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Trump’s Budget Cuts Hurt The Same People That Voted For Him

Julianne Malveaux says that the proposed White House budget is not a fait accompli, and it won’t be unless we roll over and accept this madness.

If you happened to have voted for the man who now occupies the White House, you may be feeling bamboozled, right about now. The man who said that he wanted to take care of the little people, those who were forgotten by the elites, now wants to cut programs that affect these working-class people, ranging from Legal Aid to Meals on Wheels to housing assistance to job training. He would cut the Environmental Protection Agency by more than 31 percent, leaving more than 3000 workers in the cold. Many of his other budget provisions will call for federal reductions-in-force (RIFs), and these chaotic RIFs may cause instability in some government agencies, since workers can appeal their RIF, or bump other workers out of their jobs.

And he’s not using a scalpel to make the cuts; he’s using machetes and weed whackers. His budget makes his position on the culture wars clear. He would entirely eliminate federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and National Public Radio. The Department of Housing and Urban Development will get $6.2 billion cut, and even though the Department of Education will get a 12 percent cut, $1.4 billion dollars are slated to support private schools through school choice. HBCU programs have not been cut, but many of the programs they depend on, including work-study programs, have been cut. It’s an ugly budget, but it’s the budget that Trump promised, a budget that “puts America first with a $54 billion increase in defense spending and $2.6 billion for the wall that Mexico is supposed to pay for.

We need to rail against this budget even as we tease out its odious details, but we also need to realize that it is too early to panic. Why? The United States Congress still has to pass this budget. Though Republicans control the House of Representatives and the Senate. I can’t believe they have all lost their minds. There are physicians among those elected Republicans who must surely understand the value of the medical research “45” has threatened to cut. There are educators, who understand the importance of summer Pell grants. There must be a handful of Republicans who will fight the cuts of the EPA and the cessation of other climate change research. These are the Republicans who need to step up, and they are the ones who must be lobbied.

There will be lots of moaning and groaning, teeth-gnashing and horror about this budget, but there should also be resistance. There will be hearings, and those who resist ought to be attending those hearings. Members of Congress will be visiting their districts, and resisters need to be there to confront them about this budget. The proposed White House budget is nothing, but a request. It is not a fait accompli, and it won’t be unless we roll over and accept this madness.

Our 45th President exhibits an unusual inability to understand our governmental system of checks and balances. He seems to think that he can unilaterally declare a policy change. He wants to get rid of the Environmental Protection Agency. Does everyone? He wants to put more money into private schools. Are there members of Congress who would resist? It is time for Republicans of conscience (are there any) to step up and say that it’s not okay to stop Meals on Wheels. It’s not okay to damage our environment. It’s not okay to cut off funds for medical research. All of us need to speak up!

People have marched, and both women and immigrants have stayed home to express their resistance. The presentation of this warped budget offers another opportunity for resistance, and the very future of our nature depends on this resistance. It is unfathomable that these Bible-thumping Republicans will turn their back on children, the elderly, and those who desperately need job training to contribute to the economy. The key to altering this budget process is resistance.

Julianne Malveaux is an author, economist and founder of Economic Education. Her podcast, “It’s Personal with Dr. J” is available on iTunes. Her latest book “Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy” is available to order at at Follow Dr. Malveaux on Twitter @drjlastword.


More Than One Million Defective Airbag Inflators Remain Unrepaired In Southern California

Airbags in certain Hondas and Acuras pose up to a 50 percent chance of exploding upon deployment, prompting community leaders to call for immediate consumer action in response to the largest auto safety recall in U.S. history

LOS ANGELES – March 27, 2017 – Hundreds of thousands of Southern California residents are driving recalled vehicles with defective airbag inflators that could blast shrapnel into the passenger compartment upon deployment. In response, dozens of civic and community leaders have joined together in an urgent, region-wide effort to encourage affected Southern California drivers to get a free repair.

While the recall affects as many as 42 million vehicles and 19 different automakers, the airbag inflators in certain 2001-2003 Hondas and Acuras pose the most urgent threat, with up to a 50 percent chance of exploding upon deployment. These models include the 2001 and 2002 Honda Civic, the 2001 and 2002 Honda Accord, the 2002 and 2003 Acura TL, the 2002 Honda Odyssey, the 2002 Honda CR-V, the 2003 Acura CL and the 2003 Honda Pilot. Owners of these vehicles should schedule their free repair immediately by calling Honda at 1-888-234-2138.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, “With as high as a 50 percent chance of a dangerous air bag inflator rupture in a crash, these vehicles are unsafe and need to be repaired immediately.”[1] Any Honda or Acura dealership will provide free towing service to the dealership and perform the free repair.

At least 11 Americans – including three Californians – have been killed by defective airbag inflators, and approximately 180 Americans have suffered serious injuries, including cuts or lacerations to the face or neck, broken or fractured facial bones, loss of eyesight and broken teeth. The victims from California were each driving an older, higher-risk Honda or Acura. In these and nearly all other similar cases in the United States, the fatal airbag explosion was triggered by a minor collision that the driver should have been able to walk away from. Thousands of these higher-risk vehicles are still on the road in Southern California, but have yet to be repaired.

Southern California leads the nation in fatalities caused by defective airbags. The risk for serious injury or death is particularly acute in Southern California due to high temperatures that exacerbate the defect in the airbag inflator. A new community mobilization effort called Airbag Recall: Southern California is educating communities across the region about the magnitude of the recall and helping affected drivers schedule life-saving, free repairs with local dealerships, where replacements parts are available for higher-risk vehicles.

In addition, as part of ongoing efforts to address this recall, on Dec. 9, 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a new repair prioritization plan designed to accelerate the availability of replacement parts for vehicles impacted by the recall. Nationwide, as many as 70 million inflators in 42 million vehicles are or will be under recall by 2020.

Residents can find out whether their vehicle has a defective airbag inflator at If impacted by the recall, they can contact any of their automaker’s nearby dealerships to schedule a free repair. Southern California residents who may be waiting for replacement parts for their vehicle, or who are not affected by the current recall, are also encouraged to call their local dealer to confirm that their contact information is up to date so they receive recall-related updates going forward.


"Airbags save lives, but defective ones are a hazard that puts our loved ones at risk. We have to give people the information they need to protect themselves and their families. The coalition behind 'Airbag Recall: Southern California' is standing up to make sure that everyone — especially communities of color and low-income Angelenos who face the greatest danger — is aware of free resources that can help keep them safe." – Eric Garcetti, Mayor, City of Los Angeles

“The ongoing airbag recall demands immediate attention from residents across Southern California. The defect in these recalled airbags is potentially lethal. It doesn’t mean an airbag will somehow fail to inflate. It means instead of simply inflating on impact, it will explode like a grenade. I urge all drivers to check their vehicles at This simple action could make a life-saving difference for you and your family. Once you’ve checked your vehicle, consider paying it forward by helping an elderly relative, neighbor or friend do the same. They may be driving one of these ticking time-bombs and be totally unaware of the life-threatening danger they face.” – Aja Brown, Mayor, City of Compton

“As a Los Angeles native and in my capacity as a city councilmember, I am deeply invested in the safety and security of our community. I join so many other community leaders today in lending my voice and support to ensuring all members of our community, including diverse, low-income and under-served populations, are educated about the gravity and magnitude of the airbag recall and how to get their defective airbags repaired for free.” – Curren Price Jr., Los Angeles City Councilmember, District 9

“In Southern California, many of us drive or ride in a car every day, several times a day. If your vehicle contains a defective airbag, this part of your daily life could threaten your life. To confront this issue head-on, the Valley Economic Alliance has partnered with auto-body shops throughout the area to check drivers’ vehicles for outstanding recalls and to educate them on how to get their airbags replaced free of charge at a local dealership. Our organization is committed to supporting outreach efforts throughout Southern California and to helping prevent another deadly accident caused by a defective airbag inflator.” – Kenn Phillips, President & CEO, Valley Economic Alliance

“It is critical that information about the airbag recall reaches all residents of the greater Los Angeles area, regardless of the neighborhood they live in or the language they speak. We must work together with local organizations to educate drivers about the airbag recall and to assure them that their privacy will be protected throughout the airbag repair process. Regardless of your immigration status or what type of vehicle you drive, visit today. If your vehicle is impacted by the airbag recall, a dealership will fix it for free – no questions asked.” – Gil Dyer, Board Director, Latin Business Association

“Our call to action for drivers across Southern California is simple: fix it, don’t risk it. Even a minor fender bender can be fatal. It’s too easy to fix and too dangerous to ignore. Check your VIN today at” – John D. Buretta, Independent Monitor of Takata and the Coordinated Remedy Program



Celebrating 40 Years of Keeping Families Close throughout Southern California

LOS ANGELES (March 1, 2017) – Starting March 25, Southland communities and businesses are lacing up to support the annual 2017 Walk for Kids, which helps raise awareness and funds for the life-changing services and programs provided to critically ill children and their families by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California (RMHCSC). Now celebrating 40 years of service, Southern California Ronald McDonald Houses keep families together by providing a “home away from home” while their children undergo treatment at nearby hospitals and medical facilities. With a fundraising goal of $2.1 million, RMHCSC dedicates 100 percent of the money raised during the family-friendly 5k (3.1 miles) pledge event towards serving families in and throughout Southern California. Supporters are encouraged to register by starting or joining a team for $25 by visiting

“Over the years, Walk for Kids has become an annual testament to the overwhelming love, support and compassion that exists in our Southern California community for children and families in need,” said Vince Bryson, chief executive officer, RMHCSC. “The funds raised from the thousands of supporters who turn out every year provide a lifeline for the families we have the privilege to serve and who make the Ronald McDonald House a home.”

2017 Ronald McDonald House Walk for Kids Schedule:

· Coachella Valley (Inland Empire) – Saturday, March 25 (Civic Center Park, La Quinta)

· Inland Empire – Sunday, April 2 (Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario)

· Los Angeles / Camp Ronald McDonald For Good Times® – Sunday, April 2 (Exposition Park)

· Pasadena – Sunday, April 2 (Central Park)

· Orange County – Sunday, April 9 (Honda Center, Anaheim)

· Long Beach – Sunday, April 23 (Shoreline Park)

From March 20 to April 7, Southern California McDonald’s customers can also support Walk for Kids by visiting a participating McDonald’s restaurant and purchasing a “Shoe” for $1. The shoes will then be displayed with the donor’s name in a designated area of the restaurant. In 2016, area McDonald’s restaurants generated more than $418,000 from shoe sales alone. 100 percent of the proceeds from the shoe sales will directly benefit RMHCSC programs.

Additionally, Southern California McDonald’s will donate $.25 from each McCafé Shamrock Chocolate beverage purchased to RMHC during the week of March 11-17. The iconic Shamrock Shake has been a key part of fundraising for RMHC since 1974 when the first Ronald McDonald House was opened.

Built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal, or where they will lay their head at night to rest – RMHCSC helps families with critically-ill children stay together, connecting them with others facing similar challenges through its six Ronald McDonald Houses in Bakersfield, Inland Empire (Loma Linda), Long Beach, Los Angeles, Orange and Pasadena, and two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms. The Chapter also operates the cost-free, medically supervised Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, helping ill children and their siblings rediscover childhood and develop the self-esteem and self-efficacy often lost as a result of the disease.

To learn more about Walk for Kids, donate directly or register by starting or joining a team for $25, visit or follow the conversation on social media using #WalkforKids.


That "Adorable" Special Interest Group

A move is afoot in certain sectors of our society to put a permanent muffler on a special interest group that has been variously labeled as "whiney" and "obnoxiously persistent." In an effort to combat "dependency," government officials are cracking down. No longer will the largesse of public funds be used to protect this group declared to be "vulnerable" and "threatened."

A bold and sizable step in this direction was taken by the administration in its recent budget proposal. In outlining a strategy to rid our country of "waste," the White House took aim at funds that benefit a certain group more than others.

Wise readers undoubtedly know the nefarious special interest group to which I refer. The troublesome antics of this group likely keep some lying awake and agitated at night. Yes, the seemingly innocent group to which I refer is that of children—also known as little squirts, brats, and nippers.

You might not recall recent headlines declaring that children would suffer from budget cuts, but that simply reflects the principal strategy deployed: avoid calling them by name at any cost. That only empowers them and gives their concerns a spotlight. After all, this group originated the concept of being a "poster child."

The goal of the proposed cuts, however, is to act before any posters get raised and public sentiment is swayed with sentimentality for those who happen to be under the age of 18.

Thus, the focus of comments by government spokespersons is on anything but concerns related to the present and future realities faced by children. This is particularly the case in certain policy areas. There is no denying that any effort to address matters pertaining to pollution and the climate disproportionately benefits youngsters.

To avoid any such bias, the administration framed its actions as an aggressive attack on regulations rather than anything that might be described as "cute" and "loveable." The battle over words and meaning was soon won as one headline read "EPA Hit Hardest as Trump Budget Targets Regulations."

Can you imagine the public hysteria that would ensue if the headline read "EPA Hit Hardest as Trump Budget Targets Little Tykes"?

Just think of the PR disaster that would have occurred if people connected the proposed budget cuts with a major report released a day earlier by our nation's leading medical organizations. A central finding of this report on climate-related health impacts declared that children face the greatest risks and burdens as temperatures rise.

If parents made connections like this, they would be in an absolute moral panic. Helicopter moms and dads would be marching in the streets. A revolution would occur!

Needless to say, if politicians want to be re-elected, they have to use "kids' gloves" to deal with this "adorable" special interest group. Surely, it is best if they talk about "regulations" rather than high asthma rates or anything that makes you think of risk to your children's health.

Are budgets really "moral documents" as some would have us believe? Only if we let ourselves think of troublesome special interest groups that otherwise go unnamed.


“The Day of Pre-Sentencing!”

“Now the end has come upon you, and I will send My anger against you, says the Lord; I will judge you according to your ways, and I will repay you for all your evil. My eye will not spare you, nor will I have pity; But I will repay your ways, and your abominations will be in your midst; Then you shall know that I AM the LORD!” [Ezekiel 7:3-4]. Whatever wicked things you said and did would now be received back on you. “For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” [Galatians 6:7-10]. For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life. Listen, I AM not a man that I should lie. You will reap what you have sown! I am not blind or deaf. I see everything. It is only because of My great mercy that you have not been destroyed already. But make no mistake about it; you will reap what you have sown! [Judges 1:1-3:6].

When you look at the people of Israel, you see the consequences of disobedience. Most of the Israelites died in the desert. They did not take My words to heart. I want you to know that disobedience always leads to misfortune. The first King of Israel faced disastrous consequences because he failed to obey God. The hardening of his heart and his casual attitude to the sin of partial obedience caused him to be rejected as King. He lost his kingdom and eventually lost his life. Saul, who was among the prophets prophesying, anointed King of Israel and head and shoulders above his brothers turned away from God. Pride came into his heart and God rejected him. I want you to know that disobedience walks hand in hand with consequences. I also what you to know that disobedience has massive implication because oftentimes the person who breaks God’s laws is not the only one who ends up paying the price. Therefore, the choice that you make can affect people around you either directly or indirectly in a big way.

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. [Galatians 6:76]. A man reaps what he sows.” Despite everything that sin has to offer, the deceptive pleasures that you may experience are not worth the price that you have to pay eventually. But you seem to think that you can go on and on in unrepented sin without the chastisement of God, but that is not so. [[Deuteronomy 11:28] [Deuteronomy 28:15-68] [Jeremiah 35: 14-19] [Isaiah 42:24-25]. [1Samuel 12:15]. [Jeremiah 12:17] [Hebrews 2:1-4].

If you have disobeyed the Lord in some area of your life, repent and confess your sin now. God is so good, so merciful and so compassionate, the Scripture says: “It is not the will of Him that any should perish [2 Peter 3:8-1]. God will forgive you and blot your sins if only you would repent and confess your sins. Today is the day of salvation, you are not promised tomorrow.

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” [Deuteronomy 30:19]



“Trainspotting” was a breakthrough film back in 1996. An edgy, eccentric blend of debauchery and rebellion set to one of the best British rock soundtracks ever made. Twenty years later, the original director Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “28 Days Later”) and screenwriter John Hodge assemble the same set of Scottish miscreants and make them deal with the aftermath of a betrayal that affected all their lives.

In the ‘90s film, Mark (Ewan McGregor) and Simone, aka Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), were best friends since childhood. In their mid-twenties, they hung out with the tall skinny dullard Daniel “Spud” Murphy (Ewen Bremner) and the short, violent and temperamental Francis “Franco” Begbie (Robert Carlyle). The four of them, and other comrades, had one thing in common: heroin addiction. It united them. Broke them apart. Caused death and destruction. Their depraved indifference to life and traditional mores ended with a dope deal gone bad. Mark, who flirted with sobriety, ran off with £12,000 pounds. He left Spud £4,000, which went right into his arm. Simone got nothing. Franco got a jail sentence and a grudge against Mark that was eating him alive.

In 2017, nearing middle age, Mark’s yuppyish job at a Dutch software company ends. He returns to the scene of the crime, Edinburg. These days, Simone, a cokehead, is in love with a prostitute named Veronika (Anjela Nedyalkova). The couple makes money by blackmailing clients, “Johns,” who are secretly videotaped as they bed Veronika, who dresses up as a dominatrix.

Spud is a bit of a depressed loner. In fact, Mark is banging at the door of his flat just as his dejected friend is attempting suicide. Mark saves his life and Spud’s sour response is: “You ruined my life, and my death.” Meanwhile, the fiercely vindictive Franco is plotting an escape from jail. The reunion of these four is fraught with more anger, deceit, maleficence, apologies and ill will than a feud between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

It’s a hard task recapturing the dark humor and light spirits that made the original movie so shocking yet endearing. This script puts Mark and Simon on a mission to build a spa (brothel) that Veronika can operate. Mark, whose libido knows no bounds, flirts with Veronika, knowing that Simon loves her. But that’s Mark’s M.O: he can’t be trusted with a friend’s girlfriend. The character that gets the best facelift is Spud, who dares to dream big and finds an ounce of courage, when he had none in the first film. Franco, who makes a junkyard dog look like a prince, is so mean and violent he alienates himself from his family and goes after Mark with a sheer vengeance.

Boyle has a fun way with the footage. He will stop it cold; shoot scenes at odd angles (cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire); Cut in flashbacks (editor Jon Harris, “Kingsman: The Secret Service”); and add colorful and textured dreamy images over scenes (production design Patrick Rolfe and Mark Tildesley; art direction Patrick Rolfe). It is a pleasure to watch him weave his artistic magic. And though the soundtrack doesn’t boast a song as catchy as the first movie’s hit tune “Lust for Life,” some of the kinetic music has a throbbing beat.

Boyle’s innovation helps greatly as you realize that this script is not as fresh as the 1996 one, which was based on a novel by Irvine Welsh. That screenplay treaded new territory that audiences couldn’t fathom: Piss poor Scottish adolescents, living in and around wealth and middle-class amenities, unable to hold down a nine-to-five and relegated to a parallel world. Their degeneracy and irresponsibility had no limits, and they were so oblivious to reality that a baby died while in their custody. That stream of decadence was a jolt to the senses. Nothing in this film is quite as shocking. But then again, what could be?

McGregor, Miller, Bremmer and Carlyle slip into their old characters, friendships, jealousies and rivalries comfortably—like they were trying on a pair of old faded, torn jeans that still fit or dusting off old drug paraphernalia. At one point Veronika points out to Mark “You’re a tourist in your own youth.” That’s the way it feels watching these graying, saggy-eyed fortysomethings trying to get their mojo back. They can’t relive their lives, but they can die trying.

In the end, there is something woefully nostalgic about watching McGregor, Miller, Bremner and Carlyle running down the cobblestone streets of Edinburg with an urgency and abandonment that is similar to the chaos they wreaked in “Trainspotting.”

The guys are a few paces slower, and almost as reckless. Just like T2.

Dwight Brown is a film critic and travel writer. As a film critic, he regularly attends international film festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and the American Black Film Festival. Read more movie reviews by Dwight Brown here and at


UC Riverside School of Medicine to Host Open House on April 8

Community is invited to free event to see what being a medical student involves

The School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside will host its annual open house on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 8 a.m. to noon at the School of Medicine Education Building for community members interested in exploring what it is like to be a UC Riverside medical student.

The event is free and open to the public; RSVPs are requested. Complimentary parking will be available in nearby Lot 13.

The open house will feature two largely identical sets of presentations, the first beginning at 8 a.m. and the second at 10 a.m. The presentations will include advice for parents on preparing their children for success, student panel discussions in both English and Spanish, presentations on medical school admissions, and cutting-edge research demonstrations by current medical students of curriculum and health-related studies.

UCR’s Pipeline Programs, designed to help young people on pathways toward a career in medicine, will feature prominently in the open house. There will also be CPR lessons and medical simulation laboratory sessions for all visitors, as well as a “Kids’ Zone” of interactive activities for young visitors.

For more information, please visit:


Pfizer And The National Newspaper Publishers Association Collaborate To Raise Awareness Of Sickle Cell Disease And Need For Improved Patient Care

NEW YORK, NY, March 24, 2017 – Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), a trade association of more than 200 African-American–owned community newspapers from around the United States, are collaborating to raise awareness of sickle cell disease, a lifelong and debilitating genetic disorder that affects red blood cells.

People with rare diseases, like sickle cell disease, have unique and complex challenges. The first initiative under the collaboration will be a national poll, conducted in partnership with Howard University’s Interdisciplinary Research Team in Washington, DC. The goal is to assess the awareness of sickle cell disease, the challenges of living with the disease, and the importance of clinical trial participation in helping researchers succeed in developing potential new treatments. In a review of 174 sickle cell disease trials, difficulty enrolling patients was the stated cause in nearly half of the 30% of the trials that were terminated early.

“This collaboration with Pfizer provides an opportunity for NNPA to inform and educate the readers of our 211-member Black-owned newspapers in more than 70 markets across the country on sickle cell disease, an often misunderstood disease that has a profound impact on the health and well-being of those affected,” said Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., NNPA President. “Together with Pfizer, we look forward to providing sickle cell disease education that can underscore the importance of improving quality of care in the community.”

Sickle cell disease is the most common inherited blood disorder in the United States, affecting nearly 100,000 Americans. Although it affects many different ethnic groups, the majority of people with sickle cell disease are of African descent. In the United States, sickle cell disease occurs in approximately 1 out of every 365 African-American births. Access to care and delivery of innovative treatments prove to be among the most significant challenges faced by people living with sickle cell disease in America.

“At Pfizer, we are committed to delivering life-changing therapies to people living with rare diseases, like sickle cell disease,” said Kevin Williams, Chief Medical Officer for Pfizer’s Rare Disease unit. “Our commitment also goes beyond clinical research to supporting the rare disease community through innovative collaborations. Working together, we hope to improve awareness and ultimately address the unmet medical needs of sickle cell disease patients.”

The poll results and information about sickle cell disease will be shared with the NNPA network and incorporated into educational programs at NNPA events. More information about sickle cell disease can be found at For more information about the NNPA, please visit

[1] Lebensburger JD, Pair L, Hilliard L, et al. Systematic review of interventional sickle cell trials registered in Clin Trials. 2015:12(6);575-583.

[2] Sickle Cell Disease Research & Care. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. US National Institutes of Health. Accessed May 26, 2016.

[3] Sickle Cell Anemia. American Society of Hematology. Accessed May 26, 2016.

[4] Data & Statistics. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed January 25, 2017.


Jonathan Isaiah Rodgers, Dub as 2017 Sir Knight at the 50th Annual Beautillion Scholarship Ball

The Social-Lites Inc., recently hosted their 50th Annual Beautillion Scholarship Ball on Saturday March 11, 2017, the event was very well attended at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino.

“Men of Tomorrow Pushing Forward” is the theme for the 2017 Beautillion Scholarship Program. The Beautillion Chairwoman Miss Lisa Blacksher stated, “On this 50th Anniversary of the Beautillion, the Class of 2017 will continue the tradition of becoming Great Leaders”. Also working by her side was Beautillion co-chair Cynthia Wilhite. The keynote speaker was Pastor Ollie Jackson Jr., past Sir Knight of 1968.

Mr. Jonathan I. Rodgers, senor at Cajon High School earned a GPA of 4.24 was Dub as 2017 Sir Knight at the 50th Annual Beautillion Scholarship Ball. Mr. Rodgers was awarded and received various scholarships and gifts; he will be attending a College of his choice. Mr. Rodgers received a Mr. Congeniality award in the amount of $200, which was voted by his peers, he also received the first annual “ Evan T. Carthen Emerging Leader Scholarship Essay” award in the amount of $6,000. He received an Academic Scholarship award in the amount of $1,000, a Beautillion Scholarship award in the amount of $5,000, and a Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship award in the amount of $1,000. He also received various gifts such as a Mac Book Pro Laptop, Printer, Luggage, and a personal fitted Men Suit of his choice.

Mr. Steven Henderson was recognized as first runner up for the Sir Knight title and was awarded and received various Beautillion Scholarships awards and gifts, Mr. Akil Cooper was recognized as second runner up for the Sir Knight title and he received the first annual “Evan T. Carthen Emerging Leader Scholarship award in the amount of $700. He also received various Beautillion Scholarship awards and gifts. Mr. Christopher Fulton, Mr. Julian Houston, and Mr. Vonte Walker Sir Knight Candidates received various Beautillion Scholarship awards and gifts.

The Social-Lites Inc. wants to congratulate all the participants in the 2017 Beautillion Scholarship Program….


ARMC set for Health Information Week March 26–April 1

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) will celebrate health information professionals during Health Information Professionals (HIP) Week March 26–April 1, 2017. This year’s theme is “Leading the Way to Quality Data.”

“Patient health information is viewed individually as the patient’s medical condition progresses. However, it can also be viewed as part of a larger data set for research and education, developing strategies, and as an asset to the healthcare organization,” said ARMC HIM Supervisor, Leah Beck, RHIA. “Turning data into knowledge will achieve the aim of improving cost, quality and population health.”

Health information professionals include HIM staff, health IT, and health informatics. During HIP Week, health information professionals engage in activities to raise awareness of their work. Activities include displays in facility lobbies, website banner, social media promotion, and other methods of getting the word out. ARMC will also share HIM team accomplishments in its Health Scene Magazine.

“In order for healthcare to meet the Triple Aim of improving care, reducing costs, and improving population health, we need to analyze and use data effectively,” said Lynne Thomas Gordon, CEO of American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). “During AHIMA’s Health Information Professionals Week, the goal is to raise awareness that health information management professionals are the best equipped to understand health data.”


The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) represents more than 103,000 health information professionals in the United States and around the world. AHIMA is advancing informatics, data analytics, and information governance to achieve the goal of providing expertise to ensure trusted information for healthcare.

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