Ice Cube, celebs to help launch Black History Month

By Darlene Donloe

Contributing Writer

LOS ANGELES — The city of Los Angeles will begin its annual African American Heritage Month celebration with a virtual program Feb. 3 honoring several living legends.

Mayor Karen Bass and Our Authors Study Club will honor living legends including actor and recording artist Ice Cube; gospel recording artist Erica Campbell; and R&B recording artists Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., as well as Hall of Fame honorees former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, in the legal category; Yvonne Wheeler, president of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor in the labor category; Dr. David Carlisle, president of Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in the higher education category and former City Councilman Herb Wesson in the government category.

KABC Morning Show co-anchor Leslie Sykes will be the mistress of ceremonies for the program that starts at 10 a.m. To join the Zoom meeting visit

Other events include an oratorical contest conducted by Mayor Bass and the 2023 African American Heritage Month Honorary Committee from 3-5 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Airport Police Community Center, 9160 S. Loyola Blvd.

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, 6067 Wilshire Blvd., will launch a celebration of Black cinema with a party Feb. 3, a symposium Feb. 4 and a free family fun day Feb. 5.

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As part of a program on mental health education and resources, Sunday Supper will hold a mental health awareness for families event from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at 441 E. Carson St., in Carson. Speakers will include Angela Adkins, founder and president; mental health first aid instructor Maurnie V. Thomas and chef Cheryl Tate. Daryl Darden will perform.

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Other upcoming events include a virtual worship service at First AME Church, 2270 S. Harvard Blvd., from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 12, with a special guest performance by gospel vocalist Elaine Gibbs.

A historical Black Los Angeles virtual bus tour also will be held Feb. 12 highlighting points of interest including homes, businesses, churches, and many historical landmarks. Information:

On Feb. 15, the sixth annual Black History Monthy Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Michelle and Barack Obama Sports Complex, 5001 Obama Blvd. It will feature guest speakers for an in-depth community forum on topics that affect the mind and body.


Darlene Donloe is a freelance reporter for Wave Newspapers who covers South Los Angeles. She can be reached at