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Photo by Raymond Bell (l-R) Tamara Lewis, Dr. Gloria Zuurveen and Malika Zuurveen, Dr. Zuurveen’s daughter, holding the NAACP trophy Dr. Zuurveen received during the Roy Wilkins Freedom Fund banquet.
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Photo by Ian Foxx Dr. Gloria Zuurveen, the recipient of the Ida B. Well-Barnett Journalism Award and Byron Reed, Senior VP, Wells Fargo Bank during the Freedom Fund Gala held at the Biltmore in Downtown Los Angeles on Thursday evening.
Photo by Ian Foxx Yara Shahidi, Actress, recipient of the Youth Award during the 2015 Freedom Fund Awards Gala on Thursday evening.
Photo by Raymond Bell Cynthia Manaker and Dr. Gloria Zuurveen at the awards gala on Thursday at Biltmore.
Photo by Ian Foxx Mrs. Minnie-Hadley-Hempstead, NAACP Los Angeles President and Los Angeles City Councilmember, 10 District, Herb Wesson, the recipient of the President’s Award during the 2015 Roy Wilkins Freedom Fund Gala at the Biltmore.
Photo by Ian Foxx of Foxx Media Dr. Gloria Zuurveen, recipient of Ida B Photo by Frank Megna Wells Barnett award at the 2015 Roy Wilkins Freedom Gala, spoke about the lynchDiana Ljungaeus, Ex. Dir., L A Press Club, and ings of friend Tommie Moss and two others Dr. Gloria Zuurveen at the awards gala prior to that changed her life. Please see page 8 receiving the Ida B. Wells Barnett.
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Hello Everyone, Praise be to God who gives us the victory. Last night was a victory for Pace News and all of its readers and supporters for the Ida B. Wells Barnett NAACP Los Angeles Award. It says a lot about the work which has been done for all these years are being recognized. Promotion comes from God and the honor is a promotion from God in His own timing. It was a pleasure to represent in the fashion of a crusader for the voiceless. I am truly grateful to the NAACP Los Angeles for the privilege. As we have this three day weekend on Memorial Day, I pray that everyone be vigilant and sober. I pray that we remember those who lost their lives for the sake of our country. It is a blessing to have veterans to have stood in the gap for our freedom. It is good to honor their memories and for their family to take time to reflect on the legacy they left. It is a blessing to be in America although we have much work to do as a people to get to the promised line of equal justice under the law. Praise God in the midst because He knows all and sees all. Praise Him and bless His Holy Name.
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Obama Leads Discussion on Poverty By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Columnist President Obama recently participated in a long overdue panel discussion on poverty at Georgetown University. As regular readers of this column know, I have been complaining for years about the fixation this administration has had on helping the middle class while giving only passing mentions to race and poverty. I wrote in July 2013, “According to research conducted by Daniel Q. Gillion, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, in Obama’s first two years in office, the nation’s first Black president made fewer speeches and offered fewer executive policies on race than any Democratic president since 1961.” In addition, I stated, “Frederick C. Harris, director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University, noted that Obama’s 2011 State of the Union address was the first by any president since 1948 to not mention poverty or the poor.” So, I was not only delighted that Obama joined the Georgetown discussion on poverty, but elated that he candidly addressed the issues of poverty and race. In his 1964 State of the Union address, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared “unconditional war on poverty,” introducing Head Start, Upward Bound, and the Job Corps program, providing food stamps and nutritional programs for the poor, and expanding Social Security benefits Nearly two and a half decades later, President Ronald Reagan declared in his 1988 State of the Union remarks, “We fought a war on poverty, and poverty won.” Obama disagrees. “I think it is a mistake for us to suggest that somehow every effort we make has failed and we are powerless to address poverty,” he said at Georgetown University. “That’s just not true. First of all, just in absolute terms, the poverty rate when you take into account tax and transfer programs, has been reduced about 40 percent since 1967. “Now, that does not lessen our concern about communities where poverty remains chronic. It does suggest, though, that we have been able to lessen poverty when we decide we want to do something about it.” The problem is Congress’ unwillingness to conduct more than a budgetary skirmish on poverty. “…We have been stuck, I think for a long time, in a debate that creates a couple of straw men,” Obama explained. “The stereotype is that you’ve got folks on the left who just want to pour more money into social programs, and don’t care anything about culture or
parenting or family structures, and that’s one stereotype. And then you’ve got cold-hearted, free market, capitalist types who are reading Ayn Rand and – think everybody are moochers. And I think the truth is more complicated.” President Obama explained, “Now, one other thing I’ve got to say about this is that even back in [fellow panelist’s] day that was also happening. It’s just it was happening to Black people. And so, in some ways, part of what’s changed is that those biases or those restrictions on who had access to resources that allowed them to climb out of poverty – who had access to the firefighters job, who had access to the assembly line job, the blue-collar job that paid well enough to be in the middle class and then got you to the suburbs, and then the next generation was suddenly office workers—all those things were foreclosed to a big chunk of the minority population in this country for decades. “And that accumulated and built up. And over time, people with less and less resources, more and more strains – because it’s hard being poor. People don’t like being poor. It’s time-consuming. It’s stressful. It’s hard. And so over time, families frayed. Men who could not get jobs left. Mothers who are single are not able to read as much to their kids. So all that was happening 40 years ago to African Americans. And now what we’re seeing is that those same trends have accelerated and they’re spreading to the broader community.” President Obama called out Fox News for its distorted reporting on the poor, with various commentators saying such asinine things as if “they don’t want to be poor” they should get a job and “the rich suffered more.” Enough said about Fox. Obama thinks that this may be a unique time to finally unite around the issue of poverty. He said, “I think that we are at a moment — in part because of what’s happened in Baltimore and Ferguson and other places, but in part because a growing awareness of inequality in our society – where it may be possible not only to refocus attention on the issue of poverty, but also maybe to bridge some of the gaps that have existed and the ideological divides that have prevented us from making progress.” George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA) and BlackPressUSA.com. He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his Web site, www.georgecurry.com. You can also follow him at www.twitter.com/ currygeorge and George E. Curry Fan Page on Facebook.
The GOP’s Lunatic Center By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist The Republican Party doesn’t have a lunatic fringe. It has a lunatic center: a core bloc of White voters and officeholders whose extreme conservatism leads them to indulge again and again in outlandish conspiracy theories and, more seriously, proposed and enacted legislation of disgraceful callousness. The past few weeks have offered two striking examples of how dependent the Party’s base and elected officials have become on spouting and trying to enact as legislation their own worst impulses. One involves the American military’s three-month-long Jade Helm 15 combat-training exercises that will get underway in July and spread over various sparsely populated parts of the Southwest and West from Texas to California. The military periodically engages in such exercises, and officials said they’ve chosen these states because the terrain where the exercises will occur most closely matches the terrain where combat troops and Special Forces units have recently seen and are likely to see action. But to the conservative conspiracy bloc, Jade Helm 15 is, as one conspiracy-monger posted, part of Obama’s plan to provoke civil unrest, enact martial law, suspend the Constitution, suspend next year’s national elections, and extend his term of office indefinitely. A poll released last week by Public Policy Polling organization found that 60 percent of those likely to vote in the Republican primaries believe that Jade Helm 15 could be a federal government attempt to take over Texas. Pentagon officials have tried to calm the fears. And Arizona Sen. John McCain R-Ariz.), among a few other Republicans, derided the claims as “bizarre. We’ve been having military exercises in the Southwest for a couple of hundred years.” But Texas Republicans by and large have held a firm line on pandering to the extremists. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the state national guard to “monitor” the military’s activities once the exercises start. And Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Louie Gohmert characterized the conspiracy concerns as understandable because, as Cruz said, the Obama administration “has not demonstrated itself to be trustworthy.” I like New York Times columnist Gail Collins’ take on this. Before noting that although the state is a hotbed of anti-Washington sentiment, more than a quarter of the committees in the House of Representatives are currently chaired by Texas Republicans (and two of
the last four presidents have been Texas Republicans), Collins wrote, “Texas is getting more diverse by the hour, so maybe that’s it.” That population diversity – the substantial growth over the last two decades of Texas’ and the nation’s Hispanic citizens (54 million), and the sizable bloc of undocumented Hispanic immigrants (about 11 million) – is indeed what’s behind conservatives’ interest of recent years in revising the clause of the post-Civil War 14th Amendment that automatically grants U.S. citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States.” Of course, the “birthright citizenship” clause was specifically enacted to ensure that all Black Americans had full citizenship rights. But by the end of the 19th century, the court had ruled that the “all” in its language did indeed apply to all other peoples in the U.S. as well. Now, some conservatives want to sharply narrow that bedrock characteristic of the American nation (the principle is actually older than the 14th Amendment clause). In the Senate, Louisiana’s David Vitter has been introducing a bill to narrow the clause since 2011; and in late April the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security (Republican-chaired, of course) held a hearing on birthright citizenship, at which two of the three witnesses argued the issue deserves a “national debate.” It’s clear the birthright citizenship clause is safe; the extraordinary mechanism for revising or excising a constitutional amendment makes it so. But that doesn’t mean we should ignore the true purpose of this gambit. Conservatives aren’t primarily concerned about the children of undocumented immigrants being born here now. They’re worried – given the GOP’s hostility to immigration reform – about what party those children will support when they reach voting age. In short, they’re worried that the children of today’s undocumented immigrants – citizens of the United States by birth – will be adding to the substantial majority of Hispanic-Americans, and other Americans of color, who have multiple reasons not to vote Republican. So, in that regard, conservatives’ current Jade Helm 15 lunacy and their attacking the principle of birthright citizenship offer further evidence of how driven the conservative movement is by a view of American society that demands they dominate other Americans – especially the ones who are “colored.” 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
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EDUCATION & BUSINESS NEWS Riots and Police Shootings Not Just a National Problem From the BlackPressUSA.com While America and the rest of the world watch with shock and dismay as Black citizens are gunned down one after the other by rouge police officers, Miami-Dade County has remained almost silent. Bobby Worthy, president of Justice League United, staged a rally against police brutality May 7 in front of the Miami-Dade County Richard Gerstein Justice Building and it produced more media than participants and spectators. Michael “Black Jesus” of the Black Man’s Movement and four spectators on a blistering hot afternoon joined Worthy. “I’m shocked and disappointed that no people are here,” said Worthy, last Thursday. “We had 10,000 people come out in Ferguson, Mo. I just came from Baltimore, Md. I’ve been to North Charleston, S.C., all over the country. Never have I seen so few people interested in justice for Black people.” But the apathy shown at this rally does not reflect national efforts. The rallying cry against the unaccountability
of Black lives has been happening in pockets across the nation. Civil rights leaders rushed to the site of the dead and asked for justice on TV and radio, shouting to stopped -up ears of the justice system. But social media and mobile phone cameras have unlocked the eyes and ears of Americans, particularly the young, and a new civil rights movement has been born. 76 DEAD The NAACP Legal Defense Fund had been documenting the death of un-
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armed Black men and women by the police — sometimes when they were already in police custody — from 19992014. The first on the list: 23year-old Amadou Diallo, who was killed in New York after a hail of bullets was fired by police from outside his apartment. Nineteen bullets hit him. The officers were acquitted. On Dec. 3, 2014, the day it was announced that New York Police Department Officer Daniel Pantaleo would not be indicted, the Legal Defense Fund tweeted 76 names of men and women killed by the police and known by the fund. Since then, several unarmed Black men have been killed during encounters with police — some of them documented on cameras by witnesses. The latest to set off a literal firestorm was the death of Freddie Gray, who, after his arrest by Baltimore Police April 12, died of a spinal cord injury April 19 while still in
police custody. Police said Gray was initially arrested because he ran from police in an area known for violent crime and drug sales.
Baltimore erupted, people flooded the streets and civil unrest continues, even after Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby indicted six police officers on charges ranging from seconddegree murder to manslaughter and assault. The Justice League United staged the Miami rally against police brutality, according to Worthy, as an awakening in the aftermath of the recent deaths of Gray, Walter Scott, Eric Courtney Harris, Laval Hall, Michael Brown, Kajieme Powell, Jack Lamar Roberson, Antonio Whetstone and other Blacks at the hands of police. The North Charleston State Attorney has since indicted Michael Slager, the North Charleston police officer accused of shooting Scott eight times in the back, on a first-degree murder charge. -
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HEALTH & COMMUNITY NEWS U.S. Bird Flu Causing Egg Squeeze, Emergency Measures By P. J. Huffstutter and Bill Berkrot As a virulent avian influenza outbreak continues to spread across the Midwestern United States, some eggdependent companies are contemplating drastic steps: importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives. A spokeswoman for grain giant Archer Daniels Midland Co said that, as egg supplies have tightened and prices risen, the company has received numerous inquiries from manufacturers about the plant-based egg substitutes it makes. And with a strong dollar bolstering the buying power of U.S. importers, some companies are scouting for egg supplies abroad. "The U.S. has never imported any significant amount of eggs, because we've always been a very low-cost producer," said Tom Elam of FarmEcon,
an agricultural consulting company. "Now, that's no longer the case." Still, companies wanting to import eggs may have to look far afield. "Canada is short on eggs and has been buying heavily from the U.S. for the last several years," said Rick Brown, a senior vice-president of Urner Barry, a commodity market analysis firm. "Mexico has been dealing with its own outbreaks of avian influenza, so they're banned from importing into the U.S. The logical place people will be looking now would be Europe." Avril, a farmercontrolled agri-food group that owns France's largest egg brand, Matines, said it has seen an increase recently in demand from the United States and elsewhere in the Americas and plans to
Indispensable By Dean L. Jones, CPM Most of the year California consistently yields an abundant variety of fruit, but this season literally offers everything from apples to watermelons. Even though I work at avoiding processed food with added sugar, I am less disciplined at over eating fresh fruit, and eating too much fruit is bad for a body's health. Fresh fruit is undoubtedly something that is good for humans, basically indispensable mainly because of its delicious taste and quick energy source in the form of sugar, as well as vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidant pigments, and other compounds that help reduce risks of disease. My problem is that I can over eat fruit commercially hurried to reach grocery stores shelves, which is nutritiously less than what nature designed it to be. Fruit companies deliver fruits like bananas, pears and oranges picked long before becoming ripe, and/or apples that are waxed with a sealant that gives them an uncharacteristically long shelf life. And the extra expense to buy organic fruit is something I am not willing to do just to get something that I believe to be healthier, so I struggle with eating whole fruit incorrectly. It is hard to keep weight down when you eat a lot of fruit, due primarily to the large amount of sugar and fructose embedded within it. This is why I choose not to drink fruit/vegetable smoothies that can easily add over 300 calories per 8-ounce glass. I learned the hard way that fruit juice is not a fruit and is closer to drinking fruit sugar than it is to eating a whole fruit. In its liquid form, fruit sugar bypasses the complete digestive process, often leading to blood sugar spikes. High vitamin green juice smoothies are popular, and although better than most drinks, the average smoothie includes fruit (commonly berries, bananas and/ or apples), making it packed with sugar. Whenever fruits and vege-
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Dean L. Jones tables are juiced it removes the all important fiber, thereby advancing the sugar more rapidly into the bloodstream. For instance, a 12-ounce glass of fruit juice has the same amount of sugar as a can of soda. Nutritionists suggest choosing average-sized apples, cherries, grapefruits, average-sized oranges, pears, and plums that are relatively low on the glycemic index. Intermediate glycemic index fruits include bananas, cantaloupes, mangos, papayas, and pineapples. Fruits that are high on the glycemic index include dried dates and canned fruit cocktails. Even though I am disappointed in the tiny containers that the 99¢ stores sell blueberries, I have grown to appreciate this small serving as the correct size for consuming a very nutritious fruit. Fruit is both nature’s sweetheart and nature's digestive cleaning tool. Courtesy of fruit's brightly colored skins and abundance of nourishing nutrients it helps to keep things moving. Accordingly, I do not take fruit for granted and a little consumption discipline goes a long way toward 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.
start making shipments in June. ECONOMIC BITE Meanwhile, companies sticking with egg suppliers closer to home are facing sharply higher prices as a result of the outbreak, which has so far affected some 39 million birds. Nearly one-quarter of the hens that lay "breaker eggs" which include liquid, dried or frozen eggs used by food manufacturers - have either died or are slated to be euthanized. The outbreak has led to a sharp uptick in the wholesale price of such eggs, from 63-cents a dozen in late April, when the first egg-laying flock was reported infected, to $1.83 a dozen this week, Brown said. The wholesale price of "shell eggs," typically sold in cartons at grocery stores, has also risen, from $1.19 a dozen in late April to $2.03 a dozen this week, Brown said. Nevertheless, some food makers are turning to the more expensive shell eggs to supplement supplies, although that means an additional cost to send the eggs to a breaking facility that will crack the shells, Elam said. Analysts at Goldman Sachs predict consumers will ultimately spend an additional $7.5 billion to $8 billion because of the egg supply squeeze. Nestlé SA - which uses
eggs for some of its Dreyer's, Edy's and Häagen-Dazs ice cream products - said it is braced for shortages and working with suppliers to help protect hens. Dunkin' Brands Group Inc told Reuters it will leave it up to franchisees to decide whether to swallow the cost hikes they're seeing or pass them on to consumers. A MATTER OF LIFE OR DEATH For some companies, having an adequate supply of fertilized eggs can be a matter of life or death. Some vaccine makers, including Merck & Co Inc, maintain their own hen flocks to produce eggs used for incubating vaccines that protect against diseases such as measles and mumps. Merck said it is taking no chances with its chicken flocks as avian influenza continues to spread: Security is tight around the birds, and the health of the hens is continuously monitored. Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, said it, too, is keeping close tabs on the outbreak – particularly with the state agriculture department in Pennsylvania, home to some of its suppliers and the U.S.'s fourth largest egg-laying flock. So far, no avian influ-
enza cases have been identified there. "We continue to maintain preventive measures for our egg supply system, including biosecurity and physical security procedures, to provide our suppliers with protection from being affected by this or any avian outbreak," the company told Reuters in a statement. And GlaxoSmithKline PLC told Reuters it is reinforcing biosafety standards at more than 30 Canadian egg-laying farms that are dedicated to producing eggs for the company’s human flu vaccines. The company has more egg supplies than it needs for its flu vaccine production in Canada and Germany, a spokeswoman said. But as the bird flu outbreak spreads in the U.S., she added, “we are monitoring the current situation closely and have alerted all of our supply farms.” (Reporting By P.J. Huffstutter in Chicago and Bill Berkrot in New York. Additional reporting by Karl Plume in Chicago, Lisa Baertlein in Los Angeles, Anjali Athavaley in New York, Sybille de La Hamaide in Bazancourt, France and Gus Trompiz in Paris. Editing by Jo Winterbottom and Sue Horton)
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BUSINESS & COMMUNITY NEWS Congresswoman Waters Introduces TIGER Grants for Job Creation Act Calls for a $7.5 Billion Investment in Transportation Infrastructure WASHINGTON, D.C. Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, introduced the TIGER Grants for Job Creation Act (H.R. 2495). This bill will provide an emergency supplemental appropriation of $7.5 billion over the next 6 years for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program, which creates jobs by funding investments in transportation infrastructure. The funding will be exempt from sequestration and will not reduce funds available for other federal programs. Joining Congresswoman Waters as original cosponsors are more than 65 Members of Congress under the leadership of Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-9). “Our economy is struggling to recover from the recession, and our roads, bridges, and public transit systems are in desperate need of repair,” said Congresswoman Waters. “The TIGER Grants for Job Creation Act will create jobs, encourage innovation, and modernize our transportation infrastructure for the 21st century.”
“I am proud that Memphis received a TIGER Grant for the Main2Main project and have seen firsthand the positive impact this program can have on our local economy,” said Congressman Cohen. “Improving our decaying infrastructure will help boost the American economy, create jobs, and ensure we can remain competitive in the 21st century economy. I look forward to working with Congresswoman Waters to pass the TIGER Grants for Job Creation Act.” According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate is 5.4 percent nationwide. Furthermore, the rate is 6.9 percent among Hispanics, 9.6 percent among African Americans, and 17.1 percent among teenagers. Meanwhile, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the public infrastructure of the United States a grade of “D+” in 2013 and estimated that we will need to invest $3.6 trillion by 2020 in order to improve the condition of our infrastructure. “I call upon my colleagues to pass the TIGER Grants for Job Creation Act, invest in our crumbling infrastruc-
Waters Statement on Five Banks’ Guilty Pleas WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following guilty pleas by five of the largest banks to criminal violations, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, expressed her disappointment with the Department of Justice’s failure to hold any individuals criminally accountable. In addition, Waters expressed her concern with reports that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will allow these banks to continue doing business as usual, by waiving certain bad actor disqualifications in the securities laws. She released the following statement: “I am pleased that the Department of Justice investigated and prosecuted these five big banks for their illegal actions. However, today’s settlement is just the latest example of a broken system that allows our largest financial institutions to break American law and receive nothing more than a slap on the wrist. The banks are entering guilty pleas and paying fines, yet no one is going to jail for this criminal behavior. Furthermore, the DOJ itself has noted that the banks in question accounted for 25 percent of the $500 billion-a-day dollars-to-euros spot market, meaning this so-called ‘record fine’ is literally a drop in the bucket. The matter gets worse with reports that, despite my calls for increased transparency, the Securities and Exchange Commission appears to have rubberstamped waivers for these institutions, allowing them to continue
doing business as if no crime was committed. By granting these waivers of bad actor disqualifications without a rigorous, fair and public process, we have failed to protect our investors, the public, and the markets – and we have done nothing to deter future misconduct by these institutions. Every day, countless low -level offenders are put in prison for crimes far less serious than what these banks have pled guilty to today. Meanwhile, big banks continue to receive waivers and modest fines – with nobody facing jail time. Now, only the Department of Labor can appropriately hold these institutions to account, with a transparent and public waiver process. Banks that are merely fined for their criminal activity and suffer no material impact simply view such penalties as the cost of doing business. I’m very disappointed that even after the unprecedented pain and suffering we have experienced due to the bad behavior of the largest banks, we continue to allow such serious activity to virtually go unpunished.” Last week, Waters sent a letter to SEC Chair Mary Jo White on this matter, and urged the adoption of a more rigorous, fair, and public process for determining whether to waive these disqualifications. In March, Waters released the “Bad Actor Disqualification Act,” draft legislation that would ensure a more thorough, transparent and public process for granting waivers of bad actor disqualifications at the SEC.
ture, and create meaningful employment in communities across the United States,” said Congresswoman Waters. Earlier this year, the President proposed an expansion
of the TIGER program, which would provide $7.5 billion for TIGER over the next 6 years, including $1.25 billion in fiscal year 2016. Congresswoman Waters sent a letter to the Appropri-
ations Committee urging full funding of the President’s $1.25 billion request for TIGER in FY 2016, and a total of 146 Members of Congress signed her letter.
Remembering Lu Vason: Founder of AllBlack Rodeo Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo Cowboys, cowgirls, and rodeo enthusiasts are mourning the passing of Lu Vason, the creator of one of America’s longest running all-Black touring rodeos, the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo. Vason had just celebrated his birthday in April, was 76. Longtime friend and California Rodeo Coordinator, Margo Wade LaDrew states of Vason: “Over the past 20 years working with Lu to promote the BPIR, he became a mentor, father and trusted friend that I will miss and cherish always. In his memory, we will continue his Legacy of the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo "The Greatest Show on Dirt" as we celebrate our 31st rodeo tour.” Vason, who grew up in Berkeley, California and moved to Denver in 1977, has over 30 years experience as a producer, media impresario and marketing consultant. Assemblymember Cheryl Brown was a sponsor of the rodeo for over 25 years, "I've known Mr. Vason for 30 years. He's always been positive, energetic and dedicated. In addition to being the founder of Bill Picket Rodeo, he was an active promoter of the show," said Assemblymember Brown. "As a promoter, he focused on the true history of our country. He talked about the largely forgotten Black American cowboys and cowgirls, which represented 25 percent of that population. As Co-Publishers of The Black Voice News, Hardy and I supported the Bill Picket Rodeo Show by providing media coverage, serving as a ticket outlet, and organizing busloads of youth to attend the event. Mr. Vason was full of encouragement. He will truly be missed." Friend, actor, and rodeo participant, Glynn Turman stated of the passing of Vason, “There was a round up early this morning. One of my dearest friends was part of the pack God hand picked which souls He wanted. The corral was filled with those who had lived long lives. They were known as leaders, innovators, and ground shakers. My dear friend Lu Vason, was right up front. “As God gave each one of them their wings, Lu looked back and smiled. He smoothed down his hair pulled tightly in a mangled gray ponytail, secured his white cowboy hat, and proceeded to fly. …I will miss my dear friend but to think of him, I have to smile. I know that at this very moment he is fine. He is free.” Vason is credited with creating the Pointer Sisters and managing various other artist. He formed Aries Concerts and the Jazz Lives Series promoting various concerts and concert tours.
Lu Vason In 1977, during Wyoming's Cheyenne Frontier Days, Vason's interest turned toward rodeo. His curiosity was aroused when he noted that there were no Black cowboys participating that day. Were people aware of the role that the Black cowboy had played in this country's history? Vason was convinced that the time had come to uncover the cultural past of the Black cowboy. In 1984, he created an all Black rodeo named after legendary cowboy, Bill Pickett, who originated "bulldogging". Some 23 years later the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo is now a popular series, which reaches over 130,000 spectators annually across the United States. As BPIR producer he challenged the false perception of an absentee presence of Blacks in the development of the West, while molding his touring rodeo into a success. The Black rodeo has been a powerful tool in his goals of educating people on the Black west as well as building a profitable business. The first Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo, held in 1984 in Denver, Colorado was an inspiration Vason had after visiting the Cheyenne Frontier Days, the grand -daddy of Rodeos, in Wyoming, "my experience was exciting but lacked one thing,” according to Vason in an interview. “Black cowboys." While in Denver he visited the Black American West Museum of History where he was introduced to the history of Bill Pickett. "People knew the name Will Rogers,” said Vason "But who they hadn't heard of was Bill Pickett and if they had, they didn't know he was Black." Bill Pickett, born in 1870 in Texas, created 'bulldogging," a
move where he rode alongside a steer, jumped onto its shoulders and brought the steer down by digging his feet into the ground. The modern day version of the move is called steer wrestling and remains one the most intriguing exhibitions throughout rodeo history. The Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo is where Vason kept his focus and his biggest hope of producing Rodeo Soul, a show he incorporated and wanted to see on BET or some sport's channel. Concerts only have financial rewards," said Vason. "The Rodeo is educational, I'm trying to promote the culture of the Black west.” California Black Media President and former Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo Queen, Regina Brown Wilson said: "The world lost a courageous and compassionate man, and I have lost a mentor and a friend who dedicated his life to spreading African-American culture and entertainment through his signature and national event "The Bill Picket Rodeo." His selflessness and passion to develop his annual event that brought families together and provided unique experiences to inner city and underserved kids will forever be etched into the many lives he touched.” Through his impressive career as a producer he has made it possible for many to have access to a piece of denied history. Children and adults today can travel a short distance by bus, car or maybe even horse, to a place where the dust from the bull pen, the fearless strength of Black cowboys and the audacious displays of bulldogging is as authentic now as they were over a hundred years, ago. Submitted by: CBM
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Photo Diana Ljungaeus Raymond Bell, two-times Emmy winner along with Frank Megna with Dr. Gloria Zuurveen at the 2015 Freedom Fund Gala held at the Biltmore last night.
Photo by Diana Ljungaeus Dr. Gloria Zuurveen strike a pose for the camera prior to the 2015 Roy Wilkins Freedom Fund gala held on Thursday evening at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Aneles. She was the recipient of the Ida B. Wells-Barnett award during the ceremony with the theme: “Stony the Road we trod.”
Photo by Ian Foxx Senior VP, Wells Fargo Bank, Byron Reed takes time out to have a picture taken with Los Angeles City Councilmember Herb Wesson. Wesson spoke about the raise in wages from 9.00 an hour to 20.00 in hour was passed in the Chamber of the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday. The 2015 Roy Wilkins Freedom Fund Gala with its theme “Stony the Road we Trod” was one filled with a reminder that we have not come so far that we forget.
Photo by Gloria Zuurveen Sheryl L. Spiller, Director, Department of Public Social Services with Mrs. Minnie-HadleyHempstead, NAACP Los Angeles President after Spiller received the Trailblazer Award during the 2015 Roy Wilkins Freedom Fund Gala at the Biltmore Hotel on Thursday evening.
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NEWS Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas Joins Colleagues in Endorsing Steven Bradford for Senate GARDENA, CA - Assemblymember Sebastian RidleyThomas officially joined 20 of his colleagues in the California State Assembly in endorsing Steven Bradford as the next Senator representing the 35th district. The 21st Assemblymember to officially add his name to a growing list of supporters, Ridley-Thomas joins Speaker Toni Atkins, Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez, former Speakers Antonio Villaraigosa and Senator Robert Hertzberg, Assemblymembers Bonnie Low-
enthal, Henry Perea, George Nakano, Lorena Gonzalez, Richard Bloom, Ken Cooley, Freddie Rodriguez, Tony Thurmond, Jose Medina, Kevin McCarty, Jimmy Gomez, Shirley Weber, Anthony Rendon, Cheryl Brown, Roger Hernández, and Matt Dababneh. "I'm happy to lend my name and support to Steve Bradford for senate," said Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas. "I've known Steve pretty much my entire life and there is no doubt that he is committed to the busi-
ness of public service. He is a tireless worker that has always put his constituents and community that he serves first. In the Assembly, where we served together, he authored numerous legislation that has improved the lives of all Californians from the 3-foot bike safety law to funding for solar for low-income residents. I assure you he will bring that same level of innovativeness and hard work to his policy making in the senate. He has earned my support and the
vote of the people of the 35th SD." Current 35th District Senator Isadore Hall, who was elected in a special election in 2014 to succeed Roderick Wright and fulfill the rest of his term, has announced that he will not seek re-election to the state senate for a full term and will instead run for the U.S. House of Representatives. Hall has already announced his endorsement of Bradford. Bradford represented parts of the 35th Senate district
for 18 years as a member of the California state Assembly and the Gardena City Council. The 35th Senate district includes the cities and communities of Carson, Compton, Gardena, Harbor City, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lennox, San Pedro, Torrance, Watts, Willowbrook and Wilmington. The California primary election will be held Tuesday, June 7, 2016 with the general election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
Families, Activists Refuse to Forget Lives Lost to Police By Richard B. Muhammad BALTIMORE (The Final Call) – The tears Tawanda Jones sheds flow freely at times. Her voice breaks a little. But none of it stops her from pressing for justice for her brother, who died during an encounter with police officers, and standing for others who have suffered similar losses. The death of Freddie Gray and the uprising that followed brought attention from around the world to this majority Black city with a long history of police problems. Before Freddie Gray there was Tyrone West, who is Ms. Jones’ brother, and there was Anthony Anderson, Trayvon Scott, George V. King and others who died in police custody, or encounters, without prosecutors finding anything was wrong. “My family means everything to me,” said the 38-year-old educator. The two-year anniversary of Tyrone’s death is July 18, 2015. She sits in church with family, without her big brother. She cries as she describes what happened: It was a typical summer day. Tyrone, who worked parttime, would drive her car, pick her up and take her to work. “It worked out perfectly,” she recalled. They talked, dropped her children off, dropped her off. Tyrone went to work and some other appointments. At the end of the day, Tyrone was waiting for her. Ironically she would talk to her brother about Officer Friendly visiting her summer class that day. They would talk about the death of Trayvon Martin, a Black teenager in Florida, and the acquittal of his killer George Zimmerman. “We’re worried about Zimmerman’s there, we got Zimmerman’s on every corner in Baltimore,” Tyrone said, according to his sister. He got a call from a new acquaintance, a young woman, on the hot day. The tired schoolteacher agreed to have him use her car to pick up his niece and pick up the young woman who was stranded. A half-hour later she had a kind of premonition, sharp sudden pains in her neck, her body, and fell to the floor. She didn’t know what was happening. Her thoughts turned to Tyrone and his safety. She had always hoped driving her car would make things a little easier and help shield him from Black on Black violence. She could not reach him. Later that night her partner shared news a media report would verify: Tyrone was dead after an encounter with city police officers while driving her green Mercedes in northeast Baltimore. “My whole world just ended that day. I couldn’t breathe. I was here physically but spiritually, I was gone. It was heart-
breaking,” she said. Eyewitnesses told her Tyrone was beaten worse than Rodney King and officers brutalized him, she said. Police officers and the medical examiner gave the family the runaround to get her brother’s body and her car was impounded, she said. It took five days to see his body, but when the family saw his body it was already made up, she said. It didn’t look like Tyrone and her family has refused to let questions about his death go unanswered. An appeal to the state’s attorney at the time for help was rebuffed, she recalled. Prosecutors said the death was from natural causes related to dehydration and cardiac arrest. The medical examiner was inconclusive on whether officers were responsible for the death. After months of trying to get answers and access, the state’s attorney met with the family and was cordial while a videographer recorded the meeting, said Ms. Jones. The camera was turned off after introductions and the state’s attorney’s persona changed too, she said. Don’t get too comfortable in those seats. I am not going to charge the officers, she recalls the state’s attorney saying. Ms. Jones also said then State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein gave immunity to the officers involved in her brother’s death. A special investigation found the police department erred numerous times during the investigation into the West death, according to media reports. Police failed to say where an alleged bag with cocaine was found and did not test it for Tyrone’s fingerprints, crime scene photos weren’t organized properly and the investigation focused too heavily on Tyrone’s criminal past but did not examine the records of the officers involved. The department also failed to inform the family and needed more transparency, the report added. It did not find any evidence of excessive force. Despite the pain and threats following a wrongly edited media statement attributed to her about holding “killer cops” accountable, Ms. Jones and her family members have refused to quit. She backed current States Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby over Mr. Bernstein, who she said callously mishandled her family. Every week is “West Wednesday,” where she, family members and supporters go out and continue to demand justice for Tyrone. None of the officers involved in Tyrone’s case have been fired and some have been involved in other instances of brutality and death, she charged. Attempts to reach Mr. Bernstein through law firm Zuckerman Spaeder LLP were unsuccessful at Final Call press time. Dora
Moses, 54, moved her children out of the city fearing for their lives. She grew up and raised children here, but fled to Pennsylvania as overall violence and police violence took its toll. She especially feared for her son. She fears for her grandsons who are toddlers. “I don’t see the problems being resolved to the degree where I feel safe with them being,” said the grandmother. Her daughter’s boyfriend’s death at the hands of police officers on Liberty Heights Avenue was the final straw. She packed up with no plans, found a cheap home and left. Her daughters have moved back to Baltimore and she worries about her six grandsons. She would like to see her daughters and grandchildren come back to Pennsylvania. She was in town to help her daughter with the active and talkative young boys. Sitting on the steps of a row house where her daughter lives, she saluted protestors who marched by calling for justice in the killing of Freddie Gray, an unarmed Black man who the state’s attorney says was illegally arrested and negligently handled by police officers. Charges have been filed against six officers in connection with the death of the SandtownWinchester resident. According to the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, between 2010 and 2014, at least 109 people died in police encounters in Maryland. In a briefing paper released earlier this year, the ACLU found deaths dispersed throughout 18 different jurisdictions across the state. But “nearly 70 percent of those who died in police encounters were Black … more than 40 percent of those who died were unarmed, and that police officers were criminally charged in less than two percent of the 109 cases cited by the ACLU.” The ACLU compiled the paper after learning state officials do not track these cases, the group said. “State leaders must act now to send a clear message to families, communities and police that all lives matter and that these deaths are not inevitable,” said Sonia Kumar, ACLU staff attorney, at the paper’s release. “We must report and track deaths in police encounters in order to learn the lessons that will prevent these tragedies from recurring.” “Outside of the families and communities who have borne the brunt of these losses, the full extent of deaths in police encounters has never been formally acknowledged by public officials in Maryland,” said the ACLU. “There is no centralized state or federal reporting requirement when people die in police encounters. There are more than 140 state and local law enforcement
agencies in Maryland, but no official tracking of how frequently or under what circumstances they are involved in the loss of civilian lives. The scant national data that is available suggests that Maryland has a very high number of policeinvolved civilian deaths relative to other states.” “Five Black people died at the hands of police for every White person who died, when the size of the Black and White populations were taken into account. Put another way, the rate at which Blacks died by a police encounter (deaths per population size) was five times that of Whites. Forty-one percent of those who died (45 people) were not armed with a weapon of any kind. The number of unarmed Blacks who died (36 people) exceeded the total number of all Whites who died (30 people), armed or not,” the ACLU reported. “Ten unarmed Black people died for every unarmed White person who died, when the size of the Black and White populations were taken into account. Put another way, the rate at which unarmed Blacks died by a police encounter (deaths per population size) was ten times that of Whites.” “Thirty-eight percent of those who died (41 people) presented in a way that suggested a possible medical or mental health issue, disability, substance use or similar issue. Seventy-nine percent of those who died (86 people) were killed by police gunfire. Twenty-one percent of those who died (23 people) were not shot; in most of these cases police used handcuffs or other restraints, pepper spray, and/or a taser. Several individuals were killed in the course of a vehicle pursuit. Ms. Jones said, “The only thing we can do is hold police accountable. We need to put things in place to make sure nobody else goes through this.” Cortly “C.D.” Witherspoon, Sr., head of the Baltimore Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, lives around the corner from where the incident with Freddie Gray happened. He has been working on police brutality for several years and was arrested at city hall trying to get attention to the problem from the mayor and city council president. He started with the 2010 case of disabled man David Yem, who was shot by a police officer. Mr. Yem, who was already paralyzed on one side of his body and had emotional issues, was shot as an officer fired through a windshield in the Poplar Grove community in West Baltimore, he said. The man had a knife but was not a threat, he said. Mr. Yem recovered. No charges were filed against the po-
lice officer, who said the disabled man charged his car. The shots were fired in broad daylight with children around, said Mr. Witherspoon. Anthony Anderson was in East Baltimore, in front of family members and grandchildren, when officers said they saw a drug transaction and body slammed him on his head, said Mr. Witherspoon. He died and no drugs were found on the scene or in his system, he added. Threats to file Freedom of Information Act requests forced police to recant the initial statement, but no one was charged, the activist continued. Last year George King went to a hospital for a tooth extraction and was tased to death by Baltimore city police officers, he said. Within 48 hours protests were organized outside city hall and thousands came to a second protest in the community, said Mr. Witherspoon. He said he was present when the former state’s attorney Bernstein told the family of Anthony Anderson no charges would be filed though the medical examiner declared death a homicide. “This same state’s attorney tried two young African America men twice for harming a dog. The first time these two young men were acquitted. The second time they were acquitted. He tried them twice trying to ensure that these young men were convicted. We can’t even get an officer indicted in Baltimore—this was under the previous state’s attorney,” he said. “What we are hoping to do is at some point to lobby this state’s attorney, the new state’s attorney that we elected, because of Gregg Bernstein’s complete lack of political will to do the right thing. We are hoping to present these cases back to her for reconsideration,” said Mr. Witherspoon, who has traveled to different places across the country supporting the calls for police accountability. Charging the officers was step in the right direction, but there should have been first degree murder charges, he said. Mr. Gray should have been in an ambulance, not a police wagon, he said. “We are tired of the double standard that exists in our society that has it so that officers are allowed to get away with murder. The murder of Black men in every city across this country,” he said. “I say the integrity of these people who are questioning (Mrs. Mosby), in lieu of this, their integrity should be questioned. Their competency should be questioned. When somebody is held accountable for killing an African America man, then their competency is questioned? That’s racist in nature,” he said.
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NATIONAL/STATE & REGIONAL NEWS Prosecutor: 6 Officers Indicted in Death of Freddie Gray By: Juliet Linderman BALTIMORE (AP) — All six officers charged in the police -custody death of Freddie Gray were indicted by a grand jury, a prosecutor said Thursday. The indictments were very similar to the charges Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced about three weeks ago. The most serious charge for each officer, ranging from second-degree “depraved heart” murder to assault, still stood. Gray suffered a critical spinal injury after police handcuffed, shackled and placed him head-first into a van, Mosby has said. His pleas for medical attention were repeatedly ignored, she said. Mosby said prosecutors had presented evidence to the grand jury for the past two weeks. Some of the charges were changed based on new information, but she didn’t say what that new information was. She also did not take questions. “As is often the case, during an ongoing investigation, charges can and should be revised based upon the evidence,” Mosby said. In all, three of the officers had additional charges brought against them while three others had one less charge. Gray was arrested April 12. He died in a hospital a week later and became a symbol of what protesters say was police brutality against Blacks. Two officers, Edward Nero and Garrett Miller, were indicted on second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. Caesar Goodson,
These undated photos provided by the Baltimore Police Department, show Baltimore police officers, top row from left, Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Garrett E. Miller and Edward M. Nero, and bottom row from left, William G. Porter, Brian W. Rice and Alicia D. White, charged with felonies ranging from assault to murder in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray. A grand jury indicted the six officers, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Thursday, May 21, 2015. (Baltimore Police Department via AP, File) who drove the transport van, faces manslaughter and second-degree “depraved heart” murder. Sgt. Alicia White, Lt. Brian Rice and officer William Porter are each charged with manslaughter, second-degree
assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. Baltimore Police Death Baltimore States Attorney Marilyn Mosby, center, announces the indictments of six Baltimore
Police officers Thursday, May 21, 2015, on various charges related to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. The indictments were very similar to the charges Mosby announced about three weeks ago. The most
serious charge for each officer, ranging from second-degree “depraved heart” murder to assault, still stood. (Kevin Richardson/The Baltimore Sun via AP) Gray died on April 19, one week after he was critically injured, and his death inspired outrage among Baltimore residents that spawned protests that at least two points gave way to violence, looting and arson. In the wake of the riots, Democratic Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake implemented a curfew for all Baltimore residents, and Republican Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency. Gray was arrested in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of West Baltimore. According to court documents, Gray made eye contact with a police officer and took off running. He was apprehended two blocks away and arrested for possession of what Miller wrote in charging documents is illegal under a city ordinance. Mosby said the arrest was unlawful because the knife is legal under state law. None of the officers secured Gray’s seatbelt in the van, a violation of police policy. Soon after he was placed in the van, Goodson stopped to secure him with leg irons because he had become “irate,” police said. After a ride that included several more stops, including one to pick up a second passenger, the van arrived at the Western District station house. By that time, Gray was non-responsive.
Nick Gordon Begs to See Bobbi Kristina — But the Brown and Houston Families Still Refuse Nick Gordon, boyfriend of Bobbi Kristina, is not giving up yet on his attempts to visit his girlfriend who remains in a coma. Through his lawyer, Randall Kessler of Atlanta, he is once again expression his frustration with the Brown family for refusing to allow him to see her. The most recent state-
ment to the media reads: “Despite his strong desire to see Bobbi Kristina, Nick has respected the families’ wishes for over three months and has refrained from visiting or from pursuing access to her through the courts. He has asked through counsel many times privately and now asks both the Browns
and the Houstons, please let him see her.” So far, however, the Brown family has not respond-
ed to his pleas, and Gordon has no choice but to obey a court order that says that he is not allowed to be in the same room with the family because of past conflicts. Meanwhile, 22-year old Bobbi Kristina is still in a coma after she was found unresponsive and face down in a bathtub in the couple’s Roswell,
Georgia home. Recently, Cissy Houston, Bobbi Kristina’s grandmother, has said that her health condition remains unchanged and that doctors say she suffered “global brain damage.” Bobby Brown, her father, has said very little except that he believes she’s “awake” and watching him. Source:Black News
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ART/ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS NEWS “Empire” Announces Guest Stars for Upcoming Season 2 Low-Budget Moving, Hauling Fox’s breakout hit & Delivery Service “Empire” is set to stake an even greater claim on TV Guaranteed pickup & delivery land this fall. Fox executives recently announced A-list entertainers who will gueststar on the hip-hop drama’s newly-extended second season. Pop star Alicia Keys, actor-comedian Chris Rock, and singer Lenny Kravitz will take part in season two, Fox TV chairman and CEO Dana Walden told advertisers in New York on May 11, according to Entertainment Weekly. It is still unclear how the big-name stars will be incorporated into the storyline of the scorching drama, which in its debut season featured cameos and performances from performers including Snoop Dogg, Gladys Knight, Estelle and Mary J. Blige. The network
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also announced that music hitmaker NeYo will join Timbaland on the show’s music production team. That music has been a large part of why viewers have flocked to the show—it averaged 17.3 million viewers per episode and a 7.1 rating among adults 18-49 including DVR viewings, according to Nielsen.
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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
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2015109863 The following person (s) is/are doing business as: 1. DEEEZ Novelties, 6050 S. Western Avenue, Apt. 211, Los Angeles, CA 90047 LA County Registered Owner(s): 1. Destinee Dewalt, 6050 S. Western Ave., 211, Los Angeles, CA 90047 2. Derek Chase, 6050 S. Western Ave., Apt. 211, Los Angeles, CA 90047. This business is conducted by as 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: Destinee DewaltTitle: Co-Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on April 23, 2015 Expires April 23, 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
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2015068792 The following person (s) is/are doing business as: 1. Her Cleaning & Company,1122 S. Norton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90019 Los Angeles; PO Box 273, Inglewood, CA 90306 Registered Owner(s): 1. June Tapscott-Byrd, 1122 S. Norton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90019. 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: June Tapscott-Byrd Title: Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on March 13, 2015 Expires March 13, 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 20, 27, April. 3, 10,2015PN
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2015080103 The following person (s) is/are doing business as: 1. A to Z Wholesale Auto, 6109 Western Ave., LA, CA 90043 LA Registered Owner(s): 1. Felicia Kelley, 251 W. 13th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. 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: Felicia Kelley Title: Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on March 25, 20015 Expires March 25 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 27, April, 3, 10, 17, 2015PN
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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