2021 Black History Month L.A. events: Virtual celebrations



February is Black Record Thirty day period, and if we learned something in 2020, we’ve received heaps of catching up to do. Good news: pandemic or no pandemic, there are nonetheless a lot of methods in Southern California to celebrate and study, nearly.

If we have skipped an occasion, ship an e mail to jeanette.marantos@latimes.com and we could be able to consist of it. And of class, because we nonetheless live in COVID-uncertain situations, examine the web page to make positive the function has not transformed.

Happening all month

Amanda Gorman executing the poem that made her Inaugural L.A. Youth Poet Laureate in 2014 is just 1 of the a lot of transferring films, pics, historical articles and online talks sponsored by the Los Angeles Public Library throughout African American Background Thirty day period. The relocating movie of Gorman reciting her poem “Neighborhood Anthem” is almost a dance, punctuated by her swish, expressive gestures.

“Still,” a spoken-word efficiency by Javon Johnson about his expertise of staying Black in The usa, carried out at the Pasadena Playhouse and available on-line on Playhouse Reside for $19.99. Sample: Johnson recounts using a trip with his 5-calendar year-previous nephew, and how the boy hides when he sees a police motor vehicle. Johnson tells his nephew not to disguise, but “We equally know the reality is considerably far more elaborate than ‘Do not hide’… We the two know it is not about no matter if or not a shooter is racist it is about how lousy black boys are handled as issues perfectly prior to we’re treated as people today.”

Black Artists + Designers Guild offers the Obsidian Practical experience, a “virtual strategy house” of the upcoming made “as an enlightened way of staying and dwelling” for Black households. The patterns by 23 associates of the Black Artist + Designers Guild will evolve throughout the month at obsidianbybadg.household.

“Who I Am,” a celebration of African American Heritage, is a free Theatre West manufacturing on YouTube that capabilities seven actor-writers sharing their personalized tales and life lessons from mother and father and grandparents, and “what it signifies to be Black in America in the deal with of 2020’s contact to action.” theatrewest.org

The UCLA Library Film & Tv Archive provides L.A. Insurrection, a selection of films produced by African and African American pupils who entered UCLA’s College of Theater, Film and television in the late 1960s and went on to develop a new type of cinema now recognised as the L.A. Rebel. You can perspective early functions of these college students on-line from UCLA’s Project Just one movie assortment. A 3-disc DVD of 25 of their brief movies is also out there for free to archives, libraries and scientists.

Feb. 4
A Zoom dialogue of “Four Hundred Souls: A Community Historical past of African The usa, 1619-2019,” hosted by the California African American Museum from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The e book is described as a series of historical essays, small tales, personalized vignettes and fiery polemics by 90 writers edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, who will go over the works with UCLA Assistant Professor Kyle Mays and Culture of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and John Hopkins College Professor of Historical past Martha Jones throughout this absolutely free dwell celebration. RSVP on line.

Feb. 6
Whitefire Theater provides “Dare to Claim the Sky,” a personal tale about faith, household, depression and self-identification in the experience of systemic racism, created and performed on the net via Vimeo by Sharon Williams from 7 to 8:30 pm. Tickets are $15.99. whitefiretheatre.com

L.A. Moments Tips Exchange with Rebecca Carroll. Black cultural critic Rebecca Carroll, author of “Surviving the White Gaze,” discusses her battle to build an identification as a Black woman in The us following expanding up as the only Black person in her rural — and incredibly white — New Hampshire city. Carroll will be joined by her mate, creator Gabrielle Union and L.A. Moments author Greg Braxton in this are living dialogue on the Los Angeles Instances YouTube channel. Tickets are $5 and $32 (incorporates a copy of Carroll’s guide with a signed bookplate). activities.latimes.com/ideasexchange/

Feb. 9
Bingo with comedienne Angel Gaines combines humor with background from midday to 1 p.m. as a person of various on the net Black Background Month occasions structured by the metropolis of Santa Monica. Tickets for all occasions are no cost, but reservations are necessary. Other on the net events include things like the opening ceremony on Feb. 4 (Rosa Parks Working day) highlighting the history of Santa Monica’s Black neighborhood, author Catherine Adel West looking through and discussing her debut novel “Saving Ruby King,” on Feb. 11 a discussion on Feb. 16 about the history and future art job commemorating Historic Belmar Park, after the centre of Santa Monica’s African American neighborhood an Afro-Pleasure Dance Celebration with dancer Tatiana Zamir on Feb. 18, and the 2nd Celebrating Black Excellence Group Awards on Feb. 25. Data: santamonica.gov

A Zoom dialogue of “Black Diamond Queens,” a history of African American females in rock and roll concerning the 1950s and 1980s by Maureen Mahon, hosted by the California African American Museum from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Panel members consist of Mahon, New York University Professor Daphne Brooks, Yale Professor William R. Kenn, George Washington University Professor Gayle Wald and visible artist Nikita Gale. The occasion is absolutely free, but you have to RSVP to attend.

Feb. 10 & 13
Heartbeat Opera offers a theatrical-digital tune cycle, “Breathing Free” on the web, centered on Beethoven’s only opera, “Fidelio,” as observed through the Black Lives Subject motion, hosted by the Wide Phase in Santa Monica. The on the web performances characteristic 3 singers, a few dancers and 8 instrumentalists in a format envisioned as nine interconnected songs movies carried out at 7 p.m. both equally evenings. Tickets begin at $10 but added donations are requested to assistance the Broad Stage guidance artists and their operate.

Feb. 13
Forest Lawn presents “In Honor of Black Historical past Thirty day period: Preserving Honor & Excellence,” Inspirational music, dance and readings executed stay starting at noon on its Facebook page. forestlawn.com/gatherings/

Feb. 15
Shādee, a 90-minute dramedy, composed, executed and produced by G. Smokey Campbell on the web by using Vimeo about Nick Nile, an harmless activist wrongly imprisoned. Campbell plays 20 people in this enjoy about gentrification and the privatization of prisons, as aspect of Whitefire Theatre’s 10th Solofest. Tickets are $15.99. whitefiretheatre.com

Feb. 18
Writers Quincy Troupe and Erin Aubry Kaplan explore Miles Davis as aspect of the California African American Museum’s exhibition “Men of Change: Electrical power. Triumph. Fact.” honoring influential Black gentlemen these types of as Muhammad Ali, James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, W.E.B. Du Bois, Kendrick Lamar and Davis, whose operates have altered the record and culture of the United States. Kaplan, a contributing writer for the the New York Instances belief website page and former op-ed columnist for the Los Angeles Periods, and Troupe, who collaborated with Davis on “Miles: The Autobiography,” and wrote the memoir “Miles & Me,” discuss Davis’ daily life and new music from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The dialogue is totally free, but you should RSVP for Zoom recommendations.

Feb. 21
2021 Los Angeles Black Historical past Thirty day period Pageant (digital edition)
The fourth Los Angeles Black History Month Competition at Leimart Park, at first scheduled for Feb. 6-7, has been rescheduled because of to COVID-19 to be a livestream event from 4 to 9 p.m. by means of Instagram, Fb, Twitter and YouTube, at the Barbara Morrison Undertaking Arts Centre in Leimert Park Village, in accordance to organizer Myleta Perdomo, who commenced the party with her spouse, Kenrick in 2018. Performers incorporate Ijahken and the Fari Troopers (Conscious Reggae), Voice Rogers (Gospel), Jerri Jhetto (African Fuse). Speakers include Dr. Patricia Adelekan, Aziz, L.A. City Controller Ron Galperin and Donte and JeVonda Wade, authors of “Wade Tremendous Duper Cape.” Info: lablackhistorymonthfestival.com.

Feb. 22
Hip-Hop artist Talib Kweli discusses his memoir “Vibrate Higher: A Rap Tale,” in a totally free Zoom communicate hosted by the California African American Museum from 4 to 5:30 p.m. RSVP for Zoom guidelines.

Feb. 27
Men of Modify: A Therapeutic Circle, the remaining function of the California African American Museum’s celebration of Black History Month, is billed as an “interactive healing circle by and for Black men and masculine-pinpointing individuals,” led by Zen Buddhist Gregory Reimoku Smith, a member of Black Boys OM. The absolutely free workshop incorporates a shorter presentation, guided meditation and dialogue from 2 to 3:30 p.m. RSVP for Zoom guidance.

And beyond…..

March 20 – June 6
Artist Amy Sherald’s to start with West Coastline solo exhibition at Hauser & Wirth’s Arts District advanced in downtown Los Angeles. “The Wonderful American Fact” provides five of is effective from 2020 by the artist renowned for her portrait of previous Initially Woman Michelle Obama for the National Portrait Gallery and the 2020 portrait of Breonna Taylor for Self-importance Truthful. The gallery is presently shut to the community because of to COVID-19, but is functioning on processes to reopen for the exhibition. Information: hauserwirth.com





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