It first occurred to me while riding on a Los Angeles Freeway with my husband, on our way to visit family on a Sunday afternoon. I received a text from a friend about a gallery opening and reception happening that very afternoon. “Why oh why,” I exclaimed to Eric, “am I just finding out about this now? Why is it always “word of mouth” or “hit and miss” finding out about these events? Why isn’t there some central location to find out what’s going on?” I hated having to miss that event.
A few weeks later, I was on my living room sofa reading “Choose Yourself” by James Altucher, and I was partway through the chapter where he talks about how important it is to keep coming up with ideas and to write them down. Just when he suggested writing ten ideas a day, I stopped reading, sat up straight on the sofa, and said out loud, “I have a good idea right now—why do I need ten?” I picked up the phone and called my brother David, the digital media specialist, and said to him, “Hey, let’s put together an online cultural events calendar!”
Very quickly, Black Cultural Events was born. Every city has cultural events calendars, and many of them include black events—this is the twenty-first century, after all. But Black America needs its own comprehensive cultural events website, one for black families, black art lovers, black concert-goers, and black theater-goers, just for black culture lovers overall. We’re starting here, at home, with the wonderful cultural richness of Black Los Angeles. Enjoy!
Meet the team that powers BlackCulturalEvents.com
Co-Founder/Chief Executive Officer
Pamela Ashe-Thomas is co-founder of Black Cultural Events. A psychologist and lifelong Black Culture lover, Pamela searched for cultural events to attend with her Sisterfriend students,a group at California State University, Long Beach.. Frustration with learning about events too late led to the idea to create BlackCulturalEvents.com. With an entrepreneurial spirit but no technology or business background, Pamela is grateful to rely heavily on brother and technology officer, David Ashe and husband Eric Thomas, arts educator.
Co-Founder/Chief Technology Officer
David Ashe has had an extensive career in the digital entertainment industry. Prior to Black Cultural Events, David was embedded via the 10up agency at Microsoft working with the worldwide corporate storytelling division. His clients have included Toyota, Oprah Winfrey Network, FX Networks, Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment and much more. Additionally, he also does Web Project consulting as dash Media Arts.
Chief Operating Officer
Eric Thomas is a General Partner and Chief Operating Officer for BCE Media. As an itinerant theatre arts instructor for the Arts Education Brand of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the veteran music, broadcast and interactive media production executive brings a wealth of experience to the mission of BlackCulturalEvents.com.