Kimberly Shelby

ICYOLA Celebrates Black History Month at LATTC

Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA) performed a special concert in honor of Black History Month at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (LATTC), Saturday, Feb. 24.

Rickie Byars Hosts First Spiritual Retreat

ew Thought musician and founder of KUUMBA/B-Hood Sunday Devotionals Rickie Byars will host her first spiritual retreat April 12-14 in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, which is an extension of her B-Hood Sunday Devotionals in South L.A.

Booker T. Celebrates 60 Years at 3rd Annual Jazz at Naz Festival

Booker T. Jones will be celebrating 60 years of Green Onions and the Hammond B-3 organ at Jazz Club at The Soraya in Northridge on Feb. 2-3, at 8 p.m. As part of the Third Annual Jazz at Naz Festival, both evenings will feature a collaborative musical performance pairing of the legendary organist with up-and-coming keyboard extraordinaire Matthew Whitaker. One of the architects of The Memphis Sound, to which the 1960s and 1970s soul/funk movement is undeniably indebted, Jones, with his breakout album on the Stax Records label in 1962, helped to change the history of music. Three-time ASCAP Foundation

LA Works Hosts First Volunteer Festival in Honor of MLK

On Martin Luther King, Jr.’s  95th birthday, nearly 60 years after he addressed 15,000 Angelenos in a rousing speech on race relations and human dignity at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1964, LA Works organized the MLK 2024 Volunteer Festival: Take Action to Support Our Beloved Community, at the same site.

Covered California Deadline Fast Approaching

The window for Covered California and Medi-Cal’s open enrollment is soon closing. The three-month cycle opened on November 1, and the deadline for signing up is January 31.

Nu Skool Sings Old School Hosts Holiday Sneakers Ball

Nu Skool Sings Old School hosted its annual toy and gift drive party, Sneakers Ball, on Sunday, December 10, at the LA Crystal Hotel and Casino in Compton. Children from ages 7-17 modeled fashions on the runway, including those of an 8-year-old designer, Charlie LeRoy. The toys and gifts borne by attendees will be distributed to inner city children in need this holiday season.

Barbara Morrison Jazz & Blues Festival Marks Second Year

The California Jazz & Blues Museum presents the 2nd Annual Barbara Morrison Jazz & Blues Festival on Saturday, September 9 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event will take place at Barbara Morrison Square at the intersection of 43rd Street and Degnan Boulevard. Featured performers include Klymaxx, Dwight Trible, Eloise Laws, Debra Laws, The Son of Muddy Waters with Big Bill Morganfield, Victor Orlando, Fernando Pullum with the P.A.C. Senior Jazz Band, and The Barbara Morrison Band, originally known as The Bu Crew Band. James Janisse and Jay Jackson will host the event.

Levisy’s New Autobiography Covers Fractured Families and Happy Endings

In her first book, “Adopted, Returned Unwanted: My Foster Care Journey,” actress-turned author Judith Levisy chronicles her path as a foster child on the 40-year search to find her biological parents. Levisy was orphaned and adopted at birth by a White family, then returned once they realized she was Black. And that was only the beginning. This autobiography aims to raise awareness around the plight of foster children in the United States.

WORDTheatre Partners with LA Phil, Celebrates 20th Year with JAZZ Re-EVOLUTION

In partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (LA Phil), and in celebration of its 20th anniversary, WORDTheatre® proudly presents JAZZ Re-EVOLUTION, a literary and musical tribute honoring jazz legends, at The Ford, on Saturday, July 22, at 8:00pm. Featured performers include Keith David, Antonique Smith, Tracie Thoms, Glynn Turman, Terrace Martin, Nedra Wheeler and Clayton Cameron, among many others.

WACO Theater Center Presents “Witness,” An Exhibit with a View

WACO Theater Center’s most recent exhibit WITNESS showcases a diverse range of works from 16 Black femme-identifying artists projecting their vision of the world, society, community, and themselves through their art. Located at 5144 Lankershim Boulevard in the North Hollywood Arts District of Los Angeles, the gallery is open to the public Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. or by appointment through May 27, 2023.

Blue Note Jazz Festival Napa Unveils Star-Studded Lineup

Blue Note Entertainment Group has announced the lineup for its second Blue Note Jazz Festival Napa, scheduled for July 28–30, 2023. Curated by five-time Grammy Award winner Robert Glasper, and hosted by internationally acclaimed and award-winning comedian Dave Chappelle, the festival will feature a host of well-loved artists including headliners Mary J. Blige, Nas and Chance the Rapper.

SoCalGas Models Clean Energy with First-of-its-Kind [H2] Innovation Experience 

Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis recently joined with Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) to unveil North America’s first-of-its-kind, clean, renewable microgrid and home, known as Innovation Experience ( IE), in the city of Downey. Using a blended fuel source, IE demonstrates the potential to reliably power entire neighborhoods, day or night, rain or shine, throughout the year while effectively reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  

Dr. Elaine Batchlor Excels as CEO of MLK Community Healthcare  

Dr. Elaine Batchlor, Chief Executive Officer of MLK Community Healthcare, will be honored on April 15 at Bakewell Media’s Power, Leadership & Influence of the Black Woman event. The event will take place at the Beverly Hilton from 11am to 2pm. CBS 2 Anchor Pat Harvey will moderate. Dr. Batchlor will be honored alongside the newly-elected Mayor Karen Bass and several other prominent women of Los Angeles, including LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority CEO Stephanie N. Wiggins and veteran broadcaster Pat Prescott. 

Barbara Morrison: Still a Performer at the Center of Hearts

One year after revered songstress, vocal teacher and community activist Barbara Morrison’s passing at age 72, her legacy is humming along in full swing. The City of Los Angeles has renamed the corner of 43rd Street and Degnan (where the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center has stood for the past 14 years) “Barbara Morrison Square.” It was dedicated on the singer’s birthday last year, September 10, which also marked the date of the First Annual Barbara Morrison Jazz and Blues Festival.