Gregg Reese


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Artist movement changes the cultural landscape in Leimert Park

The wellspring of creativity in Leimert Park Village is about to yield another cultural blessing upon the city, with the first local installation of the Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM) this Sunday, June 25. The brainchild of founder Maia “Crown” Williams (who also co-founded the Midwest Ethnic Conventions for Comics and Arts, or MECCA-Con), BSAM has been staging conventions in cities like Houston, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Toronto over the past two years.

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Mental health organization marks 25 years of uplifting the Black community

Black folks love to congregate and break bread, and the Coalition of Mental Health Professional’s (CMHP) 25th Anniversary Celebration satisfied these primal urges as well as highlighting the timely issue of mental hygiene in metropolitan Los Angeles this past Sunday, June 11. Originally slated for Inglewood’s landmark “Proud Bird” restaurant (currently undergoing renovations), the gala was moved to the Sheraton Gateway Hotel near LAX.

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Voices in the crowd

Black Music Month highlights the unsung talents within our midst

With the hoopla bestowed upon the film and television industries located here, it is easy to forget that Los Angeles is a leading market for the music industry. The individuals profiled here are just three of the legions of melody makers congregated locally, representing every conceivable style, genre, or category (with possibly new ones being fashioned for the future). Two have originated in other parts of the country, while the third reminds us that homegrown talent is just as original and compelling as any in these United States, or abroad. While it is likely their offerings might not suit every taste, this town is saturated with venues sure to pique one’s interest. All you need to do is look.

‘Can we all get along?’ examines the legacy of 1992 at CAAM

As part of the California African American Museum’s (CAAM) commitment to the welfare of the community, it has expanded its programming to include events outside its primary focus on “art, history, and culture.” So it was that program manager Tyree Boyd-Pates, curator of the museum’s current exhibit “No Justice, No Peace: LA 1992 (running through August 27)”, assembled a contingent of relevant individuals on May 18 to ponder just how much things have (or haven’t) changed since the rebellion/riot/uprising of late April-early May, 1992.

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Where do we go from here?

The precarious dynamic between the LAPD and its Black constituency remains a point of contention

Now that the dust has settled in the wake of numerous documentaries, television news specials, formal studies by educational centers, think tanks and other entities in this, the 25th anniversary of the 1992 revolt/riot/uprising of Los Angeles, we may ask the burning questions: What did it mean, and where do we go from here? In light of the billions of dollars spent in well-publicized efforts to rebuild and/or revitalize the city, a few well-placed voices from differing vantage points consented to give their “take” on the passage of time, and the changes that have or have not taken place.

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‘Coming out of the Shadows’

Minority cannabis advocates meet in Culver City

The California Minority Alliance (CMA) recently held a seminar titled “Coming Out Of The Shadows In The Cannabis Industry After Proposition M” at the Veterans Memorial Complex in Culver City. They discussed how people of color can take advantage of business opportunities in the newly legal medical and recreational marijuana industry. The fact that the auditorium was filled to capacity is an indicator of the public’s interest to hear from the distinguished panelists.

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‘Bronzeville, Little Tokyo’ serves up WWII L.A.

As the 33rd iteration of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (http://festival.vconline.org/2017/) gets underway today through May 3, a special

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Documentaries look back on the events of April, 1992

The history of motion pictures, now over a century old, has spawned legions of genres and sub-genres, most of them fictional, or made up stories meant to replicate reality.

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‘Guerrilla’ revisits Black Radicalism within the United Kingdom

John Ridley is on a roll. A seasoned writer whose credits stretch back to the 1990s, his 2013 Oscar winning screenplay for “12 Years a Slave” vaulted him into the stratosphere of show biz.

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Unapologetically Black

A 35-year retrospective of painter Kerry James Marshall comes to his home town

Drawing is a staple of everyone’s childhood and is an important avenue of cognitive development. Very few of us continue this activity into adulthood, and fewer still progress to the point where it becomes a profession or life’s work. Los Angeles-bred Kerry James Marshall has transcended this and more. Today, he is internationally known for his artwork (especially paintings) commenting on the narrative of the African-American experience.

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