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The network has won prestigious awards for presenting positive, community-based stories.  

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.

View Park resident and Los Angeles Rams lead photographer Jeff Lewis discusses how Kobe Bryant influenced his career.

We can all learn a lot about finding our passion, working hard to become excellent at it, and mending relationships from the life of Kobe Bryant.

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.

Brett C.S. Roberts traveled through the Sahara Desert in the middle of the night to reach Cairo, Egypt.

Travel

South Los Angeles native and Inglewood resident Brett C.S. Roberts published a book that gives tips on how to travel the world on a budget.

The Hawaiian Islands offer perfect year round weather with it’s amazing beaches, beautiful sunsets and spectacular sights.  Maui is one of the most popular destinations.  

New Orleans is a predominately Black city that features amazing live music, art, and food.  Sunday second line parades, jazz lounges, and art studios showcases the city’s culture.   

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.

The View Park gym features strength and cardio training, yoga, dance, boxing, and meditation.  

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

Fitness

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

Fitness

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

Black Hollywood Education & Resource Center and Restoration Stage brings the musical to the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center.

The film festival showcases independent films and has workshops for filmmakers of all experience levels.  February 21-23 at L.A. Live.

The festival returns to the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza February 11-23.

Jeremy Albert is creating his own path to the top of the media industry with his online radio show.

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

Community

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.

Community

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

The inaugural conference brought together Black entrepreneurs from business, tech, education, politics, art, and entertainment.

The coworking space is a cultural hub that encourages entrepreneurs in the memory of Vector90 co-founder Nipsey Hussle.

A flea market for Black-owned businesses and vendors to showcase their products to the community.

The Teen Vogue Summit will be held November 1-3 in Hollywood.

The creators of College Connect 101 are putting a greater focus on helping students with their financial aid packages.

The two-day summit at L.A. Live will address the existing pipeline problem within STEM fields.

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

Chef Kyndra McCrary created a menu to give people great tasting and healthy food options.

This coffee shop is a safe space for people of color, long-term residents, new residents, and it is also a cultural hub where the history of the community is felt.

This club brings wine enthusiasts together while educating people who are learning about the beverage.

The Leimert Park Village eateries offer a taste of Caribbean life.

The workshops teach people how to remove grass turf and replace it with sustainable landscaping, which can save money and water.

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.

The Inglewood venue holds plays, concerts, and workshops for actors.  

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.

The men’s skincare company makes beard oils, lotions, body washes, and moisturizers.

The salon has an Afro-centric environment while they create artistic hair designs.

In recent years several Black-owned cigar lounges have opened, allowing people to stay within their own communities to enjoy one of their favorite pastimes.

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

There are 21 Measure HHH projects under construction in Los Angeles, and there are nearly 150 supportive housing projects that are either already under construction or approved for funding.

Goodmon does not want to be the last Black man in Leimert Park (or South L.A.), so he’s looking for community members to join the fight against gentrification.

The first of four South Los Angeles sites will serve as a supportive housing facility for 100 individuals experiencing or transitioning from homelessness.

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

The Association of Black Women Physicians participates in local community service events and supports medical students.

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

Health

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

Photo by Jason Lewis

Health

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

As the California African American Museum’s Fall 2019 season kicks off this month, the museum continues to use lively events with DJs and food trucks to attract younger people to the museum.

At the Annenberg Space for Photography.

At The Broad in downtown Los Angeles.

Wise decisions led Jackson from the Nickerson Gardens housing projects to becoming an urban planner in Inglewood.

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.

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

Omar McGee is providing his clients with excellent auto services without them having to step foot on a dealership lot.

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

Auto

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

Auto

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

Technology has a major impact on the music industry, and it has helped Universal Music's Chris Ayears manage artists and get music to the masses.

Parker works as a gameplay engineer at Riot Games, which is one of the largest video game studios in the world.

Entrepreneurs Nannearl Brown and Nicole Hollis are using technology to ensure that all women, with a focus on women of color, can easily find beauty products that work for them.

Plug in South L.A.’s Urban Tech Connect featured panel discussions from tech experts and entrepreneurs. Photos by Jason Lewis

Tech

Technology is transforming every type of business.  Entrepreneurs can learn how to take advantage of the tech wave and how to finance their businesses by attending Plug in South Los Angeles’ Urban Tech Connect Conference on May 16 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center.

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.