L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Urban League to hold awards dinner

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Urban League will hold its 43rd annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Awards Dinner at 5:30 p.m. April 29, at the Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd.

The red carpet begins at 5:30 p.m. and a reception will take place at 6 p.m. Dinner begins at 7 p.m.

The honorees are Deborah Flint, the chief executive officer of Los Angeles World Airports, and “CSI: NY” actor Hill Harper.

The Urban League also will honor its Young Professionals to the Nines Awards.

Receiving those honors will be:  Erika McCall, assistant director of the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation;Lil Rel, a comedian and actor on “The Carmichael Show;” Kenya Parham, a political strategist and fundraising specialist; Jawane Hilton, a community relations director and thought leader; James Ward III, a publicist at Terry Hines & Associates; Kristina Pink, NFL on Fox sideline reporter and L.A. Clippers courtside reporter; Andre Johnson, director of the Virtual Reality Company; John Bowdre, a motivational speaker, China trade consultant and corporate trainer; and the Rev. Damali Najuma Smith-Pollard, pastor at Word of Encouragement Community Church and USC program manager.

Tickets: (323) 299-9660, ext. 2259 or email: walter.pittman@laul.org.

Workshop advises


LOS ANGELES — A free workshop “Access to Capital & Borrower’s Rights” for small business owners will take place from 8 a.m. to noon May 3 at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, 400 W. Washington Blvd.

Topics include advice on how to qualify for a bank loan, transparency in lending and additional income areas (procurement, RFPs, etc.). Local banks will also give presentations.

College holds women

technology conference

TORRANCE — A free “Girls and Women Technology Conference” for female students interested in exploring non-traditional careers will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 6 at El Camino College Compton Center, 1111 E. Artesia Blvd.

Hands-on workshops will offer a look into career opportunities in areas such as welding, business, computer technology, heating and ventilation and air conditioning, among others.

A job and resource fair is also on the day’s agenda, and information on ECC Compton Career and Technical Education programs, registered apprenticeships and free job training will be provided.

To register, contact ECC Compton Center Career and Technical Education at (310) 900-1600 ext. 2779, or email spittman@elcamino.edu. Participants who pre-register will receive a complimentary t-shirt and lunch.

Senator to answer

constituents’ questions

LOS ANGELES — State Sen. Holly Mitchell will address questions, concerns and ideas about legislative events affecting the community at her “Coffee With Holly” session, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 29 at the District Office in the Wallis Annenberg Building, 700 State Drive, Exposition Park, Suite 113.

Constituents must schedule their appointment in advance at Joy.Masha@sen.ca.gov or at (213) 745-6656.

Netflix series lawyer

gives college lecture

CARSON — Steven Drizin, who appeared in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” will give a lecture, “Making a Murderer and the True Story of Brendan Dassey’s False Confession” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. May 2 at Cal State Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria St. The event will take place on the fifth floor of the University Library South Wing.

Drizin served as the post-conviction attorney for Brendan Dassey, who confessed in 2007 to the sexual assault and murder of Teresa Halbach. Drizin argued that Dassey falsely confessed to the crime and that he was denied his fifth and sixth amendment right to a fair and timely trial.

Drizin is also the founding director of the Center for Wrongful Conviction of Youth and a clinical professor of law at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law.

Information: sberkowitz@csudh.edu

Drill planned

for natural disasters

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — A neighborhood disaster preparedness event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 30 at the Iglesia Cristiana Antioquia Church, 3501 W. Adams Blvd.

From 9 to 11 a.m., a drill will simulate a large earthquake, requiring members of the community to play the roles of civilian community responders and/or injured survivors. The event will also include participation of local law enforcement and firefighters. Breakfast will be provided.

A public safety fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Benny H. Potter Park, 2413 2nd Ave. It includes preparedness information, live music, food trucks and drawing prizes.

Those who wish to volunteer as active participants for the drill can register online at http://www.5steps.la or by phone at (424) 247-1214. No special experience or training is needed.

Workshop informs

on retirement saving

INGLEWOOD — The hosts of “Smart Money Fundamentals” on KEIB AM 1150 and KRLA AM 870 are holding a free workshop on Investing for Retirement from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 30 in the Gladys Waddingham Lecture Hall at the Main Library, 101 W. Manchester Blvd.

Topics include: The benefits of a 401(k), 403(b), or 457 retirement account, which IRA is best for you: Traditional, SEP or Roth, how to allocate your retirement funds intelligently, ways to preserve wealth and generate lifetime income, creating multiple streams of retirement income and saving on taxes with retirement accounts

Information: (310) 412-5380 or visit library.cityofinglewood.org.

Forum advises

on job search

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — A free forum, “What Every Black Man Should Know About How to Get Hired” will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 30 at Grace United Methodist Church, 4112 Slauson Ave.

Panelists will discuss job search strategies, crafting a winning resume, re-entry issues and preparing for the interview and background check.

Resource booths staffed by representatives from the entertainment industry, retail business, healthcare services, academic institutions, law enforcement and financial services will also be available.

While this forum is intended for black males ages 13 and older, everyone who has a young black man in their lives is encouraged to attend.

Information: (323) 294-6653.

Compiled by Anne Artley.

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