LOS ANGELES — Black Lives Matter organizer Melina Abdullah, a professor at Cal State Los Angeles, will take part in a conversation about ground-breaking social movements at 7:15 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Los Angeles Central Library, 630 W. Fifth Street.
Abdullah will be joined by Black Panther Party members Ericka Huggins, Norma Mtume, and Phyllis Jackson and photojournalist Bryan Shih, to discuss the current climate of race relations in the U.S. on the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party.
Information: (213) 292-6240.
meet and greet
EXPOSITION PARK — A minority contractors association is hosting a free open house, meet and greet for contractors, general contractors and private owners at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 20 at the Expo Center – Roy A. Anderson Recreation Center, 3980 Bill Robertson Lane.
The host, the National Association of Minority Contractors of Southern California, has invited its major corporate group members Austin Commercial, Balfour Beatty, Clark Construction, Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles World Airports, Swinerton, Turner Construction and WalshShea to provide information on more than $5 billion of upcoming construction opportunities in 2017 and how to access them.
All contractors interested in developing relationships with general contractors and private owners are invited. Registration is required.
Information: (323) 296-8005.
Taste of Soul
CRENSHAW — The 11th annual Taste of Soul family festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct, 15 on Crenshaw Boulevard between Rodeo Road and Stocker Street.
The free event features live entertainment, displays from local artists, exhibits from local businesses and organizations and food from local restaurants.
Information: (323) 299-3800.
Radio host leads
CRENSHAW — KJLH host Adai Lamar will moderate a breast cancer awareness event from 7 to 9 p.m., Oct, 13 at the Lula Washington Dance Theater, 3773 Crenshaw Blvd.
The free event is presented by the Association of Black Women Physicians, an organization that represents underserved communities and physicians who care for them.
Unique issues that African-American men and women with breast cancer face is the main topic.
Information: (310) 881- 2761.
LOS ANGELES — The Black Chamber of Commerce is featuring a business training workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 17 at the Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council Conference Room, 800 W. 6th St., Suite 850, to share hidden rules for landing contracts and working with prime contractors.
The three-hour presentation will be moderated by Catherine Francis of CMF Global Enterprises.
Registration is required.
Information: (213) 689-6960.
CARSON — Cal State Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria St., is hosting the opening reception for its altered objects exhibition by L.A.-based artists from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 24 at the University Art Gallery, La Corte Hall A-107.
The opening reception features a conversation with the artists, Julie Schustack, Nicolas Shake and Trina Turturici facilitated by assistant professor Devon Tsuno.
The exhibit is slated to run through Dec. 12.
Information: (310) 243-3334.
on ballot measures
CRENSHAW — A membership-based wellness organization is hosting a community forum to cover the propositions and measures on the November ballot from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Oct. 14 at 4030 Crenshaw Blvd.
The free event, hosted by Black Women for Wellness, will discuss issues on the ballot that concern the lives of black women.
A guide with information on all California propositions will be issued.
Information: (323) 290-5955.
BEVERLY HILLS — L.A. Focus presents its 19th annual gala honoring women who have served their communities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd.
The event, named the First Ladies High Tea, takes note of the roles ladies and women in the church play in providing services to the community and shaping the lives of young girls and youth.
Honorees include actresses Lynn Whitfield and Edwina Finley, Marguerite Reeve of Faith Community Church, Linda G. Hodge of Living Praise Christian Center, Judi Wotham-Sauls of Holman United Methodist Church, and Ranza Trotter of Morningstar Baptist Church.
Singers Tina Campbell and Judith McAllister will perform.
Information: (310) 677-6011.
INGLEWOOD — Radio show hosts of Smart Money Fundamentals are slated to facilitate questions and answers about retirement at a free seminar on women and Social Security from 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 18 at the Inglewood Public Library, Gladys Waddingham Lecture Hall, 101 W. Manchester Blvd.
The free seminar is presented by Searchlight Financial Advisors, the hosts of Smart Money Fundamentals, a radio show that provides financial advice on KFWB 980 and KRLA 870.
Information: (310) 412-5380.
‘Smell the Roses’
opens at CAAM
LOS ANGELES—The California African American Museum, 600 State Drive, is hosting its opening reception of the work of L.A.- based artist Genevieve Gaignard from 7 to 9 p.m., Oct. 19 at the museum.
The exhibition, “Smell the Roses,” explores race, femininity and class with the use of installation, photographic self-portraiture, and sculpture.
The exhibit is curated by the California African American Museum’s deputy director, Naima J, Keith. The exhibition will be on display through Feb 19.
Information: (213) 744- 7432.
Radisson to host
LOS ANGELES — Forgiving for Living will hold its fifth annual Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Conference for women from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Radisson Hotel, 3540 S. Figueroa St.
CEO Wendy Dean will host the event.
The conference is free but registration is required at forgivingforliving.org.
UNIVERSAL CITY — Access Hollywood contributor Nina Parker will host the ninth annual Action Icon Conference and Awards from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel, 333 Universal Hollywood Drive.
The program begins with a reception and silent auction from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. followed by an awards luncheon and auction, which benefits the nonprofit Diamond in the Raw.
Information: (800) 566-4714.
Compiled by Billie Jordan
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