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Skirball Cultural Center Announces its Twenty-second Annual FREE Summertime Outdoor Concert Series
July 27, 2018
The Skirball Cultural Center announces the lineup for its twenty-second annual free summertime live music series, Sunset Concerts. This year’s artists showcase local and global influences from Malawian Nyanja Vibes, socially conscious R&B, psychedelic dream-pop, and Afro-Americana to experimental indie rock and Ethiopian funk. In addition to pioneering new sounds inspired by their own cultural identities and traditions, they utilize their art to bridge communities. Presented every summer since 1997 in the Skirball’s picturesque hillside setting, Sunset Concerts features both emerging and established talents, drawing music fans from across greater Los Angeles. ... read more »
Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo Celebrates 34th Anniversary
July 26, 2018
“The greatest show on dirt!” --famously known as The Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo-- celebrated its 34th Anniversary at the Industry Hills Expo Center in the City of Industry on July 20-21st. The nearly sold-out rodeo combined country western fun and African American cowboy culture. ... read more »
Black Panther Party Co-founder Elbert “Big Man” Howard dies
July 26, 2018
Friends and family described Howard as a "gentle giant'' who could paint in words what a jazz song was saying. Howard was an author, volunteer jazz disc jockey, author, lecturer and activist in Sonoma County, where he later made his home. ... read more »
Suspect Arrested in Oakland Train Station Stabbing Attack
July 26, 2018
The wounded sister of an 18-year-old Black woman fatally stabbed in the neck while transferring trains said they were “blindsided by a maniac.” ... read more »
‘Blindspotting’ – A Tale of Two Oaklands
July 19, 2018
"Blindspotting" is a feature film that made a splash as the opening night film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Utah. The story is about a man trying to stay out of trouble for just three days in a rapidly changing and racially charged Oakland. ... read more »
Skirball Cultural Center Launches 22nd Season of Sunset Concerts With R&B Soulstress Goapele
July 10, 2018
Lauded singer-songwriter Goapele kicks off the twenty-second season of the Skirball Cultural Center’s Sunset Concerts on Thursday, July 26, at 8:00 p.m, with her deeply personal take on R&B, soul, funk, and hip-hop. The evening begins with DJ Mamabear of dublab, who will spin a set at 6:30 p.m. ... read more »
iGeneration Youth are Saying Enough is Enough to Gun Violence and Demanding Real Change!
June 7, 2018
The Millennial generation was the first to experience a mass school shooting when, in 1999, students were shot and murdered at Columbine High School. Millennials responded by disrupting the political system with debates on gun control and the Second Amendment to U.S. Constitution. ... read more »
Black Students Home Language Must Be Honored
November 23, 2017
Those groups and individuals interested in improving educational outcomes for Black children should understand the devastating impact of the neglect and degradation Black students have always suffered, and often simply because of the way they speak. ... read more »
Film Director Damani Baker on “The House on CoCo Road”
August 10, 2017
Film Director Damani Baker talks about THE HOUSE ON COCO ROAD, an intimate documentary exploration of heritage and history against the backdrop of a brewing Afro-centric revolution as the U.S. government prepares to invade the island nation of Grenada. A captivating story of a woman who risks the lives of herself and her young children in pursuit of liberty. First hand accounts from activists Angela Davis, Fania Davis and Fannie Haughton weave together director Damani Baker’s family portrait of Utopian dreams, resistance and civil unrest with a film score composed by music luminary Meshell Ndegeocello. Reporter: Brittany K. Jackson ... read more / watch video »
17th Annual Black College Expo hits LA Convention Center
February 10, 2016
  Thousands of students with folders of college information filled the Los Convention Center as the 17th Annual Black College Expo brought representatives from across the country to show Los Angles what historically Black colleges and universities have to offer on Sunday, ... read more »
Oakland Raiders Charles Woodson Receives Art Rooney’s Sportsmanship Award
February 7, 2016
  San Francisco – Retired Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson received the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award on Saturday, February 6 at the fifth annual NFL Honors Awards ceremony, ... read more »
Carson City Councilman Jawane Hilton Speaks: “Carson stands ready if proposed Inglewood NFL site safety issues are not resolved”
January 16, 2016
  On Tuesday, January 12, 2016, the City of Carson received unwanted news – the NFL did not approve Carson as the site for the return of professional football to the City of Angels. ... read more »
Goodell: Oakland, San Diego, St. Louis stadiums inadequate
January 14, 2016
Roger Goodell says the existing stadiums in St. Louis, San Diego and Oakland are ”inadequate and unsatisfactory,” and the proposals the Rams, Chargers and Raiders received to remain in their current cities lacked certainty. ... read more »
Coogler’s Creed!
December 23, 2015
Filmmaker Ryan Coogler hails from the East Bay Area of Northern California. In 2011, his student film, “Fig”, which followed a young street prostitute’s fight to keep her daughter safe, won the Director’s Guild of America's Student Filmmaker Award, as well as the HBO Short Filmmaker Award. He earned his MFA in Film and Television Production at the University of Southern California in May 2011. ... read more »
Services Scheduled for Henry ‘Hank’ Clark, Jr.,
November 26, 2015
He was an entrepreneur and among the first African-American McDonald’s franchise owners in Los Angeles Observances are scheduled this week for Henry Clark, Jr., who in 1969 became one of the first African-Americans to own and operate a McDonald’s franchise in the Los Angeles Crenshaw District. ... read more »
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