Category: Black History Month

Umoja Presents “Zuzu Acrobats” for Final Black History Month Event

BC’s Umoja Community Program hosted the Zuzu Acrobats from Tanzania as its final Black History Month event. The dance troupe showed off gravity-defying stunts such as chair balance and the human pyramid – all to East African beats. All members of the troupe have graduated from the internationally known Baba Watoto School for the Performing Arts. Artistic director/acrobat/percussionist Matiga Koba also taught the audience of students, faculty, staff, and community members Swahili words: “Jambo” is hello. Everyone, from children to elders, was amazed by what they saw.

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Author Talk & Film Screening with Dr. Audie Williams

The narrative of Black history is not only essential for commemorating the resilience, achievements, and invaluable contributions of Black individuals across generations but also serves as a poignant reminder of the ongoing quest for equality and justice. On the afternoon of February 24th, 2024, book lovers and history enthusiasts gathered at Kern County Library’s Local History Room at 701 Truxtun Ave. This assembly was convened to receive a firsthand account of the life of historical figure, Arthur “Art” Williams, as recounted by his youngest brother, Dr. Audie Williams.

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Black History Month: Calif. Legislative Black Caucus and Black Chamber Join Hands to Honor Businesses Owners

The California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) and the California Black Chamber of Commerce (CALBCC) celebrated Black-owned businesses from across the state at its 2024 Legislative Business Brunch, held at the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento on Feb. 12.

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Navigating Success, Malcolm Johnson’s Journey as CEO of Langdon Park Capital

Langdon Park Capital is more than just a real estate investment firm; it’s a testament to the vision and dedication of its founder, Malcolm Johnson. With over two decades of experience in real estate finance, Malcolm’s journey began long before his professional career took flight. In an exclusive interview with Johnson, CEO of Langdon Park Capital, we delve into his background, inspirations, and the driving force behind his mission to provide quality, affordable housing in underserved communities.

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PAFF Partnered with IKEA to Present ‘All Artists Have a Seat at the Table’ Exhibit

The non-profit organization, Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) is thrilled to announce its continued partnership with the global brand IKEA. The two came together to amplify the creative brilliance of Black artists from around the world as they unveil the 3rd installment of “All Artists Have a Seat at the Table” a unique campaign that not only shines a light on fine Black Art but also inspires collaboration in unlikely places while showcasing artists behind the work. The 2024 campaign launched February 8, at 6:00 pm with a red carpet opening and reception at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 2nd floor, inside the Museum of African American Art. This glamorous event marked the official unveiling of the “All Artists Have a Seat at the Table” furniture presented by IKEA including a panel discussion by some of its featured artists. The annual event boasts an array of art lovers, film enthusiasts, and some of Hollywood’s top A-listers observing the beautiful artwork, and shopping for unique pieces to add to their collections.

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Umoja’s Black History Month Celebration at BC Engages Students and Community Members

Bakersfield College’s Umoja Community Program started off Black History Month with an engaging, interactive conference presented by the Program’s Club. BC Umoja students were involved at every level of the planning and execution including serving as mistresses of ceremonies. More than 170 high school and BC students as well as community members, faculty, administration, and staff participated in the 6th annual event held at BC.

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