Business Spotlight: The Nicholas Dance Studio is Holding It Down On the Boulevard

Ms. Cathie Nicholas is the owner and operator of The Nicholas Dance Studio located at 4273 Crenshaw Boulevard. An award-winning expert of the art of dance, she has performed at Carnegie Hall and taught Master Classes at Stanford and Duke Universities. Ms. Cathie also happens to be the granddaughter of Fayrad Nicholas of the iconic and legendary Black dance duo, the Nicholas Brothers. 

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Business Spotlight: Morris Media is Holding It Down On the Boulevard

Founded by Felicia “The Poetess” Morris, a 25-year radio veteran and new media enthusiast, in 2014, Morris Media Studios began with an idea to create an internet radio network. After finding space in South LA’s historic Leimert Park District, however, that idea evolved into something bigger – creating a space for creators with limited resources to host and produce their own content.

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Business Spotlight: KAOS Network is Holding It Down On the Boulevard

KAOS Network is a multimedia arts center located in Leimert Park that offers a way for the artistically talented and art enthusiasts of South Los Angeles to enjoy trans-media and multimedia art disciplines being offered in the community. KAOS Network creates a warm and open environment where everyone can participate and engage with the work being presented. 

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DC Thrive: Building Back Black

When we started developing Destination Crenshaw, we knew that success meant more than building parks, planting trees and installing new art in the community. While those things are important, to truly be successful, we knew we needed a long-term economic strategy to protect our existing community from displacement. 

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The Word With Jason Foster

As president and COO of Destination Crenshaw, part of my job is to meet with the Crenshaw community. What I find in these conversations is that while people have heard about the public art we’ll be bringing to the community, they are less aware of our economic program for Black-owned businesses, called DC Thrive.

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On the Block: Vergee’s Palace de Bella Donna

“As a woman, a Black woman, she wasn’t supposed to be here. She wasn’t supposed to own anything.” That’s Bronwyn Hardy speaking about her mother Virgie Huddleston, whose salon Vergee’s Palace de Bella Donna, has been serving South LA looks (and mentoring folks in Black hair care) for decades now.

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From the Block to the Top: Anthony Fagan

As a construction superintendent, Fagan brings not only a wealth of experience to the project – having worked on the construction of the Intercontinental Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles and the USC Village – but is testament to the commitment that Destination Crenshaw made to provide real uplift to the local community through sustainable development.

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Black Design, LA Style

At first, there was utter silence. Then, ron Finiley, South LA’s own guerilla gardener, Ted Talk expert and leader of an urban greening movement broke the hush. “That is some dope sh*t!” Finley shouted. And with those words, the room exploded into applause and listeners rose to give architects Zena Howard, Gabrielle Bullock, Kenneth Luker and the Perkins + Will design team a standing ovation.

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