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?


Dynamic Weekend – July 30th & 31st


Los Angeles! You  have two events to look forward to this weekend. Please support me and my husband’s quest to serve our community with our talent, and enriched products. First up….ME!

I have honor of joining the dynamic artist and poet Jaha Zainabu for a special art show and July’s edition of RED STORIES 7 this Saturday evening…

“Jaha Zainabu & Shay Fresh Art Show ” will be held from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm and RED STORIES is from 7pm-10pm

Come join us at Vibrations 2435 Manchester, Inglewood (near Van Ness). $10 gets you in for a good time!

Now that your Saturday is locked in, let’s get to Sunday evening:


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!)