NAJEE’S NOTES: Compton minister killed in hit-and-run accident


December 14, 2017

Minister Arturo Da’Naire Frazier, the young and dynamic religious leader, was killed Dec. 10 when he was struck by a hit-and-run motorist on Atlantic Avenue near the Long Beach (710) Freeway.

Frazier, a well-known minister, had just left church around 8:38 p.m. when he was struck underneath the freeway overpass. Emergency crews arrived at the scene and found him unresponsive before pronouncing him dead.

I’m saddened to hear this news. Whenever we saw each other he was nice and respectful. He even requested my endorsement, which he received, when he ran for the Compton school board in 2015. He didn’t win the seat but remained active in the community.

Frazier was born in Compton in February 1978. He was a product of the public school system, attending Laurel Street Elementary, George Washington Elementary and Willowbrook Middle School and graduated in the top 10 of his class at Centennial High School in 1996.

During his years at Centennial High, Frazier was a member of the College Bound program and was also the drum captain of the marching band all four years. After graduating from Centennial High, Frazier went on to pursue his undergraduate studies at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

While attending Southern University, Frazier discovered his passion for business, entrepreneurial pursuits and leadership and chose business marketing as his major course of study. Frazier went on to complete his undergraduate degree in 2002 from Southern University and in the following year was hired in his hometown as a City Council liaison for former Compton City Councilman Isadore Hall III.

Some of the projects that he played a significant part in stewarding were the city of Compton’s Quarterly Business-to-Business Breakfast Roundtable and Networking Sessions, community town hall meetings, community prostitution abatement/redirection projects, annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway, Christmas toy drives and the district-wide community cleanups.

After serving for five-plus years as a council liaison, Frazier went on to continue his work as a project manager for strategic initiatives at the Los Angeles Urban League. He was responsible for the implementation of mission-critical strategic initiatives such as the Greater Crenshaw Educational Partnership, the nonprofit organization formed to reform Crenshaw High School and its family of schools.

As the project coordinator for the Los Angeles Urban League, he played a fundamental role on behalf of the league in assisting with the improvement of the partnering schools state testing scores through community collaboration projects such as Neighborhoods at Work.

Through the Strategy Department, Frazier helped to secure, establish and maintain corporate and community sponsorships that aided in funding many underfunded and/or non-funded academic programs at Crenshaw High School and its feeder schools. Frazier also continued his work as a case worker, project manager and field representative for the 62nd Assembly District under former Assemblyman Steven Bradford.

His passion for community service was not just limited to politics or his place of employment. While serving in politics for the last 12 years, Frazier simultaneously served as a youth pastor and an evangelist here in Los Angeles. He was a licensed ordained minister serving on the Apostolic Crusade Team with Bishop Clarence E. McClendon and A Miracle for You – Conferences and Crusades.

Memorial Services for Frazier will be held Dec. 21 at11 a.m. at Love and Unity Church, 1840 S. Wilmington Ave., Compton. Burial will be at Inglewood Park Cemetery. The family will be dressed in purple, and friends are welcome to wear purple as well. The repast will follow the burial; details to be announced. I’m sending my deepest condloences to the family for their and our community’s loss.

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Tavis Smiley is out at PBS because of sexual misconduct allegations. PBS has indefinitely suspended distribution of “Tavis Smiley,” produced by TS Media, an independent production company,”

In a media release, the public broadcast company said, “PBS engaged an outside law firm to conduct an investigation immediately after learning of troubling allegations regarding Mr. Smiley. This investigation included interviews with witnesses as well as with Mr. Smiley. The inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS, and the totality of this information led to today’s decision.”

Ten witnesses, including men and women, all stated that Smiley used his power in the workplace to harass women for sex.

Smiley is just the latest sexual terrorist that the #Metoo campaign has taken down and brought to justice. Smiley had already lost a tremendous amount of respect and credibility with black America because he was the number one President Obama hater. This is the nail in the coffin for Smiley. Women are rising up and refusing to be silenced.

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