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Toyota celebrates Black history with inner-city tour

As the celebration of Black History Month winds down, and recognition of Women’s history month starts, scholar Alison Rose Jefferson, Ph.D., joined forces with Toyota Motors to introduce a group of young journalists to a little-known part of Black Los Angeles history via a driving tour that began at El Pueblo de Los Angeles. One of the first items visitors there were introduced to was a plaque commemorating the 44 African-descended founders including Pio Pico, the last Mexican governor of California, through its #SteepedInHistory hashtag campaign Jefferson also introduced noted African descendants.

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Conference helps men of color develop strategies

Los Angeles Southwest College hosts the 17th Manchild Conference Saturday, Feb. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the college, 1600 W. Imperial Highway, Los Angeles. Tyrone C. Howard, founder and executive director of the Black Male Institute at UCLA, is the keynote speaker.

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Applications open for organizations interested in presenting free concerts

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission is accepting applications from organizations seeking support for presenting music programming at their facility or designated location. Applications for the Free Concerts in Public Sites program are due March 1. Eligibility information and program requirements are available at lacountyarts.org/funding/free-concerts.

Applications open for organizations interested in presenting free concerts

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission is accepting applications from organizations seeking support for presenting music programming at their facility or designated location.

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Small business funding offered

Money provided to former felons, creative artists, women, and girls in tech

The Small Business Administration and a number of organizations feature competitions that give prospective entrepreneurs an opportunity to win funds to launch a small business. *The Aspire Challenge for Entrepreneurship Training and Microloan targets previously incarcerated individuals and the SBA has received $1.2 million to fund up to 16 nonprofit/not for profit or city entities. The selected organizations must have an account with the System for Award Management (SAM) and will receive up to $75,000 to create a training program. Then the individual programs will make microloans of up to $50,000 to the formerly incarcerated owners.

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Comedian Steve Harvey heeds president’s call

Black America is in the midst of a political brewhaha that has found popular nationally syndicated morning radio and television talk show host Steve Harvey being asked to explain

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Black business advocate Pat Means, has died

Pat Means, a long time member of the Black Los Angeles business community and former publisher and co-founder of Turning Point magazine, has died after an extended illness. Just prior to her death, Means served as Director of Communications and Community at AltaSea located at the Port of Los Angeles. AltaSea is a nonprofit organization focusing on developing innovative partnerships between public entities, private companies and the public to explore, incubate and sustain ocean-related business; and pioneer new ocean-related education programs.

Carson eyeing post as head of HUD

As he continues his efforts to present a full slate of potential appointments President-elect Trump taps rival Dr. Ben Carsonfor cabinet post that has drawn the criticism of some in government.

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Looking at more Trump cabinet nominees

As he continues to propose nominees to fill his cabinet, President-Elect Donald Trump has reportedly selected a number people that may be of particular interest to African Americans. These include Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate who has been identified as a possible candidate for the Housing and Urban Development post. However, he has not formally accepted or turned down the job.

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Jeff Sessions receives positive support

Despite allegations of racism dogging the heels of the man President-elect Donald Trump has nominated for attorney general, there are some saying that these characterizations of the Alabama senator are not true including William Smith, the first Black Republican chief counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Smith said he was hired by Sessions, and worked with him for nearly a decade.

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