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Southern California McDonald’s Announces Community Partnership and Local Talent Line-Up for Taste of Soul Family Festival

Yolanda Adams will performing on the McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour at this weekend’s Taste of Soul.

Yolanda Adams will performing on the McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour at this weekend’s Taste of Soul.

LOS ANGELES, CA- Southern California McDonald’s is bringing hope, inspiration and fellowship to the 10th Annual Taste of Soul Family Festival by presenting the Brenda Marsh-Mitchell Gospel Stage. In addition to the McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour, local gospel talent from Los Angeles and the Inland Empire will be hitting the stage to kick off the day. Taste of Soul attendees can expect to hear uplifting music from Donald Jones and the Los Angeles Mass Choir, Brent Jones with the KJLH Radio Free Performance Choir, the West Angeles Choir and Holman Quartet.

“We are overjoyed to present the Brenda Marsh-Mitchell Gospel Stage, in partnership with the Taste of Soul organization, to the community,” said Clay Paschen III, McDonald’s owner/operator and president of the McDonald’s Operators’ Association of Southern California (MOASC). “Bringing local talent to the stage is a show of commitment to the communities we serve across Southern California. The local gospel talent is icing on top of what is already slated to be an amazing event.”

The national Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour artists performing on the Brenda Marsh-Mitchell Gospel Stage, presented by McDonald’s, will include: Yolanda Adams, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Ricky Dillard, Donald Lawrence, Tasha Page-Lockhart and DeWayne Woods. The event will be hosted by Lonnie Hunter and comedian Small Fire.

In addition, local talent that will grace the stage will include: Brent Jones with the KJLH Radio Free Performance Choir, Taylor and the Los Angeles Mass Choir, Karen Wiggins and the Inland Empire Explosion Choir, Jubilant Voices, Holman Quartet, Linda Broadous Miles, Episcopal Chorale, Ward African Methodist Episcopal Choir, Kevin Henderson, Jay Frazier/G-Rap, Echoes of Praise, Jackie Gouche and Joe Douglas.

“Extending the Taste of Soul Family Festival to include the Inland Empire is another special part of this partnership,” said Reggie Webb, McDonald’s owner/operator. “We are working with Pastor Mannie Brodie and Principles of Faith Christian Center to provide transportation for any community members who want to experience Taste of Soul and McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour for themselves.”

Transportation to Taste of Soul is available on a first come, first serve basis. The bus will depart from Webb Family Enterprises located at 3155 Sedona Court, Ontario, CA 91764. Those interested can secure a ticket for transportation by calling Ratibu Jacocks of Westside Action Group at (909) 820-4406.

McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour is an extension of the brand’s 365Black platform, an initiative that celebrates the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year round. To learn more about the tour and the 365Black initiative, visit www.365Black.com. For more information on local gospel acts gracing the stage and details, follow @McDonalds_SoCal on Twitter and join the conversation at #365BlackGospel.

 

Majestic! The 26th Annual Black Rose Awards Banquet Review

Ms. Kim-Evette Anthony and Lou Coleman

Ms. Kim-Evette Anthony and Lou Coleman

By Lou Coleman

Lou Coleman and Pastor Robert L. Fairley, D. Minister of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church

Lou Coleman and Pastor Robert L. Fairley, D. Minister of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- Talking about being blessed to be among The Who’s who in the Inland Empire, it was indeed a privilege for me to be in such awesome company; thanks to my dear friend Ms. Frances Grice. It was a fantastic evening mingling with inspiring and influential leaders. The music by J. Bokins was relaxing; the food was delicious; the atmosphere was inviting and the rest is history. If you missed it, you would not want to miss it next year; it was exquisite! The San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation Committee did a splendid job. Special thanks to Ms. Margaret Hill, you are appreciated!

Just to name a few of the who’s who that were in attendance included: Pastor Robert L. Fairley, D. Min- New Hope Missionary Baptist Church; Ms. Kim-Evette Anthony – Urban Philanthropy Institute – Humanitarian of the Year; Mr. David Clark– Am I My Brother’s Keeper – Yes I Am!; Ms. Gwendolyn Dowdy-Rodgers – Newly Appointed San Bernardino School Board; Rikkie Van Johnson – Mayor Pro Temp, City of San Bernardino; Ms. Genevieve Echols, President of San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation; Ms. Kathryn Ervin – California State University San Bernardino; Mr. Terrance Stone – Young Visionaries Youth Academy; Rev. Arnelia F. Carpenter – Assoc. Minister – New Hope Missionary Baptist Church; Ms. Desiree McKenzie – SBBCF 2015 Miss Black San Bernardino; Mr. Troy Ingram, 1st Vice President – Black Rose Co-Chairperson; Juanita H. Scott; Carter High School Junior ROTC; Chief Joseph Paulino; Officer Marcus Pesquera; Chino Fire Foundation; Kathryn Ervin; John Coleman; and the list goes on, and on, and on.

Westside Story Newspaper congratulates ALL recipients!

Lou Coleman and community photographer John Coleman

Lou Coleman and community photographer John Coleman

Margret Hill and Lou Coleman

Margret Hill and Lou Coleman

Rafael Rawls and Lou Coleman

Rafael Rawls and Lou Coleman

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Lou Coleman (Left) and Ms. Gwendolyn Dowdy-Rodgers (right)

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Lou Coleman and Mr. David Clark

 

 

Forever in Our Arts: Humanitarian, Black Rose & Community Service Banquet to be Held this Friday

Edited by Naomi K. Bonman

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- The San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation is happy to announce the winners of the 26th Annual Humanitarian of the Year, Commitment to Community Service and Black Rose Awards, which will be held on Friday, September 11 at The National Orange Show, Valencia Ballroom located at 689 South “E” Street in San Bernardino. There will be a social hour at 6 p.m. with the dinner and awards starting at 7 p.m. Honorees for this year’s celebration include: Kim Evette Anthony, Humanitarian of the Year; David Clark, Community Service; Chief Joseph Paulino, Charles Chuck Burns Award; Officer Marcus Pesquera, Black Rose; and the Chino Valley Fire Foundation, Black Rose.

Kim has given tirelessly of herself, using her skills and abilities to help others.  Much of her work is on a pro bono basis because of her unrelenting commitment to serving her community.  She has provided countless number of volunteer hours providing services to nonprofit and community based organizations including Stop the Violence Foundation and the establishment of the Regional Violence Prevention Coalition.  She volunteered with the Red Cross in Houston, TX serving and supporting displaced Hurricane Katrina survivors. A product of the foster care system, Kim spent fourteen months during her reign as Ms. California delivering motivational speaking and raising funds and awareness for the plight of foster children and at-risk youth.

David, a retired military person, volunteers his time at March Air Force Base assisting retirees with their retirement and other benefits.  He also assist the families of the deceased, making sure they get the paperwork needed for proper burial.  In addition, he mentors students at San Gorgonio High School as well as the youth and young adults at his church.

Chief Joseph Paulino makes sure that over 50,000 students are safe each day and has implemented an explorer program for the middle and high school students in the district.  He still finds time to provide service to his community.  He is a member of 100 Black Men of the Inland Empire and recently, he hosted a Searching of Mentors Summit at California State University, San Bernardino.  He volunteers his time with the annual Christmas toy giveaway, safety fairs, and positive tickets program.

The Chino Fire Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the safety and welfare of the public through educational programs, direct assistance, and financial support of charitable organizations, victims of tragic events and injured firefighters.  Their Adopt a Family program makes funds available to families that have suffered personal tragedy such as an un-expected death or a fire-related loss.

Officer Pesquera was in training when early one morning, he and his fellow officer approach a few individuals who appeared to have suspicious behavior.  OfficerPesquera’s quick thinking saved the lives of both men.  Unfortunately, his fellow officer was critically wounded but Officer Pesquera was able to save both lives.  He volunteers in his community at the firing range and his skills enabled him to protect the citizens of San Bernardino.

For more information or for last minute tickets, please visit www.sbbcfoundation.com or call (909) 210-6373.