As Angelenos across the city celebrate Black History Month, Airbnb is offering a great new way to share in the celebration of Black history and culture. The travel company offers a variety of one-of-a-kind, local experiences that give Angelenos and visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in music, design, food, nature, and history lessons led by Black entrepreneurs throughout Los Angeles.
“We are proud to join our community in celebrating Black History Month. Airbnb Experiences are a powerful driver of entrepreneurship, creating pathways for locals with a shareable passion or skill to incubate new business ideas and leverage their unique expertise to benefit from the growing tourism economy. They also provide another way for hosts to ensure that travelers in LA spread their dollars to neighborhoods and small businesses that have never benefited from tourism before,” said John Choi, Airbnb’s Head of Public Policy for Los Angeles.
Originally launched as a way for people to earn supplemental income by renting out extra space in their homes to guests, Airbnb expanded its offering to include local experiences in Los Angeles in 2016. Hosted by passionate locals, like nature guides, pastry chefs, and salsa dancers, experiences help small businesses and individuals turn their passions and skills into a source of income for themselves and the community.
In Inglewood, guests can join The .WAV — pioneers of Afrobeats and Afrotrap in Los Angeles — in celebrating Black culture surrounded by live music, poetry, and dance. The group has teamed up with a local chef, artisans, and vendors for AFROHOUS Brunch, a weekly event aimed at empowering diverse voices and bridging the gap between African Americans and Africans through art and music. Since its launch last year, the collective has grown to include some of the most talented and respected local artists and attract both local and international guests of all ages.
For those interested in fashion and design, travelers can spend the afternoon with Holly, a premium denim designer, in crafting their very own Maxi Skirt in her sunny studio on the iconic Hollywood Boulevard. Holly had been teaching sewing to people all over the world through an online video channel for nearly a decade, however the Airbnb platform has allowed her to share her passion in a new way. She loves being able to connect with her students in person and hear their stories. Many have never sewn anything in their life and are excited to leave with handmade garments they can actually wear. Holly is also a high school teacher in South Los Angeles and hopes to start a program young students who want to learn about fashion design.
Guests can also join Burt, a Grammy-winner and seasoned music producer, who has worked with iconic artists like Public Enemy, Aloe Blacc, Sonny Digital, Aerosmith, and Method Man. Aspiring performers, producers, and music lovers learn the basics of DJing, including handling vinyl, transitioning songs, scratching and more. Burt also hosts a Master Class for those with more experience wishing to hone in on specific specific performance or production skills. With many participants, the relationship has grown beyond the one-time session into a real mentorship.