L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: New hall honors black business leaders

SAN MARINO — Mellody Hobson, the president of Ariel Industries, the largest black-owned financial management organization in the country, will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural Los Angeles Black Business Leaders Hall of Fame to be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 21 at the Huntington Library, 1150 Oxford Road, San Marino.

Hosted by the Hart Leadership Center and presented by City National Bank, the event will honor the achievements of men and women in the black business community of Los Angeles who have dedicated their lives to the advancement and realization of equality in all industries.

Awards will be presented for excellence in community and philanthropy; perseverance and sustainability; business of the year; pioneer in education; entertainment, innovation and technology; and the entrepreneurial rising star.

“We have been honoring and recognizing great leaders and leadership and developing future leaders for many years,” said Ed Hart, founder of the Hart Leadership Center. “We are so thrilled to carry our mission into the black business community, which, as many do not realize, played a tremendous role in the economic development of our state and nation.”

Information: (714) 458-3064.

Services to be held

for Bill Jones

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Funeral services for legendary black photographer Bill Jones will be held at 7 p.m. July 14 at Holman United Methodist Church, 3302 W. Adams Blvd.

A candlelight memorial service will celebrate the life of Jones, who was known as the photographer of the stars for his appearance at celebrity red carpets throughout Los Angeles for more than 50 years.

Cream and gold dress attire is suggested, but not required at the service, his granddaughter, Latoya Jones, said.

Jones died June 25 after a long illness. He was 83.

Chamber holds

lunch meeting

CRENSHAW — The Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce is holding a general luncheon meeting at noon July 21 in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Community Room, 3650 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Cost is $25.

Clean streets

meeting planned

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Community Coalition is hosting a meeting for South L.A. residents to promote clean streets at 10 a.m. July 16, at 8101 Vermont Ave.

The purpose is to demand that the Department of Public Works provide the necessary resources to make sure the area is as clean as the rest of the city.

Information: (323) 750-9087.

Youth Orchestra

to give concert

LOS ANGELES — The Inner-City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles presents its eighth annual season finale concert at 3 p.m. July 17, at the Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand St.

The event will feature recording artist Abraham McDonald with a special tribute to Luther Vandross. Jonathan Weedman, the senior vice president of Wells Fargo Foundation, will serve as a guest conductor.

Information: www.icyola.com or call (213) 788-4260

Family health

fair planned

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — South L.A. Projects/WIC invites the public to the remodeled Florence WIC Center, 501 E. Florence Ave., for a family health and resource fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 14.

Those attending can take a tour of the center. Children can receive free child health screenings. Adults can enroll themselves or their children in WIC, CalFresh and Medi-Cal if they are eligible. Parents can request a referral to Head Start or childcare. Information about free services in LA County will be available.

Information: (310) 661-3080.

Nonprofit hosts

technology sessions

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Vermont-Slauson Economic Developing Corporation is presenting a series on technology and social media, in partnership with the Black Business Association, at the Business Enterprise Center, 6109 Western Ave.

“Web Site Design” will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 19, and the workshop “Business Efficacy Apps” will be held from 7:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. July 19.

RSVP at lelliott@vsedc.org or call (323) 789-4515. Seating is limited.

Faith center holds

women’s event

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Kingdom Life Faith Center is holding a women’s conference at 7:30 p.m. July 14 and 15 at 7510 S. Vermont Ave.

The theme is “Living Your Dream in 2016,” and features pastor Sophia Perryman as the conference host and speaker. Registration is $10.

Information: (323) 238-9915 or visit www.kingdomlifefaithcenter.org.

Women’s group

plans general meeting

SOUTH LOS ANGELES-The National Council of Negro Women is planning a general membership meeting from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. July 16 at 3720 W. 54th St.

The executive committee meeting will take place at 2:30 p.m.

Information: (310) 795-4451.

Compiled by Anne Artley.

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