Saturday, February 27, 2010

Kem Saunders, Guillermo Valdez, The Black List Project and the Skid Row 3on3 Streetball League

Having "issues" with your kids?  Need to experience the Black List Project or a little 3on3 Streetball down on Skid Row?  Tune in to 710 ESPN Radio as LaFern Cusack speaks with some of the most influential men making history next on the Southern California Experience!

Sunday, February 28, 2010 -5am-6am (PST)
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Kem Saunders and Guillermo Valdez II speaks with LaFern about how men can deal with a stressful family environment and how young adults and parents can create a open communication without the emotional tension.

Five Acres is dedicated to enabling families raise children to become caring and productive adults by building on their strengths and those of their families and communities. Five Acres works to prevent child abuse and neglect, care for, treat and educate emotionally disturbed, abused and neglected children and their families in residential and outreach programs, advance the welfare of children and families by research, advocacy and collaboration, and strive for the highest standards of excellence by professionals and volunteers.

Kem Saunders M.Ed., MFTI (Masters of Education:Community Counseling, Kent State University, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, State of California:  Present Employer: Five Acres Residential and Outpatient Services, Pasadena CA.  Services provided: Clinical and Social Work Support services for Foster Care children, Foster parents and Biological parents. Typical referrals are from the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Children and Family services.

Guillermo Valdez II, MA, MFTI, PPSC.  Education: BA in psychology from Indiana University, MA in Counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute (emphasis in Depth Psychology), and a PPSC Pupil Personnel Services Credential in Counseling.  He has worked with at-risk youth, foster youth, at advantage youth, and their parents/ guardians for 12 years.

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders: The Paley Center for Media Celebrates Black History Month Paley Center will preview HBO's The Black List: Volume Three. Photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and critic Elvis Mitchell continue their exploration of what it means to be African-American today with the third volume of their acclaimed series The Black List Project which features interviews with John Legend, Whoopi Goldberg, Lee Daniels, Debra Lee, and Beverly Johnson. After the screenings, which also include highlights of the previous two programs, panelists including Greenfield-Sanders and Mitchell will discuss this ambitious and illuminating project, which encompasses the documentaries for HBO, a book, and a gallery exhibition of photographs. Both Paley Center locations will also host a photography exhibit of The Black List Project portraits by Greenfield-Sanders. This is the first time any of these photographs have been seen in LA and the first time the Volume Three photos have been seen in New York. These selected portraits include among others Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Suzanne dePasse, and Chris Rock in LA, and Hill Harper, John Legend, and Lee Daniels in New York.

Skid Row 3on3 Streetball League
General Jeff" Page- Team Owner/ Player/ Consultant

Manuel "O.G. Man" Compito- League Commissioner
Gerrie "Crushow" Herring- President/ Player
Gregory "G-Man" Goodin- Player
"General Jeff" Page, spearheads his own Skid Row advocacy organization called Issues and Solutions. He lobbied for a new court to replace the undulating, cracked concrete surface the league had been using, working the city system in scores of e-mails. Eventually, he helped work a partnership with the Department of Recreation and Parks and the LA84 Foundation, which uses leftover funds from the 1984 Olympics to pay for athletic programs throughout the city. The foundation had its own partnership with Nike, which donated a new court surface fashioned from the rubber of recycled shoes.
Skid Row 3on3 Streetball Video

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LaFern Cusack currently produces and hosts 710 ESPN's Experience (Sun. 5a-6a) and Radio Disney AM1110 Playground (Sun 6:30a-7a). With these shows LaFern delivers an inspiring, dynamic and insightful experience to listeners. She brings her humor, warmth and talent for tackling topical community issues with her unique style connecting with every aspect of the show.

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