Across Black America week of May 4, 2017.

Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 5/4/2017, midnight


The Los Angeles Family Housing's (LAFH) 18th annual awards were held last week with Ice Cube among the many notables attending at The Lot in West Hollywood. The event was set up to raise funds and awareness to continue the organization's fight against homelessness in Los Angeles. Celebrities who walked the yellow carpet before enjoying food from several different Los Angeles restaurants including Button Mash and Trap Kitchen. Afterwards, guests made their way inside for the awards ceremony and charity auction. LAFH has combated homelessness in Los Angeles by providing housing for families who have found themselves without a home. Ice Cube, who was honored at the event alongside Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Commission chair Wendy Greuel, was effusive about the organization's cause. To some families, it's everything. This organization has been around more three decades, has helped in excess of 6,400 families. I know we hear a lot of numbers, and it's easy to throw those numbers around, but you just think about all those people. This organization has helped all those people, the hip-hop artist said. “So it's really all about doing what you can. I can never do as much as LAFH, but I can do my part and we all can do our part.” The event raised more than $1.2 million for the charity that night, reports Variety.

Beyoncé and Jay Z have reportedly made a bid of $120 million for a brand new, in spec-built mansion in the Bel Air area of Los Angeles. The property in question was not listed on the open market but was being shopped around with an asking price of $135 million. Designed by architect Paul McClean and built by high-end property developer Dean McKillen, son of Irish tycoon Paddy McKillen, the boutique-hotel sized mega-mansion sits behind massive woven metal gates at the end of an olive tree-lined and stone-paved driveway on a 1.88-acre hillside parcel in the heart of East Gate Bel Air with panoramic city views over the rooftops of surrounding mansions. Linked by a circular staircase lined with, the multi-level residence encompasses around 30,000 square feet of interior space spread over six contemporary structures that spill out through automated floor-to-ceiling glass panels to more than 10,000 square feet of outdoor living areas. According to marketing materials and press accounts, there are eight bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, four swimming pools, a basketball court, garaging for up to 15 cars and separate staff quarters. Additional features include a library/office, a screening room, space for a recording studio and a spa/fitness suite with gym, hot tub, sauna and steam room.

Beverly “Bam” Crawford will host the Company International's Sitxth annual Women's Empowerment Conference, to be held, June 1-3 at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa in San Diego. This year's theme,

“The Plan: Dream it. Plan it. Do it,” will offer attendees inspiration through various participation levels of leadership, community partnerships, and information to restore and strengthen their dreams and goals. Confirmed guest speakers and performers include Myesha Chaney, Antioch Church of Long Beach who starred in Oxygen's “Preachers of L.A.” along with her husband senior pastor, Wayne Chaney; Global strategist Ivy McGregor of Parkwood Entertainment with a client list that includes Beyoncé's Formation World Tour; attorney La'Chelle Monique Woodert and others. Registration and conference details can be found at: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-company-international-2017-tickets-32677645718.