Andraé Crouch, A Gospel Great (1942-2015)

From the Negro spirituals of the slaves, like “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” to the contemporary gospel songs from musical greats like Andraé Crouch’s, “Goin’ up Yonder,” black sacred music is the backbone of African American culture. It created a strong and resilient faith-based foundation for black people. Andraé Crouch, a legendary gospel performer, songwriter, arranger,…

Casino and Game Night Fundraiser

Join the LACCD Black Faculty & Staff Association for its first annual Casino & Game Night!  This event is for the entire LA Community Colleges.  Please come on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. under the South Tent.  There will be Casino games, Black Jack, Poker, Craps, and Roulette.  If you…

President Barak Obama Visits LA Trade Tech

Courtesy of 89.3 KPCC:  The White House statement is rather bland. It says President Obama will speak at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College Thursday to address “the importance of job-driven skills training.” The stop comes amid two fundraisers with ticket prices as high as $32,400. With so many options for a Southern California appearance, why Trade…

Tribute Thursday: Thomas Henry Peterson, First African American Voter

Today’s Tribute Thursday goes to Thomas Mundy Peterson (October 6, 1824 – February 4, 1904) of Perth Amboy, New Jersey.  He was the first African-American to vote in an election under the just-enacted provisions of the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution. His vote was cast on March 31, 1870. Thomas Mundy Peterson was…

Celebrating Juneteenth

Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day, Freedom Day, or Emancipation Day, is a holiday in the United States that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas in 1865, and more generally the emancipation of African-American citizens throughout the United States. It was on June 19th, that the Union…

Dedication to Black Fathers

“In daddy’s arms, I am tall…”  Happy Father’s Day 2014 to all of our strong Black Brotha’s.  May today and all the days to come be blessed with love, faith, patience, understanding and joy.  Know in your heart that you are appreciated and loved.  There is no replacement for you.  Ever.   Stay strong. This song,…

Juneteenth Celebrations Around Town

Leimert Park: From Leimert Park Beat:  Remember the fun we had last year?  Well it’s time to do it again.  The Juneteenth Heritage Festival rolls into Leimert Park June 14 & 15, 10am to 6pm each day. Lots of fun for the whole family.  Admission is FREE – Come on out and celebrate freedom. Enjoy two…

California Red Tails to Fly Over Allensworth for Juneteenth Celebration

Colonel Allensworth State Historical Park is the only California town to be founded, financed and governed by African Americans.  On June 14, from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Friends of Allensworth will host its annual Juneteenth celebration. When: Saturday, June 14, 2014 Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Where: Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park Juneteenth is the…