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Updated: May 9, 2013 10:10AM



Family and friends of the late Lisa Love Garrett will pay tribute to her, establish a scholarship fund and encourage breast cancer awareness 9 a.m. Saturday, May 11, with a 2013 Lisa Love-Garrett Scholarship Foundation 5K Run/Walk at the Gleason Golf Course, 3400 Jefferson St.

Love-Garrett died Feb. 27 from breast cancer.

One of those friends is Marlene Owens-Heard, who met Love-Garrett three and a half years ago at Trinity United Church of Christ in Gary.

“We sang in the choir and joined the adult praise dance ministry,” Owens-Heard said.

The Lisa Love-Garrett Scholarship Foundation was recently established by family and friends. Owens-Heard said it was a privilege and an honor to know Love-Garrett.

“She was a great friend to me and an excellent role model and mentor to my daughters. She touched so many lives through the education arena it seems befitting to help students majoring in education with this scholarship,” Owens-Heard said.

She added that it was another friend and fellow church member, Jill Jenkins, who envisioned the 5K.

Registration for the Lisa Love-Garrett Scholarship Foundation 5K Run and Walk is from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. Registration fee is $20 for adults, $10 for children. The 5K run/walk starts at 9 a.m. rain or shine.

For additional information, call Stephanie Young-Johnson at 682-6798, Jill Jenkins at 628-6820 or Marlene Owens-Heard at 718-0401.

Gary native and interactive producer for BET’s “106 and Park” John Reed will debut his weekly music news and entertainment talk show, “United States of Hip-Hop” at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, on FUSE TV.

The show will be live and Reed will be joined by comedian Sherrod Small and radio personality Nicole Ryan. The first guest for Tuesday’s premiere is comedian, actor and author Chris Rock, who is also Small’s first cousin.

“Let’s just say that this the hip-hop version of ‘The Daily Show,’” Reed said.

He added that his agent called about auditions for a host and Reed took the opportunity.

“I auditioned and beat out a lot of well-known personalities. I got the gig and shot the pilot in December. I want to be the Ryan Seacrest of multimedia — TV, radio, film, producing. You have to keep your mind open to new things and taking chances,” Reed continued.

“It’s hard for African-Americans to get a TV show unless it is reality shows. Getting this opportunity to host ‘United States of Hip-Hop’ allows me to show my skills on a national level,” he said.

To learn more about “United States of Hip-Hop” and its airing time and channels, visit www.fuse.tv. Follow John Reed on Twitter @JohnReed and on Facebook search for John Reed.



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