L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Diversity discussion planned at CAAM

EXPOSITION PARK — A discussion, entitled “What Now? After the Hashtag: #OscarsSoWhite with April Reign”  will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. May 15 at the California African American Museum, 600 State Drive.

As the creator of the hashtag-turned-movement #OscarsSoWhite, Reign has challenged the lack of representation of people of color and marginalized communities in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences since 2015.

Her activism helped diversify the membership of the Academy and initiated a global movement. This free event will examine the influence, progress, and misconceptions, four years after the hash tag was introduced and discusses the work that remains to be done to ensure continued representation of marginalized communities in the arts and beyond. Parking is  $15.

Information (213) 744-7432.

Authors to discuss

resistance movements

SOUTH LOS ANGELES  — The Labor/Community Strategy Center, UCLA Department of History snf Strategy and Soul Movement Center presents a special evening of literary discussion  by various authors discussing resisitance movements throughout the world at  6 p.m. May 9 at Strategy & Soul, 3546 W. Martin Luther King Blvd.

The event will include audience questions, panel and book discussions, book sales and book signings. Featured participants include Akinyele Umoja, Channing Martinez, Gary B. Nash, Akinyele Umoja, Eric Mann and Jeanette Charles.

Suggested donations are $10 for general admission and $5 for students. RSVP at channing@thestrategycenter.org.

Community bike ride

planned at park

 SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Harvard Park Community Bike Ride and and Skate Jam will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 11 at Jackie Tatum Harvard Park, 1535 W. 62nd St. Information: www.heart.org/communitysteps.

Reentry conference

planned in Gardena

GARDENA  — The annual reentry conference for those reentering the worksforce after incarceration will be held from 10 a.m. to 3p.m. May 14 at the City of Refuge LA, 14527 S. San Pedro St. The event includes on-the-job training, workshops, resources, networking and advocacy.

Ministry project

to honor women

LOS ANGELES — South Central Los Angeles Ministry Project, a family literacy and empowerment program for low-income women and their families, will honor Blanca Arreola and Leticia Larios, both early childhood education teachers, at its annual Person of the Year event May 15 at First Republic Bank in downtown Los Angeles,  888 S. Figueroa St., Suite 100.

Information: http://www.southcentrallamp.org/.

FAME plans walk

to end hunger

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Sarah Allen Women’s Missionary Society of First AME Church of Los Angeles will commemorate the 30th anniversary of their annual Walk to End Hunger beginning at 8 a.m. May 11 from FAME Church, 2270 S. Harvard Blvd. Registration begins at 7 a.m. To participate or obtain information, call the church at (323) 735-1251.

HerStory event

spotlights women

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation, in celebration of National Women’s History Month, presents, “HerStory,” an event to spotlight women in business, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. May 16 at the Foundation Center LA, 11633 S. Western Ave.

The event includes a reception and  panel discussion. Free parking is available at the venue.

Sylvia Castillo, director of corporate social responsibility for Union Bank, will be the mistress of ceremony. Honorees include: Anna Cubas, founder and president of the Latina Public Service Academy; Maria S. Salinas, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; Dominique DiPrima, radio personality at KJLH; and Kim Benoit, president of Rainbow Productions.

Negro women plan

Purple Hat Affair

CRENSHAW — The National Council of Negro women will host the Purple Hat Affair High Tea fundraising event from 1 to 4 p.m. May 18 at Crenshaw United Methodist Church, 3740 Don Felipe Drive. The event will feature live music, exotic teas, drawing prizes and an essay contest. The winners of the essay contest will receive scholarships towards their college education.

Guidelines for students who wish to submit an essay for consideration can be found on the website www.ncnwviewparkla.com. Tickets to the event are $40 and can also be purchased on the website.

College partnership

celebration planned

COMPTON — A special Partnership Celebration featuring employees from Compton College and El Camino College, along with federal, state and local officials, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. May 30 at Compton College Gymnasium, 1111 E. Artesia Blvd. This historic partnership is the first of its kind in California and has resulted in thousands of students reaching their academic and career goals. Hundreds of guests are expected to attend this ceremony and celebration.

Winery offers

soulful Sunday brunch

 LOS ANGELES — Taste with Grace Catering and San Antonio Winery will host a soulful Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19 at the San Antonio Winery, 737 Lamar St. Tickets are available through San Antonio Winery Los Angeles’ website at sanantoniowinery.com or call (323) 223-1401.

Chamber plans spring

membership mixer

LOS ANGELES — The Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce will host its spring membership mixer from 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 15, at the Luxe City Center Hotel, 1020 S. Figueroa St.

The event is free for members and $20 for non-members. For more information, call (323) 292-1297 or visit www.glaaacc.org/calendar/mm19.

Black women’s group

to hold awards brunch

TORRANCE — The Coalition of 100 Black Women, Los Angeles, holds its community scholarship and award brunch at 10 a.m. May 18, at the Doubletree by Hilton Torrance, 21333 Hawthorne Blvd.

The event will honor black women in the community.

For tickets and sponsorship info, visit https://awardbrunch.eventbrite.com.

Africa Day Fest 2019

planned May 25

LOS ANGELES — Africa Day Fest 2019, a free, fun, family-friendly street festival to celebrate African arts and culture through music, food, fashion show, performance and children’s activities, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 25 at Catch One, 4067 Pico Blvd.

Compiled by Angela Parker.

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