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That includes his references to working productiveThat’s the message from one Mississippi Delta convevictims _ Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Rob- ly alongside segregationist senators in the 1970s to distrust nience store to workers at a neighboring soybean oil mill. ertson and Cynthia Wesley. He drew nods of affirmation over his lead role in a 1994 crime law that critics frame as The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the convepartially responsible for mass incarceration, especially black as he warned that “the same poisonous ideology that lit nience store has a sign on its door stating “Notice: Bad men. the fuse on 16th street” has yielded more recent tragedies Smelling Oil Mill People Please Do Not Enter.” Anurag The dynamics flared up again Thursday after Biden, including in 2015 at a black church in South Carolina, in Randive, who manages the Greenwood store, says the 2018 at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh and in August at during a Democratic debate, offered a sometimes incohersign was posted about three months ago after customers ent answer when asked how the nation should confront the an El Paso, Texas , Wal-Mart frequented by Latino immicomplained about the odor of employees from the Exlegacy of slavery. At one point, Biden suggested nonwhite grants. press Grain oil mill across the street. He says he’s preventHe condemned institutional racism as the direct lega- parents use a play a record player to help their children ed some odorous workers from entering. cy of slavery and lamented that the nation has “never lived with verbal and cognitive development. That led to a soRandive says he hasn’t received any complaints. cial media firestorm and commentary that Biden takes a up to” the ideals of equality written into its founding docExpress Grain workers continue shopping at the store. paternalistic view of black and brown America even as he uments. But then he added a more personal note. “Those Employee Michael Blount says workers who labor in the who are white try,” Biden said, “but we can never fully un- hammers Trump for emboldening more obvious forms of pits filled with stinking rotten soybeans send less-smelly racism. derstand.” coworkers inside to buy snacks. Author Anand Giridharadas called Biden's answer Biden praised the congregation for offering an examBlount says, “We know we stink.” “appalling – and disqualifying” for “implying that black ple of “rebirth and renewal” to those communities and to a nation he said must recommit itself to “giving hate no safe parents don't know how to raise their own children.” Biden gave only slightest of nods to some of those criharbor _ demonizing no one, not the poor, the powerless, tiques Sunday. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said the immigrant or the `other.”' Biden's audience seemed to reflect his relative popu Sunday the country hasn’t “relegated racism and Biden's appearance in Birmingham comes at a politiwhite supremacy to the pages of history” cal inflection point for the Democrats' 2020 polling leader. Continued on page A3

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By Russell Simmons Exclusive to NNPA Newswire At the beginning of this summer, I wrote an Op-Ed for the National Newspaper Publishers Association. I asked for support for the anti-violence programs around the country and many of you responded. For that, I am grateful. One of the things that I have done over the last 10 years – with the exception of 2018 – is host a dinner for the mothers of deceased children in my old hood in Queens, New York. The deceased children all died because of senseless gun violence. The recent dinners have had mostly the same mothers because Life Camp, the program that I support, and the residents have held the violence to a minimum. This year was very, very different. Instead of going directly to the dinner, I was asked to stop at a church for a wake.     My brother who I grew up with, Marcellus, lost his son, Marcellus, Jr., who was on his way to college in just two days. Marcellus Jr. was one of the 13 that were shot, and of the nine who were murdered, in last 10 days. I went to the church and saw Marcellus Sr. and I thought of images of

him in our childhood. We hugged the same way I hugged the brothers, the sisters, and the mother of his son. Only with him, I started to cry. I was home. It was my Hollis family and we were hurting. They, especially the father and the uncle, helped the whole thing to hit home harder. The way it should. It reminded me that this wake was not business as usual, but instead it was critical for my own spiritual survival and growth. We had planned the dinner over a month ago, but the murders and the funerals we couldn’t have predicted. At the dinner, we recommitted to work on lifting our community. We reaffirmed our love for each other and our work. Today, I am asking for all my Queens Congress members, City Council members, rappers, and hip-hop success stories to join me in helping Life Camp expand their good work. I promise to donate more and support more than I have in the past. The time is now what will you do?  With great love, all things are possible.

1st Black Legislative Clerk Honored By Tanu Henry California Black Media On January 6, 1992, the California Assembly elected E. Dotson Wilson as its Chief Clerk and Parliamentarian. The Berkeley native made history that day, becoming the first African American to be voted into that all important, non-partisan role at any legislative body in the United States. Since then, he has been re-elected to that office every two years by all 80 members of the state Assembly for 26 back-to-back terms. “It has been an honor working for the Assembly,” said Dotson, who is retiring this month. “I am humbled to have had a front row seat as policy is being made in the world’s fifth largest economy. California has always been at the forefront of policy change in the United States.”   When the state Assembly held a special tribute on the chamber floor August 29, to thank him for 27 years of service as Chief Clerk, Wilson had gained another history-making notch on his belt. The 64-year-old, who now lives in the Sacramento area, is currently the longest-serving Chief Clerk in the history of the state of California.   “He has given us the gift of his wisdom, expertise, acumen, temperament and deep commitment to fairness over the decades,” said Assembly Speaker Pro-Tem Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo). “Institution above party. Service above self. Later that evening, the California Legislative Black Caucus hosted a reception at the Grand Sheraton in Sacramento to recognize Wilson’s service to the Assembly and the inspiration he has provided to countless African-American elected officials and staff members.   Almost everyone CBM interviewed for this article mentioned the example of professionalism Wilson set for colleagues at the Capitol.    “Your name will take you places, because of your integrity,” said Assembly Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), chair of the Legislative Black Caucus.   “You can’t buy it, you can’t market it, its who you are. And your name speaks volumes in this house and across the nation.” Wilson first joined the California Assembly as a fellow in 1979. He worked his way up to deputy chief of staff for former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, Jr., who served in the lower house’s top leadership role for 15 years and later became the first African-American mayor of San Francisco in 1996. Brown nominated Wilson for Chief Clerk.

Students Apologize for Blackface Post

SHELTON, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut school superintendent says students responsible for a social media post of a person in blackface have been identified and apologized during a school assembly. Shelton Superintendent Chris Clouet tells Hearst Media Connecticut the girls responsible apologized Friday at Shelton Intermediate School, the town’s middle school. He says the apology featured a PowerPoint presentation, during which a detailed history and meaning of blackface in the African American community was shown. No names were disclosed. The photo that appeared on Snapchat last week showed what appeared to be a girl with a black substance on her face. The photo is captioned with a racial slur and the person is making obscene gestures. Principal Dina Marks said the “unfortunate incident does not reflect our school values.’’

Fired Because They are White?

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) – Two former employees of a southwest Mississippi city are pursuing legal action, claiming black officials fired them because they were white. Former McComb city prosecutor David Brewer sued the city Aug. 22 in federal court, The Enterprise-Journal reported. Former public works director Chuck Lambert is pursuing a racial discrimination complaint he filed earlier this year with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. That complaint could be followed by a lawsuit. Brewer claimed in the lawsuit that a vote to replace him with Dawn Stough, a black woman, had no other motivation besides racial animus. Stough has since resigned. The lawsuit says the white city attorney, police chief and deputy city clerk were also replaced at the same meeting. The changes came after an African American majority was elected to the city board and Mayor Quordiniah Lockley, also black, succeeded a white man. Lambert was replaced by a black woman who had been public works director in the nearby town of Magnolia. However, the new majority did retain some white department heads, including the fire chief and the recreation director. A black woman was demoted when her title as finance director was eliminated. Brewer declined comment, while Lambert said he’s waiting on the conclusion of the EEOC inquiry.

$368,000 Racist Yearbook Probe

“He was one of the greatest politicians in the history of the state, said Wilson, talking about his experience working for Brown. “You’re only as strong as the people’s whose shoulders you stand on and Willie Brown is one of those people for me. At the time California was going through a lot of social and political changes and Brown showed ex-

traordinary leadership.” Wilson says Brown is one of those Californians who does not get enough credit – “ not only for his broad knowledge of the, law but also his razor-sharp Continued on page A2

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – A law firm’s investigation into whether Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam appeared in a racist yearbook photo cost nearly $368,000. The Virginian-Pilot reports invoices obtained through a freedom of information request show Eastern Virginia Medical School received the final bill on Aug. 16. McGuireWoods LLP said in May that it couldn’t determine whether Northam is in the picture published in 1984 of a man in blackface next to someone in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe. The law firm spent five months conducting interviews, reviewing decades of yearbooks and analyzing news reports. EVMS President Richard Homan was notified of the outcome of the investigation a day before it was made public. Homan says he knew about the photo while Northam was running for political office and didn’t make it public.



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Boykin-Towns Takes Her Talents to SVC By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Correspondent
 Ask Karen Boykin-Towns what motivates her, and you’re sure to get an earful because her list is extensive. After 22 years at Pfizer, and a lifetime of community and social activism, Boykin-Towns has taken her talents to Sard Verbinnen & Co. (SVC). SVC is a global strategic communications firm based in New York with offices in Chicago, Washington, Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, London, and Hong Kong. As a Senior Counselor, Boykin-Towns will advise clients on a wide range of issues, including public affairs, healthcare, diversity, crises, and environment, social and governance matters. She will also contribute to SVC’s continued growth through business development and strategic counsel across the firm’s practice areas, according to company officials. “I think there are a lot of things that motivate me,” Boykin-Towns told NNPA Newswire. “Growing up in Harlem with a mother who was a nurse’s aide and not really being clear in terms of what path I would take, but having great people around me who came into my life at different points and added direction, really helped to get me focused,” she said. A graduate of The College of Mount Saint Vincent and Baruch College, Boykin-Towns is revered for her work as vice chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors. Boykin-Towns leverages her talent as a coalition-builder and social change agent through her active participation in various organizations, according to her bio on the

NAACP’s website. For 12 years, Boykin-Towns served as a member of the NAACP National Board of Directors. In 2018, she was elected Vice-Chairman of the Board. Boykin-Towns also serves as chair of the NAACP’s National Health Committee. Savoy Magazine named Boykin-Towns a “Top Influential Woman in Corporate America” in 2016, and she earned features in Black Enterprise, Bloomberg Businessweek, Ebony, Crain’s, African American Career World, Network Journal, and Crisis Magazine. “Karen Boykin-Towns is an amazing talent that the NAACP is honored to have as its Board Vice-Chair,” Leon W. Russell, the NAACP Board Chairman, said in a statement. “She brings a level of accomplishment in the public and private sector, breaking glass ceilings and serving as a model for women of color everywhere,” Russell said. Boykin-Towns said she accepted the new position at SVC for various reasons, including that she liked the direction of the firm. “I thought it was an opportunity to make a shift. My oldest daughter is an engineer at Microsoft, and my youngest daughter was going off to college, and I decided to try something different,” Boykin-Towns said. “I was blessed to have had a lot of experiences that could be deployed in other places,” she said. At Pfizer and through her civic work, Boykin-Towns said she was able to leverage her experiences to enhance her ability to add value to various spaces. At Pfizer, Boykin-Towns held leadership roles in gov-

After 22 years at Pfizer, and a lifetime of community and social activism, Boykin-Towns has taken her talents to Sard Verbinnen & Co. (SVC). (Photo: naacp. org)

ernment relations, public affairs, global policy, and human resources. She served as the company’s first-ever Chief Diversity Officer. “I thought I could expand outside of healthcare, so I took a little time off. They say I retired from Pfizer, but my challenges did not reflect someone who was retired because I was busy all of the time,” she said. “Over time I thought [SVC] is a great firm with great people and great clients that have a lot of varying issues for which my background could be a really great fit,” Boykin-Towns said. At SVC, Boykin-Towns said the firm would get exactly what she gave Pfizer each day for 22 years. “I want people who are going to be able to tell it straight. People who will assess a situation and then be able to give you the realities of what it is,” Boykin-Towns said of her expectations in her new role. “You don’t always have to agree, but as long as the message is delivered respectfully and delivered truthfully, that’s what matters,” Boykin-Towns said. SVC presents an opportunity for individuals who are open to ideas and those who are ready to do some great work. Boykin-Towns said. “I pushed myself to try and have more of an impact because that’s what’s needed today and we need everybody to step up and give a bit more than what they’re already doing,” she said. After helping to lead the NAACP’s national convention, changing jobs, and some extensive travel, Boykin-Towns said the past several months had provided a time also for reflection. She said she’ll continue to fight the good fight, particularly with critical issues like the 2020 Census and presidential election ahead.  “One of the things I will be looking at, and with the clients that we work with, is to help people realize the power of the Black Press,” Boykin-Towns said. “I appreciate [National Newspaper Publishers Association President and CEO] Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., and the Black Press of America,” she said. “As we look at issues, whether they are issues of election or education or whatever it may be, we must know the trusted and credible news vehicle is the Black Press, and that’s where the African American community goes to for information,” Boykin-Towns said. “The Black Press is vitally important more so now than ever before, and so I continue to appreciate and applaud all that they do and the information that they bring to our communities,” she said.

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understanding of policy.” Wilson, who grew up in Albany near Berkeley, says, from childhood, he has always been fascinated with history, law, the legislative process and how they impact ordinary people. “I was not old enough to be a part of the civil rights movement,” says Wilson. “But growing up in the Berkeley area, I got to see a lot of that activism and the change that followed up close.” Wilson retells a story his parents told him about not being able to buy a house in the 1950s because there were laws in California that allowed sellers to discriminate against people based on race and religion. Then the legislature passed the California Fair Housing Act (AB 1240), also known as the Rumford Act, that outlawed that practice. “That to me, as a young person, was a turning point,” says Wilson. “That’s when it was clear to me that politics and the fight for civil rights and equality were all intertwined.” During his 27 years as Chief Clerk, Wilson worked with about 500 Democrat and Republican elected lawmakers, overseeing a staff of 30. He made sure members followed parliamentary procedure and that the legislative process ran smoothly, efficiently and fairly. He was also in charge of publishing all official documents of the Assembly

and keeping a record of all bills and proceedings. For Wilson, one of the most important ways a leader can make an impact is to “reach back” and mentor others. “As African Americans, it is critical to help others grow professionally,” says Wilson. “Be an example. Provide leadership. Share advice. I grew up in a household where education was the focus. And my mom was one of the first Black teachers in Berkeley. She always emphasized that her job was not only to educate young minds, but to also equip them so that they can mentor others down the road.” The Assembly elected its first Chief Clerk in 1849. Wilson was the 37th person elected to the office, which is one of three elected non-member positions in the legislative body. The other two are chaplain and sergeant-at-arms. Over his years of service, Wilson says it has been remarkable to watch landmark legislation pass in the Assembly and to see how much the demographics of the legislature has changed in terms of race, gender, ethnicity and even political ideology. “To see more diversity in the make-up of the membership is the most significant change I’ve seen,” he says. And for young African-Americans in government, Wilson has some mentoring advice. “Always operate from a place of integrity,” he cautions. “You’ll benefit from it.”

California. Black women - 80 percent of whom are the sole or primary breadwinners in their households - earn only about $.61 for every dollar a White, non-Hispanic man makes. California has the strongest equal pay laws in the country. Yet, women with masters degrees working full time make only $.72 for every dollar men with masters degrees earn. “It’s humiliating, its unjust and just plain wrong,” said first partner of California, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, speaking at an event on Black Women Equal Pay Day (August 22) in Sacramento. Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, other lawmakers and guests joined the governor’s life partner to bring attention to the issue. In April, Siebel Newsom announced that her office was partnering with the CCSWG, California Labor Agency Secretary Julie Su and TIME’S UP, an organization focused on fair, safe and dignified work for women. Together, the coalition launched a statewide initiative called #EqualPayCA. “We all win when women win,” Siebel Newsom said. “Women are the backbone of our families.” In 2015, former Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the California Fair Pay Act. Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) sponsored the bill she wrote to give teeth to the state’s existing labor law, the California Equal Pay Act, which was passed in 1949, first affording equal pay to women in the workplace. Besides requiring equal pay for men and women in “substantially similar jobs,” the new ammendment included race and ethnicity, too; outlawed retaliation against employees who complain about unfair pay; and allowed for equal pay salary claims for the same kind of job - even when located in different places. Since then, California’s equal pay law has inspired First Partner Jennifer Seibel Newsom moderates a panel with the youngest editor-and-chief of Teen Vogue similar legislation in 41other states and Jackson is putting Elaine Welteroth and Legislative Black Caucus Chair, Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) to dis- forth a new bill that will require organizations with 100 cuss real life experiences affecting women and African American women on pay equity at Sacramento State employees or more to make annual salary reports to the University Aug 27, 2019. (CBM Photo) state broken down by gender, race and ethnicity. In California, where there remains a gaping wealth By Tanu Henry disparity between Blacks and other racial groups, any equal California Black Media pay effort that takes into account gender and race takes Diane Shelton was proud of her professional life. For using my skills to create original training for an increasing on much greater significance. In 2014, in Los Angeles and number of new staff. However, after seven stressful years of more than 25 years, she held steady government jobs with Orange counties, the median household net worth of USthe state Assembly as a legislative consultant, capitol office pursuing more equitable pay and watching decision makers born Whites was $355,000 compared to just $4,000 for director, legislative director and chief of staff for seven dif- devalue my work, I reluctantly retired.” US-born blacks, according to the California Budget and Shelton says when she asked her supervisor for pay on Policy Center. ferent Assembly members, starting in 1984. par with her peers, he responded with only a 7.5 percent When she got her first job with the Assembly, there Last week, Gov Newsom signed AB 467, also known were only 7 Blacks out of 120 members of the state legisla- increase. After exhausting administrative options to get as the “Equal Pay for Equal Play” bill, into law. The meaan annual salary equal to her White male counterpart, in sure, introduced by Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horture, and just a handful of African-American staffers.   During that time, Shelton - who is African-American 2017, Shelton decided to sue the State Assembly. She cited vath (D-Oceanside) requires sports teams to pay women and lives just south of Sacramento in Elk Grove - said she racial discrimination, unlawful retaliation and violation of equal to men in all sporting competitions held on state earned more than $30,000 less than her White counter- the California Fair Pay Act, among other claims. land in California. She is not alone. parts.  Since launching her equal pay campaign, Seibel NewEven though California has the slimmest gender pay som says 27 California companies have taken the equal pay Then in 2011, Shelton, who is now 62, became a gap in the United States, on average, women still earn trainer with the Capitol Institute, the lower house’s propledge, including Gap, Intel and Cisco.  And even though fessional development unit. That office operates under the about 89 percent of the total money men are paid in the the state has a strong equal pay law on the books, more state, according to the California Commission on the Sta- work needs to be done. supervision of the Assembly Rules committee. In that new role, Shelton earned a salary of about tus of Women and Girls (CCSWG).   That’s about $.89 for every dollar men earn, which $67,000. At the same time, the Assembly paid a White “Its about education, implementation and enforceadds up to a loss of nearly $78.6 billion every year for male counterpart almost 40 percent more money than she ment,” she says. “I  applaud these businesses for stepping made: around $105,000. He had the same job title, com- women in the state. up and doing their part to ensure pay equity within their For Black women, the pay gap is wider and has a more companies, and I encourage all other businesses in Califorparable experience and performed similar duties. deep-reaching impact on African-American families across  “I loved my job as a trainer,” says Shelton. “I enjoyed

nia to follow suit. Together, we can close the pay gap and create a more equitable California for all.”

Stop Paying Women Less Than Men

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019206880 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: INFINITY SKIN AND BEAUTY CARE at 3756 W Ave 40 RM 2B, Los Angeles, Ca. 90065 Mailing Address: Same County: LA REGISTERED OWNERS(S): LYDIA A. CRUZ, MD, 1263 El Paso Drive, Los Angeles, Ca. 90065 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: LYDIA A. CRUZ, MD, Owner The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: 07/2019 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on: July 29, 2019 DEAN C. LOGAN, Los Angeles County Clerk By: C MAFFITT, Deputy NOTICE: IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUBDIVISION (a) OF SECTION 17920, A FICTITIOUS NAME STATEMENT GENERALLY EXPIRES ST THE END IOF FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE OF WHICH IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK EXCEPT, AS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION (b) OF SECTION 17920, WHERE IT EXPIRES 40 DAYS AFTER ANY CHANGE IN THE FACTS SET FORTH IN THE STATEMENT PURSUANT TO SECTION 17913 OTHER THAN A CHANGE IN THE RESIDENCE ADDRESS OF A REGISTERED OWNER. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THE EXPIRATION. EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2014, THE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE AFFIDAVIT OF IDENTITY FORM. This statement expires on July 29, 2024 LOS ANGELES BAY NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Aug 22, 29, Sept 5, 12, 2019 ��������������������������������

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER 19SMCP00384 Superior Court of the State of California, for the county of LOS ANGELES, 1725 Main Street., Santa Monica, Ca. 90401 Santa Monica Courthouse-West District PETITION OF: KATHERINE ANNE FLYNN FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: KATHERINE ANNE FLYNN for a decree changing names as follows: Present name KATHERINE ANNE FLYNN Filed a petition with this court Proposed name KATHERINE ANNE NEEL THE COURT ORDERS: that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted if no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: Oct 18, 2019 Time: 8:30 a.m. Dept: K The address of the court is: Same as noted above. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: LOS ANGELES NEWS OBSERVER Date: Aug 16, 2019 LAWERENCE CHO JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT Petitioner: KATHERINE ANNE FLYNN 1238 FERNWOOD PACIFIC DR. TOPANGA, CA. 90290 Phone: (402) 598-9421 E-Mail: LOS ANGELES BAY NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Aug 29, Sept 5, 12, 19, 2019 �������������������������������� FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO: 2019224489 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: COMPLYANT APP / SHILOH ACCOUNTING & TAX at 509 S Flower St. Apt 2, Inglewood, Ca. 90301 Mailing Address: Same County: LA REGISTERED OWNERS(S): SHILOH JOHNSON, 509 S Flower St. Apt 2, Inglewood, Ca. 90301 The business is conducted by: Individual SIGNED: SHILOH JOHNSON, CEO The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: 08/2019 This statement filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on: Aug 19, 2019 DEAN C. LOGAN, Los Angeles County Clerk By: L CORREA, Deputy NOTICE: IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUBDIVISION (a) OF SECTION 17920, A FICTITIOUS NAME STATEMENT GENERALLY EXPIRES ST THE END IOF FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE OF WHICH IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK EXCEPT, AS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION (b) OF SECTION 17920, WHERE IT EXPIRES 40 DAYS AFTER ANY CHANGE IN THE FACTS SET FORTH IN THE STATEMENT PURSUANT TO SECTION 17913 OTHER THAN A CHANGE IN THE RESIDENCE ADDRESS OF A REGISTERED OWNER. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THE EXPIRATION. EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2014, THE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE AFFIDAVIT OF IDENTITY FORM. This statement expires on Aug 19, 2024 LOS ANGELES BAY NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: Aug 29, Sept 5, 12, 19, 2019 ��������������������������������


SUMMONS (CITACION JUDICIAL) NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: (AVISO AL DEMANDADO): DANIEL RAMIREZ, AN INDIVIDUAL; (Additional Parties Attachment form is Attached) The real property that is the subject of this action is located in Los Angeles County and is commonly known as 36520 Nickel Street, Palmdale, CA 93550, bears Parcel ID Number: 3052-066-026 and is more particularly described as: LOT 48, OF TRACT NO. 46788, IN THE CITY OF PALMDALE, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AS PER MAP RECORDED IN BOOK 1134 PAGE(S) 16 TO 21 INCLUSIVE OF MAPS AND AS AMENDED IN BOOK 1171 PAGE(S) 78 TO 83 INCLUSIVE OF MAPS, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY. YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: (LO ESTA DEMANDANDO EL DEMANDANTE): The Bank of New York Mellon f/k/a (Additional Parties Attachment form is Attached) CASE NUMBER (Numero del caso) 19AVCV00454 NOTICE! You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this Summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (, your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money, and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (, the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (, or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. AVISO! Lo han demandado. Si no responde dentro de 30 dias, la corte puede decidir en su contra sin escuchar su version. Lea la informacion a continuacion. Tiene 30 DIAS DE CALENDARIOS despues de que le entreguen esta citacion y papeles legales para presentar una respuesta por escrito en esta corte y hacer que se entregue una copia al demandante. Una carta o una llamada telefonica no lo protegen. 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Antonovich-Antelope Valley Courthouse 42011 4th Street West, Lancaster, CA 93534 The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney, or plaintiff without an attorney, is: (El nombre, la direccion y el numero de telefono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante que no tiene abogado, es: VICTORIA J. TSOONG, CHUCK & TSOONG, LLP, 700 N. Brand Blvd., #440, Glendale, CA 91203, (626) 689-4000 Date: (Fecha) June 19, 2019 Sherri R. Carter Executive Officer/ Clerk of Court, Clerk, By (Secretario) Jade Ziegler, Deputy (Adjunto) NOTICE TO THE PERSON SERVED: you are served as an individual defendant. LOS ANGELES BAY NEWS OBSERVER (E) PUB: September 5, 12, 19, 26, 2019



Black Press of America Awards By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Correspondent
 With a lively and capacity crowd inside the Renaissance DC Downtown Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Sept. 12, National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., and NNPA Chair Karen Carter Richards presented the annual National Leadership Awards. The 2019 honorees are the Honorable Karen Bass, U.S. Representative (D-CA); the Honorable Elijah E. Cummings, U.S. Representative (D-MD); the Honorable Bobby Scott, U.S. Representative (D-VA); the Honorable Bennie Thompson, U.S. Representative (D-MS); Ray Curry, Secretary-Treasurer of the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agriculture (UAW); Shani W. Hosten, Vice President Multicultural Leadership, AARP; Dr. Kim Smith-Whitley, Clinical Director of Hematology and Director of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP); and Crystal Windham, Director, Cadillac Interior Design, General Motors. Each of the recipients joined NNPA corporate partners and sponsors to reflect on the importance of the Black Press. “I’d like to particularly thank the Black Press for keeping sickle cell disease in the light,” said Dr. Kim Smith Whitley, the clinical director of Hematology and Director of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Whitley praised the Black Press for helping to shed light on the fact that one in 12 African Americans have the sickle cell trait, and the blood disorder disproportionately affects black people. Another award recipient, Crystal Windham, also applauded the Black Press for its work. Windham, the director of Cadillac Interior Design, and the first African American woman director in General Motors Design history said it was remarkable that the Black Press of America will celebrate 192 years. The NNPA observes its 80th anniversary in 2020. “Do not stop doing what you do,” she said, before encouraging others to follow her historical path. “I owe it to the individuals that paved the way for me. I’m just an ordinary girl from Detroit,” Windham said. “If I can do it, you can do it too.” The UAW’s Ray Curry addressed attendees, applauding the Black Press and reminding the audience of the role that unions have played in America’s civil rights struggles. He also shared some of his own history as a beneficiary of benefits gained through the labor negotiation process. An NNPA and UAW resolution reads, “Whether it was hosting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as he wrote his historic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech in Solidarity House, or providing bail for Dr. King’s 1963 release from Birmingham City Jail, the women and men of the UAW have and continue to play a historic role in our nation’s civil rights movement. “I’m truly honored and humbled to be recognized with such a distinguished award,” said Shani W. Hosten, Vice President Multicultural Leadership with AARP. “I also want to recognize the outstanding legacy of the Black Press; I grew up reading the Richmond Free Press and the Richmond Afro; they were staples in our home, around our community, and in our church. Those stories told our

NNPA Chair and Houston Forward Times Publisher Karen Carter Richards (left) pictured with NNPA President and CEO, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. (right) and U.S. Representative for California’s 37th congressional district Karen Bass (center).

stories, and I thank the Black Press for the continued partnership with AARP, and for 192 years of telling our story in our community which is so critical now more than ever,” Hosten said. The festive gathering also included appearances by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, NAACP President, and CEO Derrick Johnson, NAACP Chairman Leon Russell, Cuban Ambassador to the United States José Ramón Cabañas, and famed film producer and MIT Media Lab research scholar Topper Carew. The awards honor individuals who are national leaders in their specific fields and whose actions have helped to improve the quality of life for African Americans and others. The NNPA, the trade organization representing African American-owned newspapers and media companies throughout the country, began the Leadership Awards in 2014 when it was decided that the optimal time to host such an event would be during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s (CBCF) Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) a week-long gathering that’s held each September. The CBCF ALC is the largest annual gathering in the United States. The shared objective of the conference and the NNPA National Leadership Awards is to network, collaborate, and strategize collectively for the advancement and empowerment of Black America. “We are delighted to celebrate this year’s honorees,” said NNPA Chair and Houston Forward Times Publisher Karen Carter Richards. “We salute them for the leadership they have displayed in the Black community and for their overall support of the

Black Press,” Richards said. “The Black Press is needed now more than ever. We are the daily recorders of our history. We are, and forever will be, The Original Black Press of America,” Richards said. NNPA’s corporate partners include General Motors; RAI Services Company; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and Pfizer, Inc. NNPA corporate sponsors include Toyota; Ford Motor Co.; AARP; Northrop Grumman; Eli Lilly; Wells Fargo; Volkswagen; UAW; API; Walt Disney World Parks & Resorts; Comcast; U.S. Census; CBCF; Koch Industries; Ascension; and AmeriHealth. Scott, who accepted the award for his national leadership in education, thanked Dr. Chavis and Carter Richards for their guidance of the Black Press. “The Black Press tells news that needs to be told,” Scott said. Bass said, “We look to [The Black Press] for news. America knows the work you do, and we look to you to help tell our story,” she said. The ceremony also served as a reminder of the all-important 2020 Census count. Tasha Boone, a long-time public servant who now serves as a senior advisor to the Deputy Director at the U.S. Census, addressed the audience. “We are working tirelessly with partners like the Black Press to get the word out,” Boone said. “2020 is a big year for us. It’s an election year and, just as important is the Census. In March, you will all get an opportunity to participate in the Census. Fill out the survey either online, by mail or by telephone. It’s extremely important, and it’s safe,” Boone said.

Gov Sets Up Advisory Team on Aging as Golden State Population Grows Grayer

Carl Maryland, a Sacramento area resident displays his championship rings after retiring from the Sacramento Golden Seniors Softball Club league. (Photo by Robert Maryland)

By Tanu Henry California Black Media After Carl Maryland retired in 2009, he started playing for a team in the Sacramento Golden Seniors Softball Club league. “Mostly to stay active and fit,” the 78-year-old says, but he enjoyed hanging out and shooting the breeze with his teammates, too. During his seven-year run, playing in the league, Maryland’s team won 10 championship rings. “If you love the game, you got to stay with it,” says Maryland. Then, two years ago, he fell ill. His doctor advised him to take some time off from playing. In April of this year, when it was time to go back, he wasn’t well enough to get back on the field.   Maryland has now moved into his son Robert’s home

in Sacramento. Occasionally, they go out to the batting cage and play catch together. The younger Maryland is freelance photographer and father of two. He loves hanging out with his dad, he says. And although the senior Maryland is independent most of the time, caring for him while balancing all of his other obligations at home and work can be challenging. “He doesn’t drive anymore,” Robert says. “It would be good if he could go out at anytime and hang out with his buddies. He misses that.”  In California, caring for aging parents can be difficult for middle income families like the Marylands. There are few resources they can access for information or money to pay for medical bills, at-home care, or other needs.  The state provides assistance for home aides and transportation

Biden on Racism: Continued from page A1

ularity with black voters more than the fierceness of his critics. Parishioners wielded their cellphones when he arrived with Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, a white politician beloved in the church for his role as the lead prosecutor who secured convictions in the bombing case decades after it occurred. The congregation gave Biden a standing ovation as he concluded his 20-minute remarks. Alvin Lewis, a 67-year-old usher at 16th Street Baptist, said the welcome doesn't necessarily translate to votes. But as Lewis and other congregants offered their assessment of race relations in the United States under Trump, they tracked almost flawlessly the arguments Biden has used to anchor his campaign. “Racism has reared its head in a way that's frightening for those of us who lived through it before,” Lewis said, who said he was at home, about “20 blocks from here” when the Klan bomb went off at 10:22 a.m. on Sept. 15, 1963. “No matter what anyone says, what comes out of the president of the United States' mouth means more than anything,” Lewis added, saying Trump “has brought out some nastier times in this country's history.” Antoinette Plump, a 60-year-old who took in the ser-

vice alongside lifelong member Doris Coke, 92, said racism “was on the back burner” until Trump “brought out all the people who are so angry.” Coke, who was at the church on that Sunday in 1963, said, “We've come a long way.” But she nodded her head as Plump denounced Trump. Nearby sat Fay Gaines, a Birmingham resident who was in elementary school in 1963 – just a few years younger than the girls who died. Gaines said she's heard and read criticisms about Biden. Asked whether she'd seen his “record players” answer in the debate, she laughed and said she did. But he remains on her “short list” of preferred candidates. “I think there may just be a generational divide,” she said of the reaction. “People who lived through all these struggles maybe can understand how to deal with the current situation a little better.” That means, she said, recognizing a politician's core values. “I trust Joe Biden,” she said. “History matters. His history matters.”

for low-income families. And most aging Californians who are wealthy can afford to move into plush nursing homes or senior communities – an unaffordable option for average families - where there are people on staff to assist them.   Expecting California’s aging population to balloon by about 4 million to 8.6 million people by 2030, Gov. Newsom is taking steps to meet the needs of families like the Marylands.   In June, the governor issued an executive order, asking the Secretary of the Health and Human Services (HHS) to set up a cabinet-level “Workgroup for Aging” to advise the Secretary on “developing” a Master Plan on policy and programs. Gov. Newsom expects the committee to complete and deliver the Master Plan by October 2020. To support the workgroup, Ghaly announced the creation of an advisory committee comprised of Californians from various backgrounds who have some expertise on aging, including former Assemblymember Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino). Brown was chair of the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long Term Care during her tenure in the legislature.  For Brown, working to solve problems aging adults and their caregivers face is fulfilling. Since she was about 14 years old, Brown says she remembers being a caretaker for aging adults in her family. “I never thought twice about it,” says Brown. “That’s what we did. Families used to have that intergenerational support. It brought us closer together. It made us stronger.”  That’s why, Brown says, when she was a member of the state legislature – a Democrat representing a district covering parts of the Inland Empire from 2012 to 2016 – she authored legislation that would have required the state to set up a task force on caregivers for aging adults. The bill passed in the full Assembly and state Senate. But when it landed on then-Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, he vetoed the legislation, letting her know there was not a need at the time for the team she was proposing. “Of course, I disagreed,”said Brown. “ Californians provide an estimated $47 billion a year in unpaid labor taking care of their families and every day in California, 1,000 people turn 65. Long-term care costs are increasing.” Instead of re-introducing the bill or authoring a similar one, Brown wrote a resolution that pointed out the need for the task force on caregiving for the aging. It passed in both the Assembly and Senate.   Now, with her new appointment to the advisory committee, Brown says she’s ready the to join other Californians on the board to influence statewide policy on aging adults “Our collective charge is to develop a roadmap that envisions a future where all Californians, regardless of race, economic status or level of support, can grow old safely, with dignity and independence,” wrote Marko Mijic, a Deputy Secretary at the HHS in an email to the new committee members.  Gov. Newsom, who has first-hand caregiver experience from taking care of his dad before his death in 2018, announced the Master Plan committee in his State of the State speech in January. The governor’s father, William Newsom, was a former Appeals Court Judge who suffered from dementia.  The governor said the plan must be “person-centered” and address issues like isolation, transportation, the nursing shortage and the increasing demand for in-home supportive services.”   By 2030,   the Public Policy Institute of California estimates about 1 million aging adults in the state will need some assistance to take care of themselves. The population of seniors who will need nursing home care is expected to grow as well. California is also one of 14 states that has a poverty rate of more than 10 percent among the 65-and-older population, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Accurately counting California’s aging population in next year’s Census will be a challenge as more and more aging adults fall in to poverty, become isolated from family and social networks, and continue to lack access to the internet. The 2020 Census will be the first to be primarily conducted online. Brown says it is important for California to get ahead of the challenges coming.  “How do we create a one-stop shop?,” asks Brown. “What can we do to assist middle income families? Then, there is the sandwich generation – those working Californians with both young children and aging parents. How can we help them to help their loved ones?” 




Thursday, September 19, 2019

Walter Camps Player of the Week By Earl Heath Contributing Sports Writer The Walter Camp Foundation In New Haven, Connecticut announced it’s Weekly Players of The Week –The Offensive POW is Dillon Gabriel of UCF. The true freshman QB completed 22 of 30 passes for 347 yards and 4 touchdowns including scores of 38, 28, 38, and 1 yard.    It helped the 3-0 17th ranked Knights defeat Stanford 45-27.  The Mililani, Hawaii native is the UCF fourth player to receive the award since 2004.    The Defensive Award goes to Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons. He had 11tackles (3.5 for loss and two QB sacks) in leading the (3-0) Tigers to a 41-6 win vs. Syracuse.

Isaiah Simmons (11) was Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week. (Clemson Football)

Sparks Rout Storm in the WNBA Playoffs By Cameron Buford In his first season as Head Coach of the Los Angeles Sparks, Derek Fisher led the Sparks to a 22-12 record despite his squad missing a combined 73 games from multiple contributors. In fact, in July, the Sparks were down to eight active players at one point this season. Creating unity inside a winning culture was the challenge Coach Fisher was faced with and I’d say the gaining a firstround bye in his first playoffs was a successful beginning. Before Tip-Off of the single-elimination playoff game between the defending WNBA Champions Seattle Storm vs Sparks on Sunday, Sept. 15, Nneka Ogwumike, former No. 1 overall pick and 2012 WNBA Rookie of the Year Award winner was presented with the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award. Along with being named to the AllStar team for the sixth time this season, Ogwumike was selected to the WNBA All-Defensive First Team for the fourth time. Ms. Nneka will soon need to add on to her trophy room as the Stanford University graduate was named the WNBA Most Valuable Player in 2016 while leading the Los Angeles to the WNBA championship that season. Last year, she was also named the 2018 Season-long WNBA Community Assist Award presented by State Farm in recognition of her dedication to community outreach. After a seven-month battle with cancer the late Kim Perrot, who helped guide the Houston Comets to their first two WNBA championships. The Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award has been presented each season to

a player in the WNBA which exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court, including ethical behavior, fair play, and integrity. Ogwumike led the national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters’ votes. Other’s in consideration was The Connecticut Sun’s Jasmine Thomas and the Atlanta Dream’s Elizabeth Williams tied for second with six votes each. Without Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart, the Seattle Storm have faced an injury-riddled season so it was impressive for the defending champs to make the playoffs. On the other hand, the Sparks are now completely healthy and as such they overwhelmed Storm. Once again the LA beat Seattle beating by 20+ points for the second time in 2 short weeks. Ogwumike and the Los Angeles Sparks will take their talents to Connecticut to case the Sun in their Semifinals series of the 2019 WNBA playoffs. The Sparks lead the season series 2-1 over Sun, who is led by Forward/ Center Jonquel Jones and Guard Courtney Williams. By virtue of their 23-11 record as compared to that of the 22-12 Sparks. Feel free to share your thoughts on Nneka Ogwumike collection of awards along with the Sparks playoffs run this season far by commenting in the comment section of this article on or follow me on Twitter at “Voice of the Fans” for immediate engagement. Additionally, subscribe to our weekly “Voice of the Fans” Podcast which is available for you on Apple and Google Podcasts including Spotify, TunedIn, and iHeart Radio. We appreciate you for making our voice our choice!

Nneka Ogwumike celebrates with her sister during the WNBA playoffs. (Courtesy Photo)

RAMS Feel Right at Home By Earl Heath Contributing Sports Writer There’s nothing like “home-cooking” as the Los Angeles Rams who began their 2019 home schedule with a 27-9 win over New Orleans to run it’s record to (2-0). Some called it a “Revenge Game” after a call (or non– call) in last year’s playoff game helped the Rams move on to the Super Bowl. In the first quarter of this matchup we saw Saints QB Drew Brees throw a pass and his hand collided with Rams tackle Aaron Donald’s hand. The veteran left the game, not to return. “I’m concerned,” said Brees. “ I hope it’s not nothing significant.” We would find out later the future Hall of Famer will have surgery and would be out at least six weeks. The Home team led 6-3 at the half after two Greg Zuerlein field goals, the first coming on a 7 play 56-yard drive highlighted by a Jarred Goff  to Brandon Cooks 57 yard pass that brought the crowd of 71,400 to its feet.   Goff was steady all day completing 19 of 28 passes for 283 yards including a 2 yard bullet like TD pass to Cooks

with 2:37 in the third that put the L.A. up 20-6. Goff also ran for a score. The next Rams possession saw Cooper Kupp make an incredible play catching a pass from Goff and racing 67 yards from what appeared to be a touchdown but the replay official put him down at the one foot line. “It was the greatest catch and run I have ever seen” said Rams Head Coach Sean McVay.   Kupp had 5 receptions for 120 yards on the day. Brandon Cooks had 3 catches for 74 yards. Todd Gurley rushed for 63 yards and a score. Teddy “Take it to the Bridge” Bridgewater was 17 of 30 passing with no TD’s after taking over for Brees.   The Rams defense held the Saints to just 280 yards of offense. Johnny Johnson III had an interception.  Rams LB Cory Littleton finished with eight tackles to lead the team. “The coaches put together a great game plan and everybody did their job.” said Littleton. “We believe in the next man up. We all know he can do the job too.” The Rams are at Cleveland next Sunday night.

Rams Gerald Everett (81) fights for yards after one of his three catches. (Photo Credit: Earl Heath)

Todd Gurley (30) helps the Rams produce nearly 400 yards in downing the Saints 27-9. (Photo Credit: Earl Heath)

Thursday, September 19, 2019

DJ Envy’s Wisdom



My path to becoming a Discover the Unexpected ambassador started when I made the decision to go to Hampton University. My mother stressed education and emphasized the importance of getting a degree at a Black institution. She instilled a sense of pride in our household about Historically Black Colleges and Universities so that when it came time for me to apply for school, going to an HBCU felt like the natural thing to do. By DJ Envy Discover the Unexpected Program Ambassador Hey, everyone. It’s DJ Envy. I am really proud to be writing to you all at the conclusion of Chevrolet’s Discover the Unexpected Journalism Fellowship. It has been a real pleasure for me to serve as a Discover the Unexpected ambassador, and I can’t wait to see everyone in Detroit. My path to becoming a Discover the Unexpected ambassador started when I made the decision to go to Hampton University. My mother stressed education and emphasized the importance of getting a degree at a Black institution. She instilled a sense of pride in our household about Historically Black Colleges and Universities so that when it came time for me to apply for school, going to an HBCU felt like the natural thing to do. As the first child in my family to attend college, and coming from a predominantly white high school, I wanted to be in a college environment with people who looked like me and had similar life experiences. My path into the music and entertainment business was helped by my friends and classmates at Hampton. They exposed me to music that was popular in their hometowns and allowed me to share my music with them. By catering to a diverse crowd, I was able to gain the wisdom and musical acumen necessary to transition from being a local mixtape disc jockey into becoming a disc jockey the whole

“I wanted to be an ambassador for DTU because the program marries together three things that I care passionately about: an HBCU education, a career in media and cars!” says DJ Envy, Discover the Unexpected Program Ambassador.

country knew about. I remember how students on campus who didn’t even know me would promote and spread my music by buying my mixtapes, and then they’d take my music back with them to their hometowns. I wish that the Chevrolet DTU program had existed when I was in college. I know it will play an important role in kick-starting these current DTU Fellows’ careers in journalism and media. I believe this experience can empower these young journalism students to reach the next level in their careers. I wanted to be an ambassador for DTU because the program marries together three things that I care passion-

ately about: an HBCU education, a career in media and cars! It’s important to me that the DTU Fellows take full advantage of the experience. I feel that they need to cherish this opportunity because so many others would love to have the chances they are getting. I cannot stress this enough: For the Fellows to get the most out of the program, they need to network constantly, take every photo, write down or record every piece of advice they get, and never quit hustling. I feel that standing up for Black journalism is critical right now because so many media companies are not Black-

owned. As a result, some of these companies struggle to relate to the problems faced by the majority of the Black population. I feel that these companies may not be able to connect as well with the personal anger our community feels on certain stories and that they may have an agenda when they cast the Black community in a certain light. That’s why it’s crucial to me that African Americans understand that “we owe it to ourselves to help change the narrative.” I feel that changing the way African Americans are being portrayed in the media can only come from having Black journalists in positions of power. Chevrolet Discover the Unexpected is training the next generation of Black journalists to help make that change happen.

“Hustlers” Full of Flash at Box Office

tant third with $4.4 million, and has brought in $60.4 million in its four weeks of release. The week’s other new release, “The Goldfinch,” landed with a thud, bringing in just $2.6 million. The adaptation of Donna Tartt’s acclaimed 2013 novel, starring Ansel Elgort, got reviews as dreary as those of “Hustlers” were strong. “It: Chapter Two” was hardly a slouch, despite underperforming compared to the 2017 original. Bringing in more than $150 million in two weeks during usually-dead September is a rare achievement. “It’s a massive number,” said Dergarabedian. “The ‘It’ franchise has now done over a billion dollars worldwide. That first film was really lightning in a bottle.”


From left to right, Lili Reinhart, Jennifer Lopez, Keke Palmer, and Constance Wu are the hustlers of Hustlers.

By ANDREW DALTON AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) _ It wasn’t quite enough to take down Pennywise the clown, but Jennifer Lopez and the scheming strippers of “Hustlers” topped even the high expectations they brought to the weekend box office. “It: Chapter Two” brought in $40.7 million in the U.S. and Canada to keep the top spot in its second week and has earned a total of $153.8 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The original, the biggest September release ever, had earned more than $200 million at the same point two years ago. “Hustlers,” riding stellar reviews, film-festival buzz and Oscar talk for Lopez, earned $33.2 million, a record for a film from STX Entertainment, which was launched less than five years ago. The film, budgeted at just $20 million, became the rare recent hit that was neither a sequel nor a reboot nor

part of a series. It was also the biggest opening ever for a live-action Lopez film, and had numbers comparable to co-star Constance Wu’s hit “Crazy Rich Asians,” whose long-term box office success could be a model for “Hustlers.” “This is exactly the kind of movie that every studio dreams of producing, because it’s going to be profitable, prestigious and a long-term performer,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore. “A lot of original type movies that are non-franchise non-sequels, many of them have had a rough go this year. This is a nice counter-balance to that.” Based on a New York magazine piece, “Hustlers,” written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, tells the true story of a group of New York City strippers who, put out by the recession’s effects on their Wall Street patrons, start a side con that involves drugging their wealthy marks and run-

ning up exorbitant credit card bills that they get a cut of. “We didn’t look at it as a stripper movie,” said STX Motion Picture Group Chairman Adam Fogelson. “We looked at it as a crime movie, not unlike something like ‘Wolf of Wall Street.”’ Even with its buzz, industry projections had the film making about $25 million over the weekend, but it appealed to an even wider audience than expected. “It definitely skewed female as we always expected, but it was very diverse as far as ethnic groups, and it brought in a broad range of ages for an R-rated film,” Fogelson said. And with its strong word-of-mouth and the forthcoming season of awards and end-of-year top 10 lists, it could keep bringing in the dollar bills for months. “This is a movie that everyone is talking about,” Fogelson said. “Angel Has Fallen,” starring Gerard Butler, was a dis-


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SoFi Takes the Field with SoFi Stadium

New Home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers Officially Named SoFi Stadium in Expansive Agreement with Hollywood Park ANGELES -- September 15, 2019 -- LA StadiLOS “Customer service and the fan experience is tantaum and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park (Hollywood Park) and SoFi are partnering in a 20-year agreement that makes the digital personal finance company the exclusive naming rights partner of the new SoFi Stadium, the future home of the Los Angeles Chargers and the Los Angeles Rams. In addition, SoFi will be an official partner of each of the teams as well as a partner of the performance venue and surrounding entertainment district.  Opening summer 2020, SoFi Stadium is the centerpiece of Hollywood Park, a 298-acre world-class sports and entertainment destination being developed by Los Angeles Rams Owner/Chairman E. Stanley Kroenke. SoFi Stadium will hold year-round sports and entertainment events and will be the host of Super Bowl LVI in 2022, the College Football National Championship game in 2023, and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2028 Olympic Games.  “We’re thrilled to be introducing SoFi Stadium to the world, through our partnership with Hollywood Park,” said Anthony Noto, CEO of SoFi. “This is a giant leap toward achieving our company’s mission of helping people get their money right by reaching our members where they are. The partnership with this transformative project taking shape under Stan Kroenke’s leadership is the perfect opportunity to drive awareness and trust in the SoFi brand as we continue to grow and reach members on a national level.” Said Kroenke: “It would be impossible to build a stadium and entertainment district of this magnitude without incredible and innovative partners who share our ambitions for Los Angeles, our fans worldwide and the National Football League.  Since breaking ground at Hollywood Park, more than 12,000 people have worked side-by-side on this project, and we are proud to now have SoFi join us on this journey as we prepare to open in the summer of 2020. “From our first meeting with Anthony Noto and his team, it was clear that SoFi wants to transform not only the financial industry but also the lives of its members. SoFi has a deep appreciation of the aspirations of its members - quality education, home ownership and achieve their ambitions. They are helping millions of people achieve their dreams and helping us realize our own promise at SoFi Stadium.

mount to everything we’ll do at SoFi Stadium. It was critical for us to find a tech-focused partner who is on the cutting edge and genuinely understands the needs of all of our constituents and who challenges us to think in creative ways to make every visitor to SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park feel special and at home.” SoFi Stadium will have a seating capacity of approximately 70,000, expandable up to 100,000, with 260 luxury suites, more than 13,000 premium seats, and over three million square feet of usable space. A 27,000 square foot SoFi-branded VIP activation space inside the stadium will be utilized for special events, including a dedicated SoFi lounge for its members to access, one of the exclusive opportunities the company plans to offer members as part of this partnership. “SoFi’s commitment to disrupting the status quo within its own industry and becoming a leading innovator in financial services makes them the ideal naming rights partner for our new home,” said Chargers President of Business Operations A.G. Spanos. “SoFi Stadium is reimagining how a stadium looks, feels and functions on gameday the same way SoFi is redefining access to financial tools for the next generation. We couldn’t be more excited to be aligned with a company as forward-thinking as SoFi, both as the naming rights partner for our new Hollywood Park home and as an official partner of the Los Angeles Chargers beginning in 2020.” “We are working to deliver a fan-first stadium consistent with Mr. Kroenke’s dream to build a global sports and entertainment destination,” said Jason Gannon, Managing Director, SoFi Stadium. “SoFi Stadium will be a gathering place for the community, and we couldn’t have found a better partner to help us welcome the world when the building opens next summer.” SoFi Stadium is the first indoor-outdoor stadium to be constructed. Adjacent to the stadium and under the same roof canopy is a 6,000-seat performance venue and the 2.5acre American Airlines Plaza. The performance venue will host a variety of events, including concerts, esports events, award shows, as well as community gatherings. Hollywood Park will feature more than 1.5 million square feet of retail and office space initially, 2,500 residences, a hotel, and

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more than 20 acres of parks. “In less than a year, the Rams will be running out of the tunnel into SoFi Stadium as people around the world see Mr. Kroenke’s creativity, dedication and hard work come to life through this game-changing building,” said Los Angeles Rams COO Kevin Demoff. “We are thrilled to be teaming with SoFi on a partnership that will extend beyond the columns of the stadium, one that will combine our passions for inspiring people to realize their ambition

and climb higher.” Community partnerships and programs will be announced in the coming months, leading up to the opening of the stadium. Hollywood Park was represented by Legends Global Partnerships division, which sourced, negotiated and represented Hollywood Park in securing this wide-ranging partnership with SoFi. Financial terms of the agreement will not be disclosed.

Frank Corral salutes the Fans at the Coliseum. (Photo Credit: Earl Heath)

Ram Cheerleaders keep spirits high. (Photo Credit: Earl Heath)

Rams Home Opener Filled with Action
 By Earl Heath Contributing Sports Writer Ram “Legend of The Game” was former Pro-Bowl kicker Frank Corral. The Chihuahua, Mexico native was  drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 3rd round of the 1978 NFL Draft after playing collegiately at UCLA. In his rookie season, he was selected to the Pro Bowl as a placekicker and even served as the punter from 1980-1981, the last NFL player to start at both placekicker and punter. Corral played all four years of his NFL career (1978-1981) with the Rams…  Daytime-Emmy awardwinning television host & acclaimed pop vocalist ADRIENNE BAILON performed a splendid National Anthem before the  kickoff…Also twelve members of the Army Golden Knight’s Parachute Team would skydive and land onto the Coliseum field during the pregame ceremony.

Rams Owner Stan Kroenke (center) takes in pregame warm ups. (Photo Credit: Earl Heath)

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