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Edward James Olmos speaking at Manual Arts High School

Susan Burton speaking at Los Angeles County Supervisor's meeting about realignment Oct. 8, 2013.

CA. Attorney Kamala Harris speaks on Truancy

President Obama & Clinton Speaking on the Affordable Care Act
President Obama at CBC Foundation

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Mervyn M. Dymally:        A World-Renowned Political Statesman     Laid To Rest  




BBA Recognizes National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week During the 9th Annual Procurement Exchange Summit  and Luncheon

 By Gloria Zuurveen


LOS ANGELESEarl “Skip” Cooper II, the President and CEO of the Black Business Association (BBA), keeps on moving to the top of the line when it comes to serving his vast constituents of small business owners some who are members and others who are not.

His passion for breaking down corporate walls and making sure small business owners get the much needed revenue to sustain their operation has no comparison in Los Angeles.  

Thursday was a shining example of his ability to rally the troop of corporate sponsors in an effort to have the prime contractors sit down and have a face-to-face conversation with entrepreneurs informing and educating them on how to go about getting a contract with their firm.

Cooper said, “This year’s Summit finds the vast majority of us still doing our best to ride the waves of volatile world economy. No one is immune to the highs and lows generated by the uncertainties of unstable currencies, fickle stock markets, and the many other elements comprising national and global finance.”

He continued, “Hanging on and hanging in has become a common attitude adopted by African American entrepreneurs across the country, and the strength to be found in numbers, to mitigate the impact of discrimination in the private and public contract and procurement opportunities, is a time-proven precept that serves as well now as it did during hard times for those who went before us.”


Mervyn Dymally, First Black Leader

in State of California, Dies at 86

Los Angeles, CA – Former California Lieutenant Governor Mervyn M. Dymally passed away Sunday in Los Angeles, Calif. He was 86.

“My beloved husband of 44 years Mervyn Dymally passed away very peacefully this morning at 6:30 a.m.,” said his wife Alice Gueno Dymally who recently lost her mother Alice Walker Gueno. “He lived a very extraordinary life and had no regrets.”

Mervyn Malcolm Dymally was born May 12, 1926 in Cedros, Trinidad and Tobago and served in the California State Assembly from 1963 to 1966, California State Senate from 1967 to 1975, and as the 41st LieutenantGovernor of California from 1975 to 1979. Along with George L. Brown of Colorado, who was also elected a lieutenant governor in 1974, Dymally was one of the two first blacks elected to any statewide office in any state since Reconstruction. Mr. Dymally then successfully ran for the U.S. House of Representatives and served from 1981 to 1993. As a member of the House of Representatives, he was one of the first persons of African and Indian origin to serve in the U.S. Congress. After a 10-year retirement, he returned to politics to serve in the California State Assembly from 2002 to 2008. He is considered the Godfather of African-American politicians in the state of California.Dymally is survived by his daughter Lynn and son Mark, as well as his wife Alice Gueno Dymally, and three sisters.

Funeral services for the late Mervyn M. Dymally, affectionately referred to as the “Godfather of African-American politics” in California, will be held on Wednesday, October 17 at 12:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Mortuary 5835 West Slauson Avenue in Culver City, Calif.  The service will be preceded by a viewing from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the same location.


 Shame, Shame, Shame on Hubbard's Slavery Comments

 Check out the bold and audacious comment from a Republican member from Arkansas about slavery and my comment in response to such an asinine statement such as this in this 21st centry. It simply goes to show the deeply rooted and ingrained racism that permeates the mind of so many who despise Black Americans.

"The institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abo...

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 Cloves Campbell, chairman, NNPA Speaks  About Black Consumers In Nielsen's Report

"Marketers underestimate the opportunities missed by overlooking Black consumers' frustration of not having products that meet their needs in their neighborhoods. And companies that don't advertise using Black media risk having African-Americans perceive them as being dismissive of issues that matter to Black consumers," said Cloves Campbell, chairman, NNPA. "This report demonstrates what a sustainable and influential economic force we are."

"Nielsen's collaborative efforts with organizations such as the NNPA and the  Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) demonstrates unity and reinforces the company's credibility with Black consumers," said Rev. Jacques DeGraff, co-chair, Nielsen's external African-American Advisory Council (AAAC). "By engaging consumers in the conversation about economic power, the outcome can lead to improved products, more penetrating marketing messages and enhanced corporate/consumer partnerships in our communities," said Victor Bullock, co-chair, AAAC.

Key insights from the report include:

� Advertising spending in Black media totaled $2.10 billion in 2011, compared to $120 billion spent with general market media during the same time period.

� 91% of Blacks believe that Black media is more relevant to them.

� Brand name products represent 82% of Black households' total purchases compared to 31% for private labels.

� 81% of Blacks believe products advertised on Black media are more relevant to them.

� 54% of African-Americans own a smartphone, a 21% increase from last year's ownership.

� 54% of the Black population is under 35; compared to 47% of the general population.

� 48% of Black grandparents live with their grandchildren and serve as primary caregivers.

� African-American Baby Boomers (45-64) spend more time at the stores or grocers, fast food restaurants and the gym, and they prefer television and print as primary media sources.

� Generation Y (18-34) African-Americans are more likely to spend time at someone else's home and select radio, mobile phones and gaming consoles as their media of choice.

To download a copy of the report click here or visit or

2012 National Entertainment Journalism Awards

Jane Fonda to be Honored by Los Angeles Press Club

Los Angeles Press Club will honor Jane Fonda with its inaugural Visionary Award at the National Entertainment Journalism Awards Gala on Sunday, November 18th at the Biltmore Hotel, downtown Los Angeles.

The Visionary Award is being instituted to pay homage to “an individual within the Entertainment Industry who uses their high-profile status to make the world a better place and to spread information about issues of freedom and social importance.”

 Beside her successful careers as a two-time Academy Award winning actress, star of a Broadway smash hit, fitness guru and best-selling author, Ms. Fonda has worked tirelessly, and not always without controversy, for people less fortunate than herself. “The Los Angeles Press Club can think of no one who better personifies the Visionary spirit or who is more deserving of being honored than Jane Fonda. Her empathy has shown the world that both celebrity and artistic talent can be used to improve the lives of others,” said Diana Ljungaeus, Executive Director of the Press Club.

 The mission of the Jane Fonda Center is to advance scientific knowledge about adolescence with an emphasis on reproductive health. It seeks to disseminate information and strategies for risk reduction and healthy transitions to adulthood.

 Her other endeavors include the Women’s Media Center which is dedicated to amplifying Women’s Voices and V-Day the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.

 Jane Fonda, who is plays Nancy Reagan in the new Lee Daniels film, The Butler as well as currently starring in HBO’s acclaimed Aaron Sorkin series, The Newsroom, will sit down with Press Club board member and NBC-LA anchorman Robert Kovacik for a candid on-stage interview.

 “Jane Fonda sets the bar for the Visionary Award where it belongs—at the highest possible level,” said press club president Will Lewis.

 Janice Min, Executive Editor at The Hollywood Reporter, will also be celebrated this evening, with The NEJ Luminary Award, the club’s career achievement award.

 To buy tickets or tables, to sponsor the awards, place an ad in the program book or to contribute to our silent auction contact

 The Los Angeles Press Club stands as an organization devoted to improving the spirit of journalism and journalists, raising the industry’s standards, strengthening its integrity and improving its reputation all for the benefit of the community at large. Serving the Southland since 1913, it is the only Southern California journalism group that speaks for all journalists working for daily and weekly newspapers, radio & TV, magazines, documentary films and online. For more information, go to

 The Los Angeles Press Club stands as an organization devoted to improving the spirit of journalism and journalists, raising the industry’s standards, strengthening its integrity and improving its reputation all for the benefit of the community at large. Serving the Southland since 1913, it is the only Southern California journalism group that speaks for all journalists working for daily and weekly newspapers, radio & TV, magazines, documentary films and online. Los Angeles Press Club

The Election-Season Poverty Tour 

By: Jenée Desmond-Harris|Posted: September 11, 2012 at 12:26 AM

(The Root) -- Tavis Smiley and Cornel West, hosts of the nationally syndicated public-radio program Smiley & West, remain as determined as ever to put the issue of poverty -- which Smiley has called "the new slavery" -- higher on the national agenda.

On "The Poverty Tour 2.0: A Call to Conscience," which kicks off Sept. 12 and includes stops in Ohio, Virginia, Florida and Pennsylvania through Sept. 15, the two plan to host solution-generating town hall meetings that will broadcast live on multiple platforms. Families, community organizers, job cooperatives, elected officials, war veterans and religious leaders will be invited to participate.

Black DNC Delegates Stick With Bill  Clinton                                    

by Allison Samuels from the Daily Beast

As the ex-president gets ready to speak tonight, African-American delegates tell Allison Samuels it’s not worth holding a grudge over the racially sensitive remarks he made four years ago. click here for full story.   

Transcript: Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx's Democratic National Convention Address

 As prepared for delivery — Welcome to the 2012 Democratic National Convention! Our city is a hub of energy and commerce, a place where business and government work together and make things happen. And in this election, we are the city where Americans have come together to move our country forward and make great things possible. We have always been that kind of city. Click for complete transcript.


Transcript of Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention

CHARLOTTE, NC -- Below are the prepared remarks of first lady Michelle Obama for the 2012 Democratic National Convention:

Thank you so much, Elaine … we are so grateful for your family’s service and sacrifice … and we will always have your back.

Over the past few years as first lady, I have had the extraordinary privilege of traveling all across this country. And everywhere I’ve gone, in the people I’ve met, and the stories I’ve heard, I have seen the very best of the American spirit. I have seen it in the incredible kindness and warmth that people have shown me and my family, especially our girls. Click for complete transcript.

President Barack Obama and his daughters, Malia, left, and Sasha, watch on television as First Lady Michelle Obama takes the stage to deliver her speech at the Democratic National Convention, in the Treaty Room of the White House, Tuesday night, Sept. 4, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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