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Cora Jackson-Fossett Joins LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS as Senior Advisor

Cora Jackson-Fossett

Cora Jackson-Fossett

LOS ANGELES, CA- LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS, an integrated marketing communications agency, recently announced Cora Jackson-Fossett as a senior advisor. Fossett will be the liaison between key decision makers in the City of Los Angeles and LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS.  Her work for the City of Los Angeles has earned her five L.A. Area Emmy nominations for producing videos/DVDs about public works activities and operations.

“I’ve known Cora for close to 30 years, as a friend and former client,” says LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter. “We have a long standing history based off trust and I look forward to having her as senior advisor for the agency.”

Prior to joining the agency, Fossett worked for the City of Los Angeles for more than 25 years, bringing significant expertise in community and media relations. She served as the public director for the Los Angeles Department of Public Works, in which she planned, developed and executed media relations, community outreach, employee communications, marketing communications and much more.

Fossett is an active member in her community where she serves as the director of the public relations commission at Brookins Community AME Church as well as the religion editor and staff writer for the Los Angeles Sentinel newspaper. Cora has also been  commended for her work through various awards, including 3rd place for best church page by the National Newspaper Publisher’s Association in 2014, Fire and Ice Fashions Outstanding Orator Award in 2014, National Association of University Women Hall of Fame Award in 2011, and Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2008 Women Who Make A Difference award among many others.

“I’m excited to join Kim and his team.  I look forward to the contributions I will help make to the multicultural communities and the city of Los Angeles,” said Fossett, former public information director II for the Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Bureau of Sanitation.

Cora earned a bachelor’s degree at Indiana University, completed graduate courses at Columbia College, and received an honorary doctorate in Philosophy from California University of Theology.


Original Tuskegee Airman and Fighter Pilot, Lieutenant Calvin Spann, Passes at 90

Tuskagee AirmanDALLAS, TX- Original Tuskegee airman and fighter pilot, Lieutenant Calvin Spann, passed away on Sunday, September 6, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. He was 90 years old.

Lt. Spann was an original Tuskegee Airman and fighter pilot with the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group. Spann received his wings from the Tuskegee Flight School as a part of the graduating class of 44G, an elite squadron of African-American pilots. As a member of the United States Army Air Corps, he served in Europe during World War II, where he flew 26 combat missions, including a 1,600-mile round trip mission on March 24, 1945 from Ramitelli, Italy to Berlin, Germany to destroy the Daimler-Benz manufacturing plant, according to the Dallas Love Field Frontiers of Flight Museum.

On February 28, 2006, the U.S. Congress approved a bill authorizing President George W. Bush to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Tuskegee Airmen, the highest civilian honor awarded by the United States. The 2012 Hollywood blockbuster movie, Red Tails, was based on the African-American pilots in the Tuskegee training program.

Prior to his death, Lt. Spann was still very active in his community, speaking at schools, churches and organizations about the Tuskegee Airmen experience and how their courage and valor helped them to triumph. During these speeches, he encouraged students to make a commitment to excel in the study of mathematics and science, reminding them that through preparation and perseverance, they can succeed.

It’s Not Too Late to Participate 49th Beautillion Season

Featured in picture from L/R: Mrs. Eydie Tillie-Wade and Samuel Baker

Featured in picture from L/R: Mrs. Eydie Tillie-Wade and Samuel Baker

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- The Social Lites, Incorporated recently hosted an informational meeting at New Hope Family Life Center in San Bernardino. This meeting was well attended by young men who desire to take part in the 49th Beautillion Season.  Mrs. Eydie Tillie-Wade is the 49th Beautillion Chairman who provided a meaningful and motivational message to the young men present in addition to members of the Social Lites, including President, Mrs. Bettye Brewster.

In attendance was Mr. Samuel Baker, a senior at San Gorgonio High School who embraced the words exchanged from Mrs. Tillie-Wade.  Mr. Baker indicated he looks forward in participating in the upcoming Beautillion season and stated he was happy he had attended the meeting.

The next meeting will be held on Saturday, October 10 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at New Hope Family Life Center located at 1505 W. Highland Avenue in San Bernardino.  Young men who desire to take part in this life changing experience are encouraged to attend.

For more information, please contact Eydie Tillie-Wade at eytillie@gmail.com or (951) 203-2096 or Bettye Brewster at bettybrewster@yahoo.com or (951) 204-0022 or Twillea Evans-Carthen, Publicity and Beautillion Committee Member at (909) 234-4989 or tevanscarthen@yahoo.com