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Black History Month Celebration to Be Held At Valley College

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- In honor of Black History Month and African American Mental Health Awareness Week, the Department of Behavioral Health’s African American Awareness Sub-Committee, in partnership with San Bernardino Valley College, will host a Black History Month celebration, From Trauma to Triumph.

The event will be held on Tuesday, February 9 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at San Bernardino Valley College, Liberal Arts Building Room 100, 701 South Mount Vernon Ave., in San Bernardino. The event is open to the public and is free of charge; pre-registration is required and can be completed by contacting Jonathan Buffong at (909) 386-8234 (711 for TTY users) or via email at Jonathan.Buffong@dbh.sbcounty.gov.

This Black History Month celebration will include activities, performances, a behavioral health focused resource fair and presentations from San Bernardino County Behavioral Health Commissioners, Dr. Monica Wilson, Assistant Professor at the College of Letters and Sciences in the Psychology Department of National University, and Dr. Akin Merino, Chair of the Masters in Counseling and Doctorate Program at Argosy University.

“DBH’s Office of Cultural Competence and Ethnic Services participates and hosts cultural events like these in an effort to increase behavioral health awareness and promote the importance of culture in our overall wellness,” said Imo Momoh, DBH’S Cultural Competency Officer. “We invite members of the community, from every culture, to attend and participate in this event as an opportunity to connect with others, celebrate diversity and learn more about the important connection between culture and behavioral health.”

For additional information on this event, contact Jonathan Buffong at (909) 386-8234 (711 for TTY users) or Jonathan.Buffong@dbh.sbcounty.gov.

Top 10 CNN Hero, San Bernardino Business Owner Kim Carter Has a New Goal: A Governor’s Pardon

From the Left: Sen. Bill Monning, Sen. Isadore Hall, III, Lisa Moreno, Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, Sen. Mark Leno, Kim Carter, Sen. Connie M. Leyva, Sen. Mike Morrell, Sen. Jean Fuller and Sen. Marty

From the Left: Sen. Bill Monning, Sen. Isadore Hall, III, Lisa Moreno, Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, Sen. Mark Leno, Kim Carter, Sen. Connie M. Leyva, Sen. Mike Morrell, Sen. Jean Fuller and Sen. Marty

SACRAMENTO, CA- Local nonprofit leader, Kim Carter, was presented with a Senate Resolution at the State Capitol on Monday, January 25, 2016. Senator Connie M. Leyva, Senate District 20,  presented the resolution on the Senate Floor on behalf of Carter’s recognition as a 2015 Top 10 CNN Hero. “When we hear negative things about San Bernardino, we forget to talk about some of the really amazing work that’s going on there,” stated Senator Leyva. Recognized as a national model Senator Leyva noted Time for Change Foundation’s 0% recidivism rate achieved through their Positive Future Program. She went on to express that the work being done by Time for Change Foundation is truly remarkable as it fosters complete transformations, “It is truly amazing when people are given an opportunity, and shown what they can do, how they actually thrive.”

In a rare moment, Presiding Officer Senator Ricardo Lara allowed Ms. Carter an opportunity to speak. Carter electrified the room as she thanked the “body” for its leadership and expressed her commitment to making a difference in the great State of California. As Carter addressed the floor, she thanked all of the members for the work they do that makes rehabilitation possible. She now seeks to obtain an Official Governor’s Pardon.

With a compilation of support letters from various esteemed elected officials, prison wardens and high ranking members of law enforcement in support of her pardon, she hopes that somehow Governor Jerry Brown will hear of her request and give it careful consideration.

Carter exclaimed, “My goal in obtaining a Governor’s Pardon is to demonstrate that we have a system of governance and keepers of the law that would consider exercising its ultimate power of redemption on my behalf.”

At the conclusion of her address, many of the elected body stood in amazement as Carter’s inspirational testimony demonstrated her passion to help others. She tearfully thanked Senator Leyva for this pivotal moment in her life.

To view the entire address, please visit http://bit.ly/leyvahonorscarter.


San Bernardino Native Returns to the Inland Empire and Hosts Successful Launch Party for Newest Book, “Pigs & Pearl”

T’ana Phelice

T’ana Phelice

RIALTO, CA— It was wall to wall packed as Inland Empire, and out of state residents, came out to support San Bernardino native and author, T’ana Phelice, at her book release party for “Pigs & Pearls” at Raquel’s Jazz Lounge on Saturday, January 30. Guests took plenty of photos with Phelice on the step and repeat, had their books signed, and celebrated the author’s birthday. It was definitely an epic night!

The journey for Phelice is just beginning. “Pigs & Pearls” is part two of her Jaded Diamonds series which is her platform of promoting and discussing the importance of women’s empowerment. These days and times, women are one of the most important assets in our communities. From the start of building and maintaining families, when we as women support each other, our male counterparts will also put forth a greater effort in respecting women.

In addition to the Jaded Diamonds series, Ms. Phelice has plans on taking the book to the stage in the fall, as well as hosting a variety of book signings. The book is now available for purchase at www.tanaphelice.com. T’ana will also be calling into Empire Talks Black this Sunday at 10 a.m. To listen in, please visit www.kcaaradio.com.