Culver City Observer -

WLA College Celebrates Black History


February 22, 2012

In celebration of Black History Month, West Los Angeles College is hosting a series of free events including movie screenings and lectures. Signature events include:

FEB 27: SYNTHIA SAINT JAMES @ 11:00AM | Fine Arts Gallery

Meet Synthia SAINT JAMES who is perhaps best known for her design of the first Kwanza Stamp for the United States Postal Service. Her work is also seen on the cover of Terry McMillan’s Waiting to Exhale. She is a world renowned multicultural visual artist and an award winning author and/or illustrator of 17 children’s books. .


This free event will feature performances and works from

Capoeira Brazil: Capoeira was created by Brazilian slaves. It is a fusion of dance, martial arts and music, rooted in African cultures. Capoeira Brazil is a popular Los Angeles based teaching and performing group.

Sculptor – Michael Chukes: “His brightly colored, primarily female sculptures depict the many dimensions of the human figure, often with exaggerated and seemingly misplaced appendages-hands attached to heads or

backs, leading up to elongated necks and impossible long, wavy locks. The results are slightly surreal pieces that cause the viewer to re-examine their notions of beauty and the body.” (

Poet - Wanda Coleman: The poet’s latest collection – her 19th book -- is titled The World Falls Away. "It’s a continuation of my odyssey as an African-American woman, writer, mother, now grandmother, and the city as I live it, the city as it’s defined me," Coleman says. For the last 40 years, Los Angeles-based poet Wanda Coleman has written about the L.A. she loves and hates.

The complete calendar and additional information are available at

Parking is available in the south parking structure for $2.


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