L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Panel discussion focuses on South L.A.

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — A panel discussion, “The Beauty of South L.A: Challenging the Perception, Resisting Gentrification” will take place at 6 p.m. April 27, at the Community Coalition, 8101 S. Vermont Ave.

Members of L.A. City Council, the news media and others will discuss the rapidly changing face of South L.A. and the important role the community plays in the future of the city.

The coalition is also presenting an art exhibit, “Re-imagine Justice,” that explores the lingering impacts of the events of 1992. It is free and open to the public from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursdays and 2 to 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday until April 29.

Information: glauz@cocosouthla.org.

Future festival

celebrates progress

SOUTH LOS ANGELES —The Community Coalition is hosting Future Fest, a rally, march and festival to commemorate the L.A. Riots on April 29. The march will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Florence and Normandie avenues to 81st Street and Vermont Avenue(1.5 miles). The festival will run from 1 to 5 p.m. at 8101 S. Vermont Ave.

The event is for all ages and will include live entertainment.

Open mic, potluck

marks L.A. Riots

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — A potluck and open mic night will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the L.A. Uprising from noon to 6 p.m. April 29, at Florence and Normandie avenues.

Please bring balloons for the balloon release to honor lost loved ones.

Film explores

aftermath of riots

LOS ANGELES — Ayuko Babu, the executive director of the Pan-African Film Festival, will speak on a panel following the screening of his film “Wet Sand,” which will run from 2 to 4 p.m. April 29, in the Tateuchi Democracy Forum at the Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave.

The film, directed by Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, explores the aftermath of the 1992 Riots through a Korean-American perspective. Kim-Gibson will also partake in the panel.

The event is part of Flash Point 2017: a series examining the socio-political factors that provoked the 1992 LA Uprising through the lens of art and media.

Leaders honored for

supporting diversity

LOS ANGELES — The Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD) is holding a service to commemorate leaders standing for diversity and unity in the aftermath of the L.A. Riots, from 3 to 6 p.m. April 29, at Oriental Mission Church, 424 N. Western Ave.

Honorees include Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer of Faithful Central Bible Church, Avis Ridley-Thomas, wife of L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and co-founder of the Days of Dialogue nonprofit; Charlie Woo, the CEO of MegaToys and Nathan Redfern, a former Crips gang member who then joined the church.

The effort is part of the SAIGU campaign, an initiative the KCCD launched in 2012, on the 20th anniversary of the L.A. Riots, to promote trust and dialogue among different communities.

RSVP: https://saigu429.squarespace.com.

Rodney King

film to screen 

LOS ANGELES — The film “Rodney King,” a one-man solo performance by Roger Guenveur Smith, will screen at 7:30 p.m. May 2, in the Billy Wilder Theatre at the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd.

A question-and-answer session will follow with Smith and the film’s director Spike Lee. UC Santa Barbara professor Stephanie Batiste will moderate.

The event will close with a reception in the Hammer’s courtyard, featuring a live DJ set by the film’s composer Marc Anthony Thompson (aka Chocolate Genius) and a cash bar.

Discussion planned

on police reforms

LOS ANGELES — A panel, “To Protect and Serve: Strategies for Law Enforcement Reform 25 Years After Rodney King,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. May 3 in the Billy Wilder Theatre at the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd.

Civil rights attorney Connie Rice, police officer Anwar Sanders and UCLA law professors Devon Carbado and Beth Colgan will discuss the efficacy of consent decrees and other police reform policies including bias training, body cameras, and community policing.

Militarization of

police film planned

LOS ANGELES — “Do Not Resist,” a film examining the militarization of police forces in the U.S., will screen at 7:30 p.m. May 4 in the Billy Wilder Theatre at the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd.

Viewers can experience a ride-along with a SWAT team, a police-training seminar about “righteous violence,” and a congressional hearing on the use of military equipment in small-town police departments.

A discussion with Black Lives Matter cofounder Patrisse Cullors will follow.

Compiled by Anne Artley.

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