WeHo City is Celebrating Black History Month 2022 with Series of Events

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The City of West Hollywood is celebrating Black History Month 2022 with several events held throughout the month. Black History Month recognizes, celebrates, and honors the rich and diverse history and important contributions and achievements of African Americans, and is observed annually during the month of February.

The series of events, both in-person and virtual are as follows:

On Wednesday, February 2, 2022, the City of West Hollywood’s Moving Image Media Art (MIMA) program worldwide debut of BLACK.ECO, a film from director and choreographer Shauna Davis. The film will be displayed for ten-and-a-half minutes at the top of every hour on the Netflix Invisible Frame billboard, located at 8743 Sunset Boulevard on the Sunset Strip beginning . Shauna Davis’ original film BLACK.ECO is a multidimensional Afrofuturist journey through space and time. Using movement and positivity as battering rams to destroy tired oppressive tropes, Davis spreads magical light and reveals the exquisite hope of abundance. By subverting Black existential narratives, Davis resets racist fictions with images that should be within the cultural lexicon (intimate, happy, unremarkable moments in Black lives), but aren’t. Pulsating through these stories are images of love, history, and connection; demonstrating the powerful gravitational pull that joy creates.

On Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at 7:30 p.m., join Still Bisexual for a virtual Black LGBTQ Wellness Event, Sacred Space. This event begins with a liberating, guided meditation from Dr. Falami – a Holistic Human Development Strategist, Womanist, and poet – and will be followed by a guided motivational yoga practice with Samora. This virtual event will fuse motivational affirmations with specific yoga sequences to stimulate positive thinking, push physical limitations, and release emotional blockages. The event will take virtually and is free. Register in advance of the event at https://tinyurl.com/sacredspaceweho.

on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 6 p.m., the City of West Hollywood free Human Rights Speakers Series virtual panel discussion: My Name is Pauli Murray: Exploring Race and Gender Equity. Join a conversation around race, gender equity, and gender identity in Participant and Amazon’s new documentary My Name is Pauli Murray. A pioneering attorney, social justice activist, and priest, Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray shaped landmark litigation – and consciousness – around race and gender equity. The virtual panel discussion will be live-streamed. Registration is requested via Eventbrite: https://hrss-2022feb15.eventbrite.com. For details and more information, visit www.weho.org/hrss. A URL link to the livestream will be sent to those who register.

On Saturday, February 19, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., visit the Black Women Lead Pop-Up Market in Plummer Park. This free, open-air event will feature Black vendors, panelists, and performers, providing the community with the opportunity to celebrate Black History Month in West Hollywood. This event will take place at the Plummer Park lawn, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. In the interest of public health, this event may be moved to a virtual space if it is deemed necessary by public health officials. Attendees are advised to be fully vaccinated, wear face masks, and maintain physical distancing whenever possible. Any changes of event updates will be provided on the City’s website calendar at www.weho.org/calendar.

For information on Black History Month 2022, contact City of West Hollywood Community Programs Coordinator Moya Márquez at mmarquez@weho.org or (323) 848-6574.

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