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“The 1619 Project” Premieres as New TV Docu-Series
February 2, 2023
“The 1619 Project,” an expansion of the book created by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Nikole Hannah-Jones and The New York Times Magazine, premiered as a six-part limited docu-series on Hulu, on Thursday, January 26. That evening, at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, esteemed actors, journalists, industry executives and a host of other public figures gathered for the red carpet event. The first episode, “Democracy,” was screened, and a discussion led by Oprah Winfrey followed, along with a special rooftop reception to celebrate the premiere. ... read more »
Janiva Ellis Exhibit, ‘The Angels,’ Closes at Hammer Museum
January 26, 2023
The most recent evocative work of Oakland-born painter Janiva Ellis, The Angels (2022), a four-month exhibit at the Hammer Museum at UCLA, closed January 22. ... read more »
Civil Rights Leader Ben Jealous Solves the Riddle of Racism in New Book
January 19, 2023
Prominent civil rights leader Ben Jealous’ new book, “Never Forget Our People Were Always Free: A Parable of American Healing,” hit stores on January 10. The youngest ever NAACP president and CEO explores the construct of race and the potential for our country to heal while reflecting on his own journey in politics and beyond. ... read more »
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MLK’s Influence on the Written Word: Art as a Means of Mourning, Coping and Continuing a Legacy
January 12, 2023
As we remember and mourn the loss of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we can take inspiration and solace from, not only his written speeches, but also in the works of a number of esteemed Black writers who themselves mourned, coped and mapped out their own blueprint for a better nation through their art in 1968. ... read more »
Los Angeles-Lusaka Sister City Committee Strengthens U.S.’ Relationship with Zambia
January 5, 2023
The Los Angeles-Lusaka Sister City Committee is going strong. Los Angeles’ interdependent relationship with its sister city in Zambia, Africa – Lusaka – was strengthened last year with more widely available clean water and other strides that will benefit the two cities in 2023 and for years to come. ... read more »
Top 10 National News Stories of 2022 
December 29, 2022
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Councilwoman Heather Hutt Hosts Turkey Giveaway for the Holidays 
December 22, 2022
The Office of Councilwoman Heather Hutt Hosted a Turkey Giveaway for local residents of the 10th District at the Michelle and Barack Obama Sports Complex on December 14. Councilwoman Hutt was accompanied by newly appointed Mayor Karen Bass on her third day in office.  ... read more »
Blaxploitation Legend Wins Another Guinness World Record at 79
November 24, 2022
Legendary Blaxploitation actress Jeanie “Annie” Bell Judis (“Mean Streets,” “TNT Jackson,” “Trouble Man”) has won the Guinness World Record for Oldest Competitive Rope Skipper at the age of 79. She has beat her own record. ... read more »
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Investment Advisor Nichole Dorch-Cannon Makes Forbes’ Top Financial Security Professionals List
November 10, 2022
Nichole Dorch-Cannon, investment advisor representative at World Financial Group, has been listed among Forbes’ Top Financial Security Professionals Best-In-State of 2022. Dorch-Cannon is ethically and effectively getting significant results while helping people, some of whom, before working with her, may not have realized that they needed it. ... read more »
Pianist Paul Cornish Plays for Freedom, Community and Gratitude
November 3, 2022
Pianist and composer Paul Cornish has performed around the world from Europe, Australia, and South America to Carnegie Hall, and worked with esteemed artists from Herbie Hancock to John Legend. He won the American Jazz Piano Competition in 2018, and he is on the faculty of the Stanford Jazz Workshop. ... read more »
Taste of Soul ’s Digital World Highlights Wellness and Education
October 27, 2022
At Taste of Soul’s dynamic, new Microsoft-sponsored Digital World this year, founders of the tech- and entertainment-centered non-profit TecLeimert recorded live podcasts that featured interviews with a host of thought leaders and industry experts, ... read more »
Theatre Director Sheldon Epps’ New Book Celebrates and Encourages Self-Direction
October 27, 2022
Sheldon Epps, one of the first Black artistic directors in American regional theatre, has written a new book entitled, “MY OWN DIRECTIONS: A Black Man's Journey in the American Theatre.” Epps chronicles his tribulations and triumphs as a freelance director, which led him to the Pasadena Playhouse, where he served as artistic director for twenty years. During that time, he helmed many productions, also directing episodes of classic television shows along the way. ... read more »
TecLeimert Brings Taste of the Future to Taste of Soul’s Digital World
October 20, 2022
TecLeimert joined Taste of Soul’s Digital World on October 15, just three weeks after the nonprofit’s innovative Black to the Future Conference. Their station was alight with live podcast recordings of panel discussions with industry experts, immersive virtual reality (VR) experiences, a 360 photo booth machine complete with bubble gun fun, and multiple gaming stations, all highlighting the creative side of technology. ... read more »
Chevrolet to Sponsor Bakewell Media ‘Music for the Soul’ Stage at Taste of Soul
October 13, 2022
Bakewell Media and Taste of Soul are pleased to announce that Chevrolet—a company that specializes in “finding new roads” with cars that make that mission easy, stylish, and fun—will be the Premiere Sponsor of the Bakewell Media “Music for the Soul” Music Stage at the imminent Taste of Soul festival occurring on Saturday, October 15. ... read more »
Bakewell Media Presents Music for the Soul at Taste of Soul 2022 
October 6, 2022
Coming up at Taste of Soul, Bakewell Media’s Music Stage, “Music for the Soul,” sponsored by Chevy, will delight audiences with legendary soul groups Troop, Lakeside featuring Mark Wood, and Midnight Star, while showcasing exciting local acts in the realms of dance, hip-hop and R&B. Non-stop topnotch musical entertainment will add to Taste of Soul’s signature spirit of merriment, providing attendees with good vibes and great opportunities to dance during the family-friendly festival on October 15.  ... read more »
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