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Los Angeles Mortuary In Trouble Again

Edward Pitts

Edward Pitts was buried without his family being notified by mortuary.

*Inglewood, Calif. – Inglewood’s Simpson Family Mortuary is making news again–this time for burying a Veteran without notifying the family so that they could be there.

Edward Pitts’ family filed a civil lawsuit alleging that they paid Simpson’s Family Mortuary to work with the Veteran’s Affairs Department to bury Pitts with full military honors–and that the funeral director agreed to contact the family once a burial date had been set.

Jamilah Pitts, the daughter of Edward Pitts, claimed that despite repeated phone calls to the mortuary to confirm a date, workers there went ahead with a burial, and reportedly told the family they had already conducted the ceremony.

What’s worse, Jamilah Pitts said it was still unclear if the person laid to rest was actually her father.

In 2012, Simpson’s Family Mortuary of Inglewood made news when the family of Darlene Davidson told the morticians that the woman in the open casket wasn’t Davidson.  Simpson’s argued that it was her and that she looked different because she had been embalmed and she was sick. Simpson’s finally acknowledged that the woman it buried was not 82-year-old Darlene Davidson.

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Tavis Smiley and Black Hollywood to Pay Tribute to Amiri Baraka This Saturday

Tavis Smiley, Glynn Turman, Roger Gueneveur Smith, Rappers Yo Yo and X Clan’s Brother J are among the celebs slated to pay tribute to late poet laureate Amiri Baraka

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* On Saturday, April 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles a who’s who roster of actors, poets, and entertainers will pay tribute to the late poet laureate and legendary activist Amiri Baraka (pictured) at a free community celebration.

Among the celebrities slated to participate are Tavis Smiley, Glynn Turman (Cooley High, A Different World), Roger Gueneveur Smith (A Huey P. Newton Story, Malcolm X, Oz), Ben Guillory (The Color Purple), Luis J. Rodriguez (Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.), rappers Yo Yo and Brother J (X Clan).

The event will feature appearances by radio personality and daughter of Baraka Dominique DiPrima (KJLH-FM, Front Page Show) and Baraka’s son Newark councilmember and current mayoral candidate Ras Baraka.  Award-winning actor Wren T. Brown will host.  The event is free and open to the public and sponsored in part by the Ebony Repertory Theatre, SuiteEvents, and Radio Free 102.3 FM KJLH.  The Nate Holden Performing Arts Center is located at 4718 West Washington Blvd. in Mid City Los Angeles.  For more information, please call (310) 330-2200.

Amiri Baraka passed away on January 9, 2014.  A playwright, poet, critic and activist, Baraka was one of the most prominent and controversial African American voices in the world of American letters.

Vanguard Media

L.A. Based Reputation Management Firm Helps Local Businesses Fight Yelp

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Los Angeles, CA – Vanguard Media, an online reputation and social media management firm that specializes in helping small and medium-sized businesses maintain a positive online presence, is leading charge for business owners who have been unfairly disparaged online.

“Yelp is notoriously unresponsive when it comes to dealing with fraudulent reviews,” explains Vanguard Media co-founder Damien Halliburton.  “Most small business owners don’t have the time to correspond with Yelp reps four to five times a week. That’s where my company comes into play.  At Vanguard we are relentless in disputing negative reviews that break Yelp’s own rules of conduct. We go hard until Yelp does the right thing and removes the review from their website.”

With over 100 million unique visitors per month, Yelp has become the preeminent online platform for consumers looking to vent their frustrations with businesses. While some may gripe at miniscule issues and blow them out of proportion, others scream and yell at anything as a way to derive some power in a situation.

As an increased number of consumers use Yelp and other online review platforms to help make purchasing decisions, companies like Vanguard Media have become the saving grace for many local businesses.

For business owners, whether the negative review is fair or unfair, it can have a potentially serious impact. Oftentimes the worst-case scenario leads to a lost sale or worse, lost future sales.

“Nearly 70% of the negative online reviews we come across actually violate Yelp’s own terms of service,” said Geoffrey Hull, co-founder of Vanguard Media.  “Reviews written by competitors or bitter ex-employees are commonplace. Add to that reviews that use colorful language or make personal attacks.  These are all violations of Yelp’s terms of service and we’re aggressive and successful in getting these bogus reviews removed.”

According to Cone, a marketing agency out of Boston, a recently released survey data indicates that 80% of people have changed a purchase decision due to a bad review they saw. In short, fraudulent reviews are hurting businesses.

“I’ve had Yelpers threaten my family,”  Shawna Evans, owner of Lavish Beauty Salon explains.  “A couple of vile reviews were left by people I know for a fact have never been clients. Yelp acted like they didn’t even care.”

When Evans’ hair salon in West Hollywood came under attack by mysterious Yelpers who she suspects were recently fired employees, she desperately began seeking out solutions. Evans had heard about reputation management firms like Vanguard and decided to give them a try.

“Vanguard got two of the most damaging reviews removed off of my Yelp page. It immediately boosted my rating up to 4.5 stars. Thank goodness someone is actually looking out for the little guy.”

Based in Los Angeles, California with clients worldwide, Vanguard Media is an online reputation and social media management firm that specializes in helping small and medium-sized businesses maintain a positive online presence. Using a combination of proprietary software and hands-on solutions, Vanguard Media ensures businesses protect their reputation while engaging with their target demographic in a meaningful way online.  Visit them online at


Former CA Governors George Duekmejian, Gray Davis, and Pete Wilson (front) announce support of reforming the state's death penalty process.

Death Penalty Reform’s Strange Bedfellows Bad News for Blacks in California

Former CA Governors George Duekmejian, Gray Davis, and Pete Wilson (front) announce support of reforming the state's death penalty process.

Former CA Governors George Duekmejian, Gray Davis, and Pete Wilson (front) announce support of reforming the state’s death penalty process.

*Former Governors George Duekmejian, Pete Wilson, Gray Davis, and their supporters are banking on Blacks ignorance and apathy towards the electoral process to help pass the Death Penalty Reform and Savings Act of 2014 into law.

Anytime three of California’s former governors—two Republican and one Democratic—all agree on something, do not look back, run as fast as you can in the opposite direction.

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L.A. Principal Geo. McKenna Focus of Award-winning Film to Run for Political Office


George McKenna

Los Angeles, CA – Esteemed educator and school administrator Dr. George McKenna, III, whose turnaround of Washington Prep High School led to an award-winning movie starring Denzel Washington, has officially entered the race to fill the Los Angeles Unified School District Board District 1 seat.

“The confidence the community has recently shown in my experience and qualifications to complete Marguerite LaMotte’s term and serve our children on the school board has been humbling,” said McKenna. “So I am in it, and I expect to win it.”

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Thandisizwe Chimurenga

Award-Winning Journalist to Publish Book on the Murder of Oscar Grant

No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant*LOS ANGELES, CA -Award-winning journalist Thandisizwe Chimurenga, in conjunction with the crowdfunding site Indiegogo, has launched a fundraising project to publish her first book, “No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant.”

The book is scheduled to be released in January 2014 to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the murder of Oscar Grant III who was fatally shot by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle in Oakland, California, in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009.  The last 24 hours of Grant’s life was the subject of the 2013 hit film “Fruitvale Station” directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Forest Whitaker.

According to Chimurenga, “Oscar Grant was murdered for the first time on January 1, 2009. He would then be murdered by the media and the courts soon thereafter.”

Chimurenga covered the 2010 trial of Johannes Mehserle from June to July for New America Media, Oakland Local and the San Francisco Bay View Newspapers.  The book is based on her recollections as well as transcripts and other documents entered into evidence at the trial that was held in downtown Los Angeles.

“Thandi Chimurenga’s book gives an unflinching critique of the role white supremacy has played in the institutionalization of state-sponsored terrorism and violence against African Americans,” explains Sikivu Hutchinson, Los Angeles-based author of “Godless Americana, Race and Religious Rebels.”

Thandisizwe Chimurenga

Thandisizwe Chimurenga

Jill Nelson, former Washington Post reporter and author of “Police Brutality: An Anthology,” says that “No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant” is “a breath-taking read that will break your heart, stimulate your rage, and hopefully motivate you to take action.”

Based in Los Angeles, Thandisizwe Chimurenga has been a writer for over 20 years.  Her community activism has ranged from electoral organizing; anti-police terror work; freedom for political prisoners and prisoners of war; to organizing against violence against women.

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Indiegogo is a crowdfunding platform where people who want to raise money can create fundraising campaigns to tell their story and get the word out. Indiegogo was established in 2008 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

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