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Kamala Harris Makes History as the State’s First New U.S. Senator in 24 Years

By Naomi K. Bonman

Despite the harsh reality of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, there is still a little praise to cheer about. California showed up and showed out in electing the state’s first new U.S. Senator in 24 years. State Atty. General Kamala Harris has become the first black politician in history to represent California in the Senate. This the start that we need in turning over the House of Representatives and Senate from the Republicans. Not only is Harris the states first new U.S. Senator in years, but she is only the second black woman ever to be selected to the Senate since 1999. 

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the Harris-Sanchez Senate race was the first major test of California’s “top-two” primary system, an experiment in democracy that California voters approved in 2010 in an effort to reduce the highly partisan influence of the Democratic and Republican parties and give independents and moderates more clout in the political process. 

Like many Californians, I voted for Harris, and not just because she was a Black woman but because I believed in and loved her vision that she has for not only for the our state but for the Nation. I admired her speeches and I feel a little comfort knowing that she will be representing us in the Senate. Even after the news of our 45th President selection, she gave us even more comfort and perseverance through her words. 

“Our ideals are at stake right now, and we all have to fight for who we are,” she said in a speech far more somber than most victory addresses. “I believe this is that moment in time for our country, where we are collectively being required to look in the mirror, and with furrowed brow, we are asking a question: Who are we? In California, I believe the answer is a good one: We are a great country.”

The country has survived horrible presidents in the past and this one is no different. We can still preserve and achieve our greatness. Let’s not let fear hinder us, but to push us further into achieving what we need to achieve. 

LUE Productions Brings the Heat Again with the 2nd Annual Indie Artist Award Show

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- From leaving the office to grinding all night in the studio, to street promotions, to doing shows from city to city, Indie Artists hustle and they hustle hard to be heard. On Saturday, October 15, LUE Productions will be acknowledging those hardworking artists at the second annual “My Music, My Mic: Indie Artist Award Show”. The award show will take place from 6p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Sports Center at the National Orange Show located at 690 S. Arrowhead Street in San Bernardino.

The night will be filled with photo ops, raffles, live  performances, vendors, a fashion show hosted by The Plug  and LUE Productions BBW models, and much more! To kick the night off and keep things upbeat, Comedian Anthony Stone, Big Dee,  BBW winner Dee Dela Cruz, and BBW model Porscha McCoy will be the hosts and announcing some of the hottest talent to emerge out of the Inland Empire.

The recipients that will be recognized this year include: Annyett Royale, Apple Watts, C LO, CNova, James & Jamal Moreno of The Plug, So Cal Street Team a.k.a. Squaaad, DCorfxtop, DJ Demico, DJ Mpress, D’zyl, Eugene Jones, King Dice, Krystal Yvonne, Nova of Heartbreak, Radio Base, Tipse Smash Gang, Noface the Shadowmen, Bernard Holmes a.k.a. BJ, Fitz Taylor, Rowdogg, Skater Dee, Staxx Hughes, and Tinigi Star. In addition to the artist award recipients, there will also be special community recognitions of individuals and companies that will be receiving The Allen Award for their hard work, dedication, and commitment that show in the community and for the support that show indie artists. These individuals include: 5 Cent, Angel Baby, Curtis King, Danny Alcarez, Edwin Johnson, Janet Kirtley, Johnny Lee Bell, and LaShaun Turner.  

In addition to the awardees there will be a special guest speakers. Terrance Stone of Young Visionaries and LaNae Noorwood of United Nations of Consciousness will be bringing their wisdom to the stage. There will also be a special performance from Inland Empire’s hip hop legend, Dirty Birdy.

This will be an epic night that you don’t want to miss out on. The Inland Empire will stepping out in their best and latest attire. Early bird tickets are $20 before October 1 and $25 after and at the door. Tickets can be purchased via PayPal and sent to Lue.info@yahoo.com. For more information, please call (909) 567-1000, (909) 496-2151, (909) 556-7637, or (714) 833-3196. 

Tears, Laughter, and Unity Arise During the Premiere of The Diamond Monologues

Photo credit Freddie Washington

Photo credit Freddie Washington

By Naomi K. Bonman

After a two year process of grinding it out, The Diamond Monologues finally came to life on Saturday, October 1 in Ontario, California. The Diamond Monologues has been in the works by author and now playwright, T’ana Phelice. In order for the play to be a success like it was, Phelice had to ensure that she had the right team in place and the right girls to bring the monologues to life, and it was well worth the wait!

Jacquene Richardson. Photo credit Freddie Washington

Jacquene Richardson. Photo credit Freddie Washington

The evening began with an empowerment series with speakers Nakea Brown, Rebuild Your Laugh; and Karla Quebec, Mrs. Latina Global (Guatemala) contestant. Brown prophesied on being ‘The Message’. We each have a message that we have been called to give out to the people through our passions, gifts, and purpose. Quebec followed by giving her personal and very deep testimony of what her childhood and teenage years were like and how they formed her into becoming the strong woman that she is today. To compliment the speakers, Jacquene Richardson also gave her testimony through spoken word.

Photo credit Freddie Washington

Photo credit Freddie Washington

The pieces of the puzzle would not be complete without the diamond of the show. These five ladies did an excellent job in bringing the characters of the book to life and tapping into what their character went through to relate to it and make the issue their own. The cast included: Asia Smith (Tia), T’ana Phelice (Monqiue, writer), Precious Chapman (Sheena, Director), Karina “KJ” Johns (Bernice), and Ericka Marmolej (Veronica).

For those that missed, you definitely missed a phenomenal show! But you will have another chance to see it in Los Angeles, California in January 2017. To keep updated on the exact show date and time or to purchase a book, please visit www.tanaphelice.com.

Karla Quebec. Photo credit Freddie Washington

Karla Quebec. Photo credit Freddie Washington

Photo credit Freddie Washington

Photo credit Freddie Washington

Photo credit Freddie Washington

Photo credit Freddie Washington

Photo credit Freddie Washington

Photo credit Freddie Washington