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Larenz Tate

Actor and Activist Larenz Tate to Keynote 6th Annual Fatherhood Solution Conference Los Angeles

Larenz Tate*Actor and activist Larenz Tate, whose credits include the television show “Rescue Me” and films such as “Ray,” “Love Jones”, “Crash” and “Menace II Society” will be the keynote speaker (9 a.m.) for the 6th Annual Fatherhood Solutions Conference hosted by The Children’s Institute (CII).

Taking place Friday, June 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Renaissance Los Angeles Hotel, the Project Fatherhood SM conference is at the heart of “Strengthening Relationships Between Fathers and their At-Risk Children,” and joins nationally recognized experts, parents, and the community for a daylong exploration of the most important issues related to fatherhood and healthy marriage in an effort to discover new ways to build and strengthen relationships between fathers and their children.  Tate will speak to an audience of over 400 Los Angeles based community service providers including probation officers, social workers, policy advocates, government representatives, mental health professionals, public health professionals, and concerned community members on the importance of fathers in underserved communities from a specialized and culturally sensitive perspective. For more information, please call (213) 260-7604.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children in America — one out of three — live in biological father-absent homes, creating a “father factor” in nearly all of the social issues facing America today including poverty, emotional and behavioral problems, maternal and child health, education, crime, incarceration, childhood obesity, teenage pregnancy and sexual activity, child abuse, and drug and alcohol abuse.

Now in its sixth year, the Fatherhood Solutions conference is a project of the CII’s Project Fatherhood SM, a nationally-recognized program that gives fathers the opportunity to play a meaningful role in their children’s lives.  The program recently opened offices in Monterey Park Los Angeles’ Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court and is now available to fathers involved in parenting and custody.  Additionally, the CII has successfully offered specialized and culturally relative and sensitive services for fathers in Watts’ Jordan Downs Housing Projects and in South Los Angeles near the intersection of Western Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

According to CII Project Fatherhood SM director Alan-Michael Graves, the program serves at-risk children, youth and families throughout Los Angeles County.  “Over the past few years we’ve grown tremendously as the need has grown in our communities,” explains Graves.  “We have centers in Watts and in the San Pedro/Long Beach area as well as 11 early childhood centers and more than 60 family child care homes throughout the County.”

Topics to be explored this year are:

  • Working with Fathers: Building Skills for Practitioners
  • The Partnering of DV and Fatherhood Programs
  • Women in the Fatherhood Movement
  • Mastering the Co-Parenting Conflict
  • The Broken Man
  • Make Room for Dad
  • Working with Men in Group Settings
  • Undoing Racism: Working with Fathers of Color in Child Welfare Systems
  • Legal Advocacy with Quality and Affordable Legal Services for Fathers
  • Child Support 101: Understanding How Child Support Really Works
  • Restoring and Rebuilding Relationships Through Supervised Visitation
  • We Are What We See: The Importance of Role Models in Diverse Communities
  • PF Model: Combining Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Relationships
  • Working with Men and Boys of Color (Community Panel)

A complete schedule including topics and speakers can be found online at   

About The Children’s Institute

CII specializes in working with children, youth and families who have been affected by trauma. Using an integrated service model designed to serve the whole child as well as the entire family, Project Fatherhood SM focuses on the importance of being a father and helping other men, especially Black and Latino men become better fathers in their communities.

For more information on this year’s conference including how to attend, please call (213) 260-7604 or visit

unity church

Black Church (Unity Fellowship) Welcoming of Gays Moves to South L.A.

unity church*Los Angeles, CA – On Sunday, June 2, Reverend’s Russell Thornhill and Leslie Butke cut the ribbon officially opening the doors of the new home of the Unity Fellowship Church of Christ (UFC) in South Los Angeles.

Founded in 1982 by Archbishop Carl Bean during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the UFC Movement through the years has grown into a national ministry with the distinction of being known as a spiritual home for the Black same-gender loving and transgender community.

While all are welcome, the UFC has made a point of being the Black church where Black gays can find solace andworship as all of who they are regardless of what they look like or who they love.

Services will be held every Sunday at 11 a.m. at 9608 South Figueroa Street in Los Angeles. For more information, please visit or call (323) 938-8322.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings® Franchise Owners Join SoCal Efforts to Help Victims of Boston Bombing

Buffalo Wild WingsLOS ANGELES – Buffalo Wild Wings® franchise owners Karim Webb and Ed Barnett have announced that their Torrance and Baldwin Hills locations in Southern California will donate $1 from each chocolate fudge cake purchased between April 16 through April 23 to the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts in response to yesterday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.

“It’s a small gesture but a massive symbol of our support to the people of Boston,” explained co-owner Ed Barnett.  “Boston may be thousands of miles away, but we can all play a role in helping the victims of yesterday’s bombing.”

Beginning today, for the next seven days, Buffalo Wilds Wings® located in Los Angeles at 3939 South Crenshaw Boulevard at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and in Torrance at the Del Amo Mall, 3525 West Carson Street, will donate $1 for every chocolate fudge cake dessert ordered.

“Our hearts go out to the victims and their families in yesterday’s tragedy and as Americans, we felt it important to contribute to the efforts of saving lives,” commented co-owner Karim Webb.


Buffalo Wild Wings Bar & Grill
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
3939 Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90008
Phone: (323) 596-4955

Buffalo Wild Wings Bar & Grill
Del Amo Fashion Center
3525 West Carson Street, Suite 163,
Torrance CA 90503
Phone: (310) 542-3400


About PCF Management
PCF Restaurant Management (PCF) serves as a catalyst for fostering community and economic empowerment by providing high-quality restaurants in ethnically diverse urban communities. PCF owns and operates the Buffalo Wild Wings® franchise in South Los Angeles at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and in Torrance at the Del Amo Mall. Through PCF, co-owners Karim Webb and Edward Barnett help to stimulate greater economic opportunity, an alternative to fast-food, and establish a stronger sense of community in the diverse neighborhoods they serve. Since 2009, PCF has provided over 300 living-wage jobs, which includes the development of low-skilled workers into management positions within their locations.


About Buffalo Wild Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., founded in 1982 and headquartered in Minneapolis, is a growing owner, operator and franchisor of Buffalo Wild Wings® restaurants featuring a variety of boldly flavored, made-to-order menu items including its namesake Buffalo, New York-style chicken wings. The Buffalo Wild Wings menu specializes in 20 mouth-watering signature sauces and seasonings with flavor sensations ranging from Sweet BBQ™ to Blazin’®. Guests enjoy a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere that includes an extensive multi-media system for watching their favorite sporting events.

Buffalo Wild Wings is the recipient of hundreds of “Best Wings” and “Best Sports Bar” awards from across the country. There are currently more than 900 Buffalo Wild Wings locations across 49 states in the United States, as well as in Canada.

larenz tate & karim webb

Larenz Tate and Buffalo Wild Wings Franchise Owners Partner to Support Jobs for Young Black Men

larenz tate & karim webb*LOS ANGELES – Actor Larenz Tate and Buffalo Wild Wings franchise owner Karim Webb share a laugh at an April 11 media roundtable.

The event was hosted by the California Community Foundation (CCF) for its BLOOM program—Building a Lifetime of Opportunities and Options for Men—in Los Angeles.

BLOOM is centered in South Los Angeles and focused on creating educational and employment opportunities for Black male youth ages 14-18 who are or have been involved in the Los Angeles County Probation system.

Along with volunteerism, Webb and his partner Ed Barnett (not pictured) support the BLOOM program by providing employment opportunities for the young men associated with the program at their Baldwin Hills and Torrance Buffalo Wild Wings locations and work to encourage other African-American business owners to get involved in the program.

(Photo by: Isidra Person Lynn)
Buffalo Wild Wings

Photo: Buffalo Wild Wings Owners Honored in Carson, CA

Buffalo Wild Wings*Carson, CA – City of Carson Councilmember Mike Gipson (2nd from left), honored minority franchise owners Karim Webb (3rd from left) and Barry Thomas (4th from left) for their financial support of the Carson Colts Football Team.

Known for their support of community organizations throughout Southern California, Webb and Thomas, along with Ed Barnett (not pictured), are co-owners Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants located in the city of Torrance and the Crenshaw area of Los Angeles.

Also pictured are councilmember Elito Santarina , Mayor Jim Dear, and councilmembers Julie Ruiz-Raber, and Lula Davis-Holmes.

Africa Day 2012

Los Angeles Joins in Africa Day 2012 Celebrations

*Los Angeles, CA— Los Angeles will join other US cities and countries in Africa in commemorating the 39th Africa Day with a free one-day cultural festival on Saturday, May 25 from 11AM to 7PM in Carson at California State University Dominguez Hills (1000 East Victoria Street). Africa Day Los Angeles 2012, will feature arts, crafts, business development, music, dancing, and food from the African Diaspora.  Presented by the Vuvuzela Foundation, a Los Angeles based African media and marketing organization, the 2012 event is themed “Akwantukesse,” which is Ghanaian for “the great journey,” and will be a “homecoming of our brothers and sisters” say organizers Aya Charlotte Kouassi (Ivory Coast) and Isaac Appiah (Ghana). For more information, please call (323) 993-8662.

According to the U.S. Census, it is estimated that the current population of African immigrants to the United States is about 881,300. In Los Angeles County there are about 26,000 Africans representing almost 3 percent of the black population. African countries in Los Angeles County with the most immigrants include Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, and South Africa.

The 2012 Africa Day celebration is sponsored in part by: CaribPress, Afrozon Social Network, NIX Financial, Northgate Financial, MoneyGram, JONS, and Image Global.

Taste of Africa VIP Reception

Elected officials, civic, business, and community leaders will join the South African Consul General the Hon.Cyril Sibusiso Ndaba and the Los Angeles African and CariCom (Caribbean Community) Consular Corps, at the invitation only “Taste of Africa” VIP cocktail reception on Friday, May 25.

As a part of the Friday’s reception, there will be a ceremony highlighting the cultural induction of four African Americans into their African tribes after having raced their ancestry to Africa. The inductees will be accepted as members of their adopted tribes and will participate various local cultural outreach and events, both here in the United States and in Africa. The inductees will also have the privilege of becoming members of the community at large; an honor that is also ex-tended to them when they visit their African hometown.

2012 Africa Day Los Angeles Inductees

  • James Westbrooks, Field Representative for State Senator Curren D. Price of Kenya;
  • Darrell Smith, Vice President, Community Development & Marketing for the Africa Channel of Angola;
  • Jasmyne Cannick, political consultant and journalist of Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea; and
  • Lynn Whitley, Communications Director for the Africa Channel of Sierra Leone.

About Africa Day

African Day was established to commemorate the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) on May 25, 1963 when leaders of 30 of then 32 independent African states signed a founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In 1991, the OAU established the African Economic Community, and in 2002 the OAU established its own successor, the African Union. Even though the OAU is now referred to as the African Union, the name and date of Africa Day was retained as a celebration of African unity with celebrations held annually throughout Africa’s 54 countries, as well as by Africans and African-Americans in the diaspora, including the US.