• Barbara's highly anticipated performance space (and she's a Leimert Park Beat supporter - THANKS)
• An exhibition space funded by the Eileen Harris Norton Foundation will exhibit art and educate local children about how art can expand their learning experiences. Local artists and selections from her large collection will be highlighted, her assistant clarified. new gallery brought to you by the same people who brought us the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena.
Maverick's Flat restaurant and nightclub was named a Los Angeles historic cultural monument in recognition of the role it played in the city's pioneering black music scene with such acts as the Fifth Dimension, Earth, Wind and Fire, the Commodores and Parliament. But it's been closed for years - until last week. (More history from Ivory Shehee)
"People around here are not going to have to drive to Beverly Hills for a good steak and fine wine anymore," developer Curtis Fralen told Sahagun.
Not all the changes are positive: Obinne Onyeador is closing his African art store.
"I'm closing the place down," Onyeador told Sahagun. "A few years ago, I was selling $5,000 worth of art a month to people who wanted to make their homes look nicer. Now, many of those same people are unemployed and losing their homes, and I can't make the rent anymore."
Still local businesses agreed to contribute to a special assessment for streetlights, surveillance cameras, tree trimming and street cleaning services.
"Lots of hard work is starting to pay off in ways which will, in the long term, broaden our economic base," Brenda Shockley, president of Community Build, told Sahagun. "Our vision: a robust intersection of commerce and African American art and culture for the community and the city to build on."
"Ok, so we've got the first black superhero to "watch for", but why does he have to be "gender bending"...? Is America opposed to seeing a strong black heroic black man, who is ALL man, straight - no chaser?"
By Olu AlemoruDepending on your point of view feisty Fast and Furious actress Michelle Rodriguez may or may not have put her foot in her mouth not so long ago admonishing “minority” thesps for “stealing white people’s superheroes.” The instant backlash brought an apology and explanation exhorting black creatives to…See More
"Still Shopping for God"is a solo play written and performed by Erica Lann-Clark. A nationally known storyteller, solo performer and writer, Erica has been featured at major regional storytelling festivals across the country and twice at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Erica's vivid, participatory storytelling opens the windows of imagination with traditional and original stories. Erica's original "Shopping for God" which was commissioned by the Marsh Theater…See More
The California African American Museum (CAAM) will host a free event for children with special celebrity book readings, writing workshops, art and more. Heads Are Turning, Children Are Learning Literacy Day will take place on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at CAAM from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Actor Donis Leonard Jr. from Showtime’s House…See More
m.a.m.a. earth proudly presents its 3rd Annual ONE PEACE charity art event at William Grant Still Arts Center in Los Angeles, CA. The ONE PEACE art events are a beautiful way for families to spend time together and have fun with art for a good cause. The weekend will include a hands-on art project, DJ's and live music and art exhibition. The ONE PEACE exhibit features new offerings from Loren Holland, Yu Maeda, Nzuji Magalhaes, Ise Lyfe, Ronda Brown and Marley Van Peebles and will raise funds…See More
Poet’s Jazz House & Inner City Cultural Center II is honored to present Mènage Á Trois June 30th, 2015, 7:30 p.m. at Theatre Theater, 5041 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles 90019. 3 short plays presented by poets to inspire inner desire and lessons on being free, a Q&A with the writers, directors and actors, a cocktail reception with aphrodisiac waitresses, a no-host bar and free gifts. Join us for a sensual evening of storytelling. Mènage Á Trois will change the stigmata of…See More
Described as “an absorbing and uplifting new play” by the Boston Globe, Terry Teachout’s Satchmo at The Waldorf, makes its debut in Los Angeles this May at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Running from Tuesday, May 26 through Sunday, June 7 for a limited 15-performance engagement at the Lovelace Theater, Satchmo portrays the racial struggles and musical triumphs of the man who invented jazz, Louis Armstrong. Starring Obie-winner John Douglas Thompson as Armstrong, Miles…See More