Category Archives: Business

Drive-Thru Services for the Bereaved, Hmm…This Funeral Homes Gives it a Go! (Watch)

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*Not to judge, but I guess you can justify just about anything. Who knew one day there would be computers? Cellphones? Drive-thru funeral services?

***Insert sound of screeching car brakes here***

Yes. You read that correctly. Please know that I am attempting to present this to you using my game face (though something inside of me wants to bust out laughing). My apologies in advance for any offense that may cause somebody. But a funeral home in Memphis is giving this new concept a go.

And who am I to think that’s funny?

The R. Bernard Funeral Home is housed in a building that was formerly a bank, and for some ungodly reason, they feel they absolutely must use the drive-thru window. For what for, you ask?

Ah! Here’s something: As a way for people to view their recently departed…without getting out of the car.

There you go! Continue reading

Uber CEO Sent ME This Email: Takes Stand Against Trump’s ‘Immigration Ban’

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*Yesterday I received a message from Uber founder and CEO, Travis Kalanick. As a member of his Uber driving team, it’s not rare to receive messages from “Travis” but this one was especially sensitive because it is in response to something…or should I say someone… that has our entire country up in arms right now.

Donald Trump and his “Temporary Immigration Travel Ban.”

As is the case with any entrepreneur, any businessman, such a dramatic stance as Trump’s decision to halt all movement of immigrants coming to this country; and threatening to stop those who reside here but travel back home from returning not only has devastating humanistic effects, but profound effects on business as well.

Many Uber staff members are immigrants — drivers and technicians.

But the email is in direct support of drivers. So Uber has decided to take a stand and assist those affected by the ban.

No matter what some will call a hidden agenda, (hey, he’s a businessman but does that make him any less human?) I already applaud the gesture.

Here is the email I received from Travis Kalanick. Continue reading

Philly Opens the First Pay-What-You-Can Restaurant, Boy, What a Concept!

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Eat Café’s Donnell Jones-Craven.Instagram/Eat Café

*When it comes to contributing to a “cure” for world hunger, some things just appear to be no brainers. I mean after all, big business, small business, upscale individuals and those who are able to just make do can do something to make a mark. Right?

Some of us may not be able to give money, but we can give time (volunteer) at food kitchens. Others might be better able to drop a check in the mail, donate food, etc. But here is a concept that I just had to pass along because it does so much more than give food, it gives it with a dose of dignity.

Introducing: The ‘Pay-What-You-Can’ Restaurant.

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Boy’s Born With It: Maybelline’s First Male Face

You better werk, Manny!
You better werk, Manny Gutierrez!

*I’m not quite sure what “it” is, as I never quite “got” Maybelline’s iconic “Maybe she’s born with it” tagline, but whatever “it” is, male beauty vlogger Manny Gutierrez has clearly got it.  He’s just been hired as Maybelline’s first male face.  

Maybe “it” is the nerve to be exactly who you are in the face of people who will say all kinds of things about you while you’re doing it.  Or maybe “it” is simply the ability to rock mascara et al with the best of the ladies.  I’ve not seen a guy flaunt full-on makeup — without changing gender expression, which is different than gender identity — so well since Boy George of Culture Club fame.   

Just looking around this coffee shop where I’m parked this morning, Gutierrez is putting everyone up in here — male and female — to absolute shame.   Continue reading

MacBook Pro Saves Life During Florida Airport Shooting

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*Who needs a flak jacket when you have a laptop?

I just bought a new MacBook Pro with the TouchBar.

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Oh yes, I did.  LOVE IT.  But I was experiencing a little buyer’s remorse — you pay a premium for Apple’s toys, after all — as I flipped on the news for the first time one day late last week, and heard that a MacBook Pro’s had saved a man’s life.  

I’m keeping mine.  And as soon as I’m done working today, I’m going to buy a new backpack for it.  Keep reading, and you’ll understand all of that!  Continue reading

Family Blames FaceTime for Fatal Crash, Death of Five-Year Old

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*I’m filing this one in my new GMFB file:  Give Me (a) Break.  (I’ll let you fill in the “F” for yourself, just in case there are children in the room.) 

Five-year old Moriah Modisette was killed and her father was seriously injured when another driver, Garrett Willhelm slammed into their car at 65 mph on a Texas highway in 2014, according to her family.  Willhelm was chatting away on a FaceTime video chat at the time of the crash.  FaceTime was still running as rescue workers removed Moriah’s lifeless body and her dad from the demolished car.

Instead of holding Willhelm liable, the family has gone after Apple, according to Fortune.com, as it’s their FaceTime program that runs on their mobile platforms.  The family claims the company has failed to install a “lock out” feature on FaceTime, thereby preventing drivers from using the app while on the road.  The family’s lawsuit alleges that Apple was granted a patent to install the feature earlier in 2014, and the feature could have prevented the catastrophic crash. Continue reading

Fraternal Order of Police Prompt Walmart to C&D ‘Bulletproof’ BLM Merchandise, But…

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*It seems cops of the fraternal order may be suffering from a bit of anxiety. Claiming to be concerned about the “racial divide” our country is currently experiencing they have encouraged Walmart to cease and desist the sale of ‘Bulletproof: Black Lives Matter’ T-shirts.

But Walmart is like…not so fast.

Though the retail giant has agreed to stop selling the Bulletproof merchandise, it will continue to sell other Black Lives Matter items; along with Blue Lives Matter and All Lives Matter merchandise.

They ain’t stupid. The merchandise is making too much money to just stop selling. Continue reading

‘A New Way of Life’ Celebrates 18 Years of Helping Formerly Incarcerated Women (Photos)

L-R Founder of A New Way of Life Project Susan Burton and LA City Councilmember, Curren D. Price, Jr.
L-R Founder of A New Way of Life Project Susan Burton and
LA City Councilmember, Curren D. Price, Jr.

*Fresh off of a very successful 2016 Gala, A New Way of Life reentry program founded by Susan Burton in 1998 recently recognized six exceptional local women who have proven to inspire and lead their lives by example.

The event, aptly named Passing the Torch…Igniting the Spirit of Leadership, took place at the beautiful Omni Los Angeles at California Plaza on December 4, 2016 and honored New York Times Bestselling Author, Michelle Alexander with the “Movement Builder Award,” Filmmakers Tessa Blake and Emma Hewitt with the “Industry Impact Award,” Psychology Professor Dr. Cheryl Grills, Ph.D. with the “Community Champion Award,” Certified Nursing Assistant and former ANWOL resident, Vasanté Bailey along with current ANWOL resident/Southwest College Graduate, Carolyn Robinson both received the “Flozelle Woodmore Memorial Award.”

See photos below showing celebrity attendees such as FOX11 News Anchor Christine Devine, who has been a regular supporter of the organization. Actresses Kym Whitley and LisaRaye; Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr., and more. Continue reading