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2nd Annual Comedy for a Cure Raises Awareness on Sickle Cell Disease

Comedy for a Cure

By Naomi K. Bonman

LOS ANGELES, CA—Like the old saying goes, laughing is a good source of medicine. It has the magic tip in making one forget about their current worries. On Sunday, September 27, The Mentortainment Group will be collaborating with Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California, AEOM PR, AND Crack Em’ Up Comedy to present the 2nd Annual Comedy for a Cure: A Benefit and Awareness Show for Sickle Cell Disease. The show will be held at The Comedy Store located at 8433 W. Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood.

The host for the night is comedian and sickle cell survivor, Six Foota Slim. He will be telling his story as well as keeping you entertained between each set of comedians. Those that will be blessing the stage for the evening include London Brown, HBO Ballers; Edwonda White, Def Comedy Jam; and DC Ervin, NBC Last Comic Standing. In addition to laughing your butt off, there will also be a special what’s Da Count Awards Presentation as well as a red carpet hour hosted by Lacora Stephens.

Patrons interested in attending must be 21+ to enter the building. You can get your tickets now and save 5 bucks at $25 or purchase your tickets at the door for $30. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California. For more information, please contact Melinor Moore at nmoore@aeompr.com, Nichelle Murdock at nichellemurdock@gmail.com, or Kelvin Taylor atthementortainmentgroup@gmail.com.

The Word Book Fair Comes to the Inland Empire

The Word Book Fair

By Naomi K. Bonman

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA- Calling all readers, authors, and book lovers! 3 Women Voices will be presenting a day filled with enlightenment and, knowledge on Saturday, September 26. Renowned authors from in and around the Inland Empire will be gathering together to speak, sign their books, and enlighten guests at Rancho Cucamonga Central Park, David Dreier Hall (East & West) located at 11200 Base Line Road in Rancho Cucamonga. The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Featured guest and authors include: Angela Alexander, Lori Bryant, Annette Hubbard, Susan Goodson, Lisa M. Black, Torrian Scott, Eliza Shansey Green, Don Coffeen, Shamilla Pennington, and Alex Byron. In addition to words of encouragement and enlightenment, there will also be entertainment from Comedian Mel Austin and Gospel Recording Artist Marlo Wells.

Justified, One of the Most Prolific Writers of Our Time Has Come Back To the Rap Game with a Message

Men Of Faith In Action at the ‘Heal The Ville’ event last month.

Men Of Faith In Action at the ‘Heal The Ville’ event last month.

Edited By Naomi K. Bonman

After losing his mother, National Best Selling Author Linda Hudson Smith, and his wife of 7 years and music partner, Neccola “Justilady” Smith, eleven months apart from Lupus and Cancer, Justified was left to fend for himself while raising his two young daughters, Synia and Scotlyn. Facing the many challenges that piggy back single parenthood, Justified tapped into his Faith and relationship with God to climb the mountains placed in front of him. In a situation where most young men would buckle under pressure, Justified rose to the occasion and stayed in the game and excelled.

During one of the most difficult times in his life, Mr. Smith penned and recorded his single “Blessed” which speaks on the everyday blessings that most humans lose sight of while enduring trials and tribulations. Lines such as, “Even though My Whip Aint Brand New Off The Lot, I Thank God That I’m Dipping And I Aint Gotta Walk,” not only engages listeners, but also reminds them to count their blessings and focus on the brighter side of their struggles.

Justified has rounded up an army of men who refer to themselves as the M.O.F.I.A, better known Men Of Faith In Action. These men have come together to bring a blessing to the city of Victorville where Justified currently resides by launching an operation called “Heal the Ville”. Under ‘Heal the Ville’, M.O.F.I.A. recently blessed the city last month with a distribution of free diapers, baby wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, maxi pads, back to school supplies and clothing to those who stood in need of a blessing. Over 300 people were present at the event.

The next event that Justified will be at is the “Daughter’s Lives Matter Awards” held at Fiesta Village on Saturday, September 19 at 10 a.m. Mr. Smith will be performing his singles “Promise to My Young Ones” and “Blessed” alongside his daughters. “Daughters Lives Matter” is led by Terry Boykins, CEO and Founder of Street Positive. Boykins has taken Justified under his wings and has been a mentor in showing him the ropes and leading him in the direction of his true calling which is to be a voice of truth for the streets. For those who would love to attend the event this Saturday, Fiesta Village is located at 1405 E. Washington Avenue in Colton. Please visit www.streetpositive.com for more information.