Cheers West Edition


Wave Staff Report

Carmen D. Hawkins, a graduate of the African American Business Leadership Institute, and the managing deputy of the city of Los Angeles Attorney’s Neighborhood Council Advice Division, was inducted into the John M. Langston Bar Association Hall of Fame on Nov. 3.

The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony honored African-American attorneys that have made significant contributions to Langston and its legal community and have practiced law for more than 35 years.

Stanley Kalu

Stanley Kalu, a senior in the USC Cinematic Arts School, was recently announced the winner of The LAUNCH, a writing competition that offered $1 million in film financing and a $50,000 education grant to the winner. The competition was open to students enrolled in an accredited institution and was underwritten by philanthropists Chuck and Marni Bond, who wanted to support college students in the Arts.

A student in the John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television, Kalu, who was born in Nigeria and grew up in several African countries, wanted to tell a story about the intersection of institutional racism, particularly around the issue of police brutality, and LGBT issues.

Titled “The Obituary of Tunde Johnson,” Kalu’s story is about a wealthy black high school senior who falls victim to police brutality.

Jewel Thais-Williams

Jewel Thais-Williams was recently the subject of a motion by Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson Jr. to name the intersection at Norton Avenue and Pico Boulevard after her. Thais-Williams is a pioneer of LGBT Angelenos rights and the founder of Catch One, one of the country’s first black gay discos. Jewel Thais-Williams Square is at the intersection where the disco she founded in 1973 used to stand.

Compiled by Angela Parker.

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