Culture Connection – Interview w/ Ashley Sky Walker

Photographer Ashley Sky Walker

Brother Malcolm chats with photographer and fashion buff Ashley Sky Walker. A gifted artist, Walker has a gorgeous eye for juxtaposing urban elements with human emotion. Listen in as he talks about his start in fashion with Diane Von Furstenberg, his alma mater Howard University and his recent shoot for Essence magazine.

Connect with Ashley at:

Ashley Sky Walker Photography

Twitter: @ashleyskywalker

Tumblr: Instant Elation

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Twitter: @caliyalie


Hotline: (323) 455-4219


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The Break: “Playing the Game” for Success

Listen in as KC and the family discuss what rules Black people live by in order to “play the game” and achieve social acceptance in American society. Podcast guests include Chris Lehman, Toria Williams, Malcolm Darrell, Tash Moseley, and Mr. James CEO!

For comments or questions about this or any other other episode, call the hotline at (323) 455-4219!

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LA EVENTS: Leimert Park Village African Art & Music Festival

This is the most anticipated Labor Day event in LA – where people party all day and night!!!

The 5th Annual FREE Leimert Park Village African Art & Music Festival in Historic Leimert Park Village is a FREE 3-day event, scheduled for Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 31, Sept. 1 & Sept. 2, 2013 in the heart of LA’s most dynamic cultural enclave for African and African American culture enjoyed by over 10,000 people from all council districts. Our highly anticipated festival features jazz, blues, reggae, R&B, neo-soul, Afro-beat, spoken word, comedy, traditional African drumming and dance.

In addition to our exceptional music, there are 5 special events that occur during the festival: 1) a Fashion Show, 2) a Natural Hair Show, 3) Sankofa Sunday – a remembrance of those that have transitioned in the past year, 4) a Legacy Awards Ceremony and 5) Leimert Park After Dark – entertainment in and around Leimert Park that occur after 6pm on Sat. & Sun. nights.

Our multi-generational and multi-ethnic audience will enjoy browsing and shopping in our authentic African Marketplace that has over 50 fine art and quality craft vendors selling paintings, sculptures, wood carvings, jewelry, designer clothes, and quality crafts from around the African Diaspora.

We also have age-appropriate activities and distinct areas for children and teens and an international food court with vegetarian, vegan and meat entrees, quick bites, snacks, desserts and drinks.

We invite you to join over 10,000 people who eagerly look forward to this annual event that showcases the best national and local talent.

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Dates: Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 31, Sept. 1, Sept. 2, 2013
Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, daily
Location: Vision Theater Special Events Lot, 4318 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008

KC’s Corner: Recap of LA’s 1st Annual Natural Hair Expo (PODCAST)

Listen in as KC recaps her experience at Los Angeles’ 1st Annual Natural Hair Expo! Special shout out to the vendors I had the pleasure of supporting: Sophie’s Hair Essence, My Black Skin Is…Tees and Apparel, and Mademoiselle Cafe Au Lait’s Chic Boutique!

For comments or questions about this episode, call the hotline at (323) 455-4219!

Transitioning Your Hair From Processed to Natural (PODCAST)

BI Fam, today we are introducing you to a new podcast segment with one of LA’s master natural hair stylists, Brandii Holloway, owner and operator of 2814 Hair Studio. The idea for this podcast came about as a result of my conversations with two of my cousins who are currently transitioning their hair. One I talk to constantly, swapping product suggestions and photos of our experimenting with styles. The other I try to encourage to stay the course when the process of transitioning becomes frustrating. It occurred to me that perhaps there are other women out there who are committed to the process, but find it challenging – so I called in an expert. Listen in as Brandii and I discuss what transitioning means, the best styles for anyone in the process, do’s and don’ts and resources to consult to educate yourself about managing your natural hair. Enjoy!

LA EVENTS: Los Angeles Natural Hair Care Expo

Calling a kinky, curly, and transitioning folks! The 1st Annual Los Angeles Hair Care Expo is almost here!E

Experience all things about natural hair care; organic body & skin products, holistic living workshops, afrocentric hair products and accessories, styling demos, look and learn classes, community economic empowerment speakers and more. Whether you are natural, straight, transitioning, wearing hair extensions and wigs, gray or balding, professional stylist, barbers and “do your own hair” consumers, LA Natural Hair Care Expo is designed to serve and enlighten you.

Details are as follows:

LA Natural Hair Expo


525 North Sepulveda Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90245

(310) 615-0015
Purchase your tickets ahead of time!

Culture Connection- Gamal Palmer

Listen in as Brother Malcolm talks to visionary founder of Local Leaders / Global Lens (LLGL), Gamal Palmer. LLGL is producing a new generation of collaborative leaders and social impact entrepreneurs of color (Asian, Latino, Black and Native American) to address a variety of significant needs in communities of color. Using techniques of applied theater and community engagement, LLGL offers collaborative leadership development for Social justice advocates, educators and artists.


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

Movers & Shakers: Mikki Bey

Listen in as KC catches up with beauty writer and makeup artist to the stars, Mikki Bey! You can catch Mikki beauty blogging for the Grammy awards this season and don’t miss her on the red carpet on February 10th! Follow her @MikkiBey on Twitter and at Mikki Bey Eyelash Extensions on Facebook!

For questions or comments for Mikki, feel free to call the hotline at (323) 455-4219!