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A Taste of Santa Monica, California

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DID YOU KNOW THESE FACTS ABOUT SANTA MONICA?

  1. Santa Monica is a city in western Los Angeles County, California, US. Situated on Santa Monica Bay. The Census Bureau 2010 population for Santa Monica is 89,736. Santa Monica is named for Saint Monica of Hippo because the area on which the city is now located was first visited by Spaniards on her feast day.

  2. Because of its agreeable climate, Santa Monica had become a famed resort town by the early 20th century. The city has experienced a boom since the late 1980s through the revitalization of its downtown core with significant job growth and increased tourism.

  3. Around town:  Santa Monica has three shopping districts, Montana Avenue on the north side of the city, the Downtown District in the city's core, and Main Street on the south end of the city. Each of these districts has its own unique feel and personality. Montana Avenue is a stretch of boutique stores, restaurants, and small offices that generally features more upscale shopping. The Main Street district offers an eclectic mix of clothing, restaurants, and other specialty retail.

  4. Ink Well Beach:  A section of the beach was referred to as "Ink Well" and "Negro Beach" in the early 20th century when it was one of the few areas in California where African Americans were allowed to enjoy beach access in a largely segregated society. Other areas for blacks were Bruce's Beach in Manhattan Beach and the Pacific Beach Club in Orange County. Nick Gabaldon, one of the first black surfers in California, lived in Santa Monica, and used the 200 foot roped off stretch of beach demarcated for blacks. He died after crashing into the Malibu Pier.

  5. Climate:  Classified as a moderate Mediterranean climate, Santa Monica enjoys an average of 310 days of sunshine a year. Because of its location, nestled on the vast and open Santa Monica Bay, morning fog is a common phenomenon in May, June and early July (caused by ocean temperature variations and currents). Locals have a particular terminology for this phenomenon: the "May Gray" and the "June Gloom". Overcast skies are common for June mornings, but usually the strong sun burns the fog off by noon. Nonetheless, it will sometimes stay cloudy and cool all day during June, even as other parts of the Los Angeles area enjoy sunny skies and warmer temperatures. At times, the sun can be shining east of 20th Street, while the beach area is overcast. As a general rule, the beach temperature is from 5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit (3 to 6 degrees Celsius) cooler than it is inland.

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Demographics of Santa Monica, California

By Race

White

Black

Native American

Asian

Hispanic

Total Population

71.9%

3.8%

1.1%

4.1%

13.4%

Because Hispanics could be counted in other races, the totals above could possibly be more than 100%. If you would like a detailed listing of all ethnic groups in the U.S., please Click Here.

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Ruskin Group Theatre

Winning the BEST PLAY Award from the New York Drama Critics' Circle, A RAISIN IN THE SUN" made history when it opened in 1959. The setting is the Younger household in the Washington Park Subdivision of Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood, and involves the family members' struggle to achieve their individual dreams and potential despite challenges of a system that seems built to thwart them.

Ruskin Group Theatre will present a new production of Lorraine Hansberry's classic play, directed by Tony Award nominated Lita Gaithers Owens and featuring the Tony Award nominated actress Starletta DuPois, one of the stars of the acclaimed American Playhouse film version.

Lorraine Hansberry was the first black playwright to have her work produced on Broadway and the youngest American to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. The title of the play comes from a Langston Hughes poem entitled "Harlem," also known as "A Dream Deferred."

Tony nominated Lita Gaithers Owens directs an award-winning cast. She is the co-author of the Broadway musical, It Ain't Nothin But the Blues, which opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre in Lincoln Center, and was nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Musical of 1999. She was co-founder/director of the multi-racial, Friendship Choir that performed with Celine Dion, Dianne Reeves, Luther Vandross, Gloria Estefan, Michael Bolton, Nelson Mandela, and for former President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy. At the personal request of Bill Cosby, the choir also had the privilege of appearing in the Story Teller episode of The Cosby Show with Mavis Staples. Most recently, she contributed to the book Soul Sisters by Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, which consists of uplifting personal stories and prayers designed to encourage the reader during challenging life experiences.

"Lorraine Hansberry has given the world a priceless jewel in the writing of this timeless play," said Ms. Owens. "From the moment it premiered it offered insight on the plight of African Americans in urban cities, and it continues to speak to the racial issues that are facing our country today. The 'American Dream,' for some in this nation, comes after enormous perseverance and tenacity. But for many, it simply doesn't come at all. So, what can be discovered by taking a look from the view of those who get weary while waiting on the manifestation of their dream Perhaps, by experiencing this play, it takes us on a journey of personal discovery and enlightenment which leads us to a path of a clearer understanding of the importance of social justice and equality through the power of love for one another. Starletta DuPois will play Lena "Mama Younger.

She appeared in the premiere of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson, directed by Lloyd Richards, in which she created the role of Bernice, and numerous productions of A Raisin in the Sun that have allowed her to play all three major female roles in Ms. Hansberry's play. Her most enduring performance was as Ruth, in the 1989 American Playhousefilm version based on the Roundabout staging, and earned her the NAACP Image Award. The cast included Danny Glover, Esther Rolle, and Kim Yancey. In December 2009 she played Lena Younger at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, England, garnering another Best Actress Award. Additional theatre credits include award-winning performances in St. Louis Black Rep's Intimate Apparel, King Hedley II and Before it Hits Home, as well as productions of Richard Wesley's The Mighty Gents, for which she received a Tony nomination, and Miss Evers' Boys, which earned an NAACP Image Award nomination. Ms.DuPois received the Eternity Award from the L.A. Women's Theatre Festival and the Living Legend Award from the National Black Theatre Festival.

A true gift at this point in my career is having experienced the life of this play through three extraordinary women characters that the playwright created. "I am always amazed how every time I read the script I glean something else. The challenge in this particular role is that Mama's character is written in patois, and I want to stay true to the language that Lorraine wrote. - Starletta DuPois; Lena Mama Younger

This award-winning cast also includes Redaric Williams, Charlotte Williams, Angelle Brooks, Jaden Martin, Mohirah Hall, Kristian Kordula, Josh Drennen, and Jarard Kings

The production team includes John Ruskin and Michael Myers (Producers), Mike Reilly (Production Manager/Lighting Designer), Ryan Wilson (Set Design), Sarah Figoten Wilson (Costume Design), Chip Bolcik (Sound Design), Eric Barron (Set Dressing and Props), Paul Ruddy (Casting) and Nicole Millar (Stage Manager).

A Raisin in the Sun opens on Friday, July 22 and runs through Saturday, September 17, 2016 with performances at the Ruskin Group Theatre at 3000 Airport Avenue, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25, with discounts for students, seniors, and groups. For tickets and information call 310-397-3244 or visit www.ruskingrouptheatre.com.

Ruskin Group Theatre on Twitter: @ruskingroupthtr and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/

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#BlackTwitter: Using Social Media to Drive Social Change

Social Media Week has emerged as an opportunity to highlight how social media is changing business, society, and culture. This year, Social Media Week Los Angeles will highlight The Invisible Hand: Hidden Forces of Technology (and How We Can Harness It For Good). In conjunction with this year's theme, The Law Office of Jaia Thomas will be presenting a panel discussion titled, #BlackTwitter: Using Social Media to Drive Social Change.

From #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite and #BlackGirlMagic, Black Twitter has spearheaded dialogues on countless issues affecting the black community. This panel will primarily focus on how to launch a successful Twitter campaign and how to use these campaigns to effectuate change. Panelists include: Bryan Smiley (Digital Media Consultant), April Reign (Pioneer of #Oscarssowhite), Xavier Burgin (Filmmaker), and Brian Walker (Color of Change). Jaia Thomas, a sports and entertainment attorney and professor at UCLA, will moderate the discussion.

The event is open to the public and registration is free.

June 6-10 2016

http://socialmediaweek.org/losangeles/events/blacktwitter-using-social-media-drive-social-change/

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Lora Schlesinger Gallery

- Raymond Saunders "Recent Works" -

In the process of painting, for the one thing that someone sees, there are innumerable things that they never see

Raymond Saunders has been an important presence in American Contemporary Art for over 50 years. Frequently compared to Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Raymond Saunder's voice has remained unclassifiable and singular. Unique in its expression, within each piece his voice is heard in dialogue with itself; like a freestyle jazz session where various instruments interact and respond with chance and intention, with rawness, and control.

His predominantly black paintings combine energetic and dissonant mixtures of drawing, collage, assemblage and gestural bursts of paint. The personal scribbles, found objects, and enigmatic symbols are as revealing about his working methods, as they are subtle in encoding messages about politics, race and his life experiences as an African American artist. The dramatic black backgrounds provide a dark pictorial space reminiscent of blackboards. Knowledge and information is recorded with delicate white chalk-like lines that speak quietly against found objects and images, constructing narratives that push and pull in different directions frequently loaded with double meanings.

Despite the use of disparate elements, the arrangements are unexpectedly elegant. They are a poetic depiction of what it is like to live in an urban city with a vast array of materials utilized in creating one's identity. These carefully chosen materials once discarded by society, are reused by Raymond to compose lyrically engaged and wise works of art that dismantle cultural hierarchies and improvise with high and low.

Raymond Saunders studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania, earning a B.F.A at Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1960. In 1961, he received a M.F.A. from California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. Saunders has received multiple awards such as the Prix de Rome, 1964-1966, and the National Endowment for the Arts Award in 1977 and 1984, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1976. His work is held in numerous collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Raymond Saunders exhibition Recent Work will be his 10th solo exhibition with Lora Schlesinger Gallery. The Exhibition opens on September 5th and is on view through October 10th.

The opening reception with the artist will be held on Saturday, September 12th from 5 - 7 pm.

The gallery is located in the Bergamot Station Art Center,

2525 Michigan Avenue ,B5b, Santa Monica.

For additional information please call (310) 828-1133, view our website at www.loraschlesinger.com, or e- mail: gallery@loraschlesinger.com.

CONTACT: Lora Schlesinger or Stephanie Mercado

GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday Fridays 10:00 - 5:30 p.m., Saturdays 11:00 - 5:30 p.m.

http://www.loraschlesinger.com/index.html

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Famous Blacks from Santa Monica, California

     
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Businesses in Santa Monica, California


A small percentage of the businesses listed on BlackCityInfo.com may not necessarily be black owned and operated but have received favorable reviews from users who have visited the establishment, or from the owners themselves who warmly seek out African American patronage.


BEAUTY CARE - HAIR SALONS - MULTICULTURAL

  1. Ouidad Salon -  Category: Hair Salons -   1230 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403-1778 (310) 393-3542 - (visit website)

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AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE

  1. M. Hanks Gallery -  Category: Black Art Gallery - REVIEW: "This gallery exhibits works of renowned & emerging artists of color. I passed by here frequently when I lived nearby & never failed to be impressed." - 3008 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (310) 392-8820 - (visit website)

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DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD

  1. Bubba Gump Shrimp Company -  Category: Seafood, American and Southern & Soul -   301 Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310) 393-0458  - (visit website)

  2. Cajun & Grill -  Category: Cajun -   395 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, 90401 (310) 393-2088

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CITY VIDEO CONNECTION


Surfing documentary "Soul on a Wave" footage of Plaque Dedication in Santa Monica at "Inkwell" beach. Santa Monica dedicates plaque to tribute west coast first documented black surfer Nick Gabaldon. Dedication day same as super Tuesday Feb. 2008 as spoken by Hill Harper on the parallel between Barack Obama and surfing, now President Barack Obama.

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CHURCHES



  1. Calvary Baptist Church -  1502 20th St, Santa Monica, CA 90404 (310) 829-3291

  2. Greater Morning Star Baptist -  1973 17th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404-4701 (310) 450-1168

  3. Phillips Chapel CME Church -  2001 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (310) 396-6027

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ENTERTAINMENT



  1. Zanzibar -  Category: Entertainment -  DJs, dance floor, live music   - 1301 5th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401  - (visit website)

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