Art exhibit. The creative world of Synthia Saint James views through April 30 at the Museum of African American Art, 4005 Crenshaw Blvd., Macy’s third floor. (323) 294-7071. Hours: Thursday-Sunday, noon-5pm. Free admission and parking.

February 11

Spoken word. The Spoken Word Lounge presented by the Black Student Union at El Camino College features free performances from 1-2pm in the Student Activities Center, East Lounge. $3 parking permit required to park on campus.

February 13

Film. The Pan African Film Festival presents “A Conversation With Wesley Snipes” at 2pm at Rave Cinemas, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza 15, 4020 Marlton Ave. Cost: $20. Snipes will discuss his long and varied career as one of Hollywood’s most interesting and thoughtful luminaries. For information, call (310) 337-4737.

February 14

Church anniversary. The Historical Weller Street Missionary Baptist Church will hold its 72nd anniversary “A Church Stirred By the Mandate,” 129 S. Gless St., Los Angeles. The event kicks off with a morning service at 9am, followed by an evening service at 3:30pm. Food will be served from 1:30-3:30pm. Free to the public. For information, call (323) 261-0949.

February 16

Lecture. Best-selling novelist and Los Angeles native Walter Mosley will be a special guest speaker from 5:30-8pm at California State University Dominguez Hills (Loker Student Union Ballroom), 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson. Visitor parking passes are $6 at the yellow dispensing machines at each campus lot. Free to the public. For information, call (310) 243-3322.

February 20

Film. Academy award-winning actor, Louis Gossett Jr., and his Eracism Foundation, will showcase a 30-minute excerpt from a Spill the Honey film ”Shared Legacies-Honoring The Jewish/Black Civil Rights Alliance” free from 7pm-10pm (PST) at the Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue, 24855 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. This documentary celebrates the legacy of the historic connection between the African American and Jewish communities that enabled the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s to fundamentally transform America’s commitment to racial equality and social justice. To register, visit For information, visit

Dance. Central Avenue Dance Ensemble presents “The History of Black Dance in America” at 8pm in the Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. Tickets: $18.

February 25

Exhibit. Renowned artist/graphic designer Art Sims has created a museum exhibition that features never-before-seen artwork from his early years, coupled with his most famous movie posters for Spike Lee. “Movie and Messages: The Movie Posters and Early Works of Art Sims,” will premier during a free one-day exhibition at 7pm at the Mayme A. Clayton Museum, 4130 Overland Ave., Culver City. The exhibit includes some of Sims’ most notable creations, including: “Do The Right Thing,” “Jungle Fever,” “Malcolm X,” “Mo Better Blues,” “Bamboozled,” and more. For information, call (310) 902-0808.

February 27

Exhibit. Community activists, poets and artists will read and comment on selections of Malcolm X’s work during the presentation, “The Living Ideas of Malcolm X: Prophet of Revolution,” from 3-5pm at Solidarity Hall, 2122 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles. Participants will participate in an open-mic discussion on such topics as: police brutality, Black violence, youth activism, and more. Free to the public. (Donations encouraged). For information, call (323) 732-6416.