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Four Positions Open on SBCCD Board of Trustees

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- The SAN BERNARDINO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT (SBCCD) seven-member Board have four positions to be filled in the November 2016 election. The positions open serve Areas 1, 3, 5 and 7. Specific information regarding the jurisdictions covered by those areas is available on the Announcements section of the SBCCD home page, www.sbccd.org

The members of the Board are elected to four-year positions by area. Candidate filings began July 18 and will be closed on August 12. Candidate packets are available through the County Elections Office, a link to which is also available on the SBCCD home page.

Chancellor Bruce Baron said: “The Board of Trustees is at the helm of the policy decisions made regarding the administration of our two colleges that serve more than 40,000 students per year, the Economic Development and Corporate Training division, our public broadcast tv and radio stations, KVCR, and FNX, the First Nation’s Experience affiliate created in partnership with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. They serve a vital leadership role in our community. These are important positions that need to be filled by those committed to enhancing our communities.”

He continued, noting, “Education is the key to improving our residents’ personal and professional lives and community colleges provide the necessary link between the K-12 and the university systems. We are also the most significant provider of career and technical training in the Inland Empire, including preparing first responders like fire, nursing, and peace officers. Our students receive top quality education opportunities for the lowest cost in the country. Most of our students receive financial aid and they all have a large array of courses and programs from which to select. Our faculty, staff and administrators look forward to working with a well-qualified, enthusiastic Board that is dedicated to continuing to meet our Mission.”

The Heat was brought to the So Cal Region at the First Annual Los Angeles Soul Music Festival

By Naomi K. Bonman

Grooving, singing, kicking back, and just having the moment of the their lives are just a few words describe the emotions of soul lovers during this past weekend’s first annual Los Angeles Soul Fest. From July 22 to July 24, Southern California residents enjoyed a handful of activities at the Autry Museum of American West Griffith Park in Los Angeles.

The LA Soul Fest is the baby of Mark Douglas, CEO of Airborne Tickets that has blossomed and exceeded his exceptions. For the first annual Soul Fest, the event was very well attended and was an ultimate success. It brought out people of all ages and nationalities with everyone being there for one sole purpose—to enjoy some great soul music.

“Whether its vocals, instrumental soloists or a band, it doesn’t matter as long as each artist has the ability and talent to inspire and connect with an audience,” stated Los Angeles Soul Festival Head, Mark Douglas. 

This year’s talent included Grammy, Soul Train, BET, NAACP Image, Billboard, and ASCAP award-winners and nominees, as well as international and newly discovered talent. Highlighted acts included Eric Benet, Angie Stone, Marsha Ambrosius, Lalah Hathaway Lyfe Jennings, Jazmine Sullivan, Joe (Joe Thomas), Melanie Fiona, Eric Roberson, Rahsaan Patterson, Goapele, Vivian Green, Loose Ends featuring Jane Eugene, Avery Sunshine and Conya Doss. 

Great music would not be complete without good food and refreshing drinks. Guests were able to put their taste buds to the test with a variety of delicious food from several local food trucks. There were also smoothies and slushy trucks to cool patrons down from the heat. And of course, when it you’re groovin’ you usually want to have a drink in your hand. There was a 21+ drinking area that served a variety of beer and wine from vendors which included Stella Rose, Budweiser, Budlight, Stella Artois, Shock Top and Golden Road Brewing.

To keep up with the LA Soul Fest for the next year or to view photos and videos from this year, visit lasoulmusic.com or follow them on Twitter @LASoulFestFacebook and Instagram.

7 Web Sites and Apps to Help You Find and Support Black-Owned Businesses

There are so many reasons why it is important to support black-owned businesses. Black-owned businesses represent just 7 percent of all small businesses in the U.S., but they create jobs and contribute to the economic strength of urban communities.

Many more people would like to support black-owned businesses by buying their products and services, but they often lack information on where exactly they are located. So, here are 7 web sites and apps that will help you find and support black-owned businesses across the globe:

#1 – iZania.com: a social networking site for Black entrepreneurs, professionals, and consumers. The site includes a business directory, networking forum, online marketplace, blogs and more.

#2 – WhereYouCameFrom.biz: a local business search app with up-to-date information on black owned businesses in the Atlanta area. The businesses are listed across categories and even ranked according to the number of referral counts received by peers.

#3 – WeBuyBlack.comthe largest online marketplace for black businesses and sellers. Black-owned vendors include clothing and accessories, jewelry, toys and games for children, health and beauty products, products for the home, and more.

#4 – Afroworld.org: is a web site of global black businesses and black professionals. Their slogan is “We Help Afroworld Professionals and Consumers Connect.” The site allows consumers to search for African American professionals and businesses by specialty or location, and compare quotes, reviews, and profiles on each Afroworld professional.

#5 – BlackBusinessNetwork.com: Produced by Tag Team Marketing, this site specializes in marketing the products and services of black-owned businesses to black consumers. Business owners from all over the world can sell their products and services through the online store, and consumers can shop for products they know are made from Black-owned companies.

#6 – PurchaseBlack.com: an online marketplace to find quality products from selected Black-owned businesses. They also have a mobile app that allows customers to search black-owned products and services.

#7 – 2MillionJobs.com: an online initiative that encourages people to spend $20 every week with local and/or online Black businesses. Their goal is to create two million jobs for black workers and eliminate unemployment for blacks by the year 2017.