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L.A. DIGEST: Funeral services planned for local pastor

Funeral services will be held for the Rev. Robert Lee Lockett, pastor of Bethesda Temple Apostolic Church, 4909 Crenshaw Blvd., at 11 a.m. Oct. 29.

Lockett died Oct. 17.

Born March 24, 1951, Lockett’s early years were spent in Delano, California. He fought in the Vietnam War and then fought fires with the Los Angeles County Fire Department for 35 years, achieving the rank of captain.

He was a charter member of Bethesda Temple Apostolic Church and became assistant pastor in 1988. Just this year he was elevated to pastor.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Lorraine Lockett, four children, several siblings, nephews, nieces, grandchildren and Bethesda Temple congregants.

New Black Voices

plans health agenda

LOS ANGELES — New Black Voices-Los Angeles is planning a health and wellness community discussion for Southern California’s African diaspora communities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd.

City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson will keynote “A Call to Action for Health Justice.”

New Black Voices includes the Pan-African Women’s Philanthropy Network, the African American Community Health Advisory Committee, Black Women for Wellness, CHIRLA and the African Communities Public Health Coalition.

Information: (310) 462-6730.

Women’s forum

features networking

LOS ANGELES — Judge Mablean Ephriam and Cookie Johnson, the wife of Earvin “Magic” Johnson will headline the Women’s Empowerment Forum from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 29 at the LAX Marriott Hotel, 5855 W. Century Blvd.

The annual Business Career and Networking Breakfast Forum features a host of prominent black professionals, including Johnson and Black Lives Matter advocate Melina Abdullah, a professor at Cal State Los Angeles.

Black Women’s Network hosts the event and will honor its organizing founder, Marva Smith Battle-Bey, an urban planning expert who worked to bring shopping centers and other development to South Los Angeles over more than three decades. Smith Battle-Bey died, April 7, 2016.

Tickets are $55 in advance, $75 at the door.

Information: (323) 964-4003.

Travel experts

explain safaris

LOS ANGELES — A travel agency is hosting a safari presentation featuring videos of excursions through five African countries from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 30 at H. Savinar Luggage, 4625 W. Washington Blvd.

Five travel experts will give first-hand accounts of their experiences through Southern Africa, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Kenya. The presentation includes information about the people, wildlife and landscapes of the countries presented.

Information: (323) 938-2501.

Leimert Park hosts

children’s book fair

LEIMERT PARK — A book fair for children ages 4 through 12 takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 30 during the “Leimert Park Art Walk” at Kaos Network, 4343 Leimert Blvd.

Local authors Jasmine Walker and Gloria Day are sponsoring the free “Creative Kids” event. This year’s theme is literacy. Activities include readings from local authors, writing workshops and literacy games.

The art walk, a monthly community event, is slated to honor the late Fela Kuti, a Nigerian musician and composer, with video presentations, art and music from 3 to 8 p.m. Oct. 29-30.

The two-day event features a live DJ, KPFK radio personality Nnamdi Moweta.

Kaos Network is a community media center that partners with organizers to sponsor events.

Information: (302) 540-9907.

Bank grants money

to L.A. nonprofits

LOS ANGELES — This week, MUFG Union Bank agreed to issue grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 annually, for three years, to L.A.-based nonprofit organizations.

The bank’s Advancing Communities Forward Program has selected the Los Angeles Neighborhood Housing Services, West Angeles Community Development Corporation, the Shalom Center for T.R.E.E. of Life, and New Economics for Women as recipients for its Homeownership Counseling 2016 grant.

The counseling grant will help nonprofits support community members to start or continue the home buying process. The grant is expected to help with financial education, first-time homebuyer education and counseling programs; including foreclosure and loan modifications. The annual funding promise is contingent on performance.

Over a three-year period, the program will issue $1.25 million to 30 California and Pacific Northwest nonprofits that provide small business technical assistance and homeownership counseling.

Information: (800) 238-4486.

Minority contractors

to present awards

LOS ANGELES — The National Association of Minority Contractors will host its 17th annual awards dinner at 6 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, 6101 W. Century Blvd.

The contractors’ local chapter will honor the association’s 2016 minority contractor of the year Rhonda Jackson, CEO of Décor Interior Design; and its 2016 major corporate partner Kaiser Permanente’s director of diversity services, Steve Lamar.

This year’s theme is “Diversity in Construction Building a Stronger Foundation.”

The Spirit Awards including Minority Business Advocate will go to Veronica Soto, program director of Emerald Cities Los Angeles; Visionary of the Year, to Bonnie James, president and CEO of BRJ & Associates; and Legislator of the Year to Mayor James T. Butts of Inglewood.

Information: (323) 296-8005.

Dominguez Hills

to stage ‘Hairspray’ 

CARSON — Cal State Dominguez Hills, Department of Theatre and Dance, will feature “Hairspray: The Musical” at 8 p.m. Nov. 4-5 in the University Theatre, 1000 E. Victoria St.

The musical adaptation of John Water’s 1988 film by the same name tells the story of Tracy Turnblad and her rise to fame as the star of a 1960s dance show called “The Corny Collin’s Show.” Turnblad uses her fame to try and integrate the cast in a play that satrizes 1960s society.

The former Broadway hit musical will run for three weekends through Nov. 20. Additional show times are 8 p.m. Nov. 12, 18-19, and 2 p.m. Nov. 13, and 20.

General admission tickets are $15, or $12 for students and seniors.

Information: (310) 243-3589.

Compton to honor

Williams sisters

COMPTON — Serena and Venus Williams will be honored at the “Healthy Compton” community festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Martin Luther King Transit Center Plaza, 310 N. Willowbrook Ave.

Compton Mayor Aja Brown is hosting the festival, featuring celebrity workouts, sports clinics, health screenings, cooking demonstrations, surprise guests and giveaways.

Information: (310) 605-5500.

Church to feed

homeless Nov. 12

WATTS — Sistahs Soul Food will host the seventh annual “Feeding Our Friends Outside Dinner” from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 12 at Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church, 11328 S. Central Ave.

Guests will be offered free food, prayer and toiletries.

Information: (310) 981-6377.

Compiled by Billie Jordan

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