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ACCLAIMED POET AND AUTHOR SPEAKS AT PAL CENTER

Screenshot (5)SAN BERNARDINO, CA- Internationally acclaimed poet and author, Mr. Eddie Bell, shared his career as a poet and discussed his poetry and writings at the PAL Center and Charter Academy in San Bernardino on Thursday, February 13.

Mr. Bell, a motivational speaker and educational consultant, told of his personal experiences, and related stories about people and life experiences through the eyes of a Black man. Several members of the audience noted similar experiences of inequitable treatment to overcome during their lifetime. The overarching theme was to overcome all obstacles and achieve the goals that one sets for self.

His poems about life evoked deeply felt emotions as he presented in oral form. He is the recipient of multiple grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the French Ministry of Culture, and other sources. His works, published in English, have also been translated into French and Russian. Accessible to audiences old and young, and without racial or cultural barriers, during the question and answer period, the totally immersed students and teachers exhibited their intense appreciation of the opportunity to interact with this very personable and noted poet.

Mr. Bell was accompanied by Dr. Brian Haynes, Vice Presidentof Student Affairs at California State University San Bernardino.

PAFF Closes Out Festival with ‘Blackbird’ and Star Studded Event

(Photo Credit: Naomi K. Bonman) PHOTO CAPTION: The cast and crew of “Blackbird”, which stars Isaiah Washington and Monique. The film was directed by Patrick Ian Polk in an adaption of the novel by Larry Duplechan.

(Photo Credit: Naomi K. Bonman)
PHOTO CAPTION: The cast and crew of “Blackbird”, which stars Isaiah Washington and Monique. The film was directed by Patrick Ian Polk in an adaption of the novel by Larry Duplechan.

LOS ANGELES, CA- On Sunday, February 16 at Rave Cinemas in Los Angeles, the Pan African Film Festival closed out it’s festivities with the premiere of the film “Blackbird”.   The closing kicked off with a red carpet where the cast and crew posed for photos for the media, as well as other celebrities who walked the red carpet in support of the film. Following the red carpet was the movie screening and question and answer session, followed by a private media briefing and after party.

“Blackbird” is a story that centers on a church choir singer, portrayed by Julian Walker, in a small Mississippi town who feels like a misfit as he struggles with his sexual awakening and the realization that he is gay. This is a coming of age story for that young African American boy or girl who struggles with their sexual orientation. The film is directed by Patrick Ian Polk in an adaption of the novel by Larry Duplechan. Monique and her husband Sidney Hicks are also executive producers of the film. (Written by Naomi K. Bonman)

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Pomona Valley Alumnae Chapter hosts its 35th Annual Black Culture Festival.

On Saturday, February 22nd, the Pomona Valley Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will hold its 35th Annual Black Culture Festival, in conjunction with the Pomona Public Library. The event is from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Pomona Public Library located at 625 S. Garey Ave., Pomona, CA. 91767.

The festival features an array of entertainment, showcases diversity of food, retail vendors, and a dynamic children’s corner. Also provided is an informative and interactive Health and Fitness Clinic all free to the public. Additionally, we will have an Author’s Corner that will include Ilyasah Shabazz speaking and signing her new children’s book “Malcolm Little” and as in past festivals, a special appearance by the Munford Marines and Tuskegee Airmen.

The members of the Pomona Valley Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a community service organization, invite you to enjoy this family-friendly day of entertainment, enlightenment and education. While the day celebrates and showcases the best of the Black community, the event is for everyone to enjoy.

For vendor or entertainment information, please e-mail blackculturefestival@pvacdst.org. For media inquiries, please email publicrelations@pvacdst.org.

February 22, 2014 from 11:00am – 4:00pm at Pomona Public Library located at 625 South Garey Avenue in Pomona, Ca. 91769. Please note that in the event of rain, the festival will be scheduled for Saturday, March 22nd.