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The founder and CEO of Healthy African American Families II, Loretta Jones, received the Diane E. Watson Community Service Award from Global Officials of Dignity at the United Nations Headquarters Aug. 7.

Jones, also an assistant professor at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, also spoke to the convening body about health disparities.

She said she has dedicated her entire life towards the hope and healing of community and society at large.

Cheryl Boone-Isaacs
Cheryl Boone-Isaacs

The Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences re-elected Cheryl Boone Isaacs as president Aug. 4, officials said.

She is beginning her third term as president and her 23rd year as a governor representing the Public Relations Branch.

Boone Isaacs currently heads CBI Enterprises Inc., where she consults on film marketing efforts. Over her career, she has consulted on such films as “The Call,” “The Artist,” “The King’s Speech,” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Spider-Man 2” and “Tupac: Resurrection.”

Teasha Gilliam
Teasha Gilliam

The Los Angeles Unified School District honored 23 teachers with its inaugural Rookies of the Year for the 2014-15 school year, including Teasha Gilliam and Jasmine Allen-Matora.

Gilliam, a fifth grade teacher at Dr. Owen Lloyd Knox Elementary School, and Allen-Matora, a special education teacher at 24th Street Elementary School, were treated to a Dodgers-Angels baseball game along with the other teachers Aug. 2.

Last year, the district employed 900 first-year teachers and this year’s honorees were selected based on their effectiveness in preparing and delivering instruction, providing a positive classroom climate and showing high levels of professionalism, officials said.

Jasmine Allen-Matora
Jasmine Allen-Matora

Compiled by Shawnte Passmore.

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