Lauren A. Jones

Veniceball Unveils the Watts Oasis

Veniceball unveiled the Watts Oasis, an art-infused basketball court and community garden on Saturday, March 23, to provide a safe space and resources to the underserved Watts community. “I discovered this court that was hanging on a string here 10 years ago and I always thought it would be nice to kind of upgrade the facility,” explained Nick Ansom, founder and CEO of the Venice Basketball League. The Watts Oasis court refurbishment was the tenth of its kind, part of Veniceball’s Build Courts Not Walls global campaign. With the help of 100 volunteers and Watts Towers artist in residence, Augustine

Lakers vs. Pelicans Postgame Report 2.27.19

LeBron James sank a game-winning three-pointer that lifted the Lakers over the Pelicans 125-119. All five starters scored in double digits after the Lakers dropped their previous two games on the road against the Pelicans and Grizzlies respectively.

Super Bowl LIII: Rams vs. Patriots, By The Numbers

The cliché “defense wins championships” was played out on America’s largest domestic sports stage in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday at the Mercedes Benz Stadium as the New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams, 13-3. The heavily relied on defenses of both teams made for an underwhelming Super Bowl fan experience as television ratings hit a 10-year low of 44.9/68 share, according to the Sports Business Journal. “This was for it all, the last two teams, we fell short,” stated back-to-back NFL defensive player of the year, Rams’ defensive tackle, Aaron Donald stated. Coincidentally, the New England Patriots’ dynasty

“Black Panther” Notches 2019 SAG Awards’ Top Honor

“Black Panther” snagged the most prestigious award at the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Motion Picture, on Sunday night inside the Shrine Auditorium. Chadwick Boseman, who played the film’s leading man T’Challa, used Nina Simone’s song “To be Young, Gifted and Black” as a way to describe the groundbreaking win in his acceptance speech.

LeBron James Named Associated Press Male Athlete of 2018  

On Thursday, AP announced LeBron James as the Male Athlete of the Year following what the publication described as his “most significant year.” Though James continues to dominate the NBA with his elite basketball skills on the court, his philanthropy and social activism have allowed him to ascend to newer heights. 

Black Public Relations Society L.A. Honors Trailblazers with 20th Anniversary Awards  

The Black Public Relations Society Los Angeles hosted its 20th anniversary awards ceremony and aptly chose to honor 20 trailblazers in the fields of media, film, corporate communications and public relations at the California African American Museum on Friday.