L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Mothers of victims of police violence to attend forum

LOS ANGELES – The mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Ezell Ford and Eric Garner will speak at a forum, “Standing in the Gap,” hosted by U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters at 11 a.m. May 30 at The Westin Hotel, 5400 W. Century Blvd.

“We’re going to have the women come out and just tell us what they’ve been going through, share with us their experience, how they’re coping and whatever they would like to advise the community that would be helpful in engaging with local police commissions and public policy makers,” Waters said in a phone interview.

Attorney Benjamin Crump, who represents the families of Brown, Rice and Martin, is expected to deliver a keynote speech.

Information: (213) 292-3009 or bwfonline@gmail.com.

‘Grim Sleeper’

trial delayed

LOS ANGELES – A judge has granted a two-month postponement of the trial of the man charged in the “Grim Sleeper” killings of nine women and a teenage girl.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy agreed to reschedule Lonnie David Franklin Jr.’s June 30 trial date to Sept. 9 after one of his attorneys, Seymour Amster, asked her to consider resetting the trial after Labor Day.

“We’re still haggling over the release and splitting and testing of some items [of evidence],” the judge said. “Realistically, I don’t think this case is going to be ready on June 30th.”

She noted that she felt “very badly” for family members of the alleged victims, who made emotional pleas to speed up the trial at a hearing in February, but said she was “trying to do the best I can to protect the rights of both sides.”

The prosecution objected to the delay in Franklin’s trial.

“It’s not the people’s fault that the defense waited until now to test these items. They’ve had five years, your honor,” Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman told the judge.

Town hall planned

on police shootings

LOS ANGELES – Judge Greg Mathis and attorney Benjamin Crump will join several panelists for a town hall discussion regarding the fatal shootings of unarmed African Americans by police at 7 p.m. May 28 at California African American Museum, 600 State Drive.

Sirius XM radio host Joe Madison will do a live broadcast of the discussion as panelists offer solution-based remedies, officials said.

Information: (323) 993-5920.


health festival set

SOUTH LOS ANGELES – City Lites Network, Inc., will host its 12th annual Inner City Mini-Marathon and Health Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 30 with the marathon beginning at Ted Watkins Park, 1335 E. 103rd St.

The marathon will end at Jesse Owens Park where the health festival will feature free health screenings, sickle cell testing, dental screenings, food demos, a kids zone and golf tournament. Jesse Owens Park is located at 9651 S. Western Ave.

Information: (310) 672-0836 or citylitesnetworkinc.org.

Authors use

poetry for healing

LOS ANGELES – Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez and writer Peter J. Harris will speak at “Poetry as Healing: From Trauma to Transformation” at 1:30 p.m. May 30 at the Washington Irving Branch Library, 4117 W. Washington Blvd.

Rodriguez’s literary work includes “My Nature is Hunger,” which won the 2005 Paterson Book Award, and Harris is author of “The Black Man of Happiness: In Pursuit of My ‘Unalienable Right.’”

Information: (323) 734-6303 or lapl.org.

Workshop helps

female entrepreneurs

BALDWIN HILLS – Inter-Agency Council will host an interactive small business workshop from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. June 6 at the Baldwin Hills Library, 2906 S. La Brea Ave.

The workshop will discuss key success factors for profitable entrepreneurship, top businesses to start for under $100 and free tools and resources to support small business owners, said Sonya Kay Blake, president and CEO of Inter-Agency Council.

Information:  (323) 733-1196 or IACouncil.org.

5K event raises

health concerns

WATTS – Macedonia Community Development Corporation will host its second annual Healthy Watts 5K Community Run and Walk at 9 a.m. June 6 beginning at Macedonia Baptist Church, 1751 E. 114th St.

Organizers created the 5K to raise awareness about chronic health disparities in the Watts community, such as childhood obesity, officials said.Information: healthywatts.com.

Young love

unfolds in play

Who: The Fountain Theatre

What: “I and You,” a play

When: 8 to 10 p.m. May 28 to June 14

Where: The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., Hollywood

Why:  There’s more than meets the eye in this award-winning play about two smart and funny teens who share an unknown and profound bond. On the night before a class assignment is due, Caroline and Anthony plumb the mysteries of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass — unaware that a much deeper mystery has brought them together.

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

Series begins

at The Improv

Who: The Improv Comedy Club

What: Mo’ Better Monday’s All Star Comedy Jam

When:8 p.m. June 1 to Dec. 28

Where: The Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles

Why: The hottest urban comics regularly featured on Def Comedy Jam, BET, HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central round out an always awesome line-up.

Information: (323) 769-5144 or spikeparty@cs.com.

Spoken word

features poetry, music

Who: Flypoet

What: Flypoet Spoken Word and Music Showcase

When: 7 to 10 p.m. June 5

Where: The Savoy, 214 S. La Brea Ave., Inglewood

Why: The event is one of the most well attended and highly produced ongoing spoken word events in the world. It features the hottest poets from around the globe and some of LA’s best soul, R&B, pop and neo soul bands.

Information: (310) 559-1670 or  flypoet.com.

Brunch features

New Orleans’ cuisine

Who: Little Easy Restaurant

What: Soulful Saturdays, a weekly brunch

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from May 30 to June 25

Where: Little Easy Restaurant, 215 W. 5th St., Los Angeles

Why: The brunch featuresNew Orleans-style food with hurricane cocktails and unlimited mimosas while listening to soulful house music that will have you grooving in and out of your seat.

Information:(773) 619-5226 or kivurobinson@gmail.com.

Toastmasters holds

business workshop

Who: Toastmasters

What: Toastmaster – Business Masters

When: from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. From June 1 to Dec. 30

Where: Compton California Business, located at 1333 E. Compton Blvd., Compton

Why: Learn about business while networking.

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

Compiled by Shawnte Passmore.

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