Honoring Black History Month

Paul R Williams

Paul R. Williams designed many of LA’s iconic structures, including the Coffee Shop at the Beverly Hills Hotel, a venue he was not allowed to patronize because of the color of his skin. The LA Conservancy will host its tour of Williams’ sites as a webinar on February 16. This popular program is offered only a few times a year, so grab a ticket – I watched last week and loved that the presentation included voices of minority architects explaining how Williams influenced their careers.

Slave Play received more Tony Awards than any play in history and is on stage at The Taper through March 13. Directed by two-time NAACP and Obie Award® winner Robert O’Hara, Slave Play is “one of the best and most provocative new works to show up in years” (The New York Times). Learn more and find tickets here.

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) got an Oscar nomination and is a terrific documentary about the Harlem Music Festival, a nearly-forgotten event that happened the same summer as Woodstock.

Lara Adekoya is the Founder of Fleurs et Sel.

Here is one list of local Black-owned businesses and here is another. Cookies from Fleurs et Sel just might be the sweetest way to add one of these businesses into your life on a regular basis.

Finally, take a look at Common Sense’s new landing page for media that feature Black characters, stories, themes, and representation.