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What It Do With the LUE: Youth Competition

By Lue Dowdy

Youth competition in the I.E. October 14 is WHAT IT DO!

We need your help! Launching Unique Entertainment, known as LUE Productions, is seeking vendors and sponsors for our youth showcase/competition titled, “SHOW IT OFF.” The event is scheduled to take place Saturday, October 14, 2017 at The Women’s Club of San Bernardino located at 503 W. 31st Street, San Bernardino, 92405 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Our goal is to provide platforms and highlight talented youth from the Inland Empire. We have 13 talented acts ranging from 19 and under competing. Our company, along with its sponsors, will be giving out a cash prize of $500 dollars to the winning act. There will also be a cash prize of $100 dollars awarded to the second-place winner and a $50 gift card to the third-place winner. A trophy comes with each placement.

During the event, we will address the audience regarding metal health issues and the youth! We feel that it is vital to bring awareness and resources to the families on this matter. Be a part of all the fun! Tickets are available for purchase. Please text us at (909) 567-1000 or inbox LUE Productions of Facebook. Until next week L’s!!!!

Participating Acts include: Alandraa Smith, Chozen Exspressions, Daharien Trotter, Elizabeth Estrella, Jack Musgrove, Jahzara and Djehuty/The Garbutt Siblings, LaRae Tillett, LaTisha Williams, Moena Parker, Sheniya Jackson, T.Spokes, Ty’Ren Tillet, and Xager8 Dance Crew.

San Bernardino Assemblymember Introduces the #FAB47 Community Recognition Program

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes launches the #FAB47 Community Recognition Program. On September 20th Assemblymember Reyes will highlight the first #FAB47 inductee in the 47th District. The Fabulous 47 Recognition Program is an opportunity for community members, businesses and community based organizations to be recognized for the great work they are doing in the Inland Region.

“The 47th Assembly District is full of amazing, hardworking and altruistic residents. As such, it is important we recognize their contribution to our community,” said Assemblymember Reyes. The recognition of the fabulous members of our community offers an opportunity to highlight the unsung heroes who give of themselves without seeking recognition.”

Assemblymember Reyes is taking monthly nominations for #FAB47 at https://a47.asmdc.org/47th-assembly-district-community-recognition-program. Nominees must live, volunteer, or work in the 47th Assembly District. The 47th Assembly District includes all or portions of the following communities: Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rialto, San Bernardino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy. To confirm the nominee lives or works in the district, go to https://a47.asmdc.org/district-map. 

For assistance in nominating or for further information about the #FAB47 Program, please call our office at (909) 381-3238.

Former Foster Child, Breaks the Cycle of Father-Absent Parenting

Jatori Harris

Jatori Harris

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- When Jatori Harris took the reins of organizing the 2017/’18 Inland Empire Million March from former organizer, Terry Boykins, he wanted to foster an unresolved passion facing him for many years, and that being not having any of his parents take him to the first day of school, especially his father. 

Growing up without a father and later experiencing his mother being sentenced to prison, Jatori found himself placed in foster care at age eight.

After living with relatives for a short period while bouncing from home to home, he finally thought hope was in sight when he had secured a place of consistency with his aunt.  Only to later have his life shift, once again, when she too was sentenced to prison.

By age seventeen, he exited foster care and began his journey and search for life’s purpose and clarity. Of which, would eventually lead to a mentoring relationship and lifelong mission of giving back to the community.

Now, at age 33 and a father of two, Jatori stated, “Fatherhood is important to me because I know how much I needed and wanted my mother and father, but had to go without.  So, my passion of doing right by my children is the most important thing to me as a person, a big brother and now as a mentor myself.”

On Saturday, September 16, Jatori is reaching back and giving back by recognizing foster and father-absent youth, as well as, former foster youth now fathers during a day of fatherhood importance and awareness at the Fiesta Village Family Fun Center in Colton, CA.  Colton’s Mayor, Richard DeLaRosa, will welcome guests and attendees.

He is inviting the entire community to attend and enjoy a special dedication for those students who do not have active fathers in their lives.  Additionally, Jatori is asking anyone who would like to sponsor a foster or father-absent youth to attend and enjoy a Fiesta Village All Day Ride Pass, $14.95, to visit www.streetpositive.com and pledge support.  Or, call him at (909) 520-0286. The event will start at 10 a.m.

Harris says he is looking forward to his new tenure as the I.E. Million Father March organizer, and is adamant about pushing the importance of #FathersForEducation campaign in the years to come. Also, thanks to Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County, there will be very special giveaways for the community to enjoy during the morning kick-off celebration.