Leimert Park Is Getting a Parklet…..?


So If you’ve noticed, the eastern edge of 43rd Place  between Degnan and Leimert Blvd it’s has blocked for the upcoming Leimert Parklet.  From what I have seen from the plans a parklet seems to be a street turned pedestrian plaza, bordered by large potted plants and includes seating spread-out throughout the plaza, however People St describes a parklet as an expansion of the sidewalk into one or more street parking spaces to create people-oriented places.  This project is headed up by a program called People St which is made up of the Los Angeles City Department of Transportation in collaboration with LA City Department of Public Works an City Planning, The Mayors Office, and Metro.  Leimert’s Parklet is supposedly finishing up the design aspect of the project and finalizing construction documentation for their sites, and conducting further community engagement. Tentative installation for these parklets is projected after Summer, 2015

Leimert Park Village Parklet

National BLACK OUT September 8!


African American life is obviously being expressed as something America can do without or holds no value, lets show America just how valuable we are. We need to continue to bond together and fight in numbers and Monday September 8th, TOMORROW, will be another chance to tell America its time to cut the crap, not only are we here but we belong here!

2014 Ladera Walk Around The Park

Ladera Run Walk

The annual Ladera Walk Around The Park is back upon us.   Promoting healthy and safety within our young community participants are encourage to come out and walk around the Ladera Park starting at 2pm  August 16th.  Supporters :Wells Fargo, Nestle, Los Angeles County Parks & Recreation, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Whole Foods, Magic Johnson Foundation, Broadway Federal Bank, Deuce Brand, United Oil, Mike’s Deli, Earle’s Grille, Pann”s Restaurant.

Ladera Walk Around The Park

Dancing in The Streets of Long Beach is Back!


Summer and Music, SAM, has returned for the fifth time around with the kick-off, the always fun ‘Dancing in the Streets.’ The Summer And Music festival features eclectic music events, extraordinary acts and dances at various eco-conscious outdoor venues throughout Long Beach’s downtown. Dancin’ in the Streets is the first to kick off the summer festival on June 27, showcasing sounds of California’s culture, food and music from an array of genres. The event takes places at the Promenade from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. DJ Lithuanian Prince will be entertaining throughout the night while attendees can partake in the Beachwood BBQ and Brewing Beer Garden. This year’s festival will also introduce the new event Twisted at the Pike. This experience will offer attendees the chance to travel into a twisted carnival setting accompanied by live music, magic and art. The event will take place on July 20 from 6 p. m. – 11 p.m. at the Pike’s Rainbow Harbor’s Ferris Wheel setting.

Event Details


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4th of July Jazz On The Hill



Looking for something to do on the 4th, check out Jazz on the Hill.  Sponsored by Councilmen Bernard Parks, come out and enjoy live family fun entertainment Friday July 4th from 12pm to 5pm.  Located at Norman O. Houston Park free parking and shuttle rides  will be offered to and from the park to Park Hills Community Church where patrons are be asking to park.  Shuttle rides will run in intervals of 15 min to 20 min starting at 11am.  Call 213-485-7616 for any questions or concerns you may have, see you on the Hill!

Free Concerts At BHCP Leading Up To BET Experience



Eric Benet, Marsa Ambrosius, Candice Glover, RaVaughn, Eric Bellinger and more are set to headline free concerts at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Promenade starting May 31.  These concert are scheduled every Saturday leading up to this years BET Awards and BET Experience at LA Live.  Below is the media advisory I just received.


LOS ANGELES, CA – May 23, 2014 – BET Networks and AEG today announced a partnership with Baldwin Hills Crenshaw in Los Angeles, CA to present an exciting, free weekly Saturday concert series beginning May 31 leading up to the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-ColaÒ June 27 – 29, 2014.  The concerts, free of charge and open to the public, conclude with a final performance on Saturday, June 21.

Just a few of the artists scheduled to perform include Eric Benet, Marsha Ambrosuis, “American Idol” winner Candice Glover, Day 26, RaVaughn, Eric Bellinger, Adrian Marcel, Dondria, Mila J. and more.  Be sure to visit www.baldwinhillscrenshawplaza.com for the latest updates.

The road to BET Experience at L.A. Live presented by Coca-ColaÒ is guaranteed to be an exciting journey as the Los Angeles community gears up for the upcoming BET weekend that includes 3 nights of concerts at STAPLES Center and Club Nokia, a 2-day FREE fan fest, the Sprite Celebrity Basketball game, Genius Talks, live tapings of “106 & Park,” a Gospel showcase and more – all leading up to the “BET Awards” on Sunday, June 29, 2014.

“We’re thrilled to expand the impact of the BET Experience at L.A. Live to include a weekly concert series at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw,” said Paxton Baker, EVP and GM of Centric and BET executive in charge of BET Experience.  “We will showcase an exciting musical line-up featuring some of our Music Matters artists and a few surprises along the way on the Road to the BET Experience.”

“We are excited about our partnership with BET,” said Kenneth T. Lombard, Vice Chairman – Investments & Partner at Capri Capital Partners, the owner of Baldwin Hills Crenshaw. “For the past five years, we‘ve strived to support our community through the BHCP Live! music series.  This year’s partnership with BET through The Road to the BET Experience and its highly-acclaimed Music Matters program is another example of our commitment to bring top-notch, free entertainment to our shoppers and our surrounding communities.”

BET Networks’ music initiative, Music Matters, has a history of showcasing rising stars across multiple platforms.  From hip hop’s Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole, R&B’s Marsha Ambrosius and Elle Varner, and the elevating gospel of Mali Music and LeCrae, Music Matters is dedicated to connecting artists to their fans.

All concerts begin at 3 p.m. Outdoor seating on the promenade is limited, so guests are encouraged to arrive early.

Single day tickets and 3-day package for STAPLES Center and Club Nokia concerts are all on-sale now. Single day STAPLES Center tickets are priced starting at $59.50, $99.50 and $149.50. The 3-day STAPLES Center Concert ticket packages are $199, $299 and $399. Tickets for the Club Nokia shows are on-sale now with prices ranging from $25 to $79.50. Tickets can be purchased at www.betexperience.com or at www.AXS.com.
To have exclusive access to the best seats and roll like a true VIP throughout the weekend, a limited number of VIP Packages are available. Both the Gold and Diamond VIP Packages include the only public access to purchasing “BET Awards” tickets.  Get the best of everything with the Diamond Package that includes hospitality throughout the weekend, a special “BET Awards” red carpet experience and much more!  Visitwww.betexperience.com/VIP for more information.

All information about the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-ColaÒ can be found at BETExperience.com.  Guests can purchase tickets, book exclusive hotel rates and sign up for the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-ColaÒ newsletter to receive updates and announcements before they are available to the general public.  Follow the Experience on Twitter @betexperience.

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks – BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

BET Networks, an entertainment powerhouse, and AEG, one of the leading entertainment companies in the world and developer/ operator of L.A. LIVE, have teamed up once again to create the BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE (BETX), June 27 – 29, 2014 presented by Coca-ColaÒ.   This three-day festival will be filled with music and comedy concerts taking place at Club Nokia and STAPLES Center; “106 & PARK” tapings in Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE; BET Fan Fest at the Los Angeles Convention Center including seminars, celebrity basketball games, celebrity meet & greets; GRAMMY® Museum exhibits and other special appearances.  The weekend will be capped off with the “BET Awards” on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE.

The BET AWARDS is one of the most watched award shows on cable television according to the Nielsen Company.  The BET AWARDS franchise remains as the #1 program in cable TV history among African-Americans, and it is BET’s #1 telecast every year.  It recognizes the triumphs and successes of artists, entertainers, and athletes in a variety of categories.

Launched in 2010, the BET Music Matters initiative highlights emerging new artists by showcasing their talents through live performances including monthly showcases and the Music Matters Tour.  Music Matters has helped propel the careers of artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius, Miguel, J. Cole, Melanie Fiona, Estelle, Elle Varner, K. Michelle, Eric Roberson, Big K.R.I.T., Emeli Sande’, Luke James, Stalley, Mali Music, Astro Kid and more.

Baldwin Hills Crenshaw (BHC) is an 870,000-square-foot retail destination located at the intersection of Crenshaw Blvd. and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Los Angeles, California.  Anchored by Macys, Sears and WalMart, with over 100 specialty stores, state-of-the-art cinemas and dining options, BHC has long been recognized as the hub of the surrounding communities. From a signature concert series known as BHCP Live!, monthly Kid’s Club and a weekly Farmers’ Market to the many public services offered at the mall, it is clear that BHC is more than just a place to shop, it’s a central gathering place for the local community.  BHC is entrenched in the local lifestyle, and is committed to making this neighborhood an even better place to live, work, shop and just BE! BHC has teamed up with several leading community partners to support a variety of worthwhile events throughout the year, and continue to support programming that reflects the history and interests of our local residents.

Grand Reopening of the Museum of African American Art


The newly renovated Museum of African American Art will reopen on Sunday, June 1st, with an exciting new exhibit by Buena Johnson!  Enjoy live music, poetry, and light refreshments at our grand reopening!  Artist BUENA JOHNSON is widely recognized for her legendary jazz, blues, and gospel fine art as well as her many commissioned portraits.  The Museum of African American Art is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization located on the 3rd floor in the Macy Building of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.


2:00 – 5:00 pm


Median Park In The New 9th


Every neighborhood deserves a park, but in the Ninth District, open space is scarce and adding green space has been a chronic challenge. But this weekend, Councilmember Curren Price joined with  members of CANNDU Neighborhood Council, local residents, volunteers and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust to break ground on a brand new park which will convert an under-utilized median into a lush parkway. When completed the project will include fitness zones, a toddler playground, picnic areas and a tree-lined seating area.

The Avalon and Gage Park was first identified by CANNDU neighborhood council and local residents in 2002. The goal was to create a neighborhood space for the densely populated but park-poor area. What started out as a plan to bring some planters and seating to the intersection of avalon and Gage quickly grew into a dream of creating a park for residents of all ages to enjoy. In 2009, the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust got involved and worked with the neighborhood council to secure Prop K funding as well as facilitate  a community design process.

” The New Ninth is about bringing a transformation to our community, replacing blights and neglect with the kinds of amenities that so many other parts of our city enjoy,” said Councilman Curren Price. ” Nothing says change like taking an under used median and converting it into a park for residents of all ages to enjoy. I am excited and eager to see this project completed and thank the Neighborhood Land Trust and all of our partners for their investment and support.”

New Ninth Median Park

South LA Kids Bike Festival


Join us for a Free Kids Skills and Safety Festival! Learn how to ride your bike safely, start and stop properly, avoid hazards, yielding, ride an obstacle course and more! We’ll even have a limited supply of bikes and helmets for those without.

Fun for all ages.
Skills stations.
On-street group rides.
Certificates and goody bags.
Bike wash.
Helmet giveaways.

Helmets required for all riders.

Bike Tune ups by El Maestro Bicycle Shop

Presented by Walk ‘n Rollers and LACBC.

Made possible by the USC Good Neighbors Campaign http://goodneighbors.usc.edu/, an employee-giving program that supports university-community partnerships.


Earth Day South LA


Together we envision an annual Earth Day event where community residents come together in a safe environment to have fun, celebrate our foods and cultures, learn about and participate in sustainable practices, and connect with each other and organizations working to make positive change in our neighborhood.

3655 S Grand Ave Ste 240 Los Angeles California 90007
Saturday, April 12
at 11:00am – 6:00pm