Making Sense of the 2020 Census

According to the Census Bureau post-enumeration survey, 800,000 African Americans went uncounted. What does this mean? It means once again, the voice of African Americans was denied. Many programs that impact African Americans are based in whole or part on data derived from the Census. History proves the disenfranchisement of Black people socially, politically and financially. Another ten years cannot pass before we realize how vital the United States Census is to the United States democracy.

Largest Independent Reggae Label Celebrates 40th Anniversary

“VP is integral to the history of reggae and dancehall music. We take this responsibility seriously and we are using our 40th anniversary to celebrate the music’s rich heritage as we steward the genre into the future,” said company president Randy Chin.

Black Violin

Feb. 18 Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University presents Black Violin on February 18 at 7:30pm. Classical music hits the street in the crackling performance of Black Violin, a duo of classically-trained musicians who have created an entirely new sound. This distinctive, peerless combination of virtuosic string talent mixes with a driving beat, shattering stereotypes with electricity, energy, and contagious enthusiasm. Tickets for Feb. 18 are on-sale now for $30-55 and may be purchased through the Musco Center online at or by calling the box office at 844-OC-MUSCO (844-626-8726). All print-at-home tickets include a no-cost parking pass.

DSA-LA Host Free Brake Light Clinic to Combat Police Violence

Feb. 10 Amid growing concerns about California’s punishing, often abusive criminal justice system, members of the Los Angeles chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America will host a clinic to replace broken brake lights for area residents free of charge. The event will be held at the northwest corner of Florence and 8th Avenues in Hyde Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on February 10th. It aims to prevent unnecessary police stops, expensive tickets and fines, and possible court appearances. More info about DSA-LA Online at:, Also follow them on socal media at and

REDCAT presents… Poor People’s TV Room

Feb. 8-11 REDCAT presents the Los Angeles premiere of the stunning dance and multimedia work Poor People’s TV Room by Bessie Award–winning choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili, February 8 to 11. Known for her intensely powerful performances, Okwui Okpokwasili (featured at REDCAT in Ralph Lemon’s How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere?) considers the collective amnesia around the Nigerian women’s resistance movements of the past century. Tickets and info at ( or call (213) 237-2800. Presented at REDCAT in association with CAP UCLA and Show Box LA / we live in space as part of

Los Angeles Oasis Celebrates Black History Month

Feb. 23 Join Los Angeles Oasis in celebrating Black History Month. This year’s theme is “My Story, Our History.” Come out Friday, February 23, 1:00 – 3:00 pm in Baldwin Hills to hear fascinating stories from fellow Oasis members. See and hear stories about special items that members will bring for “show and tell.” Refreshments will be served. No cost to members. Please register online or in the office. You can contribute to making this an exciting event! Please let us know about your notable events, or special mementos that you would like to share! Contact Danielle Brinney by Wednesday,


Feb. 15, 20, 22 & 27 SMC’s Black History Month events are: • Thursday, February 15 at 11:15 a.m. in Humanities & Social Sciences Lecture Hall 165: Kyle Bowser: “Black Representation in Media”: Kyle Bowser is the founder of Res Ipsa Media, Inc., a multimedia production company that has developed and produced an array of multimedia projects, and garnered development deals with Warner Bros., Home Box Office, and 3 Arts Entertainment. He has worked for more than two decades as an entertainment industry executive – spanning the areas of film, television, music, theater, radio, and new media – and has