Where to Celebrate Black History Month 2014 in Los Angeles

Posted by Billy Gil, January 31, 2014 07:12pm | Post a Comment

February is Black History Month, and we’re celebrating with events around town. Below is a list of events taking place around Los Angeles this February.


Saturday Feb. 1 - Eyes On The Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 – AC Bilbrew Library (150 E. El Segundo Blvd.) - 1 p.m.

The AC Bilbrew Library  has a number of Black History events this month, starting with this film screening of Eyes on the Prize.


Sunday Feb. 2 – Target Sundays at CAAM 600 State Dr. - 1-5 p.m.

If you haven’t yet been to the Contempoary African American Museum, this might be a good reason to go. CAAM, as it is also known, kicks off BHM with a celebration of achievements in history, art and culture with live performances and an art workshop.


Monday Feb. 3 – Moses Sumney – Bardot Hollywood – 9 p.m.

Experimental soul-folk artist Moses Sumney takes the stage at Bardot Hollywood.


Tuesday Feb. 4 – The Bots – Bootleg Theater – 8 p.m.

This free show features youthful brotherly Afropunk band The Bots.


Wednesday Feb. 5 - Coleman Memorial Lecture: 'Africans in China' - 11360 Young Research Library (UCLA) – 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Adams Bodomo, professor of African studies at Austria's University of Vienna, discusses contemporary Africa–China relations as more and more Africans visit and settle in China.


Thursday Feb. 6 - 'Race and Hollywood' Symposium - Bunche Library and Media Center, Haines Hall 135 (UCLA) - 12–1 p.m.

The UCLA Bunche Center discusses findings on its study of Hollywood diversity (or the lack thereof).


Friday Feb. 7 – Dam Funk at Amoeba Hollywood – 8 p.m.

Catch L.A.-based electro-funk dude Dam-Funk at Amoeba Hollywood for this free show!


Sunday Feb. 9 – Carter G. Woodson African American History Series, 2014 “Then and Now” – CAAM - 2 p.m.

Aja Brown is Compton’s current (and at 31, the youngest ever) mayor, winning the mayoral election in 2013 by a landslide against an incumbent as well as a former mayor. She visits the Contemporary African American Museum for a discussion on how previous leaders informed her politics as well as what her public service goals are. RSVP at (213) 744-2024.


Sunday Feb. 9 – Afro Latin Ensemble – Autry National Center 4700 Western Heritage Way – 7 p.m. ($10)

Catch live Afro Latin music at the Autry Museum.


Feb. 14-16 – James Brown: Get on the Good Foot, A Celebration in Dance – Ahmanson Theater, The Music Center 135 N. Grand Ave.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day Weekend, Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center and The Apollo Theater present this show, with original dance and a musical score composed of classic James Brown music, plus original pieces.


Saturday Feb. 15 – Lecture: The Southern Migration West, California – CAAm - 2 p.m.

In this discussion, Dr. Angela James, Associate Professor of African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University, will go through African American migration from the South to Los Angeles, and how that migration has affected the city. RSVP at (213) 744-2024.


Sunday Feb. 16 – Carter G. Woodson African American History Series, 2014 “Then and Now” Black Power, Soul Power, Word Power – CAAM - 2 p.m.

This discussion explores the poetry of “Black Power” and “Black Pride” of the 1960s and ’70s and its influence on contemporary spoken word poetry, featuring HBO Def Poetry Jam’s Ise Lyfe. RSVP at (213) 744-2024.


Tuesday Feb. 18 - Panel Discussion: 'How Can We Make Higher Education More Inclusive?' - Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 South Grand Ave. - 7:30 p.m.

A panel discussion exploring what can be done to bring more underrepresented minorities to American universities, including Youlonda Copeland-Morgan, UCLA’s associate vice chancellor for enrollment management; Michele Siqueiros, executive director of the Campaign for College Opportunity; and Richard D. Kahlenberg, a senior fellow with the Century Foundation; with Los Angeles Times reporter Kurt Streeter moderating. Presented by UCLA and Zócalo Public Square as part of the "Thinking L.A." forum.


Thursday Feb. 20 - 'Images of Blackness' Film Series - Bunche Library and Media Center, Haines 135 (UCLA) -12–1 p.m.

Featuring Lena Waithe, writer–producer of the Web series "Sh*t Black Girls Say" and upcoming pilot "Twenties," and Justin Simien, producer/writer/director behind Dear White People, premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.


Thursday Feb. 20 – B.B. King – Canyon Club 28912 Roadside Dr. – 9 p.m. ($89 and up)

Blues legend B.B. King takes to the Agoura Hills Canyon Club.


Sunday, February 23 – Carter G. Woodson African American History Series, 2014 “Then and Now” Institutional Power: The National Action Network and Media Advocacy – CAAM - 12 p.m.

Rev. K.W. Tulloss leads a discussion on civil rights organizations through the lens of social media, covering the National Action Network and its role in contemporary community activism. RSVP at (213) 744-2024.


Thursday Feb. 27 - 'Fade: The Art of Aging' - Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd. - 7:30 p.m.

A lecture with Betye Saar, who has had solo exhibitions at the Studio Museum, SF MOMA AND Whitney Museum, as well as the Hammer Museum’s  "Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980.” Sponsored by the UCLA Department of Art.


Through March 2 - Double Fortune, Double Trouble: Art for Twins Among the Yoruba – Fowler Museum at UCLA

An exhibition on “two-ness” in Yoruba art with more than 250 carved-wood twin memorial figures. The Yoruba live in Southwestern Nigeria, as well as Togo and Benin, and have one of the highest rates of twin birth in the world.


Anything we missed? Leave a comment and let us know!

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