L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Documentary of historic action film to screen

CULVER CITY — The Mayme Clayton Library & Museum, 4130 Overland Ave., will show “The Kusini Concept: The Pride & Sabotage,” from 4 to 7 p.m., Nov.15.

The documentary discusses the politics of “Countdown at Kusini,” a film released in April 1976, at the end of the Blaxploitation Era. The action flick was the brainchild of Delta Sigma Theta, an international sorority with a membership of 100,000 mainly black women who wanted to see themselves portrayed in more favorable on-screen roles.

Produced by Howard film professor S. Torriano Berry, the documentary examines how the distributor undermined the film and blocked it from becoming the financial triumph the Delta’s envisioned.

Admission is free. Donations will be accepted.

Information: (202) 243-9779 or sberry@howard.edu.

Church celebrates

long-time minister

INGLEWOOD — True Vine Baptist Church, 1437 Centinela Ave., will honor the Rev. Austin Williams for his 43 years of pastoral ministry at 7 p.m. Nov.13.

The celebration will feature performances from recording artist Juanita Parker Scott and the Richard Ross Blues Jazz Band. A $20 admission donation is recommended.

Youth organization

honors two leaders

BEVERLY HILLS — A Place Called Home, a South Los Angeles-based organization providing a safe haven for underserved youth, will honor Josh Goldstine, president of Worldwide Marketing for Universal Pictures, and Kenneth M. Karmin, CEO and chairman of Ortho Mattress, at its “Gala for the Children,” at 5:30 p.m., Nov. 19, at the Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd.

The event will include both a live and silent auction.

Information: Jill Hoffman at (310) 205-9930 or jillh@clivehoffmanassociates.com.

DWP to explain

rate increases

CRENSHAW — To provide more opportunities for the public to learn about its proposed five-year rate request, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) has scheduled seven additional community meetings this month, including one in Crenshaw, at 10 a.m., Nov. 14, at the DWP Customer Service Center, 4030 Crenshaw Blvd.

The proposed action seeks water and power rate increases each year, starting in 2016 through 2020, based on the following priorities: ramping up the replacement of aging water and power infrastructure to improve reliability, meeting regulatory mandates that require a complete transformation of the city’s power supply, protecting against drought conditions by expanding L.A.’s local water supply and improving customer service.

Information: (213) 367-1361.

Exhibit features

1940s black cinema 

EXPOSITION PARK — The “Coloring Independently” exhibit at the California African American Museum, 600 State Drive, is showcasing more than 80 film stills and related photographs from a time of limited character roles and access to the mainstream movie industry for African Americans.

Typically referred to as “race films,” the independent productions were created with a black cast and for an African-American audience.

The show will be on view until the end of February, which is Black History Month.

Information: (213) 744-7696or tbowers@caamuseum.org.

Funds assist student

support programs

CARSONTo improve services for more than 220 military veteran students, those with disabilities, former foster youth, and many others on campus, Cal State Dominguez Hills has received two U.S. Department of Education grants totaling $2.3 million for its Student Support Services programs.

One of the five-year grants will go towards the new Students Support Services’ veterans program. The funds will boost professional and student support staff to help improve veterans’ college retention and graduation rates.

The second grant will improve the university’s existing Student Support Services program, which provides academic advising, peer mentoring, computer lab access, cultural exploration activities, and academic and skills development workshops.

Festival honors

father-daughter bond

INGLEWOOD — Animo Inglewood Charter High School, 3425 W. Manchester Blvd., is hosting Daughters’ Lives Matter, a free community event, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 14.

The festival features free food, workshops, a daddy’s best barbecue sauce contest and a kids’ zone.

Terry Boykins, CEO of youth foundation Street Positive will serve as a panelist, as well as program leaders from the Social Justice Learning Institute.

Register online at www.hoopfoundation.org/#!get_involved/c8k2. Donations are accepted.

Community council

announces meeting

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Stakeholders in the boundaries of Hyde Park, Angeles Mesa and View Heights, are invited to the community council general meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 14, at Angeles Mesa Elementary School, 2611 W. 52nd St.

A light breakfast will be served. All attendees are welcome to fill out speaker cards and offer public comment.

Information: (323) 298-6124 or info@pmhcc90043.org.

Workshop set for

minority contractors

EXPOSITION PARK — The Los Angeles Football Club, a new soccer team that hopes to build a soccer stadium on the site now occupied by the Los Angeles Sports Arena, will hold a contractor workshop with PCL Construction Nov. 17 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Sports Arena, 3939 S. Figueroa St., to recruit minority, women, disadvantaged, and disadvantaged veterans subcontractor businesses that are interested in working on the stadium.

Firms in attendance at the project information session will have the opportunity to meet the team and learn about anticipated project specifications, timelines and other opportunities associated with the new state-of-the-art soccer stadium.

Current plans for the stadium project call for a minimum of 35 percent of the aggregate work will be done by minority subcontractors.

Registration is required at: www.pcl-lafcoutreach-nov2015.eventbrite.com.

Compiled by Anne Artley. 

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