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While gentrification is impacting South Los Angeles and Inglewood, Nipsey Hussle was a symbol of Black people investing in their own communities.  

Photos from the Kingdom Day Parade and Freedom Festival in Leimert Park

Events in Los Angeles and Inglewood on Saturday and Monday.

Spectrum’s Housing Assist program and Rebuilding Together Long Beach has renovated homes in South Los Angeles and Compton.

Boys and girls from the AYSO South Los Angeles Region 1031 are dominating on the soccer field and the program’s coaches are instilling confidence and pride in their student-athletes.

Inglewood native Jamal Hill, who suffers from a muscle disorder, is motivating others to be their best while he trains for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Games.

In the track club’s first year in existence, they brought home four medals.

The team trains at Ride On! Bike Shop/Co-Op. Photos by Jason Lewis


The youth cycling team trains out of Ride On! Bike Shop/Co-Op in Leimert Park.

LaTanya Letcher was able to see spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and snow-capped mountains as she traveled through Northern California, Oregon, and Washington.

Glen Ivy Hot Springs has 19 pools, two saunas, a mud bath and an underground grotto. Photos by Jason Lewis


Spas, wine, and relaxation are just a short trip down the 15 Freeway.

Many travelers hit the slopes at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. Photos by Jason Lewis


Skiing and snowboarding are the main attractions, but this winter resort town has a lot more than that to offer.

Lounging by the pool all day at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa is a great way to spend the day. The resort also has a golf course, tennis court, spa, and restaurants. Photos by Jason Lewis


Palm Springs and Palm Desert offers relaxation with luxury resorts, spas, fine dining, shopping, and attractions.

Ade Neff sells and repairs bicycles in Leimert Park Village. Photos by Jason Lewis


This co-op performs repairs, assists people in repairing their own bikes, and sells new bicycles.

The View Park-Windsor Hills health center promotes physical activity, mental health, and spiritual awareness.  

This form of martial arts teaches people how to defend themselves, and gets them into incredible shape. Photo by Jason Lewis


“Through this fist style one gains long life and happiness.”

There are two ways to the top. The dirt trails that loop around the hill, or the more direct route; straight up the Culver City Stairs. Photo by Jason Lewis


The park has a mile-long hiking trail and is the home of the infamous Culver City Stairs.

The members of this South L.A. rap group grew up on old school hip hop, and they are creating new music based on that classic sound.

The festival takes place July 27-28, and features live music, art, vendors, a food court, and health services.

The Inglewood native’s hometown strongly influenced his career and his desire to feature local news.

Concerts showcase the legends of jazz.  Shows are nightly at 7 p.m. with two shows on Saturdays and Sundays.

Leimert Park resident John Jackson created this monthly event to create better interaction among community members.

The Leimert Park organization creates a festive environment while educating the community.

Shanita Nicholas and Ashley Newby of Sip & Sonder. Photos by Jason Lewis


This creative space brings together artist, musicians, entrepreneurs, and community members from all walks of life.

(R-L) Local community members Kathy Guyton, Patricia Diggs, Jamal Jones, and L.A. Standard Newspaper publisher Jason Lewis discuss community issues at Morris Media Studios in Leimert Park.


The podcast is designed to discuss issues that affect South Los Angeles communities.

South Los Angeles Logistics and the Uganda Connection

In partnership with AIM/Alliance and A New Life 4 U Economic Development Corporation, the council and bank promote financial literacy while building relationships with community members.

This initiative would create a cultural and convention center and maintain the Afrocentric environment along Degnan Blvd.

The Black Cooperative Investment Fund raises money through community donations and reinvests the funds to small-business owners.

Through their yearly golf tournament, the sorority helps high school and college students pursue their higher education goals.

High school students from underserved communities across Los Angeles County are spending this summer getting paid to intern at some of the most influential corporations.

In a collaboration of iD Tech Camps, the Annenberg Foundation, and the L.A. Promise Fund, 200 South L.A. students were able to participate in a week-long tech camp at UCLA and Loyola Marymount University.

The summer day camp will feature fun learning activities that are based on Black culture.

The local photographer and painter uses evidence based design to create calming artwork.

View Park resident Kevin Washington recently launched his inaugural collection.

Georgia Lumpkin (right) helps a local resident pick out a dish garden at the Inspired Garden Artistry garden tour. Photos by Jason Lewis

Home & Garden

Lumpkin built the garden at 54th Street Elementary School and she has been sharing her craft with the community for decades.

Photos by Jason Lewis

Home & Garden

Inspired Garden Artistry takes community members on a tour of local home gardens.

This free program gives young musicians of color a chance to play in a classical music orchestra in their own community.

Faithful Central Bible Church’s dance company delivers amazing performances while teaching people of all ages the art of dance.

Billy McCoy leads a jazz workshop at The World Stage in Leimert Park. Photo by Amir Medina

Performing Arts

Ethnomusicologist Billy McCoy discusses the weekly music workshops in Leimert Park.

Drum performances - some planned, some impromptu - occur on Degnan Blvd. and in the park. Photos by Jason Lewis

Performing Arts

Leimert Park Village is the music mecca of South Los Angeles, featuring jazz, blues, soul, gospel, R&B, and hip hop.

The Mid City boutique features hand-picked, one-of-a-kind pieces.  

Becca’s Closet’s Los Angeles chapter president Marsha Garnett with Dorsey High School students. Photos by Jason Lewis


Macy’s, Becca’s Closet, MAC Cosmetics, and AT&T gave Dorsey seniors star treatment.

This Black-owned beauty supply store on Western Ave. and Washington Blvd. has products for men and women, and serves as a cultural center.  

Head Wraps at the Park featured workshops that taught women how to properly put on the garment. Photos by Jason Lewis


The natural hair community came together to show off the beauty of head wraps.

Many locals converged at the Metaphor Club and L.A. Alpha House to watch and discuss the Democratic debates.

Local politicians weigh in on the mass incarceration bill, the housing issue, and President Trump’s revitalization council.

The congresswoman continues to speak out against President Donald Trump, and she is now empowered to investigate him.

The neighborhood council for View Heights, Angeles Mesa, and Hyde Park hosted candidates for judge positions on the November ballot at their August meeting.

The American Heart Association’s program has educated children about healthy diets by teaching them how to grow their own fruits and vegetables.  

The walkers start on the Macy’s bridge, walk all the way down to Sears, and then head back. Photos by Jason Lewis


The group walks around the second level of the mall early in the morning.

Photo by Jason Lewis


Free holistic workshops, entertainment and health screenings geared for the body, mind and soul. Wellness fair is held on May 26.

LAPD officer Marcus Whitehead typically walks with community members around Harvard Park, but he also helps coach the baseball teams. Photos by Jason Lewis


Community S.T.E.P.S. program builds a healthy relationship between the community and the LAPD.

At the Annenberg Space for Photography.

At The Broad in downtown Los Angeles.

This photography exhibit sheds light on a prison system that continues to have parallels to slavery.

J3 Collection


Justin Jackson’s photography portfolio has been heavily influenced by African American music and culture.

Many candidates take advantage of this free physical fitness program before they make it to the police academy.

The Inglewood native was mentored by firefighters when he was younger, and now he’s encouraging others to join the service.

The college recently broke ground on a facility that will help students obtain jobs in the food industry.

Hayner has worked on major development projects, such as Metro’s Crenshaw/LAX line and the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital.  

The theme for this month is video! 

Free club for photographers and videographers of all skill levels. Meets every third Tuesday in View Park-Windsor Hills.

Camera club members' photographs

This month’s assignment is to make a one-minute video.  That’s pretty much it.  Any subject.  

The owners of The Metaphor Club created this monthly classic car meetup show to support Black-owned businesses.  

Stevo Ward made subtle changes to his Mercedes-Benz CL500. Those changes make his car standout from the crowd. Photos by Jason Lewis


Stevo Ward is the go-to-guy to make a car a head-turner.

Car salespersons no longer hover around the car lot waiting for customers. They now huddle around a computer to interact with car buyers. Photos by Jason Lewis


The days of heading down to the dealership and haggling with a salesperson are nearly over.  

Airport Marina Honda general sales manager John Harmond helps a customer purchase a new car. Photo by Jason Lewis


A sales manager at Airport Marina Honda discusses the type of deals that consumers can take advantage of.  AAA also gives their recommendations.   

The Butlers, both buisness owners from Los Angeles, held their wedding in New Orleans.

The couple were married at the Rose Garden in Exposition Park.

Lewis, a UCLA graduate, was born and raised in Los Angeles.

The couple held an elegant and sophisticated wedding in Santa Monica.