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

Culture Connection: Bryan Terrell Clark

Listen in as Brother Malcolm chats with actor, singer and songwriter Bryan Terrell Clark about growing up in Baltimore, his career and what it means to play the role of a musical icon in his Broadway debut.

For more information on Bryan visit his site:
Check out Motown The Musical on Broadway here:

Movers & Shakers: Garth Trinidad Part II

During the last year of getting to know Garth Trinidad, I was able to learn about his interests outside of music. Unsurprisingly, Trinidad is a well-rounded artist in his own right. A graduate of Otis College of Art and Design, Trinidad was an artist-in-residence at the Beacon Arts Building in Inglewood, CA. Additionally, in 2012 Trinidad created Jim Kelly,  a unique music and live performance experience with his partner in sound crime, Mateo Senolia. What I loved most about this event was the music offerings: no top 40, and plenty of new music to discover. Trinidad + Senolia equals a very eclectic, groovy vibe, so much so, that they landed a deal on Osunlade’s Yoruba label. You can catch the duo spinning some Friday nights at Bar Marmont in Hollywood. Lastly, Trinidad hooked up with two of LA’s finest, Dam-Funk and J-Logic, to create MAC or the Modern Audio Collective. One of their first shows at the end of 2012 featured Talib Kweli and drew a packed house in Venice’s Del Monte Speakeasy. I am waiting with bated breath for what these three will bring in 2013.

Watch and listen as Trinidad and I chat about how he finds new music, the impact of technology on the music industry, and what the future holds for him. Hopefully by now you’ve purchased those Moja Moja Pre-Grammy brunch tickets. Enjoy!

Movers & Shakers: Garth Trinidad

No other DJ in the last decade has had a bigger influence on Los Angeles music culture than Garth Trinidad. As both a resident DJ with KCRW over the last 15 years and a voting member of The Recording Academy, Trinidad has risen to prominence by championing progressive, creative and often overlooked artistry in urban alternative music. Through his weekly show, Chocolate City, Trinidad has inspired a refashioning of the Los Angeles underground music scene, providing a much-needed platform for new, independent music artists. Further, Chocolate City has evolved into a global soundscape by infusing soulful classics with the best in independent world music.

I’ve had the good fortune of getting to know Garth over the last year and was happy to discover the many layers of the man
behind the music. Garth, a loving husband and father, is also an artist in his own right and, lucky for us, 2013 will be a year of many Trinidad-laced projects. First up, is the KCRW 5th Annual Moja Moja Pre-Grammy Brunch & Benefit Concert happening this Saturday, February 9th at the W in Hollywood. The brunch, which benefits Oxfam America and The Darfur Stoves Project, will honor the legendary George Clinton this year and feature intimate performances by artists such as pianist, Chloe Flowers and Malaysian singer-songwriter, Yuna. This event usually sells out so check here for tickets for more information.

Watch and listen to the first in a two-part series with Garth Trinidad. Stay tuned for more to come!

Photos by Monica Orozco and JLogic.

LA EVENTS: Ohana Tree + QWAZAAR + Open Mike Eagle @ The Mezz Bar


QWAZAAR (Typical Cats // Bat Meets Blaine // G4)
w/ Silence (OuterLimitz/DirtyDigital/LeftHouse)


and featured artist: SPRFKR

The Mezz Bar
501 S. Spring Street
LA, CA. 90013
**located on the 2nd floor of the Alexandria Hotel**

Doors @ 9PM // 21+
$12 cover // $8 Pre-sale or
at door w/ donation of art supplies to Viva La Art! for children’s art workshops. (Donation could include a brand new pack of pencils, crayons, makers, sketchpads, paint etc.)

buy tickets:

Movers & Shakers: Catching Up With DJ A-Ski

We’ve developed a few friendships over the years here at Black Is, and one of our closest compadres is the infamous LA native, DJ A-Ski. A-Ski was one of the first people in the city we connected with way back in 2007, and at that time both of us were at the beginning of building our brands. Since then, A-Ski’s brand Unique74 has grown in leaps and bounds with connections nationwide and worldwide. Listen in as KC catches up with A-Ski and finds out what he’s been up to, his take on current Los Angeles DJ culture, and where he’s going next.

*Forgive our background noise – coming to you live from the city of Angels!

LA EVENTS: ZAMFEST Arts & Music Festival

LA Babies, if you are looking to engage your wee ones in something new, I highly suggest you attend the ZAMFEST Arts & Music Festival this Sunday, September 23rd in West Los Angeles. Slated for the Z generation – kids 10 and younger – this event will expose our kids to activities they normally would not find all in one place including:



-Graffiti Art

-Hip Hop Dance


and so much more!

Details for this events are as follows:

ZAMFEST Arts & Music Festival

Sunday, September 23, 2012

10am – 5pm

University High School

Pre-sale tickets: $5  General Admission: $8  Kids 3 and under: FREE