The city of West Hollywood will celebrate Black History Month with several events held throughout February. 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.
On Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m., Still Bisexual will host a virtual Black LGBTQ wellness event, “Sacred Space.” The event begins with a 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. The virtual event will fuse motivational affirmations with specific yoga sequences to stimulate positive thinking, push physical limitations and release emotional blockages. The event is free. Register in advance of the event at tinyurl.com/sacredspaceweho.
On Saturday, Feb. 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., residents can visit the Black Women Lead Pop-Up Market in Plummer Park. The free, open-air event will feature Black vendors, panelists and performers and will take place on the Plummer Park lawn, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd.
In the interest of public health, the 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 weho.org/calendar.
Further, the city of West Hollywood Moving Image Media Art program will host the 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, 8743 Sunset Blvd., beginning Wednesday, Feb. 2.
Shauna Davis’ original film 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 the stories are images of love, history and connection, demonstrating the powerful gravitational pull that joy creates.
The city of West Hollywood free Human Rights Speakers Series virtual panel discussion, “My Name is Pauli Murray: Exploring Race and Gender Equity” will be held virtually at 6 p.m. on Feb. 15. Residents are invited to 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, Murray shaped landmark litigation – and consciousness –around race and gender equity. Registration is requested via Eventbrite at hrss-2022feb15.eventbrite.com. For details and more information, visit weho.org/hrss.
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