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Educate a Girl: Educate a Nation Your Resource for Over 50 Years The Community's Newspaper - Serving Riverside County, Eastern Los Angeles County & San Bernardino County I wholly disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it - Voltaire Thursday, August 31, 2017 Vol. 53 - No 6 Black Rose Awards to be Held Sept. 8 (See Page A-3) business, and the program regularly features specialized speakers across a variety of professional venues. In the past, the nonprofit has mostly worked with retired professionals, but lately has expanded its reach to include volunteers like Shepherd, who are not yet retired, but want to give back to the community. Business owners that find their prospects are slow or failing for lack of a plan or funding can get the guidance they need on remaking their business plan, or create a stronger marketing approach and possibly get a business loan. Its really an awesome (Cont. on Page A-3) By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter Finally, some good news. Accolades are soon in store for this years honorees of the San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation distinguished Black Rose Awards. On Friday, September 8, the annual event will be held at the National Orange Show, Renaissance Room located at 689 So. E Street in San Bernardino. Social hour starts at 6:00 p.m. and programming at 7:00. Tickets are $65 per person. This years honorees include Gwendolyn Dowdy Rodgers named Humanitarian of the Year, Clarisa Howard who will receive the Community Service Award, and the esteemed Black Rose Awards go to Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Lesford Duncan and Jamie Rios. Lesford Duncan is strengthening families by getting more dads involved with their kids. He said the Black Rose Award is a privilege that he shares with many that are doing good local work. Duncan credits the positive impact to successful collaborations with the coalition, which started while he worked at San Bernardino County Childrens Network and First 5 San Bernardino. Since then, he said that the program development is helping address the high rate of absentee fathers in the Inland Empire. Im just honored to be alongside some really fantastic individuals in building community resilience among our most vulnerable children and youth, and building resilience among family, said Duncan, Co-Chair of the Inland Empire Father Involvement Coalition. Locally, he said the data shows that over one- third of all households have an absent father. For Black families nationwide, that statistic is even more striking, representing 55% of all Black households. That has huge implications within our communities. We know that when a father is absent, a childs school performance suffers, a child's mental health suffers, he said. Fathers absent from the family structure have a long ripple effect. It increases the likelihood of entanglement with child welfare and juvenile justice systems, along with higher rates of teen pregnancy. In recent years, his programming has helped fathers in the Inland Empire, and is reaching fathers through partner programs, such as the Nurturing Fathers, the Inland Empire Fatherhood Conference, and an Annual Fatherhood Breakfast. Aside from regularly hosted outreach, he especially focuses on building the capacity of agencies and eligibility workers to engage fathers for better outcomes. More Diversity Still Needed SBPD Honors First Black Officer By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter Judging by the low numbers of African Americans in law enforcement, even today Black is not Blue in places across the nation, let alone in 1947 when Johnnie Epps was thefirstandonlyBlackicer in the San Bernardino Police Department. Around that same point in history, Dr. Margaret Hill was growing up as a daughter of a sharecropper living on a farm where African Americans were relegated to the slim margins of society. It was hard to handle. Dr. Hill, who sits on the African American Police Advisory Committee, said at the recent tribute to icer Epps, Lt. Mike Madden mentioned about how hard it was to imagine what life must have been like for the lone Blackicerontheforce. Life for me wasnt good even though I was where I was expected to be, on a farm being poor and not complaining. Nobody wanted to trade places with me. I didnt want to be there myself, she said. Still, some things have changed and are different today. For starters, she was proud to see at least three African American icers attending the dedication of icer Epps. And, there is an active African American Advisory Committee now that can help get more Black icers a foot in the door of the department. Our committee is to be the [voice] for the community, which means if there are candidates out there that want to be considered for a position, we share that with the chief, she said. After three short years on the force, icer Epps, also a soldier, died at age 25 in 1950 from a car accident on his way to a tour of duty in the Korean War. Terrance Stone, who also sits on the advisory committee, takes issue with the idea that Black kids shouldnt be encouraged to join the police force. Once on the other side of the law, Stone, a past gang member, said that he always gets flack from the community for proposing that more Black cops are needed in the community. (Cont. on Page A-2) Speed Networking Event--30 Second Success By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter For those wanting to wax eloquent and enthusiastic in business settings, an upcoming SCORE sponsored networking event promises a fun way to make the right connections, access seasoned mentors, and access informative free workshops year round. SCORE, a nonprofit association of the Small Business Administration, offers all products and services at extremely low or no cost. On Thursday, September 7, the Inland Empire SCORE presents, Networking The Key to Sales Success! to cover the foundations of established entrepreneurs, such as how to perfect a 30-second pitch, and tighten up local business ties. The event runs from 2-4:00 pm, located at Western Municipal Water District, 14205 Meridian Parkway in Riverside. Kim Kat Shepherd, a SCORE volunteer and digital marketing specialist, said her goal in facilitating the event is to get the community linked to services, and guide business owners to productivity and profit. SCORE is not a fly by night outfit. For years, the nonprofit has given entrepreneurs across the nation their first boost into business stability by providing online business tools, along with a framework to develop their vision with the support of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Shepherd said that she cant think of any other professional associations that offer the kinds of in depth tools that SCORE gives for free. At the Speed Networking event, local businesses will network with like-minded professionals in a friendly environment about how to perfect their sales techniques, products and services. Many will walk away with new ideas to grow. Anywhere else, she said that kind of individualized help, access to business products, seminars and counselors, could easily run into thousands of dollars. They mentor you so that you wont lose money with your business. It doesnt cost anything at all, said Shepherd, also an instructor at the University of California, Riverside Extension. SCORE helps with marketing strategies. She said entrepreneurs can access a free mentor for the life of their The San Bernardino Pastors United will host another Community Block party on September 16, at Anne Sher- rill Park, located at 1367 California Ave, San Bernardino. From 2-5pm there will be free food, free groceries, free shoes, free backpacks for kids, free clothes and free health checks. There will be a message by Pastor Raymond Turner, Temple Missionary Baptist Church, gospel music, dancing and good fellowship. For more information call 909-353-7977 or email Photo courtesy of Gwen Rodgers

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