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Project Pit Brings ‘The Den’ Back to Leimert Park 
By Simone Grant  Contributing Writer 
Published March 31, 2022

 

Guests wait outside the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center in Leimert Park to enter The Den. (Von Robinson)

 

Project Pit, a social enterprise community of creatives and entrepreneurs, has brought back all types of nostalgic vibes with their spin of the classic kick-it spot for Moesha and all of her friends.  

If you’ve ever watched the 1990s sitcom, “Moesha,” then you are very familiar with “The Den.” This was a popular hangout where Mo went to grab food, gossip with Kim, Niecy, and Hakeem, strategize, and occasionally participate in the open mic nights where she would recite poetry.   

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Thanks to founder of Project Pit, Carlton Epic, and his team, we can now share a similar experience with Moesha every other Thursday in Leimert Park. An open mic, music, food and drinks, and live music are just some of the experiences the new aged Den will provide.  

The name was chosen by Project Pit’s program director, Ari Featherstone, and pays homage to the TV show. The Den was inspired by movements such as “Def Jam Poetry” and “Showtime at the Apollo” and how they focused on providing a platform for creatives, according to Epic.  

“First, we want to pay homage to those movements, and I think the pandemic reminded all of us how important community is, and spaces that we can express ourselves. Whether you are a professional poet, upcoming poet, or someone who has thoughts written down in your phone,” emphasizes Epic.  He adds that The Den is a space where we can all come together to connect, build and grow.  

Project Pit is a social enterprise that provides programs that focus on entertainment, entrepreneurship and mental health.  

“Ultimately our movement is called Project Pit and the meaning is to rise from our lowest points in life. Despite how different we are as people, we ultimately all must rise from our obstacles, and there is power when we come together,” Epic explains. “The Den is the start as they inspire people to rise out of their ‘pits.’ ”  

Their vision for The Den is to tell the story of Los Angeles’ creatives. When people come to L.A., Epic wants them to stop by. Their goal is to extend their program to other artistic genres and to continue expanding their platform. Carlton stresses that when people walk into The Den, they can expect good vibes, good energy, and an “atmosphere lead with love.”  

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“It’s a chance for our audience to let go of their problems and not think for an hour or so. You will hear voices that reflect topics ranging from life, love, obstacles, systematic racism, hope, and everything in between. A safe space of expression and ultimate freedom. I can’t forget about the Jodeci Whiskey, and Lauryn Hill Tequila made by Chef/Cocktail Specialist B arch of Stuffd’LA,” he says. 

The event is located at the historic Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center in Leimert Park every other Thursday. 

For more information, visit: https://instagram.com/projectpit 

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