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NAACP & Civil Rights Groups Plan Protest of Plans to Convert Historic LA Crenshaw Mall to Offices and Not Housing

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*The Los Angeles NAACP and a coalition of every major leading civil rights organization and community groups in South Los Angeles oppose the proposal by CIM to purchase the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall and announces a petition campaign against CIM.

The current CIM proposal by Shaul Kuba co-founder and principal of CMI group includes high-end commercial office space only. It has no housing, no retail, no dine-in restaurants and there have been no community meetings to discuss their plans!

“We oppose the proposed takeover by CIM and support the existing project redesign by Capri Capital,” says Najee Ali of the NAACP L.A. Branch.

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Here’s more of Ali’s statement:

The existing project is supported by many local residents, community groups and the local City Council Office because Capri Capital’s redesign of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall includes workforce housing, affordable housing, dine-in restaurants, locally owned retail shops, and small minority-owned businesses!

We oppose the proposed takeover of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall by CIM! We want the housing, retail, and dine-in restaurants we were promised!

CIM co-founder Shaul Kuba has essentially spit in the face of every South LA community member, our leadership, stakeholders and Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson along with the other African-American elected officials the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall resides in.

CMI hasn’t talked or met with any us to even discuss their plans because they don’t even have a finalized plan just ideas that our community and leadership haven’t even been involved in discussions about.

If this sale is approved as is. It will be the nuclear bomb of gentrification landing in our community which represents the heart and soul of black Los Angeles.

 

Press conference
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2020
Time 11: 00 am
Location: Krispy Kreme Donuts.
Adjacent from Crenshaw Mall
4034 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles CA 9008

Sponsored by
NAACP L.A.Branch
S.CL.C. Pastor William Smart President.
Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce.
L.A.Baptist Ministers Conference. Rev K.W.Tulloss Community Build CEO Robert Sausedo Project Islamic Hope Donald Bakeer CAIR-LA and a host of neighborhood council and community groups.

 

 

 

 

 

source:
Najee Ali
[email protected]

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JeffCars.com’s Review: Mazda’s CX-30

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Highlight: The CX-30 is approximated $1,300 more than Mazda’s CX-3.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $31,670 (Base Model: $23,000)

Seating Capacity: 4

Standard Safety Features: airbags; side airbags; ABS; hill launch assist; traction control system; stability control; automatic on/off headlights; rain sensing wipers; a rearview camera; a lane keep assist system; a lane departure warning system; a tire pressure monitoring system; sunvisor extensions; a smart city brake support system; and a driver fatigue monitor system

Standard Equipment (Base Model): 16-inch wheels; front wheel drive; an electronic parking brake; dual power exterior mirrors; a manual a/c; center console armrest with covered storage compartment; cloth seats; manual adjusted front seats; a push button ignition starter system; a keyless remote system with a panic button; and an 8-inch infotainment screen

Standard Equipment (Premium Package Model): 18-inch wheels; paddle shifters connected with the steering wheel; electric assist power steering; front/rear signature LED illuminated headlights; a power liftgate; roof rails; a dual zone ventilation system; rear ventilation vents; leather seats; heated front seats; power driver’s seat with a memory control feature; overhead console with sunglass holder; vanity mirror illumination; rear armrest with cupholders; a 12-speaker Bose AM/FM audio system; SiriusXM; Andorid/Apple CarPlay; a 9-inch infotainment system with Pandora ready radio integration; a drive attention alert system; a radar activated cruise control system; a blindspot monitoring system with a rear traffic cross alert system; a heads up display (HUD) system; and an active front lighting system  

Optional Features On Test Vehicle: paint color; frameless auto dimming mirror; navigation system; active driving display system; an adaptive front lighting system; leather seats; front/rear LED signature illumination; power moonroof; paddle shifters; and power rear liftgate roof rails.

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Standard Audio On Test Vehicle: an 8-speaker AM/FM/HD radio

Apple CarPlay/Android: Available

Bluetooth Connectivity: Yes

USB Connectivity: Yes

Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles

Powertrain Warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles

Standard Engine/Horsepower: 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder/186-hp (horsepower)

Recommended Fuel: Regular

Standard Fuel Mileage (Non AWD): 25-city/33-hwy

What’s New: For the 2020 model yearthe CX-30 compact crossover is a new addition to the Mazda portfolio.

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About The Reviewer:  Jeff Fortson is the host of Auto Trends with JeffCars.com, the only syndicated multicultural automotive radio show on the airwaves. The 30-minute weekly show, which airs on SiriusXM 141 and a number of FM radio dials, includes one-on-one conversations with many of today’s pioneers and influencers. The engaging show, which goes beyond traditional car talk, can be heard via all mobile and stationary infotainment devices, clicking here.

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Wells Fargo CEO’s ‘Limited Pool of Black Talent’ Comment Not Going Down Very Well

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*According to Reuters, Wells Fargo made big plans to achieve some diversity goals, including a pledge to increase the number of Black leaders in five years.

However, it’s been said they haven’t been able to make that happen and their excuse for it is actually shocking.

Two participants in a summer Zoom meeting with Wells Fargo CEO Charles Scharf told Reuters on Tuesday that the company is unable to meet its diversity goals because there is a limited pool of qualified Black talent. According to NBC News, he also reiterated the assertion in a company-wide memo about diversity initiatives on June 18.

Scharf reportedly said, “While it might sound like an excuse, the unfortunate reality is that there is a very limited pool of black talent to recruit from.” After his comments were made public, he immediately faced backlash. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared a tweet saying, “Perhaps it’s the CEO of Wells Fargo who lacks the talent to recruit Black workers.” Other Twitter users had more to say.

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HU Staff: Kecia Gayle Kecia.Kae According to Reuters, Wells Fargo made big plans to achieve some diversity goals, including a pledge to increase the number of Black leaders in five years. However, it’s been said they haven’t been able to make that happen and their excuse for it is actually shocking. __________________________________________________ Two participants in a summer Zoom meeting with Wells Fargo CEO Charles Scharf told Reuters on Tuesday that the company is unable to meet its diversity goals because there is a limited pool of qualified Black talent. According to NBC News, he also reiterated the assertion in a company-wide memo about diversity initiatives on June 18. __________________________________________________ Scharf reportedly said, “While it might sound like an excuse, the unfortunate reality is that there is a very limited pool of black talent to recruit from.” After his comments were made public, he immediately faced backlash. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared a tweet saying, “Perhaps it’s the CEO of Wells Fargo who lacks the talent to recruit Black workers.” Other Twitter users had more to say. ___________________________________________________ Read more at hollywoodunlocked.com 📸: Getty Images __________________________________________________ If you have a tip or suggestion, or want to talk to us about this story, Text the word “TIP” to 1-310-388-6463

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It’s ‘Ben’ Real: Uncle Ben’s Finally Changes Racist Brand Name (Video)

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This image provided by Mars Food shows the new logo/name of Ben’s Original.

*Say good riddance to the name Uncle Ben’s.

Parent firm Mars Inc. revealed Wednesday that it will ditch its 70-year-old brand name rooted in racist imagery and relaunch in 2021 under the new name “Ben’s Original.”

Global President for Mars Food Fiona Dawson says the company is still deciding on an image to accompany the new name. Since the 1940s, the rice boxes have featured a white-haired Black man, sometimes with a bowtie. Critics have said the image evoke servitude.

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Uncle Ben’s is retiring the above name and logo after 70 years. Packaging with the new name, Ben’s Original. will hit stores next year.

Mars is the latest company to change names or logos amid new pressure from the Black Lives Matter protests over police killings of unarmed African Americans. Aunt Jemima, Land-O-Lakes and Eskimo Pie are among other brands that are retiring racist logos.

Below, reports about Mars’ announcement in June that it would follow the lead of the above mentioned brands and change its Uncle Ben’s name.

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