Destination Crenshaw Mini Mural Contest


This is an opportunity for South LA artists to have their work publicly displayed with messages and images that personify the current moment for all to enjoy!

The Mini Mural Contest winners will be commissioned to enhance the Los Angeles Department of Transportation utility boxes along Crenshaw boulevard to provide an immediate opportunity for local artists to contribute to the creation of the Destination Crenshaw project. If you or any other artist you know is interested, we encourage you all to enter, as Black art is necessary and significant to the culture of Black LA. Your design could become the next historic visual landmark in our city!

Enter the Mini Mural Contest at Destination Crenshaw Submittable and help us in continuing to invest in black art and enriching our community! Submission guidelines will be sent upon completing contest entry. If you have any questions, email us at

We look forward to seeing your works of art!

The Destination Crenshaw Team

PS. Also, Just a reminder that applications for Round Three of the Arts Emergency Relief Fund are due by July 31st. The focus is on Artists and Small Ensembles. For more information visit: or contact

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Reminder Of Your Rights As A Renter

A Message From Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson:

It was brought to my attention that some property managers and landlords may not be following the city’s guidance in regards to paying rent, paying back rent, and threats of eviction for breaking other aspects of your lease. If anyone is dealing with issues such as these, please do not hesitate to contact my office for assistance, or with any questions you may have.

Some things to keep in mind during this time:

  • Landlords must not evict residential tenants who are unable to pay rent because of loss of income from work, childcare costs related to school closures, healthcare costs, or “reasonable expenditures” related to COVID-19.
  • If you are unable to make the rent due to COVID-19, let your landlord know as soon as possible.
  • If you receive an eviction notice that you suspect violates the city law file a complaint with the city of Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department (HCID), which is handling eviction investigations.
  • Tenants should also let their landlords know the reason why they haven’t paid, ideally in writing. However, do not sign any agreement with your landlord that could hurt your case if your landlord brings you to court.
  • If your landlord still tries to evict you HCID says the first thing you should do is stay in your home. 

For more information on renter protections go to

No one should be kicked out of their homes during this crisis. I am also pushing for a full eviction moratorium and I stand with Councilmembers Bonin and Ryu on their renewed attempts to pass the moratorium again.

Food Giveaway

NAN|LA has partnered with World Central Kitchen, a non-profit organization committed to providing meals in the wake of natural disaster, to serve meals in our community. Find out more about World Central Kitchen here:

Do you know someone in need of a meal? Tell them to meet us at Ceder Grove Baptist church. We will be handing out meals Monday-Friday 1pm-3pm or until all the meals have been distributed.

We are also in need of volunteers! We adhere to all CDC safety measures. We also provide the masks, the gloves, the disinfectant and the Lysol to keep you safe. All we need is you! If interested please contact us at

South LA Covid-19 Updates from Mayor Garcetti’s Office

Advisory: Free COVID-19 testing now available to all L.A. County residents with symptoms
Visit for information on free COVID-19 testing now available to all L.A. County residents with symptoms. Learn more and book an appointment.
Visita para más información sobre las pruebas de detección de COVID-19 gratis disponibles ahora para todos residentes con síntomas en el condado de Los Ángeles. Aprenda más y haga una cite.

DATA (numbers as of 4/13)

  • LA County  — 239 new confirmed cases, 9,420 total; 2.5% increase from 4/12

  • 25 new deaths — Total deaths: 320

  • LA City — 113 new cases, 4,205 total; 2.8% increase 4/12

  • COVID-19 DATA: The data packet the Mayor regularly receives will be posted: 

  • COVID-19 MYTHS: To dispel misinformation, we have launched a site that sets straight common myths about the coronavirus and the City’s response:


SOUTH LA WALK-UP TESTING FACILITY: The City is launching a new walk-up testing site in South Los Angeles at the Kedren Community Health Center.  Most of the City’s testing sites are drive-through sites, where people are tested from their cars. Recognizing that many people don’t have cars, we are opening a second walk-up site in an area that serves the African American Community. You must still make an appointment at

  • REMEMBER: Testing is only granted by appointment only. Testing is available for anyone EXHIBITING symptoms. We are still prioritizing people over the age of 65, however, anyone showing symptoms can now request a test at

  • GOAL: 60,000 LA County residents will have been tested by the end of this week

LA EMERGENCY CHILDCARE CONNECTION: In order to make sure medical care workers never have to miss a shift because of lack of childcare–especially the folks that ensure hospitals continue to run such as admin staff, janitorial staff, and others—the Mayor’s Fund is working with unions and hospitals to provide stipends, referrals and care for their children

The Perfect Storm

After careful consideration as we are facing this CV19 pandemic, I find it extremely difficult to believe that this country, the United States of America was totally caught off guard. No advance warning? No knowledge of a possible or potential viral outbreak that would have dramatic health and economic consequences? If this is in fact the case then perhaps we need to rethink and reevaluate our position as the greatest power on earth.
In California Los Angeles to be exact, there’s tanks positioned downtown and on railways surrounding the city. Is this the beginning of ‘Marshall Law’ or a siege of the entire City? Where are they going? No doubt the target will be in the inner city primarily in the Black and Brown communities. In area’s least served and with very little resources. It only gets more complicated.
The closures of businesses and what they call “non-essential” including the church has to irritate or reasons of great concern. The Church is being viewed as “non-essential” based on what? Oh but liquor stores are still doing business. The criteria is because on a single shelf the hold a roll of tissue, bottle of bleach, can of Lysol and potted meat os sardines in a can they are essential. So the community that already has alcohol issues, abuse and crime remains open but the church is considered “non-essential.”
Children and adults are confined, getting on each other’s nerves, with little to no resources and in many areas and homes no wi-fi. In the Black community, the now cancellations of school the remainder of this school year will further cripple and stifle the educational process which they already are below academic levels. Those who are graduating this semester year will be further behind in applying for or even being accepted in schools of higher learning.
To be continued…

God Mysterious Ways – RIP Kobe Bryant

Oddly enough on last Sunday during the Morning Worship Experience, said to the congregation who had gathered for Family & Friend’s Day that we need to be kinder, and more loving towards one another because you never know when it will be your last time. This was at approximately 8:45-50am and we had a blessed service as the subject was “Don’t Leave Your Heart Behind.”
The night before, I attended a basketball game at USC and upon exiting, it was a heavy fog almost difficult visibility. After the Morning Worship Experience, I immediately returned to USC for the Women’s Basketball Game only to get the horrible news that NBA & LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gigi and seven other passengers traveling on this helicopter had just loss their lives. The entire arena was filled with disbelief, tears as well as conflicting stories. This was a global icon who now is no more. Our sincere condolences goes out to the families of the victims, Vanessa his wife, children and the recently born who will never know her father or sister. So much has been said but it always amazes me how people can always find ways to interject someones flaws, mistakes and errors. It’s like people have been perfect and have NEVER done anything they regret. I sure have my share or regrets and made mistakes that I’m not proud of. Many sit in sanctuary’s week after week knowing things about the flaws in their leader(s) and all levels of the church ministry but they take this occasion to explode negativity and spew vicious and malicious slander. In one of his interviews he said when questioned about his faith during his public trial; “when the cross you bare is too heavy for you to carry and the Lord carries you and your heavy cross, then you know how real God is.” Like him or not that’s your choice, hate him or despise him, you can’t deny his greatness on the court and his evolution after basketball. So glad God forgive and is the judge and not people. Rest in peace and power with the ancestors. #remeberngthe9 #ripkb24&Gigi #mambaout

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LA Mourns Passing Of Former LAPD Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger

LOS ANGELES, CA — Funeral services were pending Tuesday for Earl Paysinger, the former first assistant chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, and later vice president of civic engagement at USC, who died at the age of 64.

Paysinger died Monday surrounded by family and friends, according to the LAPD.

The 41-year LAPD veteran had battled cancer and died at a hospital, LAPD Cmdr. Al Labrada told the Los Angeles Times.

“Tonight we lost a champion,” LAPD Chief Michel Moore tweeted Monday evening. “ECP will always be three letters for a man with a tireless work ethic who knew cops count. Who cared deeply for our communities’ youth. A professional I respected for his dedication to his family, faith and convictions.

“Rest in peace and power with the ancestors my brother.”

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