L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Pasadena women’s group to hold luncheon

PASADENA — Women, Wealth, Warriors will hold its 10th annual luncheon from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 at Lake Avenue Church, 393 N. Lake Ave. The organization, founded by Tunisia Offray, works to empower women and support women-owned businesses.

The luncheon will feature a panel led by entrepreneur and business strategist Pamela Mims and keynote speaker Judi Blair Johnson, an actress known for her roles in many TV series including “My Crazy Ex,” “Like Family” and “Anacostia.”

Other notable speakers will include comedian Kim Tavares and VH1 reality star Katrina “Kat Tat” Jackson, the world famous tattoo artist, and first African-American woman to own a tattoo studio in Beverly Hills.

Also speaking is PR magnate Kiki Ayers who went from homeless to building her own public relations empire handling events for the likes of Russell Simmons, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Jamie Foxx.

More than 200 people from all over Southern California are expected to attend the luncheon, including nearly two dozen vendors promoting women-owned businesses.

To purchase tickets or become a vendor call (323) 351-8090 or visit www.womenwealthwarriors.org.

Obama Boulevard

ceremony planned

LOS ANGELES — A May 4 ceremony to rename a South Los Angeles street in honor of former President Barack Obama will coincide with a daylong music and street festival featuring musical guests Doug E. Fresh, Yo-Yo, BJ the Chicago Kid, Battlecat and Kurrupt, city officials have announced.

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted last August to rename a 3.5-mile stretch of Rodeo Road as Obama Boulevard. The street runs from near the Culver City border east to Mid-City and is not to be confused with Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.

The location of the naming ceremony is where Obama Boulevard will intersect with Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Free tickets for the festival are available online at obamafest.eventbrite.com, Wesson’s office said.

Winery offers

soulful Sunday brunch

 LOS ANGELES — Taste with Grace Catering and San Antonio Winery will host a soulful Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19 at the San Antonio Winery, 737 Lamar St. Tickets are available through San Antonio Winery Los Angeles’ website at sanantoniowinery.com or call (323) 223-1401.

Museum to screen

‘Coming to America’

GRIFFITH PARK — A special outdoor screening of Eddie Murphy’s iconic classic,“Coming to America” will be held from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Autry Museum, 4700 Western Heritage Way. In addition to the movie, the event will feature live music and food trucks.

Lemiert Park hosts

tech conference

LEMIERT PARK — Entertainment industry creatives will converge on Leimert Park Village for the third annual TEC Leimert Entertainment and Technology Conference from noon to 6 p.m. April 27 at Leimert Park Village.

The TEC Leimert conference brings music, film and technology influencers to South L.A. to showcase new industry trends and to educate the community about the future of entertainment technology. The event features a full day of networking opportunities, interactive experiences and informative panel discussions such as “Black Hollywood and e-Sports: Get Paid or Played” to “Music Defining Pop Culture,” “The Grind is Real: An Entrepreneur’s Showcase” and “Hacking the Cannabiz industry in Los Angeles” and more.

For more information or to get tickets, visit www.tecleimert.com.  

Library launches

King Book Award

LOS ANGELES — Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., will kick off a year-long celebration in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards at 11 a.m. April 27 in the Children’s Dept. at the library.

The awards are presented annually by the American Library Association to outstanding African-American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.          

The launch celebration, which would have been on King’s 92nd birthday, will include a storytime, crafts and cake.

Flea market offered

at Baldwin Hills plaza

BALDWIN HILLS — The Melanin Market LA will be held will be held from noon to 5 p.m. April 27 at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza next to the Farmers Market, 3650 W. Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard.

The event is a flea market for black-owned businesses and vendors to showcase their products and services to the community. For more information, visit MelaninMarketLA.com.

Emergency planning

discussion planned

CULVER CITY — Culver City is hosting a speaker series based on 2018’s successful GPU Prelude Series and a discussion on emergency preparedness from 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 7 at Turning Point School, 8780 National Blvd., Culver City.

The series is intended to inform, educate, and create a common dialogue around issues of importance to everyone who lives, works, plays or learns in Culver City. The second event features Fire Chief David White with a presentation on emergency preparedness. Complimentary on-site child care can be arranged in advance.

Information: (310) 253-5740.

Black women’s group

to hold awards brunch

TORRANCE — The Coalition of 100 Black Women, Los Angeles, holds its community scholarship and award brunch at 10 a.m. May 18, at the Doubletree by Hilton Torrance, 21333 Hawthorne Blvd.

The event will honor black women in the community.

For tickets and sponsorship info, visit https://awardbrunch.eventbrite.com.

Compiled by Angela Parker.

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