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Why red foods matter for Juneteenth in L.A.

  Symbolizing freedom and power, red foods are traditionally featured in Juneteenth holiday spreads. Here’s where to find them at Los Angeles’ best Black-owned restaurants and markets. The first Juneteenth celebrations were recorded in the state of Texas in 1866, describing family and church gatherings with tablescapes of vibrant summer… Read more »

11 Los Angeles-Area Museum Exhibitions Are Showcasing Works By a Spectrum of Black Artists

  From San Marino to Downtown Los Angeles, Leimert Park and Long Beach, museums are showcasing the work of emerging, mid-career, and historic Black artists. Among the expansive offerings are Afro-Atlantic Histories, a survey of five centuries of art; a Njideka Akuumyili Crosby show organized by Hilton Als; the first… Read more »

Idris Elba Plans to Build Film Studio in Ghana

  Idris Elba is seemingly aiming to become the Tyler Perry of Ghana by building a film studio in the West African country to invest in Ghanaian filmmakers. The British film star visited Ghana recently, where he met with the president of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, at the Jubilee… Read more »

Pasadena’s Getting A Bookstore Named For Sci-Fi Author Octavia Butler

Pasadena is set to get another independent bookstore: Octavia’s Bookshelf. Owner Nikki High said she hopes to highlight authors who are Black, Indigenous, and other people of color. High chose the name as a tribute to Pasadena native, science-fiction author and MacArthur fellow Octavia Butler who died in 2006. Butler… Read more »

Destination Crenshaw to unveil Sankofa Park, the project’s ‘jewel in the crown,’ this fall

  The $100-million, 1.3-mile public art corridor known as Destination Crenshaw — with fundraising led by Issa Rae and DeMar DeRozan — will debut its first phase, Sankofa Park, this fall. The first phase of Destination Crenshaw is speeding toward completion, with a boost in both federal funding and nearly… Read more »