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L.A. DIGEST: Founder of Underground Museum dies

LOS ANGELES — Noah Davis, a Los Angeles painter and installation artist known for establishing the Underground Museum, an important artist-run space in Arlington Heights, has died. He was 32.

The artist, who became a significant art world presence over a short career, died Aug. 29 at home in Los Angeles, Sarah Stifler, a Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art representative, told the Los Angeles Times. The Underground Museum recently established a unique curatorial partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Davis’s death from complications related to a rare cancer occurred on the same day that an installation of his work, “Imitation of Wealth,” opened at the museum.

Born in Seattle on June 3, 1983, Davis was the youngest son of Keven Davis, a lawyer, and Faith Childs-Davis, an educator. His older brother, Kahlil Joseph, is a noted filmmaker and video artist who has also shown work at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Molesworth said Davis’ death represents a loss for the city.

“He got Los Angeles,” she told The Times. “He got that you could do impossible things here. That this was a brown city, a black city.”

Davis is survived by his wife, artist Karon Davis; his mother; his brother; and his 5-year-old son, Moses.

Physician, philanthropist

Dr. James Mays dies 

COMPTON – Funeral services will be held for Dr. James A. Mays, a physician and philanthropist who provided low-cost health care in South Los Angeles, at 11 a.m. Sept. 5 at Love and Unity Christian Fellowship, 1840 Wilmington Ave.

Mays died Aug. 21 at his home in Gardena, according to his longtime publicist Audrey P. Franklyn.

Sometimes called the “Marcus Welby of the Ghetto,” Mays was perhaps best-known for his Promenade of Prominence, Watts’ answer to the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The sidewalk monument on Success Street, across from the Nickerson Gardens housing project, features granite-carved tributes to individuals who made notable contributions to the community.

In 1983, Mays founded the Adopt-a-Family Endowment, which provides black professional role models for families struggling to rise out of the welfare system. The program was recognized by President Ronald Reagan.

Centennial celebration

honors contributors

MARINA DEL REY – Former Los Angels City Councilman Bernard Parks and Toyota Motor Sales Manager Tracey Underwood will be honored at a scholarship and awards brunch at 10:30 a.m. Sept 25 at Marina del Rey Marriot Hotel, 4100 Admiralty Way.

The event is hosted by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc. and Our Authors Study Club, Inc., which they are celebrating a 100 years of African American life and history, officials said.

Information: (213) 400-3489 or oascinfo@gmail.com.

Conference planned

for teenage girls

WESTCHESTER – Legacy Ladies will host its fourth annual “Just for Girls” Teen Conference – A Pathway to Leadership from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 12 at Loyola Marymount University, 1 Loyola Marymount University Drive.

This year’s workshops will offer a dynamic day of programs that build self-esteem, establish values, teach financial education, new technology trends and promote leadership, officials said.

Online registration will end Sept. 7.

Information: (310) 335-0291 or jfgconference2015@gmail.com.

Leimert Park plans

Labor Day festival

LEIMERT PARK – The Leimert Park Village Group will host its seventh annual African Art and Music Festival from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 5 to 7 in the historic Leimert Park Village, 4318 Degnan Blvd.

The Labor Day weekend festival will feature live music, an African marketplace and a fashion and hair show, organizers said.

Officials predict over 15,000 people will attend this year’s event.

Information: (323) 596-0955 or lpvfest@gmail.com.

Workshop addresses

Social Security

INGLEWOOD – The Inglewood Public Library will host a free Social Security workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sept. 5 in the Gladys Waddingham Lecture Hall at the Main Library, 101 W. Manchester Blvd.

The informative seminar will cover the basics of Social Security and reveal strategies for maximizing your benefits, organizers said.

Information: (310) 412-5380.

LAUSD approves

girls STEM academy

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Unified Board of Education voted unanimously Sept. 1 to spend about $230,000 to convert a traditional classroom building into a girls-only STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) academy on the campus of Los Angeles High School.

The Girls Academic Leadership Academy is scheduled to open in fall 2016 in the Los Angeles Unified School District, with space for 475 students.

The single-gender admissions policy is designed to reduce the achievement and participation gap between boys and girls in STEM classes, school officials said.

Organization aids

in public speaking

Who: Toastmasters COF

When: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 6 to Dec. 27

Where: R.C.D. Training Center, 325 W. Compton Blvd., Compton

Why: Toastmasters, officials say, teaches public speaking, communication, leadership, listening and time management skills.

Information: (310) 714-1707 or ez2learn@yahoo.com.

Class aims to

empower young girls

Who: M. Shannon Etiquette Consulting

What: Miss Prissy Book Club for Girls

When: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 5 to 19

Where: Inglewood Public Library, 101 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood

Why:  The weekly course will teach young girls self awareness and social skills while empowering them through a collection of books and activities, according to organizers.

Information: (323) 289-5326 or Michelle@MShannonConsulting.com.


Organization offers

assistance to businesses

Who: Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation

What: Introduction to Entrepreneurial Training

When: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sept. 5 to 19

Where: Business Enterprise Center, 6109 S. Western Ave., Harvard Park

Why: Attend this popular and informative 3-week Saturday morning workshop to learn how to start your own business, organizers said.

Information: (323) 789-4515.

Stage production

explores racism

Who: The Fountain Theatre

What: “Citizen: An American Lyric,” a play

When: 8 to 10 p.m. Sept. 5 to 14

Where: The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles

Why: The world premiere production is a stage adaptation based on an award-winning poetry book which explores race in America, organizers said.

Information:(323) 663-1525 or Lucy@lucypr.com.

Play celebrates

women’s beauty

Who: Pasadena Playhouse

What: “Real Women Have Curves”

When: 8 to 10 p.m. Sept. 8 to Oct. 4

Where: Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molina Ave, Pasadena

Why: The play celebrates real bodies, life in southern California and the incredible bond when women work together, organizers said.

Information: (626) 256-7529 or boxoffice@pasadenaplayhouse.org.

Compiled by Shawnte Passmore. 

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