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The Evolution of Bakewell Media’s Taste of Soul Festival
August 29, 2019
For 14 years, Los Angeles has enjoyed the annual Taste of Soul Family Food Festival on Crenshaw Blvd. The day-long festival presented by Bakewell Media boasts over 350,000 visitors just last year alone. Taste of Soul has become an institution in the Crenshaw community and draws people from L.A. and beyond, coming to enjoy live music and entertainment on more than five stages, delicious food from hundreds of vendors and shopping – including blocks and blocks of art, jewelry, clothing, beauty products as well as a plethora of free community services. The festival is family-friendly and known for being one of the largest and safest events in Southern California. Originally founded by Bakewell Media CEO Danny J. Bakewell, Sr. in 2005, Taste of Soul has grown exponentially over the years, and Mr. Bakewell says he can’t believe it’s been 14 years since its beginning. ... read more »
Bass Legislation Leads to Marvin Gaye Post Office
June 20, 2019
The popular tunes of singer Marvin Gaye echoed throughout the dedication ceremony that added his name to the Dockweiler postal station in South L.A. Thanks to legislation sponsored by U.S. Representative Karen Bass and passed into law by the U.S. Congress, the station at 3585 S. Vermont Ave. is now known as the Marvin Gaye Post Office, an action that pairs nicely with the Marvin Gaye stamp, which was issued in April. ... read more »
Art Comes Alive at St. Elmo Village 50th Anniversary
June 6, 2019
Founded in 1969 by the late Rozzell Sykes, the community center has become a cultural landmark for its enduring promotion of arts education through workshops and cultural events. In recognition of reaching the half-century mark, scores of supporters from throughout the city attended the street festival. ... read more »
Local Elected Officials Unite to End Child Poverty
May 22, 2019
Senator Holly Mitchell was among the speakers at the End Child Poverty Bus Tour. At right are Assemblymember Autumn Burke, L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Gov.  ... read more »
Ridley-Thomas Taps BKCAME as Satellite Office for Community Healing for Grief and Loss
April 10, 2019
In the wake of the March 31 murder of Ermias Asghedom, known worldwide as Nipsey Hussle, L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas has been at the forefront of engaging resources to stop the violence and heal the community in South Los Angeles. ... read more »
88th St. Temple COGIC attend L.A. Clippers ‘Faith and Family Night’
March 27, 2019
On Sunday, March 17, members of 88th Street Temple Church of God in Christ, along with their friends and families, participated in the L.A. Clippers “Faith and Family” Night. ... read more »
$70M Magic Johnson Park Renovation Breaks Ground
March 12, 2019
(left to right) Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, and CBS’ Jim Hill at Magic Johnson Park Renovation Groundbreaking. Photo by Martin Zamora / Board of Supervisors Surrounded by hundreds of cheering South Los Angeles residents, ... read more »
FAME Hosts Citywide Kick-Off of African American Heritage Month
February 13, 2019
Parishioners and guests of First AME Church of Los Angeles (FAME) adorned African attire and enjoyed the drumbeats of Africa at FAME’s annual citywide kick-off celebration of African American Heritage Month on Feb. ... read more »
Gloria Gray Elected First African American Woman to Chair MWD Board
January 17, 2019
Her latest achievement is first Black to lead MWD Board  ... read more »
Powerful Preachers Headline Mt. Moriah’s 2019 Prayer Bowl
January 9, 2019
The Holy Spirit fell repeatedly throughout the 2019 Prayer Bowl as the Rev. George Hurtt, the Rev. Dr. Donald Parsons and Bishop Marvin Sapp delivered the Word of God with clarity, ... read more »
88th Street Temple COGIC Sponsor Winter Wonderland 2019
January 9, 2019
88th Street Temple Church of God in Christ partnered with L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas to bring snow to the 89th Street and Vermont Ave. neighborhood on Jan. ... read more »
Top Local Stories of 2018
December 27, 2018
Here are the top local stories of 2018 ... read more »
Innovative Program Taking Big Steps to Help Patients with Diabetes
December 20, 2018
Diabetes casts a pall on the lives of more than 4 million Californians – a startling 15 percent of the state’s adult population – and communities of color are disproportionately affected. ... read more »
Ridley-Thomas Leads Groundbreaking on New MLK Medical Building
November 8, 2018
L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas led the groundbreaking ceremony for the newest addition to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Campus in Willowbrook: a medical office building that will increase access to healthcare in South Los Angeles by creating more space for physicians to care for patients. ... read more »
L.A. Honors Aretha Franklin with Gospel Music Tribute
September 5, 2018
God’s spirit enveloped the California African American Museum as Los Angeles came out for a gospel music tribute to the legendary Aretha Franklin on Aug. 30. ... read more »
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