Events, Events, and Mo’ Events: Los Angeles

Whenever someone asks, “What’s there to do in LA?”, I feel a surge of 10 resources jam my brain circuits. As I said to a fellow Facebook acquaintance in regards to living in Los Angeles, “It’s great, when you know where to go and what to do that is in alignment with who you are and what you aspire to be.”

With that said, here are some upcoming events in Los Angeles that I feel you should a) be aware of, and b) should attend. If you cannot attend any of these events, or even if you do plan to attend, please invite your folks!

Thursday, August 25th: Sankofa’s Word 2-Year Anniversary

A celebratory edition featuring artists of various mediums – poetry, music, art.
Lotus on the Nile Wellness Center
4307 Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
$5 admission

Sunday, September 25th: Hip Hop Androids, Artistic Clones & the Portal of Artificial Intelligence

Author and Lecturer Sadiki Bakari presents another powerful visual presentation and dialogue about a very relevant topic of this time.
KRST Unity Center

7825 S. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
Free – All ages welcome

Friday, September 9th: Is Computer Software the New God Information Explosion!

Sadiki Bakari presents a visual lecture and book signing for “Is Computer Software the New God: Cyber Consciousness and Cybernetics in the Epoch of Spiritual Transmigration Interface”. Lots of information, lots of good energy!
AFIBA Center

5730 Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
Free – All ages welcome

Any community-related events in LA that we should be aware of?


Doing Something Different…


It’s overwhelming when your task list looks more like a how-to guide to seek insanity. Let’s not even start on internet distractions (including that Osama madness) that keeps us up loooooong past bedtime. One website link to another….and another…most recent Facebook posts, Twitter, oh my. Raise your hand if you are reading this and have 5 other webpages behind this one (or page tabs for my beloved MAC users).

For all my self-taught folks of the entrepreneur status, have you done so much, and felt like you’ve done nothing at all? Google “productivity”, and you’re thrown in the bowels of blogs, websites, ebooks, Amazon listings for anything and everything productivity advice related. Too much, I say.

So why the constant head-butting with the “too much to handle and don’t know where to start or stop” blues? Me-thinks it’s probably because we are looking for the same information, doing the same sort of things to get things done, same tactics to help us stay motivated. And here’s a thought on motivation: that’s a means to help you do something that you really don’t have the passion or even interest in. Motivational Speakers are to help you stay…..well, motivated. But why does it take someone else to kick you in the backside to get you going? Did you attend a 4 hour long workshop to get you motivated to eat that chilli cheese hot dog or buy that expensive new car? Nope. We do what we desire to do, and we know it! When you start looking for “motivators” to keep you on track (or to get back on), that should be your first clue that you’re losing interest, and may want to investigate if that’s the strategy or avenue of execution for you.

What about Inspiration? It’s a means to give your creative spirit ideas to create, start, or manifest something. A bit different from motivation, yes? Raise your hand if you’ve heard plenty of people say that they need motivation to start a business, and have yet to even brainstorm ideas for one. Raise your hand if you’re one of those people! Now, what happens when they see or read a story of someone who has started their own business despite their shortcomings, obstacles, or personal faults that resonate with their own issues?  Inspiration! And a lot of inspiring people were inspired by someone else.

What’s my point in all this? Not sure, but I think this is my idea: just do something different, read different things, go different places, converse with different people, and let’s see what happens. I need to add this to my task list.

p.s. if this post was even slightly inspiring to you, please purchase my book BLACK LOVE: Challenging the Status Quo!

Inspiration, Shoes, and a Lesson in Customer Service


Yesterday was a creative ‘slump’ for me, as juggling too many things without taking a break can stifle the creative flow at times. I received an email from a fashion accessory artisan who creates work that gives me chills (in a positive context). Excellent source of inspiration. Heard of Peace Images?

After managing inbound/outbound emails, I decided to get outside, get some air, and run some errands. What an amazing choice that was. Here’s the scoop:

I (finally) made the visit to Charli Shoe Boutique in the “Pico Village” (the district between Fairfax and La Brea), and I must say that I am absolutely impressed. Having heard of this store through a Facebook friend’s post a long time ago, I was excited about a Black-owned shoe business that have people posting their praises on their profile status (and you know posting statuses is a sacred act for many).  Ladies, if you’re shoe fan (or your woman is a shoe fan)….GO VISIT CHARLI SHOE BOUTIQUE.

If you saw the shopping bag she handed me (with giftbag tissue and decorative straw ribbon), you’d thought I dropped $1,300 on some 2011 Spring wedges, when actually I only spent $10 on some cute sandals. She added quarters in my parking meter, so that I could visit a new stationary, event planning and gift boutique next door (birthday cards – check!). Amazing customer service and personality, I tell ya. Please patronize her store, and tell her Shay sent you!

Charli – Shoes and Accessories
5565 W. Pico Blvd.
LA, CA 90019
p. 323.964.9744

And while you’re there…

Cordially Invited/Party Paper Wrap
5571 W. Pico Blvd. (next door to Charli)
LA, CA 90019
p. 323.931.0200
(pssst…there’s a cupcake shop inside…let me know if they have vegan options!)