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Reynaldo Rey, ‘Friday’ and ‘White Mickey Stevenson Promotes The A&R Man Men Can’t Jump’Actor, Dies at 75 Book and Film Documentary at the Barnsdall By WENN in Movies Friday And White Men Can't Jump Star Reynaldo Rey Has Died In Los Angeles The 75-year-old comedian and character actor died on Thursday morning (28May15), due to complications from a stroke he suffered last year (14). His manager tells TMZ.com he fell ill in January (15), and he was in hospital for treatment when he died. Rey began his career as an acting teacher, but stepped into the spotlight as a stand-up comedian, touring with R&B group The O'Jays. He branched out into TV and film, snagging roles in movies like White Men Can't Jump, Harlem Nights and House Party 3, but he's perhaps best known for playing Red's Father in hit 1995 film Friday, starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker. Rey also appeared in hit U.S. TV shows including The Bernie MAC Show, The Wayans Bros. and 227, in which he had a recurring role as Ray the Mailman Alex Stedman from Variety reported that Rey served as a co-host on BET’s stand-up
Reynaldo Rey show “Comic View.” He has recorded three comedy albums and three videos. Rey was born in Sequoyah County, Okla., and as an adult moved to Cleveland, where he became a member of the Karamu House Theatre and launched his comedy career. He later moved to New York and joined the Harlem Theatre Group, which is when he made his first film appearance. The actor most recently wrote, directed, financed and starred in the play “Hollywood P.O.”
HOLLYWOOD— William "Mickey" Stevenson is a former songwriter and record producer for the Motown Records group of labels from the early days of Berry Gordy's company until 1967, when he and his then-wife, singer Kim Weston, left for MGM. Stevenson was head of the A&R department at Motown during the company's "glory" years of the mid-1960s when artists such as the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, Four Tops, Stevie Wonder and Martha & the Vandellas came to the fore. He was also responsible for organizing and establishing the company's in-house studio band, which came to be known as The Funk Brothers. He wrote and produced many hit records for Motown, some with co-writer and producer Ivy Jo Hunter. Please see Stevenson, page 12 (Pictured right) William “Mickey” Stevenson and Smokey Robinson during a showing of The A&R Man Book and Film Documentary held at The Barnsdall Theatre in Hollywood on May18, 2015. Photo by Ian Foxx
Black Women’s Forum & Rep. Maxine Waters Announce ‘Standing in the Gap’ Program to Honor Lives that Matter LOS ANGELES—Los The Black Women’s Forum (BWF) and BWF Founder Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA-43rd District) will be hosting ‘Standing in the Gap’, an intimate and engaging roundtable designed to honor Black mothers who have lost their loved ones to police brutality. The
Samaria Rice, Tamir E. Rice
Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton
Tritobia Ford, Ezell Ford’s mother
event will take place Saturday, May 30 in Los Angeles at the Westin Hotel (LAX). Tickets are $50 per person for general seating and if you are interested V.I.P. seating its $1,000 for a table seating a group of ten. The program will bring together elected officials, community leaders, residents and several mothers who seek justice and demand answers for the lives lost to senseless violence. The Black Women’s Forum and Rep. Waters remember that Mother’s Day is a difficult occasion to celebrate for
mothers who’ve lost children, however, they hope that ‘Standing In The Gap’ will pay tribute to their lives and legacies. Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton, Michael Brown’s mother Lesley McSpadden, Ezell Ford’s mother Tritobia Ford, Eric Garner’s mother Gwen Carr and Tamir E. Rice’s mother Samaria Rice are confirmed participants for ‘Standing in the Gap’ and will share their experiences with Rep. Waters as the moderator. These five mothers are
just a few of the parents around the country who belong to a club that no one wants to join—they represent everyone who mourns the loss of their unarmed sons at the hands of armed killers. “We are focused on supporting these mothers. Though these tragic losses may be out of the national news cycle, their stories are still very relevant and at the forefront of the Black Women’s Forum agenda”, said Beverly Davis, Black Women’s Forum President. “‘Standing in the Gap’
Lesley McSpadden Michael Brown’s mother
Gwen Carr, Eric Gardner’s mother.
is just one aspect of BWF’s ongoing commitment to curb the police brutality and violence that has disproportionately affected the Black community”. The mothers of these slain Black men will be coming to Los Angeles to participate in this luncheon and will use this platform to raise awareness. ‘Standing in the Gap’ offers is a forum for these women to connect and encourage one another to continue fight for equity in our communities. BWF Found-
er and Congresswoman Waters announced her support for ‘Standing in the Gap’ by stating, “it is time for our community to join together and heal. However, healing only comes when we can first connect with the mothers, uplift them, understand the path forward towards justice and stand together in solidarity. I am proud to be a part of this event and hope to encourage these mothers to remain outspoken so that we can prevent any future deaths at the hands of senseless violence.”
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Hello Everyone, In the spirit of Ida B. Wells, I am moved to speak out in the same way she did in 1892 when she received news that her friend had been lynched in Memphis, Tennessee. As I think about all the police brutality and other injustices meted out against African Americans in these United States of America today, I am compelled to repeat my speech given after accepting the L. A. NAACP Ida B. Wells Barnett award for Journalism. It included an editorial of Mrs. Wells in response to the lynching of her friend. It reads as follows: Mrs. Ida B. Wells, a crusader for justice and an Icon in the annals of history believed in 1892 that Black Lives Mattered. While she was in Natchez, Mississippi on newspaper business in March of 1892, she received news that would direct the course of the remainder of her life. Her friend, Tommie Moss, had been lynched in Memphis with two other men who worked at People’s Grocery. Mrs. Wells penned this editorial. The City of Memphis has demonstrated that neither character nor standing avails the Negro if he dares to protect himself against the white man or become his rival. There is nothing we can do about the lynching now, as we are outnumbered and without arms. The white mob could help itself to ammunition without pay, but the order was rigidly enforced against the selling of guns to Negroes. There is therefore only one thing left that we can do; save our money and leave a town which will neither protect our lives and property, nor give us a fair trial in the courts, but takes us out and murders us in cold blood when accused by white persons. As a journalist in the spirit of Ida B. Wells, with only a slight variation, her editorial of yesterday, can be written today, because today, Black Lives Still Matter . Thank you.
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Blackonomics: Time to Throw Some Political Punches By James Clingman NNPA Columnist For the past 50 years, most of our conversations and efforts have been centered on politics. Reminiscent of the Reconstruction Era, when Blacks occupied political office for the first time, many of our politicians are just figureheads, toothless tigers, and lackeys for the establishment. Many of them are simply “employed” and are only concerned about keeping their “jobs.” Many Black politicians actually work harder on behalf of others than they do for their own brothers and sisters. We must change our conversation from politics to economics. Before you political hacks get angry, let me say that we must continue to be involved in politics. We must run for office and we must leverage our votes, by all means. But we cannot afford to stop there. We saw what happened in 2008 and 2012; both times Black folks were told to “go out and vote.” We were told we must vote in even greater numbers in 2012 than we did in 2008. We did it, and we still cannot even get a hearing on reparations. A few years ago, P Diddy told the young people to, “Vote or die.” They voted and yet, when it comes to economic empowerment, they, and we, are nearly dead. Like I said in a previous article, where is the “Start a business or die” campaign, the “Pool our money or die” campaign? Black people must realize that while our relatives fought and died for voting rights, those folks didn’t die so we could spend the majority of our time “playing” politics. They wanted us to take our participation to the next level. Similarly, Black folks, your relatives and mine, also lost their lives because they chose to go into business. Where is the rallying cry today for entrepreneurship? Black politicians who do absolutely nothing for Black folks, come out every couple of years to tell us how good they have been and what they support on our behalf. What a load of fertilizer that is. Even stranger is the fact that Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives do the same things. We may duck the “right” cross, but we still get hit by the “left” hook. In other words, we have nothing coming from either political party, and they have proven that to us time and time again. Since our vaunted voting “power” is so important to the two major
political parties, we should be using it in ways that support the most important political principle: Quid pro quo. We should be leveraging our votes; otherwise, why participate at all? It really doesn’t matter what color the politician is. What matters most is what Black folks are getting from the system, and Black folks are getting the shaft from most of our politicians. You know it, I know it, and they know it. It’s bad enough that the leadership in the two major parties really doesn’t care about us. One is throwing Mike Tyson right crosses and the other is throwing Joe Frazier left hooks at us, causing us to be off-balance, out of sync, and off-kilter, as we try to avoid their vicious haymakers. The political “leaders” who continue to tell us that all we have to do is vote to change things should be voted out of office. This voting for all Democrats or all Republicans by Black folks is nothing short of political suicide. Carter G. Woodson said, “Any people who would vote the same way for three generations without thereby obtaining results ought to be ignored and disenfranchised.” The old game of Black folks being all or nothing to either party has proven to be our political demise. We give our all and get nothing in return. Eighty years ago, nearly all Blacks voted Republican. Now, it’s just the opposite. Neither scenario has worked, so why do we continue that insanity? Black folks have been getting hit with right crosses and left hooks since we got into this political game, and now we need to start throwing some punches of our own. The hardest punches we can throw are economic punches. We must be willing to take off the gloves and go with bareknuckles into the marketplace and let our presence be known by withholding and redirecting our dollars. We must put our money where our mouth is and contribute to politicians who speak and act on our behalf. The only things that count with politicians are dollars and votes – in that order. We must leverage both to get what we need from either the “Demopublicans” or the “Republicrats.” As the right crosses and left hooks continue to be thrown by crooked, immoral, and unethical politicians, both White and Black, let’s get busy economically and start punching back, before we get knocked out. Jim Clingman, founder of the Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce, is the nation’s most prolific writer on economic empowerment for Black people. He can be reached through his website, blackonomics.com. He is the author of Black Dollars Matter: Teach Your Dollars How to Make More Sense, which is available through his website; professionalpublishinghouse.com and Amazon Kindle eBooks.
The Waco Biker Riot and the Lexicon of Racism By Lee A. Daniels Question: When men (and a few women) belonging to gangs known to law enforcement agencies for criminal behavior explode in a rampage – using guns, knives, clubs, and chains in trying to kill each other, and police officers, too, that leaves nine dead, nearly 200 injured and hundreds arrested, is that a “riot?” Answer: Apparently not if the overwhelming majority of the gang members are White. America’s present-day “racial divide,” has never been more strikingly displayed than in the refusal of much of the mainstream and conservative media to describe the May 17 biker riot in Waco, Texas as a riot. The riot, which occurred at a popular restaurant amid dozens of innocent bystanders and, according to police, involved members of five different gangs, was one of the most extraordinary outbursts of mass criminal violence in recent memory. Further, almost immediately after Waco police arrested the bikers, rumors swirled that other members of the gangs were heading toward the city to both continue the battle against their rivals and carry out death threats made against Waco police officials. Yet, scanning the newspapers, the universe of online publications, and the network and cable television news programs, you’d have scarcely come across any description of what occurred in Waco as a “riot.” Nor would you have likely found any reference to the bikers, clad in their distinctively grungy biker garb, as “thugs” – or, as one newspaper reader put it: “murdering thuggish rioters.” MediaMatters, the watchdog group, pointed out the contrast in how Fox News, for example, covered Waco versus Baltimore and Ferguson. It noted, “After African-American communities in Baltimore and Ferguson, Mo. came together to demonstrate against the deadly and racially disparate policies of law enforcement, Fox News branded the protests a ‘war on cops.’ But when the story became a mostly white Texas biker gang plotting to kill police with grenades and car bombs, the network took a decidedly less sensationalist approach in its reporting.” CNN Political Commentator Sally Kohn wrote, “In fact, in much of the coverage of the Waco shootings, the race of the gang members isn’t even mentioned. By comparison, the day after Freddie Gray died in the custody of police officers in Baltimore, not only did most coverage mention that Gray was black, but also included a quote from the deputy police commissioner noting Gray was arrested in ‘a high-crime area known to have high narcotic incidents,’ implicitly smearing Gray and the entire community.” The disparity in coverage did not go unremarked upon on Black social media, in a host of progressive publications, and in numerous online reader-responses to mainstream-publication stories. (Many also noted the
Waco police responded to the deadly shootout with none of the heavilymilitarized equipment and body armor that immediately marked police responses to peaceful protests in Ferguson and Baltimore.) Indeed, the differences in the language used underscore that the way words and phrases are used to talk about race and racial events has its own meaning. In this instance, it’s that such words as “riot” and “thug” are part of the lexicon of America’s continuing racial divide that, among other things, individualizes White crime and White flaws while it indicts all Black Americans for the flaws and crimes of individual Blacks. Some years ago a journalist friend of mine described this dynamic as “the chains of collective guilt.” The phenomenon isn’t new, of course. Once, the lexicon of antiBlack collective guilt helped justify the actual chains of Negro slavery and the legalized racism that followed. Now, it’s usually employed in more subtle ways. Except when it’s not: As in the revealing discoveries over the past two months of racist, sexist and homophobic tweets and e-mails by cops in the police departments of San Francisco, Miami Beach, and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. In each case – all are still in early stages of investigation – police officers, some with long years on their force, were found to have exchanged from dozens to hundreds of social-media messages disparaging with vile slurs against Blacks, Hispanic-Americans, women, gays and lesbians, Muslim Americans – and, of course, President Obama. Law enforcement co-workers and innocent civilians alike were denigrated along with Black criminal suspects. The bulk of the messages in all these instances, which cover from 2010 to the present, focused on Black Americans. The discoveries have led to the resignations of some of the officers, and disciplinary actions, including firing, against the others. Even more important, prosecutors and police officials in the three cities are reviewing cases of defendants in which the officers were involved either as arresting officers or witnesses at trial. In San Francisco, prosecutors have already dropped eight cases connected to some of the officers there. One Miami Beach cop tried to excuse his behavior by describing it as just part of the police department’s longstanding “culture.” Unfortunately, the same could be said for the mainstream and conservative media’s refusal to use the most accurate descriptions for the Waco biker riot. It’s those similarities that are worrisome. Lee A. Daniels is a longtime journalist based in New York City. His essay, “Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Great Provocateur,” appears in Africa’s Peacemakers: Nobel Peace Laureates of African Descent (2014), published by Zed Books. His new collection of columns, Race Forward: Facing America’s Racial Divide in 2014, is available at www.amazon.com.
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EDUCATION & BUSINESS NEWS Two-Year Degree Programs and One-Year Certificates Can Open Doors To In-Demand Careers In Health Care Technology (BPT) - Tiffany Fair initially ruled out a career in health care. She assumed most available positions were for nurses, and she knew she could never get past her fear of seeing blood. Fair's outlook on the industry changed quickly when she learned about the growing field of health information technology (HIT). "HIT intrigued me because it enables individuals to play a key role in the health care system outside of the traditional clinical setting," she says. "The most satisfying career aspect of HIT is that it continues to evolve as new technology is introduced in the marketplace. That means my knowledge and skills are always changing and expanding." Fair recently earned an associate degree in HIT from DeVry University and now works for a large health information management company processing patient's medical records for legal or personal reasons to ensure the information is valid and complies with state and hospital laws and bylaws. The need for professionals in roles similar to Fair's is expected to rise as experts anticipate 11.7 million new patients will enroll in health care coverage in 2015 through provisions outlined in the Affordable Care Act. "For those who want to quickly enter the workforce, an associate degree in HIT provides the education and skills preparation needed to break into emerging health care professions that provide career mobility and fulfillment," says Dasantila Sherifi, professor and HIT program chair at DeVry University. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that the population of
Americans 65 and older will more than double by 2060. An aging America will send more health care workers into retirement, and expand the population that requires additional primary care services to address chronic health issues. Workforce projections and population shifts signal emerging health care career opportunities in a variety of roles, including: Health information technicians Individuals who are highly organized and detail-oriented can thrive in a career as a health information technician. These professionals are responsible for organizing and managing health information data in both paper and electronic systems, as well as coding and categorizing patient information for clinical care, research and insurance reimbursement. Demand for health information technicians will continue to rise with growing use of electronic health records by hospitals and physician's offices, especially in the areas of data analytics and population health. Further compounding this demand is the pending implementation deadline of the new version of the International Classification of Diseases, which expands the number of
diagnostic codes from 14,000 to 69,000. Medical and clinical technicians A career as a medical or clinical technician requires both analytical and scientific skills for procedures and processes that can have significant impact on patient health. Responsibilities include the study and analysis of blood and tissue samples to determine normal and abnormal findings. Technicians are also accountable for logging data into a patient's medical records and discussing results of laboratory tests and procedures with physicians. The growing aging population and diagnosis requests for chronic diseases such as diabetes and terminal illnesses like cancer means careers in this field will continue to rise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment within the medical records and health information technician field is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022. Radiologic and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technologists Americans are living longer, so their total lifetime health care needs are rising. Medical conditions such as broken bones and fractures caused by osteoporosis are common and
frequent, as is the diagnosis of terminal illnesses, all of which can require imaging for correct diagnosis. In these instances, radiologic and MRI technologists play a role in patient diagnosis and work closely with physicians to utilize X-rays, MRIs, computed tomography and other high-tech equipment to perform diagnostic imaging. Opportunities in the field are projected to grow 21 percent and 24 percent for MRI technologists and radiologic technologists respectively. To secure a position in these fields, individuals should identify schools that offer de-
gree programs or certificates that can prepare them for the constantly evolving field of health care and increase their marketability in the workforce. Certain states or employers may also require professional certification or licensure. "DeVry University's medical billing and coding certificate can be completed in one year of full-time, year-round study, allowing prospective HIT professionals to swiftly enter the field with the knowledge and skills preparation required to function as an entry-level coding specialist," says Sherifi.
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HEALTH & COMMUNITY NEWS Macedonia Community Development Corporation To Host Second Healthy Watts 5K LOS ANGELES—On your mark… Get set… Go! Registration for the Healthy Watts 5K Community Run/Walk is this week. Macedonia Community Development Corporation will host its second Healthy Watts 5K on Saturday, June 6, 2015. The 5K is open to all ages and will raise awareness to chronic health disparities in the Watts community This race will greatly increase awareness of the health disparities and social issues of health that contribute to them in the Watts Community. This year, we will be adding community solutions and business stakeholders that are vital to combating the challenges that our community face each passing day. This year, it is our goal to double the participants to
500 community members and meet our fundraising goal of $20,000. The proceeds will be used to engage the parents of young children in our community to become effective partners in their children’s education. We have different levels of sponsorship for the Healthy Watts 5K Walk. The race will take place Saturday, June 6, 2015, with registration at 7:00am and the walk will begin at 9:00am. The race route through the Historic Watts Community will start at Macedonia Baptist Church, located at 1751 E. 114th St., Los Angeles. Sponsorship is greatly appreciable when making this event a reality. Participants are encouraged to register in advance at www.healthywatts.com. The cost is $10 per
Water Footprint By Dean L. Jones, CPM Since what we eat makes up more than 2/3 of our total water footprint, as California endures a serious water drought, everyone should consider how much water is required to produce their respective food choices. Clearly water is vital for fruits and vegetables to grow, all the same a loaf of bread requires about 240gallons of water, and a pound of cheese takes about 382-gallons. So a simple cheese sandwich takes about 56-gallons of water, and when you add a small bag of potato chips that is an additional 12-gallon supply of water. Analogous to the sport of boxing adage, 'pound-for-pound' meat has a much higher water footprint than vegetables/fruits, grains or beans. Such as, on average it takes 1,800-gallons of water to produce a single pound of beef. Primarily because of the huge amount of water needed to grow the grass, forage and feed for a beef steer. Plus, it needs water to drink, cleanse, and production processing to reach our plates. For instance, about 147-gallons of water is used to produce just one pound of corn, and in a few months a beef steer can eat 1,000+ pounds of feed. Many people have received medical advice to eat less red meat, but overall little change in eating patterns has come about, since the average American consumes roughly 167-pounds of meat a year, which is three times the global average. What is good is how businesses are reducing water to stay competitive where fast food chains are making an effort to go all natural food ingredients on their respective menus. Taco Bell is revising 95% of its core food items to remove additives like added Trans-fats and additional artificial preservatives and additives. The other 5% of items sold include sugary drinks or cobranded products such as those made with Doritos. Nonetheless,
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Dean L. Jones Taco Bell's avocado ranch dressing and red tortilla chips will lose dyes that deepened the color of the food. Taco Bell will remove highfructose corn syrup from their variety of food mixes, which is the key ingredient that has gotten so many customers addicted to certain items, not to mention their discontinuance of black pepper flavor and begin using real black pepper in their beef. Other food chains like Subway, Paneras, McDonald's and Chipotle also have gotten rid of ingredients in certain items that use genetically modified organisms and chemicals. By eating more vegetables, grains and beans and eating less meat, we consume less virtual water. In short, the more meat, dairy and processed foods we eat, the more water needed to deliver the final product. Real water equates to sustaining a healthy life, especially when it comes down to preventing minerals, calcium, oxalate and sometimes uric acid build-up in the urine that will ultimately form hard crystal kidneys stones. Consume water wisely and in doing so enjoy living SugarAlert! www.SugarAlert.com Dean Jones is an Ethics Advocate, Southland Partnership Corporation (a public benefit organization), contributing his view on certain aspects of foodstuff.
participant over 12. Children are under 12 are free. Registration is also available on the day of the event. Get excited as we transform Watts together! Get your friends and neighbors involved in the countdown and join us on Facebook, twitter and instagram @HealthyWatts 5K. For additional information please check the website at www.healthywatts.com. The Macecedonia Community Development Corporation was organized initially as a means to raise awareness to mental health, financial health and physical health in the Watts community. The health of Watts has been affected by a number of contributing factors. Let’s create better health access, better health care, and a better community. Together, we can work to make Watts a vibrant, healthy community. We invite you to join us in the transformation! Contact Information Everett Bell, 323.569.9561.
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BUSINESS & COMMUNITY NEWS Medi-Cal Renewal Now Automatic for Eligible Californians By McKenzie Jackson California Black Media Los Angeles County resident, Diyon Clark, is relieved to learn that his Medi-Cal renewal will be automatic this year. In 2014, he remembers his recertification process being especially confusing and frustrating. “That’s cool,” said Clark, a 20-year-old who lives in the San Fernando Valley. “That is one thing I hopefully won’t have to worry about.” Late last year, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced that county human services agencies across the state will renew coverage for most Medi-Cal members by using the information they already have on file. That includes information pertaining to a person’s place of residence, immigration status, and income. If the county is able to verify all of an individual’s information their coverage will be renewed. In a March 25th email, DHCS spokesperson Anthony Cava said re-certifications begin well ahead of the date members’ plans are set to expire. “For renewals due January 1, 2015," he wrote, “the process
started approximately 60 days in advance (end of October/early November 2014).” For Californians who qualify, Medi-Cal offers health care benefits at either no or low cost. The coverage funds a prevention -oriented approach that promotes well-being through 21 managed and county-specific health plans such as Anthem Blue Cross, L.A. Care and Molina. The health program is open to low-income adults; individuals with disabilities; families with children; senior citizens; children in foster care as well as former foster youth up to age 26; and pregnant women. According to numbers from DHCS, as of last month approximately 927,280 African Americans were enrolled in Medi-Cal. This year, DHCS expects to renew the insurance plans of about 12 million Medi-Cal members. “If all the information is available and it indicates continued eligibility, the individual’s coverage will be continued for another 12 months,” said Cava. Clark, who is half African American and half Jewish and has been covered by Medi-Cal
for most of his life, says the most painful part of his renewal process last spring was completing it by phone. “It took about three months for me to get renewed,” said Clark, a college student and wireless phone salesman. “I was told to call and ask for Medi-Cal, then Covered California, then Medi-Cal.” Clark said needing to have surgery on his torn rotator cuff last year further complicated the process and heightened his frustration. And he was not the only person angered by the 2014 renewal process. There was a significant amount of chatter among health care advocates and Medi-Cal users alike, lamenting the fact that due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the questions asked on the renewal forms had become too complicated. Elizabeth Landsberg, director of legislative advocacy at the Sacramento office of the Western Center on Law & Poverty, an organization that works to secure housing, health care, and a strong safety net for low-income Californians, said the renewal
process seems to be more streamlined now. “The process we have been seeing in 2015 is quite different,” she said. “Essentially in the past we had been expecting people to re-apply for Medi-Cal all over again. Now the onus is on the state to check people’s records. Cava said Medi-Cal users will only have to complete renewal forms if their Medi-Cal service cannot be automatically renewed, for example DHCS cannot verify certain information like income or residency. “Then, a pre-populated renewal form is sent to them, outlining the information used for the redetermination and what information is still needed from them to complete the renewal process,” he said. Cava said that any forms must be completed within a 90day period or a current enrollee could lose his or her Medi-Cal coverage. “This is our standard Medi-Cal policy,” he said. “If the information is provided within this timeframe, the counties will accept the information as if it had been submitted on time and complete the redetermination process.
If the person remains eligible, their coverage will resume and be treated as if there was never a break in coverage.” Besides providing an opportunity to have surgery on his rotator cuff, Clark says having Medi-Cal also allowed him to have surgery on his broken right hand – all within the past year. Inserting a metal plate into one of his appendages wasn’t cheap, he said. “Medi-Cal has saved me at least $20,000 in medical bills, easily” he said. For more information on renewals, visit your local county human services agency, go to www.coveredca.com/medi-cal/ renewing-medi-cal-coverage/ online or call 1-800-300-1506. The article above is brought to you by California Black Media, a coalition of Black -owned media outlets committed to making a difference in our communities. It is made possible via a grant for public outreach from The California Endowment. We share the common goal in reaching as many residents as possible with useful information that will help expand access to affordable, quality healthcare to all Californians.
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NEWS Angry Activists in Cleveland: Justice for Blacks in America Will Never Happen By Richard B. Muhammad and Charlene Muhammad (FinalCall.com) - Protests were largely peaceful, calls for calm were plentiful and pleas for the city of Cleveland to be a model for dealing with deadly Black-police encounters and tense police-community relations were prominent. But besides those voices was also a seething anger, outrage not quenched by promises of reform as some felt the time to give America’s systems a chance is over. Judge John P. O’Donnell’s acquittal of Officer Michael Brelo on involuntary manslaughter and feloni-
The car driven by Timothy Russell is shown April 10, in Cleveland. Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo, 31, was tried on two counts of voluntary manslaughter in the November 2012 deaths of Russell, 43, and Malissa Williams, 30, after a high-speed chase. The defense attorneys, prosecuting attorney and the judge visited the warehouse where the car and two police cruisers involved in the chase were stored. Inset: Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. Photos: AP/ Wide Wolrd photos
Michael Brelo listens to the judge read his verdict May 23, in Cleveland. Brelo, a patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects during a 137shot barrage of gunfire was acquitted in a case that helped prompt the U.S. Department of Justice determine the city police department had a history of using excessive force and violating civil rights. ous assault charges in the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams in November 2012, was the final straw, these activists said. The United States will never give justice to Black people and, the activists bitterly added, this is not a country where Blacks can live with Whites in peace. Their voices may not reflect a majority of opinions but do reflect a strong sentiment and growing disgust as Blacks lose their lives to police officers and nothing is done about it. Officer Brelo stood on the hood of the car driven by Mr. Russell and fired 15 shots into the windshield. His shots punctuated a 137shot police barrage into the car carrying the two Black, unarmed suspects. There were so many deadly shots, the judge ruled that it was impossible to say Officer Brelo’s shots took the lives of the victims. Thirteen officers fired into the car. “The blood of these brothers and sisters are crying out and we are seeing how people are wasting their blood and they’re acting like we have no value. I believe in my heart we are at a point of civil war and revolution and the young generation that’s coming up is going to take the reins on that,” said Mariah Crenshaw, a Cleveland activist. Cleveland also awaits the outcome of investigations into the fatal police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, gunned down in seconds by an officer who pulled into the park where the Black boy was playing with a toy gun. “My fear is that Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, just told us Tamir Rice will not receive justice either,” Ms. Crenshaw said. John Boyd, another Cleveland activist, feels all of the cops involved in the 137-bullet barrage should have been indicted for murder. The couple had committed no crime. Their car backfired and cops thought shots had been fired, officials said. The officers were dead wrong. A high speed chase followed and the bullet-riddled bodies and car
were the result. Officer Brelo fired his automatic weapon 49 times and at least the last 15 shots came after he reloaded and climbed onto the hood of the car. Other officers had already ceased firing. Better training, socalled reforms and body cameras won’t solve police killings of Blacks despite what pundits, politicians and hopeful others say, declared the activists. They blame institutional racism and weak Black leadership in the city. Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, who represents Cleveland and is an established leader, seemed fed up herself. “The decision of Judge John P. O’Donnell to acquit Officer Michael Brelo is a stunning setback on the road to justice for Timothy Russell, Malissa Williams and the people of Cleveland. The verdict is another chilling reminder of a broken relationship between the Cleveland Police Department and the community it serves. Today we have been told—yet again—our lives have no value,” the House Democrat said in a statement. “By any measure, the firing of more than a hundred rounds of ammunition by the Cleveland Police Department toward two unarmed citizens was extreme, excessive, and unnecessary. The same can be said about Officer Brelo’s individual actions. My heart goes out to the families of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, and to the entire city of Cleveland,” the congresswoman added. Rep. Fudge pointed out a scathing U.S. Department of Justice review of the Cleveland Police Dept. released last December and vowed to work with city officials for change. Still the words of Mayor Frank Johnson, Police Chief Calvin Williams and even basketball star LeBron James of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers for channeling pain into positive activity and restraint rang hollow with activists and those fed up with loss of Black lives and no accountability. An Associated Press report May 25 said the Justice Dept. had forged a deal with the Cleveland Police Dept., which has long had problems. That anonymous report came on Memorial Day, two days after the judge’s decision. The city reached a settlement with the federal government over a pattern of excessive force and civil rights violations by the police department, a senior federal law enforcement official said. The official was not authorized to speak publicly of the settlement ahead of the
official announcement, expected later in the week, and spoke on condition of anonymity. The 2012 high-speed chase prompted an 18-month Justice Department investigation. The DOJ report required the city to work with community leaders and other officials to devise a plan to reform the police department. The settlement must be approved by a judge and overseen by an independent monitor. The specifics of the settlement, first reported by The New York Times, were not available May 25. The Justice Department’s report spared no one in the police chain of command. The worst examples of excessive force involved patrol officers who endangered lives by shooting at suspects and cars, hit people over the head with guns and used stun guns on handcuffed suspects. The Justice Department said officers were poorly trained and some didn’t know how to implement use-of-force policies. The report also said officers are ill-equipped. The agency said supervisors encouraged some of the bad behavior and often did little to investigate it. Some told the Justice Department that they often wrote their reports to make an officer look as good as possible, the federal agency said. The department found that only six officers had been suspended for improper use of force over a threeyear period. The investigation was the second time in recent years the Justice Department has taken the Cleveland police to task over the use of force. But unlike in 2004, when the agency left it up to local police to clean up their act, federal authorities intervened this time by way of a consent decree. Two other high-profile police-involved deaths still hang over the city: Tamir Rice the boy holding a pellet gun fatally shot by a rookie patrolman and Tanisha Anderson, a mentally ill woman in distress who died after officers took her to the ground and handcuffed her. Last year, the Justice Dept. report described the police department as poorly trained and reckless. Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine called the killings of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams a “systemic failure” on the part of the police. Failure of Black elected officials? “The majority of the city is 60-65 percent Blacks. We have a Black mayor, a majority Black city
council, and our political representatives are a part of the problem and not the solution,” John Boyd charged. Black politicians are too busy trying to appease Whites and show they’re not giving preferential treatment to Blacks, rather than leading and rebuild the fabric of the Black community, he said. Mr. Boyd added, Black politicians act like it’s okay for Whites to advocate for their people but not for Blacks to advocate for Blacks. He disagrees with that. “Separating from America is definitely on the board as an option and some people are talking about it, because it’s never going to change,” Mr. Boyd said. The Brelo acquittal sends a clear message that the system of White supremacy is intact, the activists said. “We’re the ones who seem to think that things have changed,” another Black veteran activist said. The verdict should be a confirmation, not a surprise or even a question, he added.. “We’re at a point now where America, White supremacy, Europeans have let it be known that African people are an overstocked item that has expired a long time ago and there is no use,” he said. Judge O’Donnell declared he would not sacrifice Mr. Brelo to an angry public if the evidence proved otherwise. But not only should the officer have been convicted, he should have been fired, Cleveland activists told The Final Call. She criticized Judge O’Donnell’s analysis and conclusion that Officer Brelo acted appropriately and attributing the chaos to Mr. Russell. It’s a travesty to justice, the law and the Black community, she said. “If I was taking a bar exam and I started off my analysis that way, I would fail that bar exam. The chaos started from the Cleveland Police Department when they had 62 patrol cars chasing this one vehicle and Officer Brelo being probably the fifth car in that chase, knowing he was breaking procedure in what created the chaos,” Ms. Crenshaw, a former law student said. If Officer Brelo hadn’t violated policy and contributed to the chaos, the couple wouldn’t have been put in the position to have been killed, so he is not immune to accountability for their deaths, she said. The prosecutor has also left no leeway to prosecute any other
officers involved in the chase and shooting, said Ms. Crenshaw. “If you couldn’t prove that Brelo’s bullets killed Timothy and Malissa, you sure can’t prove that the other 12 contributed to their deaths,” she said. Shortly after the news broke she said she turned away from television, sickened by news coverage and the Cleveland administration. “I’m angry because the media and the administration have pushed on us peaceful protest and there is no such thing, because a peaceful protest means you want to see me and not hear me and a protest means you will hear my voice,” she said. She’s outdone with Cleveland, its leadership and absence of justice. “I’m not inciting violence but do I think that freeways should be shut down and businesses should be shut down and economics should be shut down? Yes. I most certainly do because that’s a protest. Do I think that voices should be raised for the firing of all 13 police officers and they are no longer able to work in this community? Yes. I think those voices should be raised and raised high,” Ms. Crenshaw said. Adding insult to injury, nine White Cleveland cops filed a federal racial discrimination lawsuit against the city, claiming they are racially discriminated against when they shoot Blacks. The officers (8 White and one Hispanic) alleged they were denied overtime pay and subject to boring menial tasks while placed on administrative leave and then restricted duty for firing their weapons during the encounter which took the lives of Mr. Russell and Ms. Williams. “It does not surprise me that they would have the temerity to do something like that. They always seem to want to try to take advantage of the laws that prevent and preclude them from their mistreatment of us and try to flip it back on us and call it reverse discrimination,” said Mr. Boyd. Racism is “ alive and well in Cleveland, Ohio and it’s endemic in the police force and it always has been. There’s nothing but a bunch of racist White cops in the city of Cleveland and unfortunately, the African American cops, the only difference in my estimation is that White cops think White first and then cops,” Mr. Boyd added. “Black cops have been maneuvered into a position of feeling some sense of false loyalty to being a cop in a brotherhood and they think blue first and cop second. They never see Black,” he said. Mr. Boyd believes the officers could win their ludicrous discrimination lawsuit because people tend to forget American values are for Whites—not for Blacks. “There was no way that cracker judge was going to find that other murderous cracker guilty of killing those two Black people. That was not going to happen,” he said. Mr. Boyd refused to attend protests after the verdict where media cameras delighted in showing people holding hands with red, black and green flags while singing Kumbaya. “I’m not going to do it and preach peace because that is not what my experience has been,” he said, echoing the sentiments of many. “I’ve said that I would not be disappointed if they burned this damn town down to the ground, because it’s just a damned shame that they have no value and no respect for Black lives,” Mr. Boyd said. (The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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NEWS The We Can Foundation Invites You to the Allensworth Music and Cultural Festival! LOS ANGELES—The Allensworth Volunteer Community Association, the Friends of Allensworth, and the We Can Foundation, invite you to attend our Festival. This year’s theme is, “Honoring the Black Woman,” and it will be held on Saturday July 11th, from 10am to 5:30pm at the Black Historical Township & California State Park of Allensworth in Delano County, California. This fun filled event will featureentertainment, park tours, vendors, speakers and various exhibits for the family. Organizations, vendors, and others with interest can call Reverend Eziokwu Washington at 310-946-5524 or visit the wecanfoundation.net or www. Colonel-allensworth.net websites. This event will be
in Tribute to Josephine Leavell Allensworth, the wife of Colonel Allensworth and the co-founder of this Historical Black Town. We will also honor the pioneering spirit of African American Women. This festival will be a unique experience that will educate and elevate the black conscience. Come and enjoy rhythms from Mali to Mississippi as we recognize over 400 years of struggle, success and legacy of this unique black experience. Tickets for the all day affair are $25 each and bus seats are also available at $30. Large groups, vendors and organizations with interest in participating or seeking individual bus arrangements can call 310-9485524.
Tickets are available now at the WE CAN Foundation Office, located at 4329 Degnan Blvd in Los Angeles, CA, and through our area representatives. This is a fundraising program that is intended to bring peoples of all ages together from communities throughout California for entertainment, education, relaxation and kinship, while supporting the work of the WE CAN FOUNDATION. The We Can Foundation provides Supplemental Education Services to children grades K-12 throughout the State of California, including STEM and SAT preparatory assistance. Net proceeds will benefit the WE CAN Read Book Club Program, Essay Competition Series, Scholarship Program and WE CAN TV.
California State Senate Approves Hall Legislation to Bowers & Sons Cleaners Honored Protect Consumers Using Homesharing Services At the Minority Business Award SACRAMENTO, CA The California State Senate today approved SB 761 by Senator Isadore Hall, III (D – South Bay), which would require shortterm rental companies to disclose on their website or mobile application that a tenant listing a room or unit for rent may be in
violation of their lease and may subject the tenant to legal action, including possible eviction. SB 761 will also require potential hosts to acknowledge this disclosure prior to listing the short term rental online. The measure was approved on a bipartisan vote of 35 to 3. Over
the past few years, there has been significant growth in online companies that allow people to rent a room, apartment or home on a short-term basis. Unlike homeowners, tenants who list their rooms or units create a host of potential problems for the property owner and neighboring tenants, while at the same time, potentially violating their own lease and subjecting the tenant to legal sanctions and possible eviction. “Short-term rental websites are a great part of the growing sharing economy and a valuable tool for travelers, said Senator Hall. “But properties listed on these sites should be in compliance with laws and contractual agreements that may limit the use of the property to third parties. SB 761 provides tenants with important information about the potential legal risks of listing their room or unit on a short-term rental Web site and will help ensure the long term stability and growth of this segment of the sharing economy. SB 761 now moves to the State Assembly for further action.
(L-R) Guy W.S. Barton, Tahlequah Steel; Vivian Bowers-Cowan, Bowers & Sons Cleaners; Marieme Haynes, JKH Naturals; Joaquin F. Bin, EchoPower Corporatiom; George Egbuonu, Yegg Inc. Maria Bianca Vobecky, Vobecky Enterprises, Inc. received the Minority Business Award from the City of Los Angeles. (above) Vivian Bowers-Cowan. Photos by Ian Foxx
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NATIONAL/STATE & REGIONAL NEWS Paper Sorry for Letter Suggesting Obama Should Be Executed SUNBURY, Pa. — A newspaper apologized Thursday for publishing a letter to the editor that suggested President Barack Obama should be executed. In an editorial headlined "We bungled the Obama attack letter," the Daily Item said editors should have deleted two paragraphs that it said were "inescapably an incitement to have the chief executive of our government executed."
The letter-writer criticized Obama's handling of the situation in Iraq, lamented the Islamic State group's takeover of Ramadi, and asked whether it was not time to rise up against the administration. "I think the appropriate, and politically correct, term is regime change. Forgive me for being blunt, but throughout history this has previously been accompanied by execution by guillotine, firing squad, public hanging.
© Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images President Barack Obama listens while meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on May 22 in the Oval Office.
"I have absolutely no reason to expect that current practice should be any different," the writer said in a letter published on Memorial Day. The Daily Item said readers have reacted strongly to the letter, and that it embraces their calls for a higher standard for civil discourse. "We did something we shouldn't have and the readers who called us on it deserve accountability," the newspaper said.
The newspaper said it reviews letters for offensive language and personal attacks, but in the case of the letter on Obama, "no bells went off." "The Daily Item apologizes for our failure to catch and remove the inappropriate paragraphs in the letter directed at President Obama. We will strive to do better in the future," its editorial concluded. Sunbury is about 40 miles north of the state capital of Harrisburg.
Poverty Still Major Affliction for Blacks By Stacy M. Brown From NNPA Black America is in a state of emergency, and what’s happened in Baltimore, Ferguson, Missouri, and other places isn’t solely about police misconduct, according to members of the Congressional Black Caucus. The demonstrations and civil unrest are mostly about poverty, unemployment, a lack of opportunity, hopelessness and despair, the organization said. CBC Chair G.K. Butterfield said Democratic proposals to fix these problems stand in stark contrast to the Republican budget, which he considers a recipe for national decline. Federal government statis-
tics revealed that the median income of African-American households stands at $34,600, or nearly $24,000 less than the median income of white households. Also, the median net worth of white households is 13 times the level for black households, and blacks are almost three times more likely to live in poverty than white Americans. Further, at 10.1 percent, the current unemployment rate for black Americans is double the rate for white Americans, and blacks currently face an unemployment rate higher than the national unemployment rate during the peak of the recession. “In my home state of North Carolina, the unemployment rate for African-
Americans is 9.9 percent while the unemployment rate of whites is 3.2 percent,” Butterfield said. Also, the poverty rate for African-Americans currently stands at 27.5 percent, while its just 12.6 percent for whites. For District residents, the median household income for African-Americans is $38,300, while it stands at a whopping $115,900 for whites. “Yes, that’s right; that is a gap of $77,600, and the poverty rate here in the nation’s capital is 27.4 percent for African-Americans compared to 7.6 percent for whites,” Butterfield said. And while, on the surface, there’s a smaller gender pay gaps within the black community, it’s really not all that rosy, based on an analysis this month by The Philadelphia
Congressional Black Caucus Chair G.K. Butterfield said Republicans must help Democrats fight poverty in African-American communities. (Courtesy of PBS)
Tribune. “The problem is that a smaller black gender wage gap is an advanced indicator of much more serious economic and financial hemorrhaging within the larger black community. Baltimore just snapped the entire nation back into that conversation,” the newspaper
wrote. African-American females, when compared with other populations, are almost level with their male counterparts in average income, but this comes amid significant economic decline for black men, their traditional community partners.
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They included his biggest success, "Dancing in the Street", which he co-wrote with Hunter and Marvin Gaye; "It Takes Two" (Gaye and Weston), "Ask the Lonely" for the Four Tops, Jimmy Ruffin's "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted", "My Baby Loves Me" (Martha & the Vandellas), "Can You Jerk Like Me" by
Photo by Ian Foxx Smokey Robinson and Mickey Stevenson at the Barnsdall.
the Contours, "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" for Stevie Wonder and Gaye's "Stubborn Kind of Fellow". He also wrote "Devil with the Blue Dress On" in 1964 with Shorty Long, which became a
hit for Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels in 1966. He also wrote under the pseudonym Avery Vandenburg for Jobete's Stein & Van Stock publishing subsidiary. In 1969, he founded a
label called People Records which recorded Kim Weston and other acts such as Hodges, James & Smith, but the label dissolved around the time James Brown's unrelated label of the same name was founded
in 1971. In recent years, Stevenson discovered and produced the R&B female artist Jaisun for an album that reached #1 in major breakout markets,[which?] but he has
largely been involved in producing stage musicals. The latter include Swann, Showgirls, Wings and Things, The Gospel Truth, TKO, and Chocolate City.
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ART/ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS NEWS Denzel Washington’s Daughter Olivia Makes NYC Stage Debut By Mark Kennedy NEW YORK (AP) — Like so many other aspiring actresses, Olivia Washington is paying her dues at a small, off-Broadway theater. Unlike so many other aspiring actresses, she’s not relying on her famous dad. Washington, one of Denzel Washington’s four children, played the shy and damaged Laura in a revival of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” in a 199-seat theater this spring. She joined the inaugural season of the Masterworks Theater Company, which has found temporary housing in the 47th Street Theater, a short walk from Broadway’s glitter. The goal of the company is to present theatrical classics with diverse casts to young people. Its motto: igniting the next generation of audiences. “It’s my first show as well as their first show so we’re definitely growing up together,” said Washington, who graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts two years ago. “Everything has kind of been ‘jump straight into and see what happens.'” Washington, who grew up in Los Angeles, had never seen “The Glass Menagerie” but had studied it in college. Her credits include a stage production of “Clybourne Park” in Ithaca, New York, and she had a small part in the film “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” Auditioning for more than a year, she said the chance to portray one of Williams’ most interesting heroines was exciting. “Normally, I wouldn’t be able to audition because they don’t really offer it to women of color. So I jumped on it right away,” she said. Director Christopher Scott, the artistic director of Masterworks and a teacher at Baruch College, said Washington brought out Laura’s fragility and humor at
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“Call JOE When You’re Ready To Go!” In a Sunday Jan. 13, 2013 file photo, actor Denzel Washington, right, and his daughter Olivia Washington arrive at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Olivia Washington, one of Denzel Washington’s four children, has spent the spring od 2015 playing the shy and damaged Laura in a revival of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” in a 199-seat theater in New York. Unlike so many other aspiring actresses, she’s not relying on her famous dad. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/ Invision/AP, File) her audition. “I always say at the beginning of our process, ‘Make me see this character in a way that I never imagined.’ And she did that,” he said. “She did that while staying truthful to the story and what I think Williams wrote. She brought that all alive.” The rest of the cast is Saundra Santiago, Richard Prioleau and Doug Harris. Tickets range from $33 to $65. Masterworks already has a second show in the works, Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Masterworks, founded by producer and teacher Eric Krebs, hopes in the coming years to do “A Raisin in the Sun,” ”Macbeth” and “Of Mice and Men,” unlocking them for millennials by hiring the best for the part, regardless of race. “The need for people to see themselves onstage is really
important,” Scott said. In some ways, Washington takes after her father, an Oscar and Tony winner who said his dream when he first started acting at Fordham University was to be onstage. His first two roles in college were “The Emperor Jones” by Eugene O’Neill and Shakespeare’s “Othello.” One call to dad might help his daughter’s career, but Olivia Washington is happy to be here, playing for young people in a small theater where the props include an old typewriter with sticky keys and a spare unicorn figurine hidden onstage in case something bad happens to the go-to ones. “It’s kind of like those stories of theater companies back in the day. Like, ‘Oh, all these cool actors were studying together and creating a company,'” she said. “Now we get to do that.”
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BUSINESS DIRECTORY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2015113794 The following person (s) is/are doing business as: 1. Westside Homes, Sales, Rentals, Leasing 2. Westside Sales, Rentals, Leasing, 8484 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 515, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 LA County; P.O. Box 864, Malibu, CA 90265 Registered Owner(s): 1. Malibu Realty, Inc., 8484 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 515, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. This business is conducted by a Corporation. The date registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) SIGNED: Malibut Realty, Inc. Title: CEO This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on April 28, 2015 Expires April 28, 2020. Notice-This fictitious Name Statement expires five years from date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). (First Filing) Pub May 8, 15,22, 29, 2015PN
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2015090048 The following person (s) is/are doing business as: 1. Loving Me, 4236 Leimert Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008 LA County Registered Owner(s): 1. Temica M Wofford, 4236 Leimert Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca 90008 This business is conducted by as an Individual. The date registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) SIGNED: Temica M Wofford Title: Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on April 3, 2015 Expires April 3, 2020. Notice-This fictitious Name Statement expires five years from date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). (First Filing) Pub April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 2015PN
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2015079939 The following person (s) is/are doing business as: 1. Crown N Glory Collection 2.SMMART Beauty Solutions 3.Dr. Emily 4. Dr. Emily Fields 5. Healthy Start Water 6. Crown N Glory 7. Smart Beauty, 548 E. Rhea Street, Long Beach, CA 90506 Los Angeles AI #ON 2762664 Registered Owner(s): 1. La Rutan, 548 E. Rhea Street, Long Beach, CA 90806. This business is conducted by a Corporation. The date registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/ A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) SIGNED: La Rutan Title: CEO This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on March 24, 20015 Expires March 24 2020. Notice-This fictitious Name Statement expires five years from date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). (First Filing) Pub April24, May 1, 8, 15, 2015PN
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2015093349 The following person (s) is/are doing business as: 1. Nails by Saverne, 8101 Crenshaw Blvd. #3, Inglewood, CA 90305 Registered Owner(s): Saverne Smith, 8101 Crenshaw Bl., #3, Inglewood, CA 90305. This business is conducted by an Individual. The date registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on NA. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) SIGNED: Saverne Smith Title: Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on April 07, 2015 Expires April 07, 2020 Notice-This fictitious Name Statement expires five years from date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). (First Filing) Pub May 1, 8, 15,22, 2015, PN
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2015096765 The following person (s) is/are doing business as: 1. Natural As I Am, 10032 Collett Ave, North Hills CA 91343-1622 Los Angeles Registered Owner(s): 1. Verneen Mincey, 10032 Collett Ave, North Hills, CA 91343-1622. This business is conducted by an Individual. The date registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) SIGNED: Verneen Mincey Title: Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on April10, 2015 Expires April 10, 2020. Notice-This fictitious Name Statement expires five years from date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). (First Filing) Pub April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 2015 PN
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2015063587 The following person (s) is/are doing business as: 1. The G.R.E.A.T.S. 2.Greatness Rises Empowers And Teaches Success A Young Professional Movement 3. Dreams of Greatness Tour, 8826 Menlo Ave., LA, CA 90044 LA, Registered Owner(s): 1. Precious Durhan Jackson, 8826 Menlo Ave., LA, CA 90044 2. Brandon Douver, 6625 Spring Park Ave Apt 4, LA, CA 90056 3. Robert Coleman, 4205 Monteith Dr. , LA, CA 90013 4. Iman Newborn, 5727 8th Ave, LA, CA 90043 This business is conducted by a General Partnership. The date registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) SIGNED: Precious Durhan Jackson, Title: Partner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on March 9, 2015 Expires March 9, 2020. Notice-This fictitious Name Statement expires five years from date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). (First Filing) Pub March 13, , 20, 27, April 3, 2015 PN
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2015079371 The following person (s) is/are doing business as: 1. Kleanification, 4851 1/2 Long Beach Ave., Los Angeles , CA 90058 Los Angeles Registered Owner(s): 1. Sharday Anyadieg, 4851 1/2 Long Beach Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90058. This business is conducted by an Individual. The date registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) SIGNED: Sharday Anyadiegwu Title: Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on March 24, 2015 Expires March 24, 2020. Notice-This fictitious Name Statement expires five years from date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). (First Filing) Pub April 17, 24, May 1, 8 2015PN
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