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People of all ages come together to clean up the neighborhood. Photos by Jason Lewis

News

The neighborhood council which presides over View Heights, Angeles Mesa, and Hyde Park will host a planning meeting on May 12 at Dulan’s on Crenshaw.

Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson presents Destination Crenshaw to community members at The Museum of African American Art on the third floor of Macy’s at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. Photo by Jason Lewis

News

“…We can take this desire, this need, and this necessity at this moment in history, the necessity to tell our story, to document our story, but also to mark our territory forever.” -Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson

Photo by Jason Lewis

News

The memorial is at the highest point of the park, overlooking the city.

Senator Kamala Harris with actors Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Jussie Smollett. Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. which Harris is a member of, are holding signs behind them. Photo by Jason Lewis

News

Photos from the Kingdom Day Parade, the Freedom Fest, and MLK Jr. Day Celebration at the California African American Museum.

Titus Pittman is one of the Williams brothers young stars. Photos by Jason Lewis

Sports

Fred and Richard Williams, who trained the Williams sisters as children, are grooming future tennis stars at Rancho Cienega Sports Complex.

Speed coach Christopher Mack trains many of his young athletes at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Rancho Cienega Sports Complete. Photo by Jason Lewis

Sports

Coach Mack has sent more than 50 high school athletes to college by dramatically increasing their speed.

Photos by Jason Lewis

Sports

The program has teams for beginners and advanced players.

A strong work ethic has allowed Blake Shepherd to excel on the track and in the classroom, where he has a 4.86 GPA. Photos by Jason Lewis

Sports

The Baldwin Hills resident sports a 4.86 grade point average while blazing a trail on the track.

Glen Ivy Hot Springs has 19 pools, two saunas, a mud bath and an underground grotto. Photos by Jason Lewis

Travel

Spas, wine, and relaxation are just a short trip down the 15 Freeway.

Many travelers hit the slopes at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. Photos by Jason Lewis

Travel

Skiing and snowboarding are the main attractions, but this winter resort town has a lot more than that to offer.

Lounging by the pool all day at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa is a great way to spend the day. The resort also has a golf course, tennis court, spa, and restaurants. Photos by Jason Lewis

Travel

Palm Springs and Palm Desert offers relaxation with luxury resorts, spas, fine dining, shopping, and attractions.

Resort life is amazing. Swimming pools, beaches, spas, and a carefree lifestyle. Photo taken at the Riu Palace in Montego Bay. Photos by Jason Lewis

Travel

Jamaica gets you from A to ‘all right’ with luxury all-inclusive resorts, adventurous nature tours, and rich culture.  

Ade Neff sells and repairs bicycles in Leimert Park Village. Photos by Jason Lewis

Fitness

This co-op performs repairs, assists people in repairing their own bikes, and sells new bicycles.

The View Park-Windsor Hills health center promotes physical activity, mental health, and spiritual awareness.  

This form of martial arts teaches people how to defend themselves, and gets them into incredible shape. Photo by Jason Lewis

Fitness

“Through this fist style one gains long life and happiness.”

There are two ways to the top. The dirt trails that loop around the hill, or the more direct route; straight up the Culver City Stairs. Photo by Jason Lewis

Fitness

The park has a mile-long hiking trail and is the home of the infamous Culver City Stairs.

Photo by Rich Laru

Entertainment

Glass is using advanced technology to stay ahead of the
competition in the film industry.

Filmmaker Jacquil Constant is of Haitian decent, and he created “Haiti is a Nation of Artists” to change the narrative of the country. Photos by Jason Lewis

Entertainment

The filmmaker created the Haiti International Film Festival to showcase the best that his people have to offer.

Issa Rae being interviewed by Emile Ennis Jr. in front of a large crowd at Macy’s in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. Photos by Jason Lewis

Entertainment

The “Insecure” director, producer, and actress talks about the success Blacks are having in film; the backlash she received for saying, “I’m rooting for everybody Black;” and she gives advice to young filmmakers.

PAFF Executive Director Ayoku Babu, Alfre Woodard, and Danny Glover. Babu and Glover created the festival along with Ja’net Dubois in 1992. Photo by Venus Bernardo

Entertainment

The festival features films from around the world, an art fest, and film networking events.

Shanita Nicholas and Ashley Newby of Sip & Sonder. Photos by Jason Lewis

Community

This creative space brings together artist, musicians, entrepreneurs, and community members from all walks of life.

(R-L) Local community members Kathy Guyton, Patricia Diggs, Jamal Jones, and L.A. Standard Newspaper publisher Jason Lewis discuss community issues at Morris Media Studios in Leimert Park.

Community

The podcast is designed to discuss issues that affect South Los Angeles communities.

Photos by Amir Medina

Community

Hyde Park, Angeles Mesa, and View Heights are all a part of the Park Mesa Heights Neighborhood Council.

The couple were married at the Rose Garden in Exposition Park.

Union Bank’s community banker Jessica F. Vielmas discusses financial matters with a customer. Photo by Jason Lewis

Business

This financial education center offers one-on-one consulting, and can direct clients to over 70 social organizations.

Mark Robertson talks business at West Angeles Church. Photos by Jason Lewis

Business

Pacific Coast Regional CEO Mark Robertson expressed that we need to support our own at West Angeles Church of God in Christ’s Super Saturday event.

Photo by Jason Lewis

Business

The Crenshaw Boulevard and 66th Street location is the first Papa John’s in South Los Angeles.

Felicia "The Poetess" Morris has worked in the radio business for nearly 30 years, which includes stints with 92.3 The Beat and Jamie Foxx’s “The Foxx Hole.” Photos by Jason Lewis

Business

The Internet radio and podcast studio, located on Crenshaw Blvd. and 43rd Street, helps locals broadcast their messages to the masses.

The fraternity will host a career fair and youth programs that will be open to the public, as well as a golf tournament and various social events. May 3-6.

A Sigma Gamma Rho member helps a student during a coding workshop at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering. Photo by Jason Lewis

Education

SGRho chapters in Los Angeles, Inglewood, Culver City, Compton, and Santa Monica impact the lives of middle school and high school girls.

Political Science professor Marla Parker teaches Cal State L.A. students to start businesses that will improve their communities. Photo by Jason Lewis

Education

The university hosted the Civic and Social Entrepreneurship Summit, where students presented business plans to improve their communities.  

Dorsey students learn discipline while performing physical training that is administered by the Stentorians. Photos by Jason Lewis

Education

The African American firefighters association introduces Dorsey students to careers in the fire department.

Jae Simpson works with novices during the monthly meetings. Many first timers have never fired a weapon. Photo by Jason Lewis

Politics

The Bobby Seale Gun and Rifle Club, which meets monthly at the LAX Firing Range in Inglewood, promotes gun awareness and safety while distancing themselves from anti-government gun organizations.

Donald Trump won the election and is in office, so many people have questioned the purpose of protesting.

Measure HHH passed in November to build housing for the homeless; Measure H on the March ballot is needed to pay for services.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters. Photo by Jason Lewis

Politics

Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Congresswoman Karen Bass, and Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas met with 150 concerned community members.

Rebecca Opong, who is from Ghana, opened African Image Beauty Supply and Salon in 1987. The store sells products for both men and women. Photo by Jason Lewis

Lifestyle

This Black-owned beauty supply store on Western Ave. and Washington Blvd. has products for men and women, and serves as a cultural center.  

Head Wraps at the Park featured workshops that taught women how to properly put on the garment. Photos by Jason Lewis

Lifestyle

The natural hair community came together to show off the beauty of head wraps.

The View Park-Windsor Hills boutique makes original pieces for men, women, and children.

Tuanni Price gives a wine tutorial at a luncheon. Photo by Jason Lewis

Lifestyle

“Wine is a really beautiful beverage.  There is a lot of artwork that goes into making it.” -Tuanni Price, owner of Zuri Wine Tasting & Tours

LAPD officer Marcus Whitehead typically walks with community members around Harvard Park, but he also helps coach the baseball teams. Photos by Jason Lewis

Health

Community S.T.E.P.S. program builds a healthy relationship between the community and the LAPD.

Chef Bryce Fluellen teaches children how certain foods can lead to heart disease and diabetes, and then he teaches them how to prepare their favorite dishes in a healthy manner. Photos by Jason Lewis

Health

Through the American Heart Association’s Kids Cook with Heart program, Chef Bryce Fluellen has taught roughly 2,500 children the benefits of eating healthy.

California Greenworks founder and CEO Mike Meador helped plant 31 Evergreen Pear trees along Hyde Park Blvd. Photo by Jason Lewis

Health

The nonprofit organization is beautifying the area while making the air clearer.   

The American Heart Foundation recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week. That can be achieved at Harvard Park. Photos by Jason Lewis

Health

The launch celebration also featured the expansion of the Community Safety Partnership with the LAPD.

Billy McCoy leads a jazz workshop at The World Stage in Leimert Park. Photo by Amir Medina

Performing Arts

Ethnomusicologist Billy McCoy discusses the weekly music workshops in Leimert Park.

Drum performances - some planned, some impromptu - occur on Degnan Blvd. and in the park. Photos by Jason Lewis

Performing Arts

Leimert Park Village is the music mecca of South Los Angeles, featuring jazz, blues, soul, gospel, R&B, and hip hop.

This free performing arts program in Leimert Park instructs children in music, dance, theater, and film.

J3 Collection

Art

Justin Jackson’s photography portfolio has been heavily influenced by African American music and culture.

This cultural art center in Arlington Heights features paintings, film screenings, lectures, dance performances, and yoga classes.

The exhibit examines how housing restrictions, police brutality, and other incidents led to the 1992 uprising.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by surrounding yourself with art, culture, and community.

Photo by Jason Lewis

Food

This Inglewood urban eatery has been serving the community for nearly 34 years.

Black-owned food tucks line 43rd Street in Leimert Park. Photos by Jason Lewis

Food

The Billionaire Burger Boyz and Happy Ice L.A. bring this festival-type event to South Los Angeles every second Friday night of the month, 6pm-10pm.  

Angela Means cooks the food and takes photos with customers. Photos by Jason Lewis

Food

Means, best known for portraying Felicia in the film “Friday,” serves tacos, burritos, and bowls with soul food ingredients at Jackfruit Cafe.

Grilled Fraiche specializes in grilled chicken, grilled salmon, and grilled shrimp with sides of brown rice, jasmine rice, grilled vegetables, and mixed greens. Photos by Jason Lewis

Food

Edwin “Chef E Dubble” Redway and Marshawn “Peace & Love” Williams are giving their community a healthy food option.