2016 BET Experience Fan Fest-The Future of Rap and Neo-Soul

2016 BET Experience Fan Fest-The Future of Rap and Neo-Soul

BET Networks has returned to the area to take over the city, musically. People noticed signage around town in the form of banners, billboards on buses, bus benches, buildings, print, radio and television announcements and the old fashion postcards, flyers from the marketing and promotions street team members.

This is the fourth year for the BET in Los Angeles. It has grown from its humble beginning entertaining 10,000 in the parking lots across from L.A. LIVE. The crowd has swelled to ten times the original attendance.

The 2016 BET Experience commandeered the entire property of L.A. LIVE including the Staples Center, Los Angeles Convention Center, Microsoft Square and NOVO.

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7th Annual Juneteenth Heritage Festival

7th Annual Juneteenth Heritage Festival

Los Angeles-Don’t ever allow anyone to tell you that they are bored, there is nothing to do. This past weekend, June 18-19, 2016, there were three culturally enriching events that were vying for my time.

Due to time constraints, I stopped by Leimert Park Village, near Crenshaw and Vernon for the 7th Annual Juneteenth Heritage Festival. The festival was held on Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19, 2016. This year’s theme was “Faith, Family and Global Future.”

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Where Black is Brown-The African Diaspora in Mexico

Where Black is Brown-The African Diaspora in Mexico

Recent news reports stated that Mexico will finally acknowledge its Afro-Mexican population. “In 2015, for the first time ever, Mexico allowed its citizens to identify as an “Afro-Mexican” or “Afro-descendent” on its census. The results, more than 1.4 million people—around 1.2% of the population—said that they had African ancestry. Today, the majority of Afro-Mexicans reside in the states of Costa Chica, Guerrero, Oaxaca, and Veracruz—all places that were popular among escaped enslaved Africans.”

Where Black is Brown exhibition is designed to further the understanding of African influence and contributions in the Americas and to foster greater understanding among African Americans, Chicano/Latino, and Indigenous communities about their historical connections and their intermingled sangre (blood) that has produced beautiful and dynamic peoples of the Americas.

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Style Africa, 2016, A celebration of African Creativity: Music/Dance, Film & Stage, Fashion, Cuisine, etc.

Style Africa 2016, A celebration of African Creativity: Music/Dance, Film & Stage, Fashion, Cuisine, etc.

Style Africa 2016, held annually, is scheduled for the 24th and 25th of June 2016 at the Fashion Theater, California Market Center in Los Angeles, CA. The event is produced by Africa Boku Talent, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to showcase and support African Creativity in music, dance, film, stage, fashion, cuisine, art and more.

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3 Things You Didn’t Know About Muhammad Ali’s Politics

Muhammad Ali: Playful Pugilist with a Purpose

In May of 1989, Muhammad Ali made a surprise appearance at a community dinner of the South Bay Islamic Association of San Jose, California (http://sbia.info/). It took us about three seconds to change the program and make him the keynote speaker for the evening. Ali spoke slowly, between a rasp and a whisper, and although time has dimmed my memory of the details, I can still recall the essence of his message: Take it easy. Enjoy life. Don’t take yourself too seriously but don’t forget you have a purpose in life as well.

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3 Things You Didn’t Know About Muhammad Ali’s Politics

3 Things You Didn’t Know About Muhammad Ali’s Politics

Muhammad Ali—the three-time heavyweight-boxing champion, the incredible humanitarian, the inspiration for the activism of athletes all over the nation—passed away on Friday, June 3, and the world is in mourning.

Muhammad Ali for many people was more icon than athlete. Like Jim Brown or John Carlos he was someone who inspired African Americans and Muslims to fight oppression, move beyond the comfort of success and speak out against injustice no matter the cost or inconvenience. Between the Will Smith-led biopic and various tributes over the years, most Americans know that Ali spoke out against the Vietnam War, converted to the Nation of Islam and was a global humanitarian. However, there are lots of facts about his life that haven’t been picked up by the mainstream press.

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LAGFF, 10th ANNUAL ORPHEUS AWARD WINNERS

The 10th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (lagff.org) came to a close Sunday, June 5 with a screening and N. American Premiere of “ Worlds Apart ” and the starstudded Orpheus Awards produced by Dorothea Paschalidou and directed by Yorgos Karamihos and hosted by Mena Suvari. In his opening remarks, Festival creative topper Aris Katopodis remarked “This 10th LAGFF is almost history, but it is also one that made history. Most films than ever, 56, most filmmakers present, 58, most North American Premieres 24, largest attendance and the belief that the future LAGFF will continue to shine, full of hope for Greek film, filmmakers and Greek culture, here in Los Angeles.”

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Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project-Halfway There Community Celebration

Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project-Halfway There Community Celebration

Los Angeles-Los Angeles Transit officials (Metro) held a community celebration as they approach the halfway mark on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project. The free family oriented event was held on Saturday, May 7th, in Leimert Park Village, the cultural hub of the African American community.

The purpose of the celebration was a way for Metro officials to thank their neighbors and local businesses for their patience and continued support as Metro celebrate the halfway mark to construction completion; a major milestone!

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30th Annual UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival

Jazz Reggae Festival-Headed Back to Its Roots

Los Angeles-The Jazz Reggae Festival has been an integral part of the UCLA and Los Angeles jazz and reggae communities for the past 29 years. In honor of the festival’s 30th Anniversary, festival organizers are celebrating three decades of good vibes, jammin’ music and an atmosphere that is engaging and offers attendee cultural enrichment, with a one-day festival under the bright Los Angeles sun, Saturday, May 30, 2016.

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LOS ANGELES GREEK FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES FIRST DECADE CAPTURING THE FILMS AND FLAVOR OF GREECE.

LOS ANGELES GREEK FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES FIRST DECADE CAPTURING THE FILMS AND FLAVOR OF GREECE

Los Angeles, CA- Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF.org) is rolling out the red carpet to celebrate its tenth anniversary June 1 – 5, 2016 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA. The lively festival will showcase more films, Q&A’s and festivities than ever before including a collaboration with Athens International Culinary Film Festival (AICFF) and a Gastronomical Sidebar complete with cuisine themed entertainment and top chef cooking demonstration with tasting.

This year’s offerings boast films from Australia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, UK, Greece, Sweden, Turkey and the U.S. representing 15 narratives, 9 documentaries, and 31 short films. LAGFF will introduce four World premieres, 25 North American premieres, and 13 Los Angeles premieres to the Hollywood audience. 42 films will vie for LAGFF’s coveted “Audience Choice” Orpheus Award.

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