L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Vanessa Bell Calloway celebrates 60 years

LEIMERT PARK — Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway celebrated her 60th birthday March 20 with a star-studded birthday gala and a comedy show hosted by Sherri Shepard and headlined by none other than Calloway herself at the Regency West.

Star Jones, Debbie Allen, Kym Whitley,Vivica Fox, Tika Sumpter, Cedric The Entertainer, Magic Johnson, Tina Knowles Lawson, Glynn Turman and many more attended a pre-birthday gala March 18 at the Cicada in downtown.

Calloway kicked off her birthday celebration with with a comedy show hosted by Sherri Shepherd and headlined by comedians Chris Spencer, GThang, Kym Whitley and Scruncho.

Crossing off her bucket list, Calloway performed a stand-up comedy set that brought the house down after she executed a full split to close her show.

Black think tank

to hold launch event

CRENSHAW — Parlay, a black millennial think tank, will launch with an event and a discussion from 6 to 9 p.m. March 23 at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza on the Macy’s Bridge, 3650 W. Martin Luther King Blvd.

The discussion focuses on how best to garner lasting political power in the black community. Panelists include founder and political strategist Kenya T. Parham, rapper and activist David Banner, NBC host sand Hollywood Reporter commentator Jarrett Hill and media correspondent Nina Parker.

The event will feature vendors, a DJ, a photo booth and food from local farm-to-table minority owned eateries. An after-party will take place at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

RSVP: https://www.parlaythinktank.org/register.

Chamber presents

annual awards show

LOS ANGELES — The Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce will conduct its 24th annual awards show beginning with a 5:30 p.m. reception March 23 at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. Live, 900 W. Olympic Blvd. Dinner and the awards program begins at 7 p.m.

Awards will be presented to Bernard Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente; Vincent Craney, diversity manager for Southern California Edison; and Stephanie Wiggins deputy CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer will be the keynote speaker and Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson will be the guest emcee.

Information: (310) 216-4722.

Conference focuses

on female success

LOS ANGELES — The Salute to Black Women business conference, vendor fair and awards luncheon will honor trailblazing women in labor and business from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 25 at the Sheraton Grand Los Angeles, 711 S. Hope St.

The event also includes a “Role Models for Success” workshop for young women ages 13-18 from 8:30 to 11 a.m., which will feature professional women as speakers.

RSVP: (323) 291-9334, mail@bbala.org

Inglewood youth

compete in talent show 

HOLLYWOOD — The Inglewood Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is presenting a talent show, Jabberwock Talent Slam, from 3 to 8 p.m. March 25 at the Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd.

Inglewood residents between the ages of 11 and 25, will compete in visual arts (drawing and painting) and performing arts (vocalist/singer, musician, groups, dancing and spoken word/rap). Cash prizes will be awarded in three age groups: 11-14, 15-18 and 19-25. Entry is free online at www.iacdst.org.

Actress and producer Angel Laketa Moore will serve as host. General admission is $35 and tickets are available online at www.Jabberwocktalentslam2017.eventbrite.com. All funds raised go towards Inglewood Alumnae Chapter’s scholarships and programs for youth.

The event also features an art walk, silent auction, food and vendors.

Program advises

on tax preparation

INGLEWOOD- A panel of experts will provide free tax advice at the 2017 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 25, on the third floor of the South Bay One Stop and Career Center, 110 S. La Brea Ave.

Speakers include state Board of Equalization member Jerome E. Horton, state Sen. Steve Bradford, Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, Inglewood City Clerk Yvonne Horton and Inglewood City Treasurer Wanda Brown.

Taxpayers should bring proof of identification, Social Security cards, wage and earnings statements from employers, interest and dividend statements from banks, bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit, and a copy of last year’s federal and state returns, if available.

Register at: http://www.boe.ca.gov/VITA or call (866) 910-9559.

Breakfast honors

South L.A. activist

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Tickets are now on sale for the annual Legacy Breakfast for the Lillian Mobley Center, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. April 29, at Pheonix Hall-WLCAC, 10950 S. Central Ave.

Two professors will receive awards for continuing Mobley’s legacy of community advocacy: Dr. Ernie Smith from Charles Drew University and Dr. Keith Norris of UCLA.

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at LillianMobleyCenter.org. 

Session helps with

financial planning

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — City Controller Ron Galperin is presenting a session on financial planning for tax season from 9:30 to 11 a.m. April 1, in the community room of the Mark Ridley-Thomas Constituent Service Center, 8475 S. Vermont Ave.

The session will provide information about volunteer income tax assistance, earned income tax credit, individual retirement accounts and tax deferred retirement accounts.

Information: dora.nunez@lacity.org or (213) 978-4026. The event is free and open to the public.

Compiled by Anne Artley.

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