L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Compton students honor local restaurant

COMPTON — Local students helped take their community back to the 1950s March 5 as they celebrated the legacy of local restaurant Naka’s Broiler, the city’s first African-American owned and operated restaurant.

McNair Elementary School, Willowbrook Middle School, and Centennial High School students and members of the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center entertained Compton residents with music, dance, and spoken word performances.

Afterwards, those in attendance were invited to Naka’s Broiler for free hamburgers.

Located right across the street from Centennial High School, the restaurant was opened in 1956 by late owner Katherine Banks, better known as “Mama Naka.”

The historic restaurant not only became a favorite of Compton residents, but was also frequented by celebrities including Muhammed Ali and Sammy Davis Jr.

Alumni group

holds benefit

MARINA DEL REY — The USC Black Alumni Association is hosting its 40th anniversary and scholarship benefit at 6 p.m., March 10 at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey, 4375 Admiralty Way.

To RSVP visit: www.usc.edu/esvp (code: BAA40) or call (213) 740-1744.

Nonprofit hosts

technology sessions 

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Vermont-Slauson Economic Development Corporation is presenting a series on technology and social media, in partnership with the Black Business Association, at the Business Enterprise Center, 6109 S. Western Ave.

“Intro to Comp/Internet Fundamentals” will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. March 11, and the workshop “Getting Around Microsoft Office, will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. March 16. “Basics of Social Media,” is from 1 to 3 p.m., March 14.

To qualify for attendance, participants must own or operate a business in the city of Los Angeles and have a business license.

RSVP at lelliott@vsedc.org or call (323) 789-4515. Seating is limited.

Museum pays tribute

to women’s history

EXPOSITION PARK — The California African American Museum, 600 State Drive, is holding a series of events in honor of Women’s History Month.

The America’s Sisters Trivia game will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 13. Players will learn about the contributions of African-American women in the spheres of politics, civil rights, education, literature and journalism. Biographies are available for study, and can be found at: bit.ly/1LgHkqn.

A documentary, “A Ballerina’s Tale: The Incredible Rise of Misty Copeland,”will screen from 12:45 to 2 p.m. March 13. The film explores the rise of African-American ballerina Misty Copeland, who is the first black woman to hold the prestigious position as principal dancer for New York’s American Ballet Theatre. The documentary also examines the issues of race and body image in the classical ballet world.

Meeting to discuss

wetland usage

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Ninth Council District is holding a community meeting to discuss possibilities for the revitalization of the South L.A. wetlands at 5 p.m. March 14, at Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School, 300 East 53rd St.

Translation services and light refreshments will be provided.

Information: (323) 846-2651.

Victims’ support

group to meet

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Community organizations are hosting a support group for families of murder victims from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 14, at the Los Angeles Police Department’s 77th Street Division, 7600 S. Broadway, in the Community Room.

The hosts are Justice for Murdered Children, Project Cry No More, Justice for Homicide Victims and LAURA.

Information: jfmc1995@yahoo.com.

Chamber to present

economic awards

LOS ANGELES — The Greater Los Angeles African-American Chamber of Commerce is holding its 23rd annual Economic Awards Dinner March 17 at the JW Marriott Los Angeles at LA Live, 900 W. Olympic Blvd. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is at 7.

Alejandra Castillo, the national deputy director of the Minority Business Development Agency, will serve as the keynote speaker.

Actor and comedian Flex Alexander will serve as the master of ceremonies, and Mayor Eric Garcetti and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas will make an appearance.

RSVP by March 11 at (310) 216-4722 or email events@tbakergroup.com.

Information: www.GLAAACC.org/Programs/Dinner.

Artist hosts

discussion, tour

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Visual artist and author Synthia St. James is holding a discussion and guided tour of her exhibition in honor of Women’s History Month from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 13, at The Museum of African-American Art, in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, Macy’s 3rd floor, 4005 Crenshaw Blvd.

The event is free to the public. Refreshments are included.

RSVP: (323) 294-7071

Coordinators sought

for summer program

LOS ANGELES — The Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development is currently accepting applications for its Summer Night Lights Program site coordinators. The initiative aims to reduce gang-related violence and provide community engagement in 32 parks around the city.

Applications are due at 5 p.m. March 18, and are accepted on a rolling basis. Early submission is encouraged.

Site coordinators are responsible for managing a team at one location. They will work collaboratively with diverse populations, which include potential perpetrators and victims of violence.

Site coordinators will work from June 13 to Aug. 6 40 hours a week.

Information: http://empowerla.org/summer-night-lights-2016-site-coordinator-employment-opportunities/

Application: https://gryd.formstack.com/forms/2016scapplication.

Compiled by Anne Artley.

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