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‘Moonlight’ Makes History with 8 Oscar Nominations

Earlier this week, the 89th Oscars nominations were announced and A24’s Moonlight received the following 8 nods: Best Supporting Actor – Mahershala Ali, Cinematography – James Laxton, Best Original Score – Nicholas Britell, Best Adapted Screenplay – Barry Jenkins and Tarell McCraney, Best Supporting Actress – Naomie Harris, Film Editing – Joi McMillon & Nat Sanders, Best Directing – Barry Jenkins, and Best Picture – Moonlight.

These nominations make Moonlight co-editor Joi McMillon the first African-American woman to be recognized by the Academy for editing, and director Barry Jenkins as only the fourth black director to be nominated for a “Best Director” Oscar (John Singleton, Lee Daniels and Steve McQueen were prior nominees). This is McMillon’s first feature film editing credit and Jenkins’ second feature film.

28-Year-Old Professional Boxer Re-Enters the Ring This Weekend at the MGM Grand

RIVERSIDE, CA- On Saturday night, January 28, 2017, twenty-eight year old professional boxer Mikey Garcia (Moreno Valley, CA by way of Oxnard, CA/pro record: 35-0-0, with 29 KOs) returns to the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, against WBC Lightweight Champion, Dejan Zlaticanin (Podgorica, Montenegro/pro record: 22-0-0, with 15 KOs). Garcia-Zlaticanin is scheduled for twelve rounds in the lightweight division as the co-main event on the SHOWTIME televised fight card. In the main event, Carl Frampton will defend his WBA Super World Featherweight Title in a rematch with Leo Santa Cruz.

Garcia, a former two-time WBO world champion in the featherweight and super featherweight divisions, trains in Riverside at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy. He last fought on July 30, 2016 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, against former WBC World Featherweight Champion, Elio Rojas. In that Showtime televised fight, Garcia knocked Rojas down four times, before referee Eddie Claudio called an end to the fight at 2:02 of Round 5. Following that win, Garcia’s record improved to 35-0, with 29 KOs, while Rojas’ record dropped to 24-3, with 14 KOs.

Garcia shared his thoughts about his upcoming fight against Zlaticanin. He said, “I’m very happy and excited for my next fight. I know that Dejan Zlaticanin is a strong, undefeated southpaw, which will make for a great fight. I’m thankful of being afforded another opportunity to show my skills. I’m ready to take on the very best in boxing, and Zlaticanin is one of the best lightweights in the sport. I want to prove that I’m better than I was before, and that I’m willing to fight anyone. The time off from boxing made me stronger and more competitive than ever.  

Fighting at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas will be a great way to start the new year. I’m looking forward to performing under the bright lights on a very big stage. The last time I fought in Las Vegas was four years ago, and all my family, friends and fans traveled there for the fight. I expect the same to happen this time around. Thank you Stephen Espinoza, Lou DiBella, Al Haymon and Team Zlaticanin for making the fight a reality. January 28 will be the beginning of a great year for Team Mikey Garcia. Please know that I’m very appreciative of all my supporters and the best is yet to come.”

Remembering “Mommy Helen”

Written by Wallace Allen IV

Last January, Dorothy Pryor-Rose passed on to be with the Lord. We all recognized her as “Mommy Helen” because she was the face of “Mommy Helen’s Bakery” in San Bernardino. The Bakery is still going strong! Dorothy’s daughters, Tedra and Kesha, have dedicated themselves to maintaining their mother’s high standards and successful recipes. The following letter is their salute to their mom, our Mommy Helen. I think that I am going to 1440 South “E” Street and “remember” her the way she would want us to… I am going to buy a potato pie!

Dear Mom, Wow we can’t believe that it’s been a year since you have been gone. Your Legacy is continuing and the bakery is thriving. We miss your words of encourage and unwavering faith. When everything feels overwhelming we remember to keep the faith just like you taught us. Although we miss you and at times your absence becomes overwhelming, we know we have to continue your vision.  We promise to continue to make sure that your vision comes to pass.  Mom, you’ll always continue to be in our hearts. Until we meet again.  Love your daughters.

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