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Inspired Garden Artistry spring tour and vendor fair is Sunday, May 1.  This year’s tour will feature nine beautiful hom...
Inspired Garden Artistry Spring Garden Tour

Inspired Garden Artistry spring tour and vendor fair is Sunday, May 1. This year’s tour will feature nine beautiful home gardens in View Park-Windsor Hills, View Heights, and Ladera Heights. And there will be a vendors fair at Ladera Park. Tickets to the tour can be purchased online. The vendor fair is free.

“Homeowners open up their backyard gardens for people to tour, to get ideas, and visit with their neighbors,” said Beverly Newton, a master gardener. “It’s like a moveable party. It’s a way of meeting your neighbors. It’s a way of interacting with the neighborhood and community organizations.”

“The inspiration comes from seeing that it’s possible,” Opal Lyseight said. "Many people spend the bulk of their home improvement funds on the interior of their house, but neglect their backyard. Putting a new plant, or new grass in your backyard is no different than deciding to paint your kitchen. Especially with people moving toward outdoor living. While you can live inside, there is a whole world outside in your private domain that you can take advantage of as well.”

Inspired Garden Artistry Spring Garden Tour features South Los Angeles’ amazing home gardens.

The Stocker Street Creative will bring a film studio to Baldwin Hills.  This Black-led project will feature 50,000 squar...
Film studio is coming to Los Angeles’ Black community - The Stocker Street Creative

The Stocker Street Creative will bring a film studio to Baldwin Hills. This Black-led project will feature 50,000 square feet of sound stage studio space, community rooms, event space, and restaurants.

“Baldwin Hills, View Park, Windsor Hills, Leimert Park, West Adams — this entire community all through the Crenshaw corridor — there are tons of people in our community that are in the entertainment industry," said Stan Washington, president and CEO of Pantheon Business Consulting LLC and Developer and Project Executive of the Stocker Creative Project. "They’re behind the cameras, they’re in front of the cameras. They’re writers, directors, we have people who are artists and playwrights.

“This will provide an environment which will not only allow our creatives to be able to tell our story, but to also create an environment where they could create a real platform. Instead of us having to leave our community to tell those stories, we’re really bringing people back to this neighborhood to participate in how those stories are told."

“We want this to be a home for independent creators, writers, and filmmakers — individuals who are in all aspects of the art — so that they can have a place where they can pitch and sell, and ultimately produce and make the content that they are creating. We want them to be able to utilize their talents at home, and not have to be in Santa Monica, Burbank, North Hollywood, and all of these other parts of the city where production is being made.”

“The entire development team for this is either a person of color, primarily African American, and/or they are individuals who actually live here. From our marketing folks to our development leads, to our architectural design firm, to our community development consultants. All of these folks are individuals who have a major connection to this community, and many of them still live in this community, as I do. That gives us a much stronger purpose and understanding of why this project is important and why we have to develop it in a certain way to meet the needs of this community.”

The Stocker Street Creative will bring a film studio to Baldwin Hills. This Black-led project will feature 50,000 square feet of sound stage studio space, community rooms, and restaurants.

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Read about:
• A film studio will be coming to Los Angeles’ Black community - The Stocker Street Creative (Entertainment)
• Metro Los Angeles' Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project is near completion (News)
• Remembering Barbara Morrison. (Entertainment)
• Blacks in Cinema exhibit in Leimert Park Community Build,Inc.. (Entertainment)
• Inspired Garden Artistry tour (Home & Garden)
• South Los Angeles takes center stage at the ULI Los Angeles Urban Marketplace (Business)
• Inglewood’s people mover will reinvigorate business and alleviate traffic. City of Inglewood Government (News)
• Leimert Park Jazz Festival art competition. (Art)
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Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell said that the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project is at substantial completion.

“It means that our contractor is finished with two out of the three segments of this line, and they’ve turned over; it’s like handing over the keys when you buy a house; they have turned over the Aviation and Century station, the Westchester/Veterans and downtown Inglewood stations, Fairview Heights and Hyde Park stations.”

“Metro Los Angeles will now begin a five-to-six-month testing period of the rail line, and it’s already begun.”

The K Line will open late this summer. Hear speeches by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, and Mitchell at the closing ceremonies for the Business Interruption Fund/Business Solution Center/Eat Shop Play programs. The ceremony was held at the entrance of the Metro K Line next to the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

Jazz and blues legend Barbara Morrison, a South Los Angeles icon, passes away at the age of 72.  Morrison celebrated jaz...

Jazz and blues legend Barbara Morrison, a South Los Angeles icon, passes away at the age of 72. Morrison celebrated jazz and blues through the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in Leimert Park where she hosted live concerts and held music classes for children. She hosted a yearly month-long concert series during April for Jazz Appreciation Month. The purpose of having nightly shows was to ensure that jazz does not fade away.

“It’s almost like a forgotten piece of American history,” Morrison said. “It’s bigger around the world than it is here in America. But it was born here. We as African Americans were responsible for that.”

These events also introduced jazz to young musicians.

“Our purpose is to show the children that, ‘oh, so you thought you invented something; you think you invented rap…or scat?’” Morrison said. “And you pull out somebody like Richard Boone, or Ella Fitzgerald, and Eddie Jefferson, and people who were rapping way before even your momma was born.”

Morrison also created the California Jazz and Blues Museum, which held music lessons for the Harmony Project. The program teaches children ages five to 15 how to play the piano, drums, and horn instruments. The program also has vocal instruction, theatre arts, and mentoring programs. Lessons were held in the museum so that the children could see the great artists who came before them.

“In this room are the veterans who make the music,” Morrison said. “The people that have been around for quite awhile. We want the youth to come in and see who is responsible for making these instruments sound so good, and the vocals sound so good.”

Morrison will be greatly missed.

Photo by Jason Lewis/Los Angeles Standard Newspaper. Photo taken at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

Leimert Park Jazz Festival Launches 3rd Annual Art CompetitionSouth L.A. Artists Invited to Compete for a Chance to Win ...

Leimert Park Jazz Festival Launches 3rd Annual Art Competition
South L.A. Artists Invited to Compete for a Chance to Win $1,000 and More!

The competition is open to South L.A.-based visual artists, 18+ years old, who will compete for a $1,000 cash prize. Art submissions will be accepted from March 1, 2022 through May 31 at 11:59 PM PT. To access the submission form, go to

This year’s esteemed panel of judges are: Yvonne Farrow, Arts Manager, City of Los Angeles Department. of Cultural Affairs; Eric Hanks, AAA, Director, M.Hanks Gallery; Ramsess, Multi-Media Artist; and Jacadi White, winner of the 2021 Art Competition. The judges will select three finalists and the community will choose the winner in a vote on social media.

“I’m honored to be a judge for the 3rd Annual Leimert Park Jazz Festival Art Competition,” said Eric Hanks, AAA, Director, M. Hanks Gallery. “Art is essential not only to those who create it but also to the entire community as it gives the artist an avenue of expression and the viewer an insight into the world around us. Encouraging and supporting artists is essential and this competition goes a long way to helping that process.”

“I was given the opportunity to participate in last year’s Leimert Park Jazz Festival Art Competition and was fortunate to be voted the winner,” said Jacadi White, winner of the 2021 Competition. This was my first art competition and I can’t imagine a better organization to be a part of. It was a blessing to share my story and create moments with my peers and the attendees. I am honored to serve on the panel that will help select this year’s winner.”

The historic Leimert Park community in South L.A. is a culturally rich neighborhood that has served for decades as the center of African American creative arts and culture in Los Angeles. Highly regarded arts institutions such as The World Stage Art, Education & Performance Gallery, The Vision Theater, Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, KAOS Network, Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center, and Art + Practice make their home in Leimert Park.

“The Leimert Park Jazz Festival is a celebration of jazz, community, and the cultural heritage of Leimert Park. The Art Competition is a wonderful complement to the Festival and is perfectly aligned with the community’s history as the center of black creative arts and culture in Los Angeles,” said the Festival’s Executive Producer, Diane Robertson. “I am thrilled to offer this platform to local artists and to highlight the immense talent in our community. The Festival and the Art Competition will play an important role in ensuring this vibrant community remains culturally significant for years to come.”
About the Leimert Park Jazz Festival:

The Leimert Park Jazz Festival is executive produced by Diane Robertson in association with Dwight Trible and The World Stage. It has evolved from its beginning in 2015 as an intimate community block party known as the Sutro Avenue Summer Soirée to its rebranded iteration in 2020. Its mission is to build and strengthen community while celebrating and showcasing the artistic and cultural spirit of historic Leimert Park. The live event brings together a diverse, family-friendly audience to enjoy a fun-filled day that includes a community resource zone, health & wellness zone, kids' zone, food truck zone, dance, art, and, of course, outstanding live jazz from local and world-renowned musicians. The Leimert Park Jazz Festival is held annually on the last Saturday in August. This year, the Festival will take place on Saturday, August 27, 2022 at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 W Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008. For more information, go to

The New Frontier Democratic Club hosts a Virtual Los Angeles Mayoral Debate which features candidates Karen Bass, Mike F...

The New Frontier Democratic Club hosts a Virtual Los Angeles Mayoral Debate which features candidates Karen Bass, Mike Feuer, and Mel Wilson. They will debate "Leadership On Diversity, Inclusion, And Equity in Los Angeles" with panelists Ron Hasson, Brian Williams, Rev. Johnathan Mosely, Atty. Diane Robertson & Dr. Helena Johnson.
For information and pre-registration

South Los Angeles resident Randal Henry has published a book that showcases remarkable African Americans who were born, ...
Born in South L.A.

South Los Angeles resident Randal Henry has published a book that showcases remarkable African Americans who were born, raised, or lived in South L.A. Go Crenshaw

South Los Angeles resident Randal Henry has published "Born in South L.A.," which showcases remarkable African Americans who were born, raised, or lived in South L.A.

Come on out to this COVID-19 vaccination event at  The L.A. Alpha House in View Park this Sunday for free food by Nay's ...

Come on out to this COVID-19 vaccination event at The L.A. Alpha House in View Park this Sunday for free food by Nay's Tacos and Cierra Brooks’ Famously Fit, music, art, and free rapid COVID-19 test kits. All brands and all doses will be available. 2-5 p.m. 3712 W. 54th St. Hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Beta Psi Lambda Chapter - Los Angeles, Alpha Esquires, CORE, 986 Pharmacy, NCNW ViewPark Section, Health Net, LLC.

Leimert Park business owners seek to keep parking lots open.
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Leimert Park business owners seek to keep parking lots open.

SAVE THE SMALL BUSINESSES IN LEIMERT PARK!!! - Keep our parking lots open

To celebrate the Season 5 launch of Snowfall, FX Networks is proud to present Saint’s on Crenshaw – a weekend-long, comm...

To celebrate the Season 5 launch of Snowfall, FX Networks is proud to present Saint’s on Crenshaw – a weekend-long, community-powered pop-up in the heart of South Los Angeles. Black-owned businesses Bricks & Wood, Hank's Mini Market, Vector90, Destination Crenshaw, and more.

The free pop up will be held at Vector 90 (3423 W. 43rd Place Los Angeles, CA 90008) and open to the public from 10am - 5pm on Saturday February 19th and Sunday February 20th. 2022. Snowfall premieres its fifth, high-stakes season on Wednesday February 23rd at 10p ET/PT on FX.

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Leave The Republican Party; Citizens of the United States of America should abandon in droves their beliefs, and support of the Republican Party (i.e. the party of the rich ) because this party, with its promise of an authoritarian political model, has already abandoned their beliefs in the U.S. Constitution, and our American pluralistic democracy with its capitalist economic base. Working class people should not believe in the nihilistic dreams of the American rich who can only imagine their pleasures derived after leading us back to a political, and social class permanently fixed, archaic, dictatorship previously modeled, and partially utilized in Europe. It has been the political and social models delivered via the U.S. Constitution that have made possible social and economic advancements for all of our citizens not the leadership of an authoritarian that is now promised by republicans who want to make our world what they want it to be, and we must bend to their wills. Our lives are not toys to be played with by rich republicans who don't necessarily know what is, or is not good for us. We shouldn't have to live out our lives dancing to the rich man's tunes. The biblical King Solomon, the supposed author of the Book of Ecclesiastes in the King James Version of the Holy Bible, speaks of his perceptions of life as a nihilist authoritarian king (i.e. Solomon's world view) with the power to make his kingdom a tabula rasa (i.e. blank page to be written upon by his hand only), and then writes and speaks into existence any other res publica ( i.e. political entity ) he chooses. Solomon viewed his world as a " vanity of vanities ", (i.e., the pointlessness of human activity) and nothing more. It is this kind of life that is promised by ex-president Trump, and the Republican Party, and millions of believing citizens voted for him. 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