About Black Cultural Events

Black Cultural Events is your gateway to the rich cultural life of Black Southern California. There’s a lot going on in this wonderful metropolis of ours. We know the experience of trying to keep up with it all, or of hearing too late about some event you really would have liked to experience. So we’re getting it all for you – right here in one place. We also have listings of restaurants, cultural institutions, art centers and landmarks. We are updating frequently with new opportunities to experience and explore, so please – visit us often and share with friends. ~

The Black Cultural Events Team Leaders

Pamela Ashe-Thomas is co-founder of Black Cultural Events and BCE Media. A psychologist in private practice and at California State University, Long Beach, Pamela is a life long Black culture lover with a commitment to exposing students and community members to the cultural arts.

David Ashe is co-founder of Black Cultural Events and BCE Media. Prior to Black Cultural Events David was embedded via the 10 Up Agency at Microsoft working with the worldwide corporate storytelling division. He has managed web and digital projects for DirecTV, Toyota, Oprah Winfrey Network, FX Networks, Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment.

Eric Thomas is a General Partner and Chief Operating Officer for BCE Media. As an itinerant theatre arts instructor for the Arts Education Brand of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the veteran music, broadcast and interactive media production executive brings a wealth of experience to the mission of Black Cultural





posted by  Eric L. Wattree via R.J. Carmack #blues2jazzguy

Quincy at PianoQuincy Jones is one of the last truly GREAT composers and arrangers to come out of jazz, or any other form of music, in quite some time. NOBODY is greater, and no one ever has been. He stands among Ellington, Basie, Mancini, and Gershwin in complete comfort, so we shouldn’t take him for granted, because Quincy is easily among the greatest men who have ever lived, and that’s not meant as hyperbole.

Yes, we already recognize him as a celebrity, but he’s much more than just that. Due to our contemporary philosophy of “de-education” – or the dumbing-down of society – we fail to recognize Quincy’s true statue as an artist, or what he represents to the history of music as a whole. Quincy Jones is not just famous, he’s an icon of the arts of a historic stature, and we should all recognize and honor such greatness within our midst, because there is nothing of more value to humanity than those who have achieved Quincy’s level of excellence, greatness, and accomplishment.
People such as Quincy enhance all of humanity. They serve as living testaments to what man is capable of at his best. Their contributions represent the ultimate political, spiritual, and moral statement of mankind as a whole. They also stand as a constant reminder of what man can, and should be, and of the kind of excellence that we should all strive for.

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Q in session with the great William “Count ” Basie 1959

Thus, this is my tribute to a GREAT man, and a great artist, who has managed to achieve the ultimate in our human endeavor – immortality.  (The lyrics were written to be sang by a woman).

QUINTESSENCE     lyrics by  ERIC WATTREE        

I____ love the sound____ of maestro\Quincy Jones____.
His music____ is so____ divine______.
When I sing____his songs____ I know I can’t____go wrong,
because I’m filled____with the soul____of Quincy Jones______.
Q’s____serenades_____ are always so refined________
The mel-o-dies linger____ on_____.
They sing of love for you____from a guy_______ known
as “Q”_____,
A name____that will always_______ sing for

And then when Phil____ begins to play,
Quin-tes-sence\in his\own____and special way____
he seems to know\ . . . . exactly what the Q had to say.
They sung about jazz and love\ and of \ling___er___ing
and______ blessed the dawn________with this song__

They sung of love\ and when your heart is full,
trem-bl-ing lips\ beneath a mistletoe____
they made my heart____ stand still_______.
So as I sing____ this song____ I know I\Just\ can’t____ go wrong______,
because it flowed____ from the pen ____ of

Maestro, Quincy Jones______.

I____ love the sound____ of maestro\Quincy Jones____.
His music____ is so____ divine______.
When I sing____his songs____ I know I can’t____go wrong,
because I’m filled____with the soul____of Quincy Jones______.

And then when Phil began to play\ Q just let him have____ his own way_____,
and Phil said, \”Maestro\ . . . I just love the sound of this
Then picked up his horn\ and started to
soar________like an angel__________,

and joined____ the immortals____ in fame_____.

Genius like this\ you never see no more____, \kissed
by the Gods\ as they walk through the door;
\A genius where time____stands still___________.
So as I sing___ his song______I know I____

can’t________ go wrong_________,

because I am wrapped\ in the soul_____ of Maestro____ Quincy Jones______.

Beauty is Q’s genre, and
he uses our heartstrings as his ax.

The fabulous Quincy Jones and the great Clark Terry!

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INVITATION by Q and Orchestra with sax solo by Phil Woods

About the writer

Eric L. Wattree is a writer, poet, and musician, born in Los Angeles. He’s a columnist for The Los Angeles Sentinel, Black Star News, The Atlanta Post, and a member of the Sigma Delta Chi Society of Professional Journalists ( He’s also the author of “A Message From the Hood.”

“Some of the greatest minds I’ve ever known held court while sitting on empty milk crates in the parking lots of ghetto liquor stores, while some of the weakest minds I’ve ever known roamed the halls of academia in pursuit of credentials over knowledge.”

Eric L. Wattree Eric Wattree


posted by Robert J. Carmack @blues2jazzguy

RIP HERB JEFFRIES Sept. 24, 1913 – May 25, 2014.   Herb Jeffries is last  surviving  member of Duke Ellington’s early 1940s Band. The Bronze Buckaroo as he was known during his days as a singing actor of early black  cinema.     Herb Jeffries    RIP NOW


Read the LA Times  in-depth story on this great man. (click on link)


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left-Miles Davis right- actor Don Cheadle

“Jazz Rap”  with the Impresario Al Carter-Bey, the Impressario – the musical host with 30+ years of jazz radio experience, a musical library of 30,000 recordings; keeping the musical history of jazz alive.

Jazz, America’s only original art form, as the American classical art form within the idiom of jazz.  Join the impresario  Al Carter-Bey, along with Vince Wilburn Jr. , eclectic drum stylist & nephew of the great Miles Dewey Davis.  Stream or tune-in  as the two men discuss the new Don Cheadle movie about his uncle,Miles Davis .  Sunday March 30, 2014, 10:00am-2:00pm.  Miles Davis movie coming soon (2014). starring Don Cheadle, as Miles.

WHPK 88.5fm  or,


Carl Anthony and Notorius Jazz: Global Communicator and Hipster

posted by Robert J. Carmack

“Notorius  Jazz was created to preserve the genius of those who defy popular taste for original design”  Carl Anthony

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Hipster Sanctuary salutes Carl Anthony , Entertainment Expert and Jazz Host/Hipster. Over the Years Anthony has touched on all aspects of entertainment, from productions to promotions, thus laying the groundwork for his next passion, Jazz Radio.

At the very Dawn of the 1980s, Carl ventured into a small radio station in upstate New York and honed his craft, building his  loyal fan base along the way. Moving to Atlanta  some years later, he spent the last 24 years at Atlanta/Clark  University radio station WCLK FM .  Carl was a jazz voice in Atlanta and around the world via the internet as host ofSerenade To The City” on Atlanta’s #1 jazz station Jazz 91.9FM WCLK.

During his tenure, his most notable achievements were the creation and voicing the weekly jazz calendar, “Atlanta’s Live Jazz” for seven years; served as Master of Ceremonies for the Atlanta Youth Jazz Band Competition from 2003 to 2013;  has produced jazz shows and fundraisers; and has hosted jazz concerts on every major stage in Atlanta.

He has interviewed countless musicians, actors and authors and has been invited to be both panelist and host of numerous panel discussions. Carl facilitated “Jazz In The Classroom” programs at various middle schools in the metropolitan Atlanta area; annually volunteers for career days with middle school children; and continually mentors college students. He conducted jazz workshops at the 2009 National Black Arts Festival, for whom he also hosts a weekly jazz program, Notorious Jazz.  

You can also enjoy Carl Anthony ‘s great postings around the internet groups and podcasts entitled “Daily Dose of Jazz”  which you  can visit him at for your medicine.

Since 2005 Carl Anthony has hosted A Gypsy Life Productions, movie review and feature shows – In My Opinion and IMO Reveals, respectively. As a host, correspondent and film critic, he has graced the Red Carpets of four Academy Awards and three Trumpet Awards. He continues to review films on facebook at In My Opinion…

Carl volunteered his time and knowledge from 1991-2012 with the Atlanta Black Rodeo Association producing rodeos and instilling children with the confidence to connect, ride and care for horses.

He has been inducted into the Who’s Who In Black Atlanta for his contributions to the jazz and film industries at Jazz 91.9 FM WCLK and A Gypsy Life Productions.

As curator at Notorious Jazz, Carl Anthony continues to preserve the genius that defy popular taste for original design.

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