The Break – The Orlando Nightclub Massacre Pt.2

In this episode KC, Chris, Tash, Leisha, Shelby, Troy, Nicole and E. Green (from the Hip Hop Digest Show) continue their conversation about the Orlando nightclub shooting. They talk about homophobia in the black community, acceptance, how Donald Trump is a hypnotist, access to guns and more.

Music: AbJo – Introspection

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The Break – Standards (Throwback)

In this throwback episode KC, Chris, Tash, Toria, Wood & Sean discuss skepticism about black statistics, thumb activism, and having a set of standards for our community.

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LA EVENTS: Angel City Derby: A Day at the Races

CLIMB Inc. cordially invites you to Santa Anita Park for its spring fundraiser offering, the 3rd Annual Angel City Derby: Day at the Races, sponsored by City National Bank. With influence from the world renowned “Kentucky Derby”, CLIMB hosts a fun filled day designed for networking, fashion, style, and support of a worthy cause: our very own community. Tickets start at $35

Angel City Derby encourages (read: require) guests and CLIMB supporters to come dressed to impress, allowing yourself to embrace the Kentucky Derby theme and arrive in style and class. The Angel City Derby affair will be comprised of:

Complimentary Hors D’oeuvresGood MusicRaffle PrizesHorse Races (10), Gift BagsBest Dressed Contest,Best Female Hat Contest, and many more accents that will enhance the experience of our distinguished guests.

April 12, 2013
Santa Anita Park
285 W. Huntington Dr.
Arcadia, CA 91007
Enter & Park at Gate 6

C.L.I.M.B. Inc was established in 2005, CLIMB, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) community based non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, California with a mission to develop underserved youth to recognize their innate ability and potential to be competitive collegiate participants, stewards of their community, and effective global leaders.

Learn more about C.L.I.M.B. Inc. here

PODCAST: Homosexuality In The Black Community

Listen in as KC and the family discuss homosexuality in the Black community. Guests include Chris Lehman, Toria Williams, John C. Byrd III of Sickly Cat Magazine, Obinna Obijiaku, Craig Stewart, John and Triawna Wood, and Ivy Lindsey. Feel free to call our new hotline and leave a message about today’s show! You can reach us at (323) 455-4219!


America Recovering, But Blacks Take Turn For The Worst

Taken from Our Weekly:

Economists say the recession is over. Recent national job reports illustrate an upward climb to the recovery. Yet these accomplishments have not effectively reached the urban communities of color—neither Black nor Hispanic.

This is according to the National Urban League’s 2011 “State of Black America” (SOBA) released recently. To combat this painful State of Black America in 2011, the NUL has declared a war on unemployment.

“With overall unemployment now at 8.9 percent and 13.7 million people still out of work …the recovery has yet to make a significant visit to communities of color,” said Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League (NUL).

Since 1987, the NUL has published its comprehensive publication, “The State of Black America,” to address what members, analysts and specialists see as the major issue affecting urban America for that year. Not much has changed. Last year it was “Responding to the Jobs Crisis.” This year, the issue is “jobs, jobs, jobs.”

Read the rest of this article here.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day and Support Our Community!

With Valentine’s Day a few days away many of us are making plans, reservations, and buying gifts. Before you spend any money or make that dinner reservation, consider incorporating these Black-owned businesses into your plans:

Dinner reservations at Harold & Belle’s: A Los Angeles staple since 1969, Harold & Belle’s will give you the best bang for your buck when it comes to Creole and Cajun cuisine. An upscale establishment, you won’t find a spot in the city with better tasting food and portions large enough to be shared. If you’ve never tried them before, a romantic dinner is a good place to start.

Buy a gorgeous piece of jewelry at Jendayi Collection or Sika: Both Sika in Leimert Park and Jendayi in BHCP offer customized jewelry and unique pieces for that special someone in your life. No need in wasting money at Kay or Jared Jewelers – purchase a one-of-a-kind piece at one of these establishments.

Find a unique gift for the person who has everything at Zambezi Bazaar: Zambezi is Leimert is literally stocked with everything – rare books, gifts for the home,, calendars, accessories, you name it. For that hard to shop for somebody, you’re guaranteed to find something in Zambezi.

Treat your loved one to a facial at Skin Essence or a massage at Krystal Spa: Nothing makes a person feel more special than a day of pampering and both Skin Essence and Krystal Spa are equipped to do just that. Book an appointment for your special someone today for a weekend of relaxation.

Treat her/him to a mani/pedi at The Paint Shop: This posh nail salon, located in Beverly Hills, is the spot for a premiere manicure and pedicure. Your man will even be impressed by this place if he needs a pedicure.

Take in a show at the Ebony Repetory Theatre: One of the only Black-owned theatre groups in the nation, ERT is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing artists of color the opportunity to present artistic programs that reflect the significant canon of African-American literary, artistic and cultural achievements. Join them this month for A Celebration of Black History: A Journey in Four Parts and celebrate Black History Month as well as Valentine’s Day.

Plan a date night to the Pan African Film & Arts Festival: Dinner and a movie is always a winner for a date night – but see something special at the Pan African Film and Arts Festival instead of your usual local movie theatre. Take a look at this year’s film guide and see what feature films, short and documentaries from around the diaspora might entertain you and your sweetie.