L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Women’s History Month events on tap

LOS ANGELES — Museums, elected officials and local chapters of national organizations are hosting events to celebrate Women’s History Month in March.

Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, D-Culver City, will host an “Evening of Empowerment for L.A.’s Young Women Entrepreneurs” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 13 at Kingdom Community and Youth Center, 319 E. Kelso St.

Information: (310) 342-1070.

The California African American Museum, 600 State Drive, will feature film screenings and panel discussions during the month.

The museum will host a discussion, “Rejuvenation: Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 13. Representatives from Peace Over Violence will discuss domestic violence and strategies for successful intervention.

At 2 p.m. March 15, the co-founder of Essence magazine, Edward Lewis, will visit the museum to discuss his role in creating the black publication and views on black beauty.

Information: (213) 744-2024.

The Los Angeles Chapter of National Sales Network will host its annual women’s seminar, “Successful Women in Business and Sales Rising to the Top,” from 6 to 9 p.m. March 19 at the Marriot Marina Del Rey, 4100 Admiralty Way.

Attendees can network, meet corporate sponsors for possible career opportunities and hear speakers share their life strategies for success.

Information: (310) 281-1718.

LAUSD hosts

school games

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Unified School District and Special Olympics Southern California will host the 2015 LAUSD Spring School Games beginning March 13.

The month-long event will take place at various sites including West Adams Preparatory and Hawkins High School scheduled for March 13 and March 25, respectively.

The Spring School Games offer sports training and athletic competitions programs for students with special needs.

Information: (562) 502-1152.

Hospital offers

free screenings

LOS ANGELES — Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital will host free health screenings for its “Know Your Basics” wellness campaign from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 14 at several locations.

The event will include height and weight measurements along with glucose and blood pressure screenings. At select locations, cooking demonstrations and cookbooks will be offered.

Information: (424) 338-8000 or info@mlkch.org.

UNCF hosts

annual gala

LOS ANGELES — The United Negro College Fund of Los Angeles will host its annual Mayor’s Masked Ball March 14 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave.

Nearly 500 guests are expected to attend the fundraising gala where there will be a VIP reception, live auction, awards presentations and student scholars. Los Angeles-based DW3 will perform at the event.

Information: (213) 639-3800.

Church celebrates

143rd anniversary

LOS ANGELES — The First African Methodist Episcopal (FAME) Church of Los Angeles, 2270 Harvard Blvd., will celebrate its 143rd anniversary at all services March 15.

Former FAME Pastor the Rev. Cecil L. “Chip” Murray and the Rev. Stafford Wicker Sr., of Antioch AME Church in Georgia, will speak at selected services.

Information: (323) 735-1251.

Library hosts


INGLEWOOD — The Inglewood Public Library will host “7 Steps to Raising a High Achiever” at noon March 14 in the Gladys Waddingham Lecture Hall, 101 W. Manchester Blvd.

Nicoline Ambe will show parents effective strategies to help students raise their grades and prepare them for college.

On March 16, the library will host a free tax talk workshop at 6 p.m.

Tax preparers from H&R Block will show those in attendance how to get the best possible refund with a presentation, “Never Settle for Less.”

Information: (310) 412-5380.

Leadership program

to be offered

LOS ANGELES — Registration for a board leadership program, hosted by the African American Board Leadership Institute, will end March 20.

Previous participants are currently serving on community and state boards, according to officials.

The program is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 10 and 11 at Loyola Law School, 919 Albany St.

Information: (213) 346-3241 or boardleadership@aabli.org.

Congresswoman hosts

debate on ISIL

CULVER CITY — U.S. Rep. Karen Bass will host a public debate on President Obama’s request that Congress allow military force to be used against the Islamic State of Syria and Levant (ISIL).

The moderated debate with foreign policy experts is at 7 p.m. March 12 at Culver City Senior Center, 4095 Overland Ave.

Information: bass.house.gov.


memoir ranked

LOS ANGELES — Activist Earl Ofari Hutchison’s latest book, “From King to Obama: Witness to a Turbulent History,” landed on Amazon’s “Best Books of the Month” list.

The memoir, released on March 7, chronicles Hutchinson’s interactions with legendary icons ranging from Bob Marley to Barry White when he worked as a reporter and radio host during the 1960s and 70s.

Performance highlight

Black, brown issues

COMPTON — Black and brown students performed “Stolen Wages. Stolen Futures. Stolen Lives” at Compton High School March 6 to express the racial and economic injustice commonly seen everyday, organizers said.

In addition, organizers said the youth challenged their elected representatives to confront the obstacles that keep them locked out of the American Dream.

Assemblyman Mike Gipson attended the event and said he is “honored” to accept the challenge.

Compiled by Shawnte Passmore.

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