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Pre-Mother’s Day Brunch & Fashion Show @ Contour Events Ballroom
May 5 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
LUE Productions 3rd Urban Fashion & Music Event @ Hacienda Hall
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
LUE Productions 3rd Urban Fashion & Music Event @ Hacienda Hall









Fashion Show – Performers

Models – Seminude Live Art

Awards – Vendors – Food


Show starts 6pm





Sounds provided by: DJ SUPA Loc



Presale $25

After April $30

Door $35


VIP $300 Table for 6 (limited space! Directly in front!)

-Table comes with
-Bottle (wine or champagne, other) server included
-Table top treats
-2 Event Shirts

Drink 🍸 tickets: $7 each
(please note that spirits can not be sold at the venue must be purchased prior to event)

Starring Rap Artist Mack Pepperboy

Special Guest Appearance By: Hip Hop Legend Dirty Birdy

Special Guest Appearance by: Comedian MsArkansas

Hosted By: LUE Dowdy, Comedian Mac Rome, & Yung Muusik



AC Williams – Fashion Designer

Alfred Parker – Barber

Barbi Blowout – Rap Artist/Hair Stylist

BoogiieBo – Rap Artist

Bree Guy – Hair Stylist

Brett Miller – Model

Brittany Shearz Autuna – Hair Stylist

Coffee Brown – Model

Devon Powers – Model

Edwin Johnson – Model

Johara Donte – R&B Singer

KD The Stylist – Fashion Designer

Krystal Yvonne – Model

Lola Lestrange – Model

Maurice Howard – Painter

MeMe’s Collectives – Fashion Designer

Moon Bush – Model

Pampered Goddess Lounge – Make Up Artist

Porscha Dillard – Model

QCutter – Rap Artist

RPE Music Group

Tresunda Dela Cruz – Model

Yung Muusik – R&B Singer



FW Photography

Liam Lenses

Mac Rome Show

MKY Petite Modeling Agency

Pink Royalty Management

Southern California Black Chamber of Commence


Westside Story Newspaper


Mike TV

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Lashaun Turner – KCAA (Cali’s Best Radio Show)

Westside Story Newspaper

South Sundayz Radio Show


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NAAIA Networking Reception @ Penn Quarter, 2nd Floor Renaissance Washington D.C. Downtown Hotel
May 8 @ 5:45 pm – 7:00 pm
Held during the IIABA Legislative Conference 
You are cordially invited to network
with NAAIA members and supporters
from all of the country at
The NAAIA Reception
Enjoy hors d’oeuvres
and network with other like-minded
insurance professionals.
Click here to register today!
Hosted by
The NAAIA National Board
The NAAIA National Capitol Central Maryland
(NCCM) Chapter

Sister Act-Stage Play @ Casa 0101
May 10 – May 18 all-day
Sister Act-Stage Play @ Casa 0101

“‘Sister Act’ – The Best Show in Town.  For the last 20 years or so I have been blessed with the opportunity to see and review literally thousands of performances in Los Angeles, California – everything from tiny black box theatres to the mighty Pantages.  In all of that experience not one show was richer in entertainment value than ‘Sister Act’ now playing at Casa 0101 in Boyle Heights, California.  A flashy sassy young woman Deloris Van Cartier played with unrelenting perfection by Jacquelin Lorraine Schofield unexpectedly finds herself in severe danger when she observes her evil boyfriend Curtis Jackson played by ‘Best Male Actor’ award-winning Marco Infante commit murder.  While the police seek to arrest; try and convict Jackson they find shelter for Deloris in a convent.  Now let the wild ride begin.  The Mother Superior delivered magnificently by Beverly Crain is far less than pleased having the somewhat wild showboat Deloris Van Cartier now known as Sister Mary Clarence in her convent.  Her displeasure grows when Sister Mary Clarence begins to teach the other nuns a far more dramatic way to perform their music.  The problem is their church and convent are threatened with closure due to a lack of adequate financial support from their shrinking number of parishioners.  As the gap widens between Mother Superior and Sister Mary Clarence it becomes clear that Mother Superior wants Delores gone.  But it seems that the music now being delivered by all of the Sisters is being thoroughly enjoyed by and ever-growing number of parishioners.  And that fact explains Monsignor O’Hara as played by Omar Mata is brining in considerable money to the church, so much so that it seems the church may very well stay up and running a reality that makes everyone happy.

Every moment in this amazing show presents a never-ending stream of hilarity laced with underlying but significant passion and love. In watching the show it became very clear that everyone involved were committed and in fact did deliver superb performances in every aspect making it a pure joy to watch and hear.  And when it comes to hearing, the vocal performance of Jacqueline Lorraine Schofield is consistently sensational, beautiful, powerful and magical.  And then there is something about the venue.  The Casa 0101 Theater is largely the creation and passion of Artistic Director Josefina López.  It brings yet another element of joy and beauty to the unique area known as Boyle Heights in the City of Los Angeles.  It is modest in size, about 99 seats I believe although I didn’t count.  But it also has on display several very intriguing pieces of graphic art, a pleasant ticket office and snack bar and an overall ambience that exudes pleasantness.  In other words it is a very nice place to visit and enjoy life and for most performances it even offers a truly super treat for us Angelenos

4th Annual Beach-Bound Book Bash @ TeaPop
May 11 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
A casual tea with author readings.
Enjoy the afternoon with your new favorite authors and their books!

International Press Briefing: What’s Menthol Got To Do With It? Everything! (Still!) @ The National Press Club- Zenger Room
May 23 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
***Media Advisory***
“What’s Menthol Got to Do with It? Everything (Still)!”
The Plight of African Americans and Mentholated Tobacco Products:
The Time is Now

Full Media Advisory

Tobacco use remains the number one preventable cause of death for African Americans, claiming more than 45,000 lives annually. Due to decades of racialized targeting of mentholated tobacco products by the tobacco industry, over 80% of Black smokers use mentholated tobacco products. These targeted campaigns included manipulation of African American leadership groups, elected officials, Black media, ethnic specific advertising campaigns, and the free distribution of mentholated cigarettes to inner city children as young as nine years old. Many of these pernicious and racist practices are in direct violation of civil law statutes as well as international treaties.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s 2006 case against the tobacco industry delineated many of these practices and U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler ruled that U.S. tobacco companies are in fact “federally adjudicated racketeers” under the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statutes. Judge Kessler put it bluntly in her 2006 – 1,700 page landmark ruling: “Over the course of more than 50 years, defendants lied, misrepresented and deceived the American public, including smokers and the young people they avidly sought as replacement smokers, about the devastating health effects of smoking.”
And while it is true that all Americans have been harmed by these practices, we posit that due to the historic oppression and racism endured by African Americans, this group deserves distinct protections, remedies, and treatments. Black communities historically besieged by a plethora of immediate and continuing issues are rendered defenseless to address this predatory tobacco industry behavior, thus making this equally an issue of social injustice.
The tobacco industry’s focused marketing has successfully promoted the use of these products among African Americans and is a major driver of present day tobacco-caused disparities, where Black males have the highest rates of death from lung cancer compared to any other demographic group. It is by no accident that 80% of Black adult smokers and 95% of Black youth smokers report smoking menthol-flavored cigarettes.
Though it has been ten years since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was given the authority and mandate to act on mentholated tobacco products, they have yet to do so. Research confirms that a menthol sales ban would not only save millions of lives (Black lives in particular) and reduce youth smoking initiation, it would be welcomed by the majority of African American smokers. It has been well-documented that mentholated cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products are responsible for the initiation of smoking among our youth, as well as the difficulty in successful quitting among established smokers. The FDA’s inaction has prompted municipalities across the country to protect youth and adults from these deadly products by enacting local ordinances that ban the sale of mentholated and flavored tobacco products.
This international briefing will provide the press and the greater community an update on where the menthol/flavor ban movement stands today, the status of the landmark 2006 Kessler ruling, international treaty violations (including the targeting of African countries), and local and civil actions that have been successfully implemented or won.
Press briefing speakers are prominent U.S. and international tobacco control advocates, researchers, attorneys, and elected officials.
Hon. Karen Bass, U.S. House of Representatives, 37th District (CA)
Hon. Malia Cohen, Fmr. President of San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Chair, California State Board of Equalization
Carol McGruder, Co-Chair, African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council
Dr. Phillip Gardiner, Co-Chair, African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council
Dr. Valerie Yerger, Founding Member, African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council
Sharon Eubanks, Former Lead Prosecutor, U.S. Department of Justice
Laurent Huber, Executive Director, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)
Natasha Phelps, Staff Attorney/Lead Minnesota Policy, Public Health Law Center
Channte Keith, Director of Programs, National African American Tobacco Prevention Network, Inc.
Flavia Senkubuge, President College of Medicine South Africa/VP African Federation of Public Health Associations
Register Now!
Please contact us by email if you have further questions.
Carol McGruder
The African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council

UCLA presents Boogz and LiL Buck In Concert @ Royce Hall, UCLA
May 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
UCLA presents Boogz and LiL Buck In Concert @ Royce Hall, UCLA

“[Hip hop] dancers Lil Buck and Jon Boogz …share a mission: nothing less than to improve the world through dance.” —The New York Times

Hip hop dance phenoms Jon Boogz and Lil Buck first performed together as street dancers on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Boogz – whose background is in popping – and Buck – an expert in Memphis jookin’ – met at an open jam session in LA about 10 years ago. Over the years, their careers have exploded to include collaborations with Madonna (Buck) and Naomi Campbell (Boogz), an Apple AirPods campaign (Buck), an Adidas project in collaboration with Pharrell (Boogz), then as a duo, a VR film directed by Terrence Malick, and an appearance at TED Conference in Vancouver. Buck and Boogz share a concern for larger social issues like mass incarceration, immigration and the destruction of the environment, which they hope to bring to attention of global audiences through the vehicle of dance.

Their most recent collaboration, Love Heals All Wounds, is an evening-length work that addresses these issues, promoting diversity, inclusion and empathy as a uniting force. Their company, MAI (Movement Art Is), uses movement artistry to inspire and change the world while elevating the artistic educational and social impact of dance to reset the spectrum that defines dance in America.

6th Annual Sacramento Black Book @ Women's Civic Improvement Club
May 31 – Jun 1 all-day
6th Annual Sacramento Black Book @ Women's Civic Improvement Club

6th Annual Sacramento Black Book Fair (SBBF) taking place on Fri-5/31 and Sat-6/1 at the historic center of Oak Park with headquarters for check-in at Women’s Civic Improvement Club, 3555 3rd Ave in Sacramento.  FREE for the entire family to attend – share this info with your friends and family.

Activities and entertainment will include book signings, talks by each featured writer, cultural vendors, workshop session, a fun kids zone, a community parade, poetry readings, writers’ chat rooms; writers’ circles, and art displays. SBBF will feature more than fifty authors of African descent, showcasing and highlighting a diverse spectrum of authors and literature, from contemporary and historical fiction, to anthologies, poetry, academic books; children’s stories and books, non-fiction to biographies, self-help, and inspirational, and religious.

Several venues near 35th & Broadway in Oak Park that will host activities listed above include:

  • Brickhouse Art Gallery, 2837 36th Street, Sacramento, 95817
  • Underground Books, 2814 35th Street, Sacramento, 95817
  • The Guild Theatre, 2828 35th Street, Sacramento, 95817
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s House (near Oak Park Preschool), 3500 2nd Ave., Sacramento, 95817
  • Off Broadway Blues and Cafe, 2863 35th Street, Sacramento, 95817

Opening activities on Fri-5/31 will include:

7 PM, Guild Theater, Opening Panel Discussion led by the featured authors. Free and open to the public. Must RSVP to: [email protected].

9 PM, Post panel Discussion Mixer at the Brickhouse Art Gallery in historic Oak Park

On Sat-6/1, the day begins with:

Carol Borden’s Books On Parade at 10 am  and Kid’s Zone will take place from 11 am to 5:30 pm at the Brickhouse  Art Gallery.

Fighting 4 the Tatas Night @ San Manual Stadium
Jun 8 @ 6:05 pm – 9:00 pm
Fighting 4 the Tatas Night @ San Manual Stadium

Come out and support Fighting 4 the Tatas while enjoying an exciting night of 66ers baseball! Come early because the 66ers will be handing out a limited supply of “You’ve Got A Friend in Me” double bobbles, sponsored by LiUNA. With your continued support, Fighting 4 the Tatas is able to carry out our mission on offering support to those suffering from Inflammatory Breast Cancer and other aggressive forms of breast cancer. So come and have some fun under the sky as we enjoy some Good Ole Fashion Baseball.

Starvin’ Artists Daytime Dance Party @ H0L0
Jun 15 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm


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