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L.A. DIGEST: Pastors’ wives appear in health campaign

INGLEWOOD — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a new national HIV prevention campaign on Dec. 12 featuring black pastors’ wives from the First Ladies Health Initiative in Los Angeles and Orange County.

About 155 African-American pastors’ wives across the country, including 35 in Los Angeles and Orange County, are part of the Walgreens-sponsored First Ladies Health Initiative. The nonprofit works to combat HIV and other illnesses that disproportionately affect African-Americans and Hispanics and encourages them to take charge of their health.

The CDC print and digital campaign, entitled “Doing It,” features Mironda Lewis, first lady at New Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in Inglewood, where the unveiling took place, as well as Rev. Mia Shegog-Whitlock, first lady at Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine; Rinnita Thompson, first lady of Southern/St. Paul Church in Los Angeles; and Shavon Johnson, Los Angeles health ambassador. 

Black doll exhibit

focuses on HIV/AIDS 

LOS ANGELES — The 35th annual Black Doll show opened last week at the William Grant Still Arts Center, 2520 S. West View St., and will run until Feb. 13.

This year’s theme focuses on the negative impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic on women of color on a local, national and global basis. The center is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and admission is free.

The exhibit will feature work by local artists, including hand-made dolls, altars, quilts, sculptures and a video preview of a documentary about African American women living with HIV/AIDS in the South.

Information: http://www.cdrewu.edu/.

Doll-making

for charity

LOS ANGELES — Cynthia Davis, the curator of the 35th annual Black Doll Show, is leading a workshop on making hand-made cloth dolls for at-risk women and girls, as well as women and girls living with HIV/AIDS at 2 p.m., Dec. 19, at the William Grant Still Arts Center, 2520 S. West View St. Admission is free.

The Black Doll Show, established in 1980, was inspired by the “Black Doll Test” conducted in the 1940’s by two pioneering psychologists, which concluded that many African-American children preferred playing with white dolls over black dolls.

Information: http://www.cdrewu.edu/.

Dance performance

celebrates Kwanzaa

LOS ANGELES — The Lula Washington Dance Theatre presents its 35th annual Kwanzaa performance and concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 27 in the Nate Holden Performing Arts Theatre, 4718 W. Washington Blvd.

The show features high-energy dancing and drumming from the students at the Lula Washington Dance Theatre School, as well as members of the adult professional touring company.

Tickets will not be not sold at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, but can be purchased over the phone: (323) 292-5852 or online at http://www.lulawashington.org/35th-anniversary-dinner/.

General admission tickets are $35, with senior citizens and students paying $25, and children $20. Early purchase is advised. Audiences have been turned away from past sold out shows.

Information: School.lwdt@gmail.com.

Toys collected for

handicapped kids

WATTS — The Community group Women of Watts is accepting toys and blankets for handicapped kids for their 12th annual Holiday Toy and Cheer Drive. Drop-off is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through -Saturday through Dec. 19 at Mt. Calvary Assembly, 1920 E. 103rd St.

Information: Lydia Friend: (323) 252-5901.

Merchants welcome

holiday shoppers

LEIMERT PARK — Local merchants and Rep. Maxine Waters present Walk, Talk, Shop and Eat from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., Dec. 19.

The event begins at Gallery Plus, 4330 Degnan Blvd., and continues with a Christmas dinner buffet at 3:30 p.m. at Community Build, 4305 Degnan Blvd., Suite 102.

RSVP: (323) 292-3009, bwfonline@gmail.com

Compiled by Anne Artley.

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