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An All-Star Line-Up of Gospel Artists Celebrate New Talent on the Rise



SAN BERNARDINO – B. McCargo, Frankie Taylor & New Movement and Leon Hawley hit the stage with an exciting evening of gospel music, poetry and comedy! The L.H. Experience features an explosion of the best of Inland Empire’s emerging gospel talent, hosted by comedian Sista Merry. This FREE gospel concert will take place Friday, August 8th at The Ship,  2237 Sepulveda Avenue in San Bernardino. Starting at 7 p.m., the concert also features award winning spoken word artist, Andrew Tyree from Los Angeles, and attendees will hear exclusive new music from headliner Leon Hawley’s debut gospel album.

Singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer Leon Hawley, started singing and playing gospel keys at the tender age of 10 years old. Leon describes his own music as fun and youthful, while also signifying deep meaning.

“I never choose a song that I can’t relate to in some way, shape, or form. My music will always reflect who I am.”

A member of Greater Victory Church of God and Christ in San Bernardino, Leon hopes that his music will provide a new means for a relationship with faith, hope and love.

Important for Leon to perform his new music in the company of great friends and good vibes, he recruited a dynamic lineup of artists to create an unforgettable performance experience for his fans. The L.H. Experience welcomes special guests: praise & worship guru B.McCargo, gospel group Frankie Taylor & New Movement, poet Andrew Tyree,  Asa & The Band and host Sista Merry.

To book Leon Hawley for events, please send inquiries to bookleonhawley@gmail.com.  For information regarding the concert, please contact Shauna Jones at (909) 547-5572, or visit online at www.Facebook.com/LHExperience.


Summer is here, complete with bored children who don’t know what to do now that school is out. If you are looking for free ways to entertain your children or grandchildren, check out these three recommendations from the San Bernardino City Unified School District. Each activity is free and a great way to keep your mind active during the summer.

#1 – Library: Books and More

In addition to books and e-books, the San Bernardino Public Library offers free computer classes, free Internet access, and Brainfuse. Brainfuse is a free tutoring program available in English and Spanish for students of all ages, including adults. Subjects include English, math, science, and SAT and GED test preparation. Monday through Thursday and Saturday, (909) 381-8201 http://www.sbcity.org/cityhall/library/default.asp

The Highland Branch Library offers Storytime for younger children, featuring songs, rhymes, and puppets. It also offers variety shows and musical performances on select days. Monday through Saturday, (909) 425-4700 http://www.sbclib.org/LibraryLocations/HighlandSamJRacadioLibrary.aspx

#2 – Ancient Egyptian Treasures and Contemporary Art

The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art on the campus of California State University, San Bernardino has one of the largest collections of Egyptian antiquities west of the Mississippi River. The museum also features a variety of temporary, contemporary art exhibits. General admission is free. Free tours are available with advance request. Parking at CSUSB is $5 per day. Monday through Thursday and Saturday, (909) 537-7373 http://raffma.csusb.edu/index.html

#3 – Local History and Art

The Unofficial McDonald’s Museum is located at 1398 N. E Street in San Bernardino, the site of the original McDonald’s restaurant. The museum has the largest collection of pre-Ray Kroc McDonald’s memorabilia. The outside of the building has two murals painted by local and visiting artists. The murals feature important events and people in the history of San Bernardino. Admission is free. Guided tours are available on the weekends. Daily, (909) 885-6324 http://juanpollo.com/route-66-attractions/mcdonalds-museum/

Spelman College Exceeds Fundraising Goal; Prepares for Next Era of Leadership


ATLANTA, GA— Spelman College today announced that it has exceeded its comprehensive fundraising campaign goal, generating $157.8 million. This is the largest amount raised in the history of the institution. The campaign attracted support for scholarships, academic initiatives, and campus renewal. A record-breaking 12,000, representing 71% of alumnae, made a gift to the campaign.

“When we launched the campaign, we were focused on strengthening the institution’s healthy foundation through increased scholarship support for students, strategic investment in our faculty and academic programs, and capital improvements on our campus. It is very gratifying to have met all of these objectives while exceeding our campaign goal,” says President Beverly Daniel Tatum.

Over the course of the 10-year campaign, scholarship support for Spelman students has tripled, and opportunities for faculty research and development have expanded significantly. The Gordon-Zeto Center for International Education was created with a gift of $17 million, increasing opportunities for student and faculty travel, and providing financial aid for international students. Other highlights include the creation of a signature social justice fellows program, and funding to build a state-of-the-art wellness facility. “From campus expansion and significantly increased housing capacity to dramatic growth in annual alumnae support and a campus-wide focus on wellness, Dr. Tatum has provided exemplary leadership,” says Rosalind Brewer, Chair of the Spelman College Board of Trustees.

With the campaign now at an end, President Tatum has announced her intention to retire on June 30, 2015. “As the campaign closes and I prepare to enter a new decade in my life, it presents a natural time for transition. It is a great time to pass the baton to a new leader, and I am ready to return to my writing,” explains Dr. Tatum, a well-known author, who will turn age 60 this year.

Board Chair Brewer acknowledges this bittersweet moment.

“Dr. Tatum has been a true visionary. She and the entire campus community have demonstrated tremendous leadership and stewardship of the institution over the last 12 years. The entire board truly appreciates the significant strides made under this administration. Now it is time not to rest on our laurels, but to build on these accomplishments. As we look ahead, we take pride in the history of strong leadership that has distinguished Spelman College, and we intend to continue that tradition moving forward. It’s an exciting time.”