Crawford to lead religious conference


Staff and Wire Reports

INGLEWOOD — Pastor Beverly “Bam” Crawford will host the 25th annual Leaders, Apostolic, Maturing, and Mentoring Prophetic Seminars virtual conference Oct. 18-21. This year’s theme is “The Elect.”

Participants will have the opportunity to hear prophetic voices from around the nation that declare God’s word.

To view the schedule and register visit

Roundtable honors

food pantry

LOS ANGELESThe Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable announced its Community Excellence Award to Open Arms Food Pantry and Resource Center Oct. 8. The award is a cash support grant.

The Crenshaw District based organization provides food and other family and household essentials to needy families. The organization has been a major lifeline to many needy families during the COVID-19 crisis.

The date for the award was specially chosen to coincide with the birthday of Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson.

“This is a unique program that fills a vital service and financial need for many needy and at risk families in South L.A. and beyond,” Hutchinson said. “We are deeply pleased to do our small part in making this program successful.”

Services planned for

Wendell Handy Sr.

LOS ANGELES — Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 16 at Angeles Funeral Home, 3875 Crenshaw Blvd. for businessman and South Los Angeles community leader Wendell Handy Sr., who died Sept. 23.

In a statement announcing his death, Handy was remembered as a “pioneering businessman, elected official and staunch community activist for more than 60 years” in South Los Angeles.”

He established Handy’s Wholesale Company in 1952, and serviced over 300 small mom and pop mostly Black-owned stores and businesses from Compton and throughout greater South L.A. He was the first Black businessman to establish a successful wholesale company throughout greater Los Angeles.”

In 1960, Handy built Handy’s Liquor and Deli-Mart and later expanded his wholesale company. He opened seven Handy’s Beauty supply stores in the 1970s and 1980s, stretching from Los Angeles to Pasadena and his products received praise at the prestigious National Las Vegas Beauty Supply Convention.

Handy also served two terms on the Compton school board.

He is survived by his four sons: Dr. Anthony Handy, Wendell Handy Jr., Hamilton Handy and step-son Jeffrey Morris.

Women doctors

to hold benefit

LOS ANGELES — The Association of Black Women Physicians celebrates its 39th annual charity and scholarship benefit and silent auction virtually at 11 a.m. Oct. 18.

This year’s theme is “Advocating for Health Justice…Our Mission Continues.”

Leslie Sykes, ABC7 Morning news co-anchor, will leading the program as mistress of ceremonies.

To participate, visit

Ross to open second

Compton store

COMPTON — Ross Dress for Less will open a second store in Compton on Oct. 24, the Northern California-based clothing chain has announced.

The new 30,000-square-foot store will be located in Compton Towne Center, at the southwest corner of Compton Boulevard and Alameda Street.

The other Ross store is at Gateway Towne Center at 212 Towne Center Drive.

With the second Compton location’s opening, Ross will operate 325 stores in California and a total of 1,588 locations in 39 states, the District of Columbia and Guam.

Academy offers

songwriting class

SOUTH LOS ANGELES —White Hall Arts Academy is hosting a series on songwriting every Thursday during October via Zoom.

The session begin at 6 p.m. and is led by academy founder and music industry veteran Tanisha Hall. Confirmed guest speakers include Shanice, entertainment attorney Bonnie Berry Lamon, music administration specialist James Guss and songwriters and executives from Universal Music Publishing Group and many more.

Individuals 15 and up are able to register now to reserve their spots at

Virtual health

forum planned

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — A COVID-19 public health forum will be conducted virtually from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15.

The digital community conversation with public health professionals is being sponsored by City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Charles Drew University, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and Black Women for Wellness.

To register, visit

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